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LGBT Friendly River Cruising

Emerald Waterways is proud to have created itineraries visiting some of Europe's most welcoming and diverse cities

At Emerald Waterways we are experts at creating itineraries with a wide appeal, visiting numerous interesting and diverse cities as you cruise the iconic rivers of Europe. 

We also understand there are sometimes additional considerations to take into account when choosing your holiday destination. With this in mind we hope the following information will be of benefit when deciding which of our sensational itineraries to choose.

Key Dates

  • Budapest - 3rd July to 12th July - Budapest Pride 2018
  • Lisbon - 29th June to 1st July - Lisbon Pride 2018
  • Marseille - 29th July 2018 - Marseille Pride 
  • Berlin - 28th July 2018 - Berlin Pride
  • Dusseldorf - 1st June - 3rd June - CSD Dusseldurf
  • Zurich - 8th June - 17th June - CSD Zurich
  • Vienna - 16th June - Vienna Pride
  • Cologne - 6th July - 8th July - Cologne Pride
  • Munich - 7th July - 15th July - CSD Munich
  • Frankfurt - 20th July - 22nd July - CSD Frankfurt
  • Berlin  - 27th July - 29th July - Berlin Pride
  • Amsterdam - 28th July - 5th Aug - Amsterdam Pride
  • Antwerp - 9th Aug - 13th Aug - Antwerp Pride
  • Prague - 11th August - Prague Pride​

Cities of Interest

Amsterdam 
Amsterdam is famous for its tolerant and open atmosphere and has an extensive and open gay scene. Find bars, café’s and clubs on and around Reguliersdwarsstraat, Amstel and Kerkstraat and closer to Dam Square on Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Antwerp 
Antwerp, the city of famous painter Rubens, has a small but lively gay scene close to the harbour, with several popular bars and clubs including ‘Strange’, located on Dambruggestraat 161, Centre, which was the first and thus oldest gay cafe in Antwerp.

Vienna 
The beautiful historical centre of Vienna is packed with historical sights and it is here you will find most of the famous buildings and tourist attractions. The area with many of the gay bars, café’s and clubs can be found around the Naschmarkt area, Vienna’s famous market on the south side of the City. 

Vienna, Austria

Cologne
Cologne has one of the biggest gay communities in Germany. Close to the Rhine River where your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship will dock, Cologne has a vast amount of gay bars, cafés and clubs located on Schaafenstrasse and Colognes Gay Pride, the CSD Christopher Street Day is one of the biggest Prides in Europe.

Prague 
Prague is one of Europe’s historical gems, adorned with stunning architecture, medieval lanes and a majestic castle. Prague’s vibrant gay scene is easy to navigate, with most of the nightlife located in the Vinohrady area, close to the City centre and the Old Town.

Budapest 
Budapest is a large city with over 1.7 million people living there and considered as one of the most beautiful Cities in Europe. There is an extensive gay scene, with numerous gay bars, café’s and clubs which are mostly located a stroll from Elisabeth Bridge which crosses the Danube River, along which your Emerald Waterways Star-Ship will dock.

Budapest, Hungary

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