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Prague and the Czech Republic are relatively tolerant, and gay and lesbian travelers are not likely to encounter any problems. The Prague neighborhood of Vinohrady is particularly gay-friendly, and several gay clubs and bars have opened up in recent years.

In addition, there are a couple of hotels and guesthouses around town that cater to a largely or exclusively gay clientele.

The legal situation for gays and lesbians is relatively good. Same-sex partnerships are protected under Czech law and contain many of the legal protections of marriage, though same-sex couples are not permitted to adopt children. Overt discrimination on the basis of sexual preference is against the law.

The Czech GayGuide (www.czechgayguide.org) and GayGuide Prague (www.prague.gayguide.net) are both excellent resources for happenings, bars, restaurants, and clubs. Both are in English and written with visitors in mind. The latter site includes information on the gay scene in Warsaw, Kraków, and Sofia as well as Prague.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.