Prague Uprising
May01

Prague Uprising

Before the uprising In the first days of May 1945, World War II was approaching its end in Europe. Berlin was conquered by the Red Army and Hitler had killed himself. However, for the occupied Bohemia and Moravia, the war was not over yet. In fact, it was one of the last remaining territories under Nazi rule. In eastern Bohemia, a huge Army Group Centre (Heeresgruppe Mitte) still stood against the Soviets as an organized fighting...

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Communist Coup of 1948
Feb24

Communist Coup of 1948

Magical number eight in Czech modern history History of the Czechoslovak state in 20th century has several milestones. Interestingly, most of them happened in year ending with number eight: the Czechoslovak Republic gained independence in October 1918, lost its border regions inhabited by Germans to Hitler’s Nazi Germany by the Munich Treaty in September 1938 (Nazi occupation of Bohemia and Moravia followed in March 1939); the...

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Hussite Wars: Part Two
Feb03

Hussite Wars: Part Two

In the first part (published at www.prague.tips on January 06, 2015), we have left the Hussites in year 1420 when they have survived and then broken the first crusade against them. Jan Žižka During 1419 and 1420, the military genius of Jan Žižka came into the spotlight. It was him who led several dozens of defenders of a small fort on Vítkov hill against hundreds of crusaders. Jan Žižka, military leader of the Tábor Hussites,...

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Hussite Wars: Part One
Jan06

Hussite Wars: Part One

Today, I will tell you a little about one of the defining moments of the Czech history which we have already touched in some of the previous articles. Hussite Wars. The series of conflicts lasted 15 years – which was not too long by medieval standards if you remember that at the same time, the Hundred Years’ War was in progress in France. After those 15 years, the Czech society was never the same as before. The causes of Hussite Wars...

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Czech Christmas Traditions
Dec20

Czech Christmas Traditions

Christmas time is connected with many traditions and customs. Some are shared by almost all Christian countries but there are many traditions specific for each country. I will tell you about the traditions that are being held in the Czech Republic. Our Christmas start early Christmas (“Vánoce”) means three day of holiday (24th to 26th December). The main day of Christmas for the Czechs is 24th December (while it is a working day in...

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Old Town City Hall
Dec03

Old Town City Hall

The Old Town City Hall which is known especially for the Astronomical Clock which is frequently featured on the covers of Prague tourist guides, dominates the Old Town Square. However, the Astronomical clock is not the only attraction of this old building. Place of major events The Old Town City Hall was also a place of several major historical moments. In 1458, the Czech estates elected George of Poděbrady Czech King in a situation...

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