The Charles Bridge
Oct16

The Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge, which is now one of the main tourist attractions of Prague, was built not because of tourist but because it was a vital connection between both banks of the Vltava. A bridge was badly needed soon From the very beginning, Prague consisted of several units separated by the river. The left bank (i.e. Hradčany and the Lesser Town) was the seat of the dukes and later kings, the bishop of Prague as well as some highest...

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The Oldest Czech Legends
Oct07

The Oldest Czech Legends

Today, I would like to tell you a bit of facts – and lot of myths – about the origins of the Czechs and about the founding of Prague. Please come in, the story begins… Where did the Czechs come from? The Czechs are members of the Slavs, ethnic group which emerged in Eastern Europe (what is today Ukraine) around 500 AD. The Czechs’ ancestors migrated west. During 6th century, the Slavs arrived to Bohemia and Moravia. The legend...

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The Murder of St Wenceslas
Sep26

The Murder of St Wenceslas

In Prague, it is impossible not to stumble upon a reference to “(svatý) Václav”  – that is (St) Wenceslas. For example, Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square) bears his name. If you were in St Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle, you have perhaps looked into Kaple svatého Václava (St Wenceslas Chapel) – where his remains are also kept. There are several statues of St Wenceslas around Prague as well. Naturally, a large one is on the...

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St Nicholas Church in Lesser Town
Sep20

St Nicholas Church in Lesser Town

If you are on the way between the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, you can hardly miss a large Baroque church standing at a sloped Malostranské náměstí (the Lesser Town Square). The church with its large dome and a tall tower is a natural eye-catcher from all directions – including the one from above, i.e. from Prague Castle. A church – or three? The church is St. Nicholas Church. Interestingly, there are no less than three St....

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Child’s Play, 3 Tips for fun in the City Center
Aug16

Child’s Play, 3 Tips for fun in the City Center

If you have children, you already know that while on an outing the kids start out enthusiastic but later become bored, tired or even annoyed; possibly spoiling an otherwise excellent day. Sometimes you can bribe them with promises of what they can have or do after you finish your trip, but I leave it to you to decide whether that’s a good strategy or not. Nevertheless, it doesn’t always work. The historical center of...

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