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Customised Guided Tours of Prague and Beyond

See Prague through the eyes of a local gay guide

"Knowledge with Fun"

My name is Petr Prokopik, I have lived in Prague, a city I truly love, all my life. I was 14 at the collapse of communism, so I have memories of living under the communist Government and witnessing the velvet revolution. Things have changed a great deal in the past 30 years!

I have been guiding visitors to Prague since I was an undergraduate in 1995 - I went on to complete my PhD in Anthropology in 2008.

I love travelling and have visited many countries beyond Europe; Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Russia (Altai Republic), Panama, Mexico, USA and Canada. Thailand and Singapore are booked for 2020!

My years of experience as a licensed guide and my love of Prague's history, art and architecture motivated me to establish my own guiding company in 2005 specialising in tours for members of the LBGTQ+ community.

My special area's of interest are; LGBT+ History, Jewish History, 20th Century Architecture and Classical Music.

Over many years it has been my very great privilege and pleasure to guide people from all over the world and introduce them to the beautiful city of Prague. On my tours, as well as seeing the sights you will find out about gay life in Prague and how it has changed over the years.

You can choose one of the set tours listed below or let me know your interests and I will customise one for you.

If you would like to send me a message or book any of the tours, please complete the booking form here.

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Prague History, Culture and Architecture

Let us show you the highlights of Prague, all the important buildings and architectural styles that have shaped Prague's history and culture. We will enlighten you to Prague's history in the context of the evolution of European culture and art.

Our tour starts at the Old Town Square with the famous Medieval Spectaculum - the Astronomical Clock, the elegant Gothic Church of Our Lady in front of Tyn, erected by the Roman Emperor Charles the IV, and the pink Rococo Kinsky Palace once hosting a high school frequented by Franz Kafka.

Further along from the Old Town Square is the unique building 'At the Black Madonna' from the early 20th century, built in a mind-breaking Cubist architectural style and the Estate Theatre, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed the world premier of his opera 'Don Giovanni'. The tour then goes on to the Municipal House, a beautiful Art Nouveau building and a national cultural landmark decorated by Jan Preisler, Max Svabinsky, and Alfons Mucha.

We will see many of the beautiful buildings at Wenceslas Square in the centre of the New Town, which inspired world architects in the beginning of modernism. The tour then continues across the famous 14th century Charles Bridge with its many statues and mysteries to Kampa Island with its rich community feel and onto the Lesser Quarter below Prague Castle which houses numerous Renaissance and Classicist palaces and gardens.

Our ambition for the tour is to give you an interesting introduction to Prague's history and its architectural development as well as an insight into other social and cultural factors which influenced the way the city looks today.

You can request a tour using the booking form here.

Jewish Quarter

It is said that Prague has been standing on 3 legs - Czech, German and Jewish. This tour will focus on the latter cultural influence, so often forgotten, neglected or marginalized, but so interesting and influential.

Prague's Jewish Quarter is home to the biggest concentration of historical synagogues in Europe.

You will see the world famous Old Jewish cemetery with thousands of clustered tombstones and pictorial symbols. The cemetery dates back to the Middle Ages and is also one of the most fascinating sites of the Jewish Quarter. It is also the final resting place of Rabbi Loew (Prague Maharal) the great Talmudic scholar, Jewish mystic, philosopher and perhaps the creator of the legendary Golem.

The tour further takes you to the other important Synagogues in the Jewish Quarter:

The Klausen Synagogue - once intended by the Nazi's to become "The Museum of an extinguished race".

The Maisel Synagogue - built by an influential philanthropist and communal leader in the Jewish ghetto, Mordecai Meisel.

The Pinkas Synagogue, which has been altered to a truly moving memorial to the Czech victims of the Holocaust. This memorial also houses a mesmerizing yet deeply disturbing collection of paintings by the Children interned in the Terezin concentration camp.

We will also see together the Burial Brotherhood House, which gives an interesting look at the burial customs of the Prague Jewish community as well as at other aspects of social life.

The tour then finishes at the Old New Synagogue, a rare example of Romanesque architecture and the second oldest synagogue in this part of the world. Considered the centre of the Prague Jewish community for centuries, it is today, unfortunately, the only synagogue with regular services.

Please note: the Spanish Synagogue is closed for refurbishment until the last quarter of 2020. In its place we will visit the beautiful Jubilee Synagogue which was built in 1906 in a unique combination of Moorish and art nouveau styles.

You can request a tour using the booking form here.

Prague Modern Art - 20th Century Architecture, Design and Art

We are modern people and we like modern architecture. Therefore this tour will emphasize the most important developments in Prague over the last hundred years.

We will start in the early 20th century and the Art Nouveau architecture represented by the Municipal House, the birthplace of modern Czech art and a national cultural landmark decorated by Jan Preisler, Max Svabinsky, and Alfons Mucha.

Next in line is the unique Prague Cubist architecture, which has shaken the foundations of world architecture and changed our perception of modernity forever. The best example is the house 'At the Black Madonna' built by Josef Gocar in 1911, with its elegant Grand Cafe Orient which symbolizes the unique Czech contribution to the Cubist movement, not only in architecture but in furniture, pottery and glass.

The tour will also take you to significant Rondo-Cubist buildings such as the Bank of Czechoslovak Legions with its stylish interior or the Adria Palace, built by Pavel Janak and Josef Zasche before the First World War.

Also included in the tour are examples of Functionalist architecture such as the Bata department store on Wenceslas Square which was built after the formation of an independent Czechoslovakia in 1918 and reflects the countries booming economy of the period. Wenceslas Square and its surroundings is not only an important place in the modern history of the Czech Republic but is also a showcase of all important architectural styles of the 20th century.

The most amusing examples of contemporary Czech art are no doubt the provocative statues by David Cerny, who is best known for painting a monument of a Russian occupation tank pink after the fall of communism in 1989 or for his kinetic statue of two peeing men, but there is so much more :-) ...

As a reminder of the luckier enterprises of the communist architecture we can see the building of the former department store Maj, built in the style of 'High Tech' in 1975.

Last but not least, we will admire the graceful pose of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, captured by F.O.Gehry in his dynamic 'Dancing Building' thus bringing Prague art and architecture into the 21st century.

You can request a tour using the booking form here.

Prague Castle and The Mystical Lesser Quarter

The tour focuses on the Prague Castle district, the oldest and core part of Old Prague.

On our approach to the Castle you will see the monumental Cernicky Palace and the opulent Baroque Loreto Church with it's tower decorated with 16 bells.

The tour then continues into Prague Castle, which encompasses numerous courtyards, gardens and a beautiful view of the city. The Castle courtyards are dominated by the St.Vitus Cathedral, which took a thousand years to build and is decorated with intricate stained glass windows ranging from old to modern.

From the Cathedral we continue to the Old Royal Palace with a masterpiece of Gothic architecture - the remarkable rounded rib vault. Then to the Romanesque St. George's Basilica and the Daliborka Tower which guards one of the oldest secrets of gay love in the Czech lands and of course the famous Golden Lane with it's miniature buildings, which at one time was the home of Franz Kafka.

The present face of the Castle complex was designed by the visionary Modernist Jose Plecnik in 1920`s. Plecnik's influence often contains hidden sexual connotations which go unnoticed by most visitors.

(The tickets we purchase for Prague Castle will entitle you to entrance to the Prague Castle Picture Gallery - which houses the remains of Rudolf II's collection of renaissance art and also of the works of later periods by Tintoretto, Tizian, Rubens, Czech Baroque Art , etc. - as well as the popular permanent exhibition "The Story of Prague Castle" which you can return to explore further at a later time if you wish).

The tour continues though narrow streets of the Lesser Quarter, a mysterious place with a magical atmosphere, we can visit the oldest traditional pubs of this specific part of old Prague where each building is named by use of a mystical symbol which follows a legend.

You can request a tour using the booking form here.

Heart of Prague - the Old Town

During this tour you will discover the beautiful Art Nouveau apartment buildings in the old town, you will see the magnificent Municipal house from the same period. But you will also go back further into history when looking at the Gothic House at the Stone Bell from the Middle Ages.

The tour will also show you examples of old Renaissance buildings and the etched graffiti paintings. You will further learn about the monument of Jan Hus on the Old Town Square and it's importance in Czech history. And no-one would miss the old buildings built by Charles IV in his effort to make Prague a world capital.

At the end of the tour you would have learned not only about important Prague architecture but also about the history of the Old Town, which has played an important role in the formation of this country.

You can request a tour using the booking form here.

-Out of Prague-

Historical pearl - Cesky Krumlov

Come with us and visit the ancient city of Cesky Krumlov, which, in its beauty, rivals Prague.

This quaint city is situated in Southern Bohemia and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Situated on the Vltava River, the town is dominated by the 13th century Castle, which has both Renaissance and Baroque elements and also offers a splendid view of the town below.

The Castle itself has some of the best preserved interiors in the Czech Republic and boasts a beautiful garden with a revolving theatre.

Inside the Castle are the famous lavishly painted interiors and period furnishings.

Below the Castle is the picturesque town of Cesky Krumlov with its winding streets, colourful Baroque and Renaissance houses giving the town a fairy tale like atmosphere.

There is also the important Egon Shiele museum which is named after one of the most famous residents of this quaint little town. The museum houses an exhibition of both the painters' works and those of contemporary artists.

Plus there are many caf├ęs and restaurants to stop and relax in while visiting this picture perfect Bohemian town.

You will travel 2 1/2 hours to the city of Cesky Krumlov in our own transport.

By prior arrangement and at additional cost, it is possible to arrange short canoeing or rafting on the Vltava river which meanders around the city of Cesky Krumlov.

You can request a tour using the booking form here.

-Out of Prague-

Kutna Hora, Sedlec Ossuary and St. Barbara Cathedral

The Sedlec Ossuary is a small Roman Catholic chapel, located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints, which is a part of the former Abbey in Sedlec, a suburb of Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic.

It hosts a thought provoking display of human remains. The skeletons of more then 40,000 people are artistically displayed here in order to reflect the medieval theory of Memento mori (remember that you have to die, focus your attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife!)

Four enormous bell-shaped mounds occupy the corners of the chapel. An enormous chandelier of bones, which contains at least one of every bone in the human body, hangs from the center of the nave with garlands of skulls draping the vault. Also executed entirely in bone is the coat of arms of the House of Schwarzenberg and the signature of the artist Frantisek Rint.

Apart from the ossuary we will take a walk around the town of Kutna Hora and see its medieval sights. Kutna Hora was the center of the economical power of the Bohemian kingdom in the Late Medieval Period. Its silver mines were responsible for 1/3 of all European silver production in 14th and 15th centuries. From the wealth of its silver mines was rebuilt even the Cathedral at the Prague castle.

Last but not least we will visit "The Saint Barbara" (a Roman Catholic Church in Kutna Hora, one of only four Cathedrals of Bohemia). It is one of the most famous Gothic churches in central Europe and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. St Barbara is the patron saint of miners which was highly appropriate for a town whose wealth was based entirely upon its silver mines.

You can request a tour using the booking form here.

Over the years I have had the privilege of guiding a huge number of people from all over the world from many different walks of life; Congressman, MP, TV presenter, Magazine editors, Musicians, Doctors, Architects and many others.... my work has been a life enriching experience and I have had great satisfaction sharing my passion for Prague with so many people.

My previous guests have been kind enough to reward me with 100% 5 star reviews on Tripadvisor. You can read the reviews here.

You can download a .pdf or .jpeg map of Prague's gay venues here.

Alternatively you can download the Gay Map to your device: iOS or Android

You will also find a full list of Prague's gay clubs, bars, Saunas and Sex Clubs with links to their websites here.


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