What would be the safest, most friendly city to go out as cross-dresser? Specifically, in Europe?

It is not easy to come out, and I have been considering it for a while. I want to try it somewhere, where my sight would not attract violent reaction, or too many comments (some are okay ;)

What city (or neighborhood) in any European country would be best for it? Also, should I consider any specific time of year or event?

What I already consider:

  • Vienna, specifically during Vienna Pride week
  • Camden, London, specifically on Halloween

These events would possibly be good occasion, as lots of people already dress themselves up.

BTW, I would not travel in a group, as I have not come out to my friends and family yet. I am thinking of going out in another city as it gives me some degree of anonymity.

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    First thought, Amsterdam, city center, but do research which clubs as not all might be as welcoming. (And I do not go out in Amsterdam.)
    – Willeke
    May 18, 2016 at 20:18
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    Most German cities I would expect some looks and that's it. Of course, every village has an idiot, but if you don't meet him, you'll be fine.
    – Aganju
    May 18, 2016 at 21:20
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    Gay village in Manchester?
    – CMaster
    May 18, 2016 at 21:24
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    Brighton (Southern England) is another likely one May 19, 2016 at 7:35
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    I'd love to be able to answer everywhere, but alas...
    – JoErNanO
    May 19, 2016 at 15:38

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My first guess was the Nollendorfplatz area in Berlin but the second is Le Marais in Paris:

Le Marais has "an emphasis on 'commercialism, gay pride and coming-out of the closet'"

And if you would consider North America, I live very close to Davie Village in Vancouver. I do not think there's any gender identity or expression that would draw even a passing look here.

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