Prague, picturesquely situated on the Vltava River, is the capital of the Czech Republic. In the 14th century it became the heart of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation under Emperor Charles IV and a center of art, culture and politics. This period saw the establishment of the first university in Central Europe, the laying of the foundation stone for the St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle, the building of the Charles Bridge and the creation of the New Town.
For centuries, Prague has been a melting pot for Czech, German and Jewish culture. Around 1900 it was the home of many artists and writers, including Franz Kafka, Max Brod, Rainer Maria Rilke and Franz Werfel, to name but a few.
Today's cityscape is dominated by buildings from all major periods of art history: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, and even Cubism, which uniquely found its way also into architecture only here (see our tips).
With its history, the rich cultural heritage and the romantic streets in the Old Town, Prague had always been an attractive destination for travellers. But after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 it became one of the most visited and talked about cities in Europe. Partly because it was cheaper than traditional, overrated destinations, but mostly because of its special charm from past centuries. (Our Pictures might give you a first impression.)
This charm didn't get lost during World War II and the following communist period, and it didnít suffer as much from the modernization of the 1950s and 1960s as many other European cities did. Many buildings, though, were in bad shape. In 1992, the UNESCO included the historic center of Prague in its list of World Heritage Sites, which is now almost perfectly restored.
Nevertheless, as amazing, unique and fairytale-like Prague might be, hopefully the city will not rely exclusively on its old charm in the future.
As you can see on our Prague gay maps Overview, Vinohrady and City Center, there is no gay epicenter in Prague. But as the Vinohrady district tends to become the hedonist's and stylish quarter of Prague you will find most of the gay bars and clubs there. Also, if you are tired of the uninspired and heavy Czech cuisine and the gastronomical tourist traps in the Old Town of Prague, Vinohrady is the district to go for dining out.