Gay hotels Prague – a gay guide to the city

Gay hotels Prague – a gay guide to the city

If you’re looking for gay hotels in Prague, you’ve come to the right website. Our gay accommodation map allows you to quickly search for gay hotels, B&Bs, guesthouses and even apartments for rent in the city. In terms of gay hotels Prague now offers a growing number of gay-friendly establishments in and around the centre of Prague. Prague’s gay centre is marked on our map with a rainbow pin – so you can quickly see how far each hotel is from the city’s best gay bars, restaurants and shops.

An introduction to Prague

Gay hotels PragueOne benefit of the communist regime in the then Czechoslovakia was the relatively liberal attitude to personal morality, as the influence of the Catholic Church was all but eliminated.  Homosexuality became legal for adults over 18 in 1961, some six years before the UK.

Gay life, though was not easy in Communist Prague, with one bar and two nightclubs, all managed by members of the secret police.  The authorities kept lists of known gay people for blackmail and political control.

The social liberation following the 1989 revolution was tempered by the growing realisation of AIDS.

Gay PragueNevertheless, the beginning of 90s brought a boom of gay entertainment premises. Bars and night clubs appeared and then disappeared frequently. After two decades the gay scene is now more or less stabilised, though from time to time there is some new bar or club emerging.

Following the revolution gay rights organisations started to push for gay equality in the new Czech Republic.   Homosexuality was declassified from the medical list of diseases in 1993. A law to establish civil partnerships was passed in 2006.

After some less successful attempts in previous years the first large and really successful gay pride in Prague took place in 2011.

The Czech Republic has a well deserved reputation for producing high quality gay porn and its bars are a good meeting place for beautiful young entrepreneurs and older investors.

Top links

Prague SaintsBest for meeting the locals   you can find an up to date guide on the excellent ‘Prague Saints‘ website .

Best local gay information

www.praguesaints.cz

Best tourist information and what’s on sites

My Czech Republichttp://www.prague-guide.co.uk

http://www.myczechrepublic.com/

Best Prague restaurant guide

Grand RestaurantTry the Grand Restaurant website

Try to avoid tourist restaurants promoting “real Czech cuisine” to large groups of tourists.

For moderate prices and yet great quality of Czech food and beer try the Czech chain “U potrefene husy” (something like At silly Goose). The chain is run by one large Prague Brewery and there are about 10 of restaurants around Prague

Best Prague shopping site

Top 10 things to do

  • Visit the President’s Palace and St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle
  • Walk amongst the statues of the Charles Bridge
  • Marvel at the Old Town Square with its gothic and baroque architecture and its astronomical clock
  • Walk around the Jewish Quarter which includes Europe’s oldest synagogue, built in 1270
  • Visit the Petřín Gardens and the climb up the city’s mini-version of the Eifel Tower
  • Discover the gems of baroque palaces and churches scattered throughout the city:
  • See the amazing modern art collections and exhibitions at Museum Kampa
  • Stroll around the Royal Garden and the Summer Palace
  • Don’t miss this amazing 17th century italian style villa, the Troja Chateau
  • Take time to explore the 111 acres of Prague Zoo, one of the World’s best according to Forbes Magazine

Shopping

There are two quality shopping areas in the centre of Prague:

  • Na příkopech (street)
  • Pařížská street (Hermes, Cartier, Dior, etc)

There are some malls which you can find AT THIS LINK >

It is best to shop in some of the centrally located shopping malls where you can always buy some Czech items – like wooden toys, glass or garnet jewerly which is less likely to be fake.  The best are PALLADIUM, MY, ČERNA RUZE, SVETOZOR, FLORA or ANDEL

Getting there

PragueRuzyně International Airport, is 20 km (12 miles) northwest of the city centre, it generally takes about 30 minutes to reach the city centre by car.

Prague is well connected to European EC train network, however there is no Czech high speed rail, so the maximum train speed is 120–160 km/h (75-99 mph).  All international trains arrive at Praha hlavní nádraží (the central station, abbreviated to Praha hl.n.) which has a connection with Metro Line C.

The main bus station for international buses in Prague is Florenc, in Praha 8 (metro lines B and C). It is located east of the city centre.

Beware of taking taxis from the train and bus stations (see “getting around” below)

Getting around

PraguePublic transport in Prague is relatively cheap – 32 CZK for 90 minutes, with the option of as many interchanges between the means of transport (tram, bus, tube, as well as funicular) you want within this time limit. The basic information (printed) in every single carriage also in English.

UNDERGROUND >

TRAMS and BUSES >

TAXI: It is best to order a taxi in advance – the hotel, bar or restaurant will do this for you.  If you need to catch one on the street, find a special designated area with the yellow sign “Fair Fare”.  Do not take a cab from the street and especially nort at the train and bus stations

History

Prague was one of the three Imperial capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empires along with Vienna and Budapest.  After the break-up of that Empire following the First World War it became the capital of the new country of Czechoslovakia. Occupied by the Germans throughout the Second World War, the City was captured by the Soviet Union in 1945.  In 1968 the Soviets brutally suppressed the Prague Spring uprising but in 1989 the Velvet Revolution swept away the communist regime.

In 1993 the country peacefully split and the playwright and civil right leader Vaclav Havel became President of the newly formed Czech Republic, with Prague as the capital.

Prague is the country’s major tourist destination.  Spared the destruction that befell many other European cities in the war, and preserved by inertia during the Soviet era, the old city is an architectural gem of medieval, baroque and renaissance buildings.

Although relatively small with just 1.5 million inhabitants, today Prague is the sixth most visited tourist city in Europe.  The rare mix of architecture, the manageable scale and the history of this former imperial capital is a magnetic draw.

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