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nový svět prague street sign

Prague Streets – Nový Svět – The New World

Prague Streets – Nový Svět – New World Tourists will flock to Prague Castle to see the Golden Lane and it’s little houses. But an equally pleasant street, although the houses are less accessible, can be found just a five minute walk from the Castle. In Czech it’s Nový Svět (you say it like know-vee … Read More

the courtyard of zbiroh castle and entry to the castle pub.

Zbiroh Castle

Trips from Prague, Zbiroh Castle There are several reasons for visiting Zbiroh not least for the surrounding countryside hiking experiences but the Castle/Chateau is fairly unknown to tourists. It has an interesting history so if you are driving between Prague and Plzen it might be worth a stop especially if you are a Slav Epic … 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

Prague Old Royal Palace external main entry from the 3rd courtyard up the steps to the left

Prague Old Royal Palace

Prague Old Royal Palace If you want to visit here then it means a trip to Prague Castle and you will need to buy a “Historic Buildings Ticket”. There are several parts to the building which I’ll explain below. At the time of writing you need special permission to take photographs inside. Parts of the … Read More

the prague castle fortified sand gate as seen from outside the old city wall in 1750

The Sand Gate

The Sand Gate Prague was a fortified city up until the 1880s. On my Walking Tours I can point out where the various city wall gates used to be, what they were called and who might have used them. I can even show you what they looked like, describe the dimensions and generally paint a … Read More

prague st vitus cathedral viewed from the presidential office in the third courtyard of prague castle

Prague ST Vitus Cathedral

Prague ST Vitus Cathedral If you’ve read the post about Legend of ST Vitus then we arrive at the year 925 and Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia (later to be known as Good King Wenceslas) is gifted a relic (bones) of ST Vitus by Henry the First, King of Germany (if you thought that was nice … 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

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

prague lobkowicz palace concert room with covered chairs and stuccoed wall details

Prague Lobkowicz Palace

Prague Lobkowicz Palace Classical Concert Venue It’s a question I’ve been asked many times. What is your favourite Prague classical concert venue? For large scale impact I have three favourites but for a small venue there’s only one, the Prague Lobkowicz Palace. Where is the Prague Lobkowicz Palace? Be careful, although this is the most … Read More

karlstejn castle

Prague Karlstejn Castle

Prague Karlstejn Castle If you are looking for a trip outside of Prague then Karlstejn Castle is an option as a half-day, whole-day or overnight stay. I’ll describe why you might want to visit, options for what to see in the area and how to get to and from it. Staying in Karlstejn When I … Read More