Das ist schön! Louisville to Berlin for a $32,000 gay tango festival weekend

An occasional look at premium travel from Louisville.

Tango has always been an art form friendly to same-sex couples — hardly surprising, when you consider one possible origin of the traditional Argentine dance is in Buenos Aires brothels, where men danced awaiting their turns for sexual assignations.

Now, with June’s gay pride month kicking off a busy summer of events for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks, The New York Times suggests the International Queer Tango Festival, July 28-31.

Let’s dance!

When: July 28-31. Airline: American. Route: Louisville to Washington to Berlin; total travel time: 16 hours and 30 minutes. How much: $7,720 per business-class ticket. Reservations.

For accommodations, the Waldorf Astoria Berlin ist schön, especially the King Presidential Suite — a large, luxurious apartment on the 31st floor. It sleeps four adults in two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms; a living room with a piano, fireplace; panoramic views from two balconies; a kitchen; separate office and service access. Here’s the view from a bedroom . . .

Corner bedroom
A corner room with Berlin at your feet.

. . . and the living room.

Living room
A living room with fireplace and a piano.

The suite’s rate is $5,608 a night at current exchange rates, for a total $16,824 for our three-night visit. Reservations.

Looking for other things to do in the city? Here’s the Berlin edition of the Times’ popular “36 Hours in” series. And don’t forget TripAdvisor’s Berlin page.

Bottom line

Total trip cost for flight and accommodations alone: $32,264. That includes airfare for two because, after all, you can’t tango by yourself!

Related: Closer to home, the Speed Museum cinema is showing “The Last Tango” next weekend, a film about Argentina’s most famous tango dancers, María Nieves Rego, 80, and Juan Carlos Copes, 83.

Photo, top: two men dance a tango; Flickr member Laura Gallo.

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