The appeal of broad shoulders


Many a gay man will admit to having a thing for lovely, well-constructed shoulders.

You might not know it yet, but ‘shoulders’ also has another specific meaning, right around this time every year.

The tourism industry has, for years, been sneaking some of their best travel deals into what they call ’Shoulder Season’.

‘Shoulder Season’ means: great travel deals, in the best places, with no crowds (and no school holidays kids!).

With the lazy haze of Summer ‘officially’ over, Shoulder Season lavishes this part of the year with oodles of great specials and deals especially for people able to travel outside the Summer school holidays.

This in-between time — post-Summer and pre-Christmas rush — means all the main tourist highlights are still open, the weather is mild and attractions are all-round less busy.

You can take your time and really get to enjoy the places you most want to visit.

Avoiding long Summer lines filled with bored kids, teamed with great travel offers, makes now your very smart time to plan and take your own Shoulder Season getaway.

You can start right now — with these great ideas for Shoulder Season 2017.

Broad German Shoulders

Some of the loveliest shoulders anywhere on offer this season can definitely be found in Germany.

For almost 15 years the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) has been working hard to connect UK gay travellers with the very best Deutschland holiday options.

Whether you fancy a sneaky Shoulder Season week away next month – or you find yourself in the mood for two nights away luxuriating in some of that wunderbar German culture, plan now and write your name across this Shoulder Season 2017 in Germany.

GNTO have loads of great travel ideas to explore on their site, including some great highlights specifically for gay travellers to Germany as well as all the insider knowledge about Germany’s best tourist draws.

PLUS: GNTO are currently running a brilliant LGBT travel promotion — where you can enter for the chance win a free lux trip to one of the world’s most glamorous hotspots: Baden Baden. You get flights, luxury resort accommodation at ROOMERS hotel, free entries to top attractions and more. If you’ve not yet experienced this, prepare to immerse yourself in the luxurious experience of Baden-Baden in Germany, one of Europe’s ‘must-see’ travel highlights.

You can CLICK HERE to enter. It takes all of a minute and best of all, it’s free.

If you can’t wait to see if you’re a lucky winner, after you enter, explore some of the brilliant options below — and make your 2017 Shoulder Season one to remember.


Berlin – Folsom Europe — Join the global leather community in one of the biggest celebrations of the year.

Bonn – Get your Beethoven fix at the annual Beethovenfest for anyone who loves great music.


Munich – If you love your beers, world-renowned Oktoberfest is your party. There’s even a special LGBT party on the first Sunday “Rosa Weisen” (Pink Point) of the festival (happening on Sunday 17 September in the Bräurosl tent).

Frankfurt – from 11 to 15 October, join fellow booklovers at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This industry event also includes special events for the public, such as their wonderful ‘oddest book title of the year’ award. Plus you get to enjoy the many wonderful reasons to spend some time in Frankfurt.


Cologne – Discover the fascinating impacts of the modernism movement at the Ludwig Museum, Cologne: the whole world of modernism affects the ways we live today, showcased in this fascinating exhibition. Starts 14 October and continues to 21 January.


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