2019 is the year Austria truly ascends as the gay capital of Europe. Not only is the country finally welcoming in same-sex marriage, Vienna is also host to the spectacular EuroPride celebrations.
The second time the city will host EuroPride since 2001, the event unites LGBTI people from across the continent for two weeks of fabulous fun. Vienna is focusing the festivities at the Rathausplatz, in front of City Hall. The square will be transformed into a tent city filled with everything from NGOs, LGBTI organizations, businesses and loads of food.
Yet there’s no Pride without a parade, and Vienna is taking it to the next level. The Rainbow Parade will lead marchers through one of the most spectacular boulevards in the world, Ringstrasse, taking hundreds of thousands of people past some of the city’s most beautiful monuments and buildings.
The Parade ends at the Rathausplatz, where people will be greeted with international acts on the main stage. In fact, the music doesn’t stop in the square, with live acts and DJs alike giving the soundtrack.
Even more than EuroPride
But the two weeks running up to the march has enough LGBTI activities to get even the grumpiest gay excited. Never thought you could go to a beach party in Austria? Think again, as they’ll be transforming the Danube Canal into one. Expect Circuit vibes and big tunes. Even the animals are getting involved, with a Pride Day at Schönbrunn Zoo getting you close to pandas, elephants and the animals that fits everywhere in the LGBTI spectrum, penguins.
While the city celebrates love in all its forms, equal marriage passing makes it the perfect opportunity to steal the spotlight for yourself. With 2019 marking the first time same-sex couples can tie the knot, lovebirds can get hitched in places like Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, or the Giant Ferris Wheel.
Vienna has won multiple awards as an LGBTI destination – including Destination of the Year at the Australian LGBTI Awards – which means there’s already so many reasons to visit. But with EuroPride and the sounds of same-sex wedding bells, this rainbow city is truly unbeatable.
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