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Check out Prague's gay scene

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Check out Prague's gay scene
Can't decide where to go on your next holiday but know that you want to do a bit of a tour of the gay scene in Europe? If that sounds like you, then you should consider booking yourself a room in a hostel in Prague, as the city has been dubbed by some enthusiasts in local publication Mlada Fronta Dnes as the "centre for homosexual tourism".

One analyst - Jarmomir Beranek - has reckoned that, in 2009, around 400,000 people frequented the Czech Republic for this reason, although others disagree and say that it could be as much as 600,000.

Such an influx of travellers could be put down to the fact that gay bars and nightclubs in the area are doing much better than restaurants and eateries, with such establishments weathering the recession and even some new ones popping up on the streets of the city.

Mr Beranek had this to say on the matter: "The prices are relatively low here, our capital is beautiful, it offers plenty of opportunities to spend leisure time, the number of facilities designed for homosexuals is rising."

What's more, Prague is particularly popular with jet setters from Germany, France and Britain because of its gay scene, although folk from smaller Czech towns are also converging on the district in order to take advantage of what's on offer. And Tomio Okamura of the Czech Travel Agencies' Association noted that the city comes with a "huge network" of hostels and hotels in its heart, "where no-one pays attention to homosexual tourists".

But it's not just gay people that are loving Prague at the moment. According to Cheapflights.co.uk, the eastern European destination appears to be a much favoured one by all, registering a 62 per cent increase in the amount of internet searches relating to it.

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