MALÁ STRANA, the “Small Side” of Prague

Sitting on the left bank of the river Vltava and connected to the Old Town by Charles Bridge, lies the city’s Malá Strana district, nestled between the foot of the castle hill and the bottom of the green slopes of Petřín Park. Translated directly, Malá Strana means “Small Side”, but the neighborhood is usually spoken of as the

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The view from Petřín Hill. Photo Melanie Rada

ČESKÝ KRUMLOV, fairy tale town

Český Krumlov is a picturesque small town in southern Bohemia with a beautifully restored historic center with Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque architecture which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. The town is one of the country’s most-visited destinations for both Czechs and foreigners alike, all seeking to enjoy the unique beauty of

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The view looking down from the castle.

15 FILMS MADE IN PRAGUE (with trailers!)

Prague has long been a favored location choice for big-budget international film and television production companies. Scores of feature films have been made here during the last few decades, as well as numerous television serials, and the entertainment industry remains alive and thriving to this day. Chances are you’ve seen numerous movies and TV shows

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How did former Czechoslovakia became part of the Eastern Bloc

The 20th century was particularly painful for the Czech nation. “Victorious February” (25th Feb 1948), was a government coup and complete takeover of the communists behind the steering wheel of Czechoslovakia. Background Communism as a philosophy emerged from the turmoil of the European industrial revolution, where the ordinary people were for the first time in

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How did Communists take over the former Czechoslovakia.

15 FUNNY PRAGUE PHOTOS – a possible basis for mild culture shock

No disrespect intended, but sometimes the Czech Republic differs from what outsiders are used to in some relatively humorous ways. Wandering around the country over the years, we’ve come across some things that seem perfectly normal here, but may be apt to raise an eyebrow or earn a smirk from people who aren’t from these

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Ride in comfort to the happy ending of a perfect day.

VALENTINES DAY in Prague

It’s February again and that means that Valentines Day (henceforward referred to as VD) is just around the corner, so why not show your special other a good time in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities? For that purpose, we’ve compiled this list of special events to celebrate this special day, some of which are

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10 LOCAL DESIGNER SHOPS with offbeat, original stuff

Sometimes it seems like every third storefront and every other market stall in the center of Prague is occupied by an over-lit, over-priced souvenir shop, all of them bursting with the same shot glasses, “Bohemian” crystal goods, and t-shirts boasting such mottos as “Czech Me Out” or “Prague Olympic Drinking Team”. So maybe this doesn’t appeal

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The interior of Botanicus, very smelly in a good way.
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