|In a speech before the European Parliament, over a quarter of a century ago in May of 1990, Czech
President Vaclav Havel said: "The only idea that inspires our internal and international policies is an idea based on the respect of human rights in general and of the uniqueness of each individual human being..." So it's no coincidence that the Czech people were among the first to suggest a league of nations to form a lasting world peace. Respect for diversity is at the very core of the Czech soul.
Prague become an important trading post in the early part of the last millennium. It was
around then the current sections of the centre started to take shape.
The centrepiece of the city skyline is Prague Castle. Looking at it during a clear night
from the banks of the Vltava river is an experience no one could ever forget.
The stunning Charles Bridge across the Vltava River.
It's foundation was laid as early as the 880's AD but it was not until the 1130's that it became a properly fortified castle. An in-depth tour complete with all the museums and gardens will easily fill a day if not two. The dominant landmark of the castle and truly of the entire city is the breathtaking St. Vitus Cathedral.
The castle is adjacent to the Hradcany (The Czech word for castle is actually Hrad) section of Prague. The most attractive part of Hradcany is the Square, from which a view of the western line of the Terzian palaces of Prague Castle with the towers of St. Vitus Cathedral soaring above them opens up. From the castle, a ten minute walk down a picturesque lane will lead you to Small Town, the location of most foreign embassies and then on to the Charles Bridge, an ancient pedestrian walkway lined with magnificent gothic statues.
St Nicholas' Church.
Among the many historic sights you'll find after crossing the bridge are The Jewish Quarter, Old Town Square - a breathtaking square surrounded by ancient churches and a wonderful Bavarian clocktower with working characters every hour, and New Town, home of the National Museum, Art Gallery and Prague's modern shopping and restaurant district.
The Old Town Square.
Bars and Clubs
There are more than a dozen gay bars and clubs in the city. Friends Bar moved and changed owners several times and is not the large gay hang-out neighbourhood bar
that it used to be a decade or so ago. Nowadays it's known as a Gay-friendly party bar open until 6am with regular themed nights, DJs & weekly karaoke sessions.
The Dance club TerMIX is smaller, but certainly a great place too. It has comfortable seating, modern design, stylish environment, and a wide
range of wines, alcoholic drinks and cocktails.
Prague has a deserved reputation as the gay sex capital of Eastern Europe, earned due to the large number of young nubile men in the city and their
eager willingness to earn some extra spending money by giving you an especially good time. It is easy to have sex in Prague and you don't necessarily
have to part with your hard earned cash either to rent a boy of your own, as there are dark rooms and gay saunas and sex clubs galore.
The infamous Pinocchio bar of years ago has also changed its name and is under new management. It's now UP&DOWN Bar&Club. Every day from 2pm in their
day bar UP (mixed) and every day from 9pm you can move downstairs to their gay club DOWN. In both cases, you'll find a nice looking, clean environment.
The best known strip club in Prague is Drake's, which has live shows, video screens and individual booths plus a friendly bar with rent boys
often available, but locals regard it as a bit of a gay tourist trap as it's open non-stop, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In the Czech Republic prostitution and the promotion of prostitution is legal provided the prostitute is at least 18 years old.
The Saints Bar is a small gay bar in the heart of Vinohrady gay quarter, around the corner from Club TerMIX and
offers excellent drinks, good music and a friendly vibe. The bartenders tend to speak English
and act as a one-stop info center on all of the gay night life in Prague.
Jampa Dampa is also a well known bar in the Vinohrady gay district. It's a music bar and nightclub with karaoke, live music
and shows. It has a good mix of crowd and particularly attracts lesbians.
VIP Parking area at Termix.
Klub 21 is a basement brick-walled Czech pub and has been a popular hangout for LGBT locals for many years. It has relatively cheap beer and
friendly staff as well as pleasant music of all kinds.
The gay-friendly Cafe Bar Flirt in the Old Town is a nice place for coffee in the afternoon or cocktails in the evening. The stylish
interior makes for a pleasant atmosphere. Their Cafeteria on the first floor is open every day from 11am while their Club is in the basement,
with another bar and a dance floor, open from Wednesday to Saturday.
Club Garage is a gay cruising bar and club in the center of Prague with a cool atmosphere and clean interior. It's open Thursday to Sunday
and holds special theme nights allowed only for men older than 18.
Another fetish club in the center of Prague is Factory Club, on the three floors containing bar, spacious video cabins with the possibility
to play your chosen movie, multifunctional playroom, cell, clinicroom, darkroom, gloryholes, slings, personal dressing room, showers,
large screen video and even FreeWiFi connection. The atmosphere of the gay club is enhanced by deep house minimal music and fetish decorations
in an industrial style.
Saunas and Sex Shops
There are lots of options when it comes to gay saunas and sex shops in Prague.
Sauna Babylon in Prague 1 not only has a full sauna, but a bar and fitness area also. Very popular large sauna including
a dry sauna, 2 steam baths with a maze and several relaxation rooms with videos and private cabins.
Sauna Bonbon also has a bar from which you can access the spa area, then take a warm shower, and enjoy the Finnish dry sauna,
steam bath, whirlpool, private relaxation cabins with TV, or the open relaxation area with a large plasma TV. They have naked nights
Tuesdays and Thursdays, and encourage a younger under 25 crowd on Saturdays with a half price admission.
Sauna David is one of the oldest saunas in Prague which offers an intimate atmosphere with an individual approach to guests
and long tradition of looking after people.
The sex shop Heaven Praha, spol. s r.o. in Prague 2 is an erotic shop, cinema and bar located near Charles Square. They play movies
every night in the cinema and each night is dedicated to different tastes including bears, twinks, group sex and many more. There's a play area with
slings and a shopping area which offers a full range of erotic products from most leading manufacturers.
Prague LGBT Pride March - Photo: Zera Ruzgar
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Cafe Bar Flirt (Martinska 5, Praha 1; T:+420 224 248 592; Website)
Club Garage (Balbínova 224/3, 120 00 Praha 2 - Vinohrady; T:+420 241 432 413; Website)
Drake's (Zborovska 497/50, 150 00 Praha 5 - Smichov; T:+420 257 326 828; Website)
Factory Club (Vinohradská 63, 120 00 Praha 2 - Vinohrady; T:+420 723 928 739; Website)
Friends (Bartolomejska 11a, 110 00 Praha 1 - Stare Mesto; T:+420 226 211 920; Website)
Heaven Praha, spol. s r.o. (Gorazdova 1995/11, 120 00 Praha 2; T:+420 224 921 282; Website)
Jampa Dampa (V tunich 1770/10, I.P.Pavlova; T:+420 731 376 473; Website)
Klub 21 (Rimska 21, Namesti Miru; T:+420 601 267 777; Website; facebook)
Sauna Babylon (Martinska 417/6, 110 00 Praha 1 - Stare Mesto; T:+420 224 232 304; Website)
Sauna Bonbon (Cernomorska 645/6, 100 00 Praha 10 - Vrsovice; T:+420 777 146 068; Website)
Sauna David (Sokolovska 107/44, 186 00 Praha 8 - Karlin; T:+420 222 317 869; Website)
TerMIX (Trebizskeho 1514/4a, 120 00 Praha 2; T:+420 222 710 462; Website)
The Saint's Bar (Polska 32, Jiriho z Podebrad; T:+420 222 250 326; facebook)
UP&DOWN Bar&Club (Seifertova 32/3, 130 00 Praha 3; T:+420 777 106 308; Website; facebook)
Revised February 2022.