Win a free trip to Hamburg to see a Freddie Mercury inspired Germany

Win a free trip to Hamburg’s LGBTQ Christmas markets, thanks to the German National Tourist Office.

You could soon be strolling through a fabulous LGBTQ Christmas market in Germany.

German National Tourist Office invites you to be inspired by Germany this winter.

German cities have long inspired brilliant individuals – past and present, from artists and composers to poets and scientists.

Click here for your chance to win a luxury trip, including flights and accommodation to fabulous Hamburg – one of Germany’s most exciting cities, which famously played host to The Beatles during their career.

Your prize includes a Hamburg City Pass, which will give you and your travelling partner access to many of the city’s most amazing tourist attractions.

Hurry though: entries will close soon and your free competition entry gives you the chance to experience the fabulous inspirations of Germany, first-hand this year.

The new Freddie Mercury biopic is a lot of things, but the general consensus from the LGBTQ community is that there is a PG-13 whitewash applied to some of the more thrillingly subversive aspects of Freddie’s life.

This is definitely applicable to the time Mercury spent living and working in Germany. Mercury moved in the 1980s to Munich – a city he loved and lived in for years. Munich is Bavaria’s capital and is a place that has long inspired culture, history, dining – and much more.

Not only did Mercury find inspiration for his successful solo musical outings there, he and Queen also worked there on their seminal album ‘The Works’, which yielded classics as ‘I Want to Break Free’, ‘Hammer To Fall’ and ‘Radio Gaga’.

Mercury’s successful solo album ‘Mr Bad Guy’ was also recorded in Munich at Musicland Studios, Munich, from late 1983 – January 1985. Of course, life for Mercury in Munich was hardly all work – and indeed that was in large part the point of his decision to relocate there in the early 1980s.

His nocturnal adventures are easy to envisage – and for the LGBTQ traveller of 2018 relatively easy to recreate. You can for example eat and drink in Mercury’s very own ‘local’, near his former home, and visit Le Clou at Heiliggeiststrasse 1, 80331 Munich, Bavaria, Germany to wine and dine a la Mercury.

For a taste of Mercury nightlife, look out for YouTube footage of his extravagant 39th birthday party held at the Henderson nightclub in Munich where Mercury recorded the video for his solo track ‘Living On My Own’.

To this day you can dance in his footsteps by visiting this club, now renamed Paradiso Tanzbar.

Munich has long attracted people from across the world keen to immerse themselves in the Germany of the imagination with Bavarian cooking and culture on tap to excite and create those authentic German travel memories to return home with.

Here are a couple more ideas you may want to add to your own Munich travel wishlist.

Deutsche Eiche (German Oak) serves up all you could possibly imagine.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner? Sorted. Plus, the building houses the most popular gay sauna in town which is open from midnight to 7am and 24 hours on weekends. Freddie Mercury was a regular visitor here.

Neuschwanstein Castle – Home to King Ludwig II of Bavaria, this extraordinary fairy-tale castle is unforgettable and is an easy day-trip from Munich, with organised coach excursions from the main railway station.

Plus much, much more: Check out the German National Tourist Office page on Munich here for more ideas to enjoy during your Munich visit.

When you visit Munich you can make memories that will be with you for a lifetime. Whether you visit for food, history or LGBTQ culture: this place really can rock you.

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