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Gorgeous architecture registered in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list, great art and music, fabulous dining and shopping options, and lively nightlife. Welcome to Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital, which is deservedly one of Europe’s most attractive and popular cities. There is a map of gay and gay-friendly hotels, venues and bars available from the Prague Information Service and the city is getting more and more into the focus of gay tourists. Czechs are generally tolerant to sexual minorities and gay partnership was allowed in 2006 by the Czech parliament.

Prague’s historical centre is quite compact and the best way to explore its beauties is on foot.
Visitors shouldn’t miss the Old Town Square and its Astronomical Clock which hosts extremely popular Christmas markets each year from late November to early January. There is even more to see at the other bank of Vltava river – Lesser Town Square with St. Nicholas’ Church that strikes with its impressive dome and bell tower. From there it is a nice stroll up to the Prague Castle which is actually a complex of representative halls, palaces and gardens. It stretches over an area of around 700,000 sq. ft. and so registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest castle complex in the world. One of the places worth a visit near the Prague Castle is the Belvedere which is said to be the greatest example of a Renaissance house to be found north of the Alps.

The dining choice is diverse from traditional Czech restaurants with hearty Czech meals to trendy places offering top gourmet experience. Best restaurants include Michelin star restaurant Allegro, restaurant in Buddha Bar Hotel for Asian specialities, La Casa Argentina for great steaks or U Modré kachničky which features Old Czech, duck or venison specialities. For other gay-friendly restaurants opt for Celebrity Cafe, Thai restaurant Noi or Cafe Cafe for great coffee and hip atmosphere.

When looking for varied and vibrant nightlife Prague is a right place to be. Traditional pubs with unbeatable Czech beer, bars and restaurants mix with trendy places. There are around 30 gay venues in Prague mainly in the city centre but many are located in Vinohrady district just a short walk from the most visited tourist locations. For the best club nights head to Valentino Club with three bars and two dance floors or Club Termix which has the longest tradition in Prague. It features stylish bar and raised glass-walled lounge with a view of the dance floor. Mainly but not only lesbian place is Jampa Dampa.

There is not just sightseeing and clubbing, but many other events happening in Prague and all around th country. The most popular annual affairs include the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Mezipatra in November, Prague Rainbow Spring tournament in May and the Prague Pride in August with previous years held in Brno – second largest Czech city and a place with lively gay scene.

The country has much more to offer beyond its stunning capital. There are 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites easy to explore by car, train or bus. Among the highlights which shouldn’t be missed belong the spa resorts in the west, castles in the south or the lovely towns in South Moravia.

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