Spartacus International Gay Guide

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LanguageEnglish, German, Spanish, French, Italian
SubjectGay travel guide
PublisherBruno Gmünder Verlag
Publication date
1 March 2013

The Spartacus International Gay Guide is an international gay travel guidebook published annually since 1970, originally by John D. Stamford, currently by Bruno Gmünder Verlag in Berlin, Germany.


The guide is arranged alphabetically by country and offers short texts in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. Cities that are major gay travel destinations are described in greater depth. Each country section includes a summary of the current laws about homosexuality that are applicable to that country. The majority of the book's contents are listings for businesses that either specifically cater to gay tourists or that may be of interest to gay travellers, such as bars, hotels, gay saunas, beaches, support groups, and AIDS hotlines. Listings are arranged by city within each country. Recent editions of the guide have counted more than 1200 pages with information for approximately 22,000 businesses in 160 countries.

The criteria that determine which businesses are included in the listings differ from country to country. In countries or cities with a large number of businesses catering to gay customers, only businesses that are specifically gay – and possibly even only the most noteworthy amongst these – are included; in countries where such businesses are uncommon, those that cater to a general clientele but are "gay friendly" are also included.

In January 2012, Bruno Gmünder Media released the Spartacus International Gay Guide App for iPhone in German and English. Bars, clubs, hotels, saunas, beaches and cruising spots are indicated on the city map via GPS, and photos and additional information on venues are available. The app also provides tips on current activities, events, and specials (such as happy hours in the bar around the corner, for example). There are four versions available on the Apple App Store (iOS): "Europe", "North America", "Latin America, Asia, Africa and Oceania" and "Worldwide".

In June 2013 the Bruno Gmünder Verlag released Version 2.0 of its Spartacus Gay Guide App including a version with a free selected content. Both Android and iOS versions are available.[1]

See also[edit]


  • Bedford, Briand (1 March 2012). Spartacus International Gay Guide, 2012/2013. Bruno Gmunder Verlag GmbH, 41st edition. p. 1300 pages. ISBN 978-3-86787-360-4.
  • Gmunder, Bruno (1 March 2012). SPARTACUS International Hotel & Restaurant Guide 2012. Bruno Gmunder Verlag GmbH; Revised edition. p. 416 pages. ISBN 978-3-86787-361-1.
  • Gmunder, Bruno (1 October 2007). Spartacus International Sauna Guide 2008. Bruno Gmunder Verlag GmbH; Revised edition. p. 320 pages. ISBN 3-86187-426-1.

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