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animated submarine logo of the karel zeman museum in prague

Karel Zeman Museum

Prague Karel Zeman Museum Yeah!, I know what you’re thinking. I’ve put this post in the “Activities” section by mistake! Well get ready for one of the most unique things to do and see in Prague. If you’ve got any creative juices, any interest in film or you have kids in the 4-12 age group … Read More

two men disguised as chimney sweeps either side of a huge pair of red shorts

A Pair of Red Shorts

A Pair of Red Shorts Every now and again there has to be a line drawn and some consequences dished out. This is a true story about an outlandish protest and an equally outlandish but ultimately petty response. This post will help you understand why sometimes you see a pair of red shorts hanging above … Read More

the centre moorish style archway to the jubilee synagogue with hebrew text

Jubilee Synagogue

Jubilee Synagogue in Prague So you’re coming to Prague and intend spending a day in the Jewish Quarter. You’ll buy the Jewish Museum ticket and visit all the synagogues right? Wrong! If you do that you’ll miss one because it’s not officially part of the Jewish Museum in Prague. It’s the newest, largest, cheapest to … Read More

prague calendarium hand painted astrological graphics in concentric circles

Prague Calendarium

Prague Calendarium When people see the Calendarium they think that they are looking at the Astronomical Clock. Actually the Clock is above it and was there first. The Calendarium was added around 80 years later. The first mention of the Calendarium is in 1490. What Does It Do? Although it is far less technical than … Read More

aerial map of prague showing bend in river and bomb site locations

Prague World War Two Bombings

Prague World War Two Bombings On the Walking Tours people invariably ask that given the stunning beauty and historic architecture, was Prague bombed in the war? So, specifically the Old Town was not bombed but the city was bombed on a total of 3 occasions. Setting the Scene The tide has turned. The allies are … Read More

prague old town square late baroque style kinsky palace, a four floor building with stone archways joined by a first floor balcony and 2 roof level porticos

Kinsky Palace

Prague Kinsky Palace The Kinsky Palace is the largest single building on the Old Town Square. Before you say “that’s not true, what about the churches and the Old Town Hall?”. Well the Old Town Hall is 4 buildings joined together, the Tyn Church is set back from the square and the ST Nicholas Church … Read More

3 old prague ham joints cooking on a spit

Czech Food – Old Prague Ham

Czech Food – Old Prague Ham Old Prague Ham is cured ham so when you see them revolving around the spit it’s just to finish it off. This stall is a great place to stand in the winter months. Don’t worry if the guy walks around the corner with an axe in his hand, he’s … Read More

stone marker with the words ceske svycarsko etched into it. it means czech switzerland

Bohemian Switzerland

Bohemian Switzerland Actually the Czechs know the area as Ceske Svycarsko or Czech Switzerland. In either case it’s a National Park in the north-west of the country which straddles the Czech-German border. Germans call it Saxon Switzerland but from now on I’ll stick with it’s more popular tourist name Bohemian Switzerland. Why Visit Bohemian Switzerland? … Read More

the restored interior of pragues grand cafe orient. cubist style with green and gold decor and mahogany bar

Prague Cafes – Grand Cafe Orient

Prague Cafes – Grand Cafe Orient There are not many “original” things left in the world, but some places are rebuilt with such care and attention to detail that you can’t tell the difference. Grand Cafe Orient in Prague is one of those places. Anybody with an interest in Prague architecture should put this on … Read More

prague charles bridge portrait artist drawing a caricature of a young girl with ginger hair

Charles Bridge Portrait Artists

Charles Bridge Portrait Artists There are some seriously talented artists in Prague and several of them can be found on Charles Bridge during the year. The signage on their easels should make it clear what the pricing will be and material options etc. It also makes it easy to point at what you want. But … Read More