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The new Freddie Mercury bio-pic is a lot of things, but what seems to be agreed by LGBT people who’ve seen it 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: yielding such 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 LGBT traveller of 2018 relatively easy to recreate.
You can for example eat and drink in Mercury’s very own ‘local’, near his former home. Visit Le Clouat 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 needing. Breakfast, lunch, dinner? Sorted. Plus the building houses the most popular gay sauna in town 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, often referred to as being gay, this extraordinary fairy-tale castle is unforgettable and is an easy day-trip from Munich by 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 and things to enjoy during your Munich visit.
When you visit Munich you can make memories that will be with you a lifetime. Whether you visit for food, history or LGBT culture: this place really can rock you.