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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 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

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

detail showing how people have touched the plaques on charles bridge in prague

Prague Jan Nepomuk Statue

Jan Nepomuk You’ll see his statue in every published guide but there are other things to look for and understand. This post will give a brief timeline and background of Jan Nepomuk so you know how he came to die but mostly it’s about the icons on the Charles Bridge and how to recognise a … Read More

illusion art of man pushing another man out of a window

Prague Defenestrations

Prague Defenestrations Defenestration comes from the German word for window i.e. Fenster. the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. expulsion, riddance, ejection, exclusion – the act of forcing out someone or something; Oxford English Dictionary The First and Second Prague Defenestrations As far as throwing people out of windows goes then … Read More

white restaurant barge moored on the river next to shooters island in prague

Shooters Island

Shooters Island in Prague – Strelecky Ostrov I’m going to split this post into two parts. Obviously you’ll want to know why it’s called Shooters Island but you’ll also want to understand why you might like to come here. Where Does the Name Come From? The Island is mentioned as far back as the 12th … Read More

prague lucerna passage long view extending away. tiled floor ending at 5 tall roman windows

Lucerna Passage

Prague Lucerna Passage – Cultural Gem The first time I came through the covered Lucerna Passage (it sounds like “lootserna”) was the summer of 1996 about a week after arriving in the country. I think we were trying to find an American pub but we had no map, no smartphones, we didn’t speak Czech and … Read More

prague marian column made of sandstone standing 20 metres tall on the old town square

Prague Marian Column

Prague Marian Column If you did my Old Town Walking Tour up to February 2020 then you’ll know that in the early part of the tour I show the Meridian line on the Old Town Square and then say, and I quote “before I tell you about the meridian I have to tell you what … Read More

prague havelska street market sign

Prague Havelska Street Market

Havelska Street Market This is an old market but it has changed a lot over the years. I’ve included a Google Map below but you’ll just stumble across the Havelska Street Market as you walk between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Havel Town It may seem ridiculous today but in the 13th Century … Read More