Category Archives: Prague

By @ 04/16/19 in Gay travel, Prague, Travel

We love the Czech Republic. We visited last spring and keep thinking about it. Download our (FREE!) guide via bit.ly/mawapple and enjoy 15,000 words on the Czech Republic and a whole lotta words on the other fabulous destinations in the latest issue.

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Czech Out the Czech Republic

Most travelers equate the Czech Republic with Prague, this proud nation’s capital and largest city. Prague is one of the world’s must-visit cities, providing a glorious walk through history and a satisfying taste of urban sophistication. However Czech (as the cool kids say) is much more than the City of a Hundred Spires (in fact, at last count there were 500). This tiny country — roughly the size of South Carolina — packs in a wide range of experiences in a small area from gastronomy and outdoor opportunities to castles, spas, hiking, biking and cave exploration.

We spent a week exploring the Czech Republic with a visit to Brno, the second largest city, and the undulating Moravian countryside in the nation’s southeast. You could easily spend another week or two exploring other parts of this diverse land but for most North Americans a seven-day itinerary provides a whole lot of fabulous Central Europeanness to “Czech” off your travel to-do list.

Is it safe for LGBTQ travelers?

In a word, absolutely! A number of Central and Eastern European countries are tainted with the reputation for anti-LGBTQ Czech Republic in ManAboutWorldsentiment and even violence. Not so Czech. In fact there is some legal recognition of same-sex couples. And in society, the word we kept hearing was ‘tolerance.’ That’s not the prettiest of words, however it means something slightly different here. Local LGBTQ people are tolerated as long as they respect the overall culture, as long as they don’t try to attract attention to themselves as special. This is partially a legacy of the communist era when perceptions of even slight differences among comrades could elicit curiosity, envy or resentment. Also, Czechs aren’t deeply religious so there’s little anti-gay animus fueled by churches.

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By @ 07/27/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Prague, Travel

Prague PrideThe fifth edition of the Prague Pride festival will be held Monday, August 10 until Sunday, August 16. Organizers announced this years slogan: “We all have a rainbow inside”, inviting everybody, straight and gay, to join the festival and support equality for all.

Austrian singer Conchita Wurst, winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, will be the main star of Conchitathe Prague Pride 2015 Opening Concert. The event will officially open the Pride Village on Strelecky island in the center of Prague on Monday, August 10.

Here’s the full program. Click here to see more of our Prague coverage.

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By @ 03/23/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Prague, Travel
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On August 15, Prague will be dressed in rainbows and gays for its fifth Gay Pride event, proving again that it remains Eastern Europe’s most tolerant country, and one of the world’s most desired travel destination for gays.



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By @ 08/12/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, ManAboutWorld, Prague, Travel

pragueThe 4th annual Prague Pride kicked off yesterday and will be taking over the storybook city all week with more than 117 gay-themed events, concluding on Sunday, August 17th with the parade itself. The biggest side event of this year’s festival is the performance of Pet Shop Boys, on August 13th at Forum Karlin.The Prague Pride opening ceremony at Containall will be kicked off by the New York band Betty, best known from “The L Word.”



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By @ 07/12/14 in Correspondent, Dennis Hensley, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Prague, Travel

SaintsPaulDennisManAboutWorld Correspondent Dennis Hensley (above right) was in Prague during a sweep through Central Europe. He stopped in at the Saints Bar and discovered the “Cheers” of the Czech Republic. If you’re heading here for their raucous politically charged and fun Gay Pride (August 11-17), be sure to have some devilish fun at Saints.

When Paul Coggles opened up the Saints Bar in Prague in 2005, he didn’t spent a lot of time thinking about where the TVs were going to go … because there weren’t going to be TVs. “I deliberately set out to make Saints a talking bar,” stresses Coggles who moved to Prague from his native England seventeen years ago. “TVs distract you from any conversation you might be having and I wanted a place where people could come and make new friends and meet the friends they already have.”



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By @ 02/26/14 in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Ibiza, London, Madrid, ManAboutWorld, Paris, Prague, Travel

This article samples one originally published in Iberia Airline’s blog Love2Fly. To read the rest of this article, click here or the link below.

When it comes to LGBT travel, few experiences are as rewarding as travel to Europe. There’s such an amazing variety of cultures, environments, climates, and experiences – all on the most liberal continent on the planet, thanks to the encouraging social (r)evolutions of the 21st century, making most of Europe an ever more gay-friendly destination. There are hundreds of welcoming cities large and small, as well as towns and rural areas, which I could steer you to, depending on your interests, but let me start off by highlighting a handful of the top most prominent, and you could say gay-friendliest:

AMSTERDAM

Say ‘Amsterdam’ and your mind conjures contradictory images, both sublime and profane: Rembrandt and peep shows, coffee shops and cannabis, cobbled streets and red light districts, historic canals and sleazy bars. After all these years, the city remains the godfather of gay pride and the birthplace of LGBT rights, rebellious and uninhibited, and as effortlessly beautiful as ever. The world’s first legal gay and lesbian nuptials were officiated here, and the Homomonument first gay monument was constructed here more than a quarter century ago. The queer scene in Amsterdam is one of the largest in Europe and boasts more than a hundred gay and lesbian bars, clubs, saunas, shops, and hotels. Though summer is the most crowded and fun, Amsterdam attracts visitors all year with gay-oriented events like Pink Christmas in December and King’s Day in April (we of course preferred when it was called Queen’s Day (ahem), but it’s still way popular with gay girls and boys). Flights from Spain, from the USA


BARCELONA/SITGES

As an urban destination, the capital of the Catalonia region is as close to the total package as it gets – a stylish culinary, cultural, nightlife, and design capital with its own spectacular architectural flavour (hello, Gaudí!) and great beaches even right in town, not to mention nearby: The fetching Mediterranean seaside town of Sitges (above), a half hour south, is one of Europe’s top gay resorts. Barcelona has arrived on the gay circuit with a party called, well, Circuit, which attracts thousands of men every August, and following that there’s Girlie Circuit Lesbians for las chicas. Then of course there’s Barcelona’s “Gaixample” – ground zero for a large, diverse (twinks to bears and beyond), and active LGBT scene and community. There are scores of fabulous places to stay, eat, and play gay – but virtually the whole city is welcoming, so spread your rainbow-hued wings. Flights from the UK, from the USA

Click here to discover the other fabulous destinations Ed wrote about.

Ed Salvato is editor in chief of ManAboutWorld, the world’s first gay travel magazine created for iPad (and soon Android tablets) only. Click here for a special three-month free subscription offer.

images | Mike SlichenmyerCaptn_JackJörg Kanngiesser

 

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