Let’s not beat around the bush, Prague is Sex City. Indeed, for many people the presence of quasi-legal brothels, strip clubs and massage parlours is the primary reason for visiting the Czech capital. The city has therefore over the years earnt itself something of a reputation for being the stag night capital of Europe, a fact that not everyone is happy about. Do not be surprised to see the words ‘No Stag Parties’ displayed on the windows of bars, pubs and even the odd adult entertainment establishment.
First off, a few legalities.
While prostitution in the Czech Republic is legal, almost everything that surrounds the industry is not: keeping a brothel, is not, for example, legal. Quite what constitutes a brothel is a moot point however, for the laws are quite deliberately ambiguous. As such, individual cities tend to take their own approach, and Prague’s has for many years been one of complete tolerance. You will therefore be able to visit the city’s many ‘gentlemen’s’ or ‘relax’ clubs with impunity, at least from local law enforcement. That is not to say that there are not hazards, for there are many, and there are a couple of golden rules to follow to ensure you keep your nose (if nothing else) clean.