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empty bench seating at the riegrovy sady beer garden during the pandemic

Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden and Park

Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden and Park If you look at a map of Prague and you find the main train station located roughly at the top and to one side of Wenceslas Square then you’ll notice that behind the station is a large green area that takes up approximately eleven hectares of land. This is … 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

the neo-renaissance sophies palace building on slavonic island in prague

Slavonic Island and Sophies Palace

Slavonic Island and Sophies Palace If you visit the Dancing House then when you look down into this part of the river you’ll see a weir. You may think that this is a fairly recent thing to control the river but actually there has been a weir here for at least 600 years. It’s a … 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

the memento mori street lamp pointing upwards to the nusle bridge

Memento Mori

Memento Mori Underneath the Nusle bridge in Prague is the Folimanka Park and in the park is a street lamp. At first glance it looks like many other street lamps until you notice that the light is pointing upwards not downwards. It is Memento Mori, the Memorial to the Nusle Bridge Suicides. Back in 2004 … Read More

prague funicular with prague castle and city in background

Prague Funicular

Prague Funicular On maps of the city the Prague Funicular may be listed with its Czech name i.e. Lanova Draha. Some sites describe it as a cable car. That’s true in so far as it is pulled by a cable but it runs on tracks. Hence why we call it a Funicular and not a … 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

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

tower park in prague with umbrellas and chairs on grass

Prague Tower Park

Prague Tower Park Recreation Area On the Prague TV Tower post I mentioned this place because although Prague Tower Park would not normally be on your list of places to visit, you will appreciate combining the TV Tower and Tower Park. When I worked at the TV Tower in 1996/7 this was a public park … Read More