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The Art Nouveau interior of the Municipal House Cafe in Prague

Municipal House Cafe

Municipal House Cafe You’ll find lots of tips for eating and drinking on this site. If you’re like me then you appreciate a nice cup of coffee and believe me there are many places that you can try. But if you’re only here for a couple of days there really are 5 or 6 cafes … Read More

prague street sign saying na prikope

Prague Streets – Na Prikope

Prague Streets – Na Prikope As you can see in the picture below there are several special Czech characters so in it’s simple phonetic form it’s like saying “na pri-copy-yay”. Currently Na Příkopě is one of the most expensive streets for renting commercial property but historically there are a number of interesting points. I cover … Read More

The Rear Terrace of the Hanavsky Pavilon Restaurant in Prague

Hanavsky Pavilon

Hanavsky Pavilon No it’s not a spelling mistake. In Czech we call them a pavilon but tourist guides will often call it a pavilion. In any case the Hanavsky Pavilon has both a practical purpose of being one of the few restaurants in the area and also it’s a building of architectural importance. If you … Read More

a street sign for paris street in prague old town

Paris Street Rebuilding the Prague Jewish Quarter

Paris Street – Rebuilding The Prague Jewish Quarter Before you start this post be sure to read Why the Prague Jewish Ghetto Was Destroyed. That post explained the reasons for the demolition. This post starts in 1887 with the plan for the rebuilding of the Prague Jewish Quarter into what you see today. Of all … Read More

black and white photo showing the final construction of the prague stalin statue with nine characters made from granite stone

Prague Stalin Statue

Prague Stalin Statue If you had been in Prague on the evening on November 6th 1962 you would have heard a terrific explosion. It was the end of the road for the Prague Stalin Statue. This post is about why it was built, things to look out for, why it had to be destroyed and … Read More

the queen annes palace or belvedere in the prague castle imperial gardens along with the giardinette and singing fountain

Prague Castle Imperial Gardens

Prague Castle Imperial Gardens and Belvedere Until the middle of the 15th Century Prague Castle was largely defended by it’s own high walls and a moat on the northern side. As new defences were installed over the next Century it enabled the Castle grounds to be extended to the north by about 300 metres. Part … Read More

upward shot of the neo-renaissance Prague National Museum on Wenceslas Square with fountain in foreground

Prague National Museum

Prague National Museum, Architectural and Cultural Icon I could tell you that it is a neo-Renaissance building that opened in 1891 but as thousands of other sites will tell you the same thing wouldn’t you like to hear something new like how the museum ended up being built here, what it replaced, why in the … Read More

17th century baroque style troja chateau with roses in foreground

Troja Chateau

Troja Chateau In Czech it has the name “Zámek” which usually means it’s a castle so some people call it Troja Castle. But when you see pictures it looks more like a chateau or a villa so again some people call it Troja Chateau or Troja Villa or Troja Palace. For me it’s Troja Chateau. … Read More

prague metronome in silhouette against a sunny blue sky

Prague Metronome

Prague Metronome In 1891 Prague hosted the World’s Fair (what would become called EXPO) in the Prague 7 Exhibition Grounds. One of the structures built for that fair was the Little Eiffel Tower. For the 100th anniversary of that event the Society for the Czechoslovak General Exhibition returned to the same place and commissioned another … Read More

prague neo-gothic bethlehem chapel with two saddle roofs against a blue sky

Bethlehem Chapel

Bethlehem Chapel As well as the Bethlehem Chapel there are a few other reasons for visiting this area. You may be interested in Jan Hus hence you want to explore a place where he once preached. You may be looking for a good location for eating outside or you might be looking for a recommended … Read More