The Czech Republic has somewhat moved on and become a strong member of the European Union following the collapse of communism in 1989 and the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. It registered Civil Partnerships in 2006 and has bans on anti-gay discrimination.
An annual perception poll has in recent years shown that 3 in 4 people show full support for same-sex partnerships. However the premier city – Prague – only held its first gay pride in August 2011, although the Mezipatra Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in November has been present since 2000.
Prague is where you will find the majority of the gay nightlife and culture – and it’s certainly thriving. Most of the Czech Republic’s gay population flock to Prague’s gay district Vinohady where there are over 20 gay venues. Open daily, the biggest gay club is called Valentino. Out of Prague and you will find that gay nightlife is sparser in the rest of the country.
Czech Republic has a large number of stunning National Parks for keen golfers and cyclists, large lakes for water sports or mountains for skiing. The countryside is littered with castles and incredible chateaux, small towns and spas dating back to 15th Century. The second cities of Czech Republic each have its own distinctive character, and Cesky Krumlov was included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1992, 11 further sites of UNESCO interest exist in the rest of the country.