Check Out Czech Food!
Aug06

Check Out Czech Food!

If you are in Prague, surely you must try out Czech food! I know, it can be a trial-and-huge-error thing but it can yield surprisingly good results. The quality of Czech restaurants is gradually improving and there are many to visit where you can enjoy a good Czech meal. But what is a typical Czech meal anyway? Czech cuisine is not only beer – though one Czech comedian used a catchphrase that “hunger is only thirst in disguise.” There...

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The First Defenestration in Prague
Jul28

The First Defenestration in Prague

Defenestration – the act of throwing a thing or person out of a window (with the intent to kill) – occurred three times in the history of Prague. In all cases, religious disputes were the underlying cause. Two of the defenestrations started long wars. The last one, in 1618, was the beginning of the Thirty Years’ War. The first one, in 1419, was the event which marked the start of the Hussite Wars. Today, I will share with you...

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The Legend of the Prague Golem
Jul22

The Legend of the Prague Golem

Fantasy readers – like me – have probably met a golem or two in the books they read. Stemming from Jewish Folklore it is a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and brought to life by magical means. A golem lacks free will and must obey the commands of its master. You may have noticed that one golem is also a symbol of Prague, as well as part of Czech culture and pop-culture. This particular golem – as the...

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The Life and Death of Jan Hus
Jul06

The Life and Death of Jan Hus

Jan Hus is a name foreigners will soon stumble upon if he or she starts to study Czech history, or even attends a city tour. Hus is seen by many as a forerunner of the European church reformation. His opinions and stubbornness with which he refused to abandon his teachings earned him a horrible death at the stake on July 6, 1415. Nevertheless, Hus’s death did not quell the popular movement that he started in the Czech Kingdom. On the...

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Vysehrad Castle
Jul01

Vysehrad Castle

At first look, Vyšehrad is a fortress. Situated atop a hill overlooking the Vltava and surrounded by thick walls, it lost its military importance long ago. Instead, it became a major symbol of the Czech national revival in the 19th century and a favorite destination for dat trips too. Vyšehrad may refer to an administrative district which includes also neighboring streets. For some time, it was a town in its own right, but later...

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