KARLŠTEJN CASTLE, day trip from Prague

Karlštejn Castle, established in the 14th century by the legendary King Charles IV, is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved gothic castles in the Czech Republic. Because of its close proximity to Prague (just 40 minutes by train), it’s also a popular day-trip destination for visitors and locals alike, and is one of the

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Karlštejn Castle was not used as a location in the filming of Game Of Thrones, nor did it appear anywhere in the Lord Of The Rings. Photo by Lukáš Kalista.

HOW TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN PRAGUE

So you just got off the plane or arrived at the train station, you’re dragging your luggage around and wondering where in the name of St. Wencelas your hostel or hotel could possibly be. You’ve got a map. That’s a good start. But the city is strange and you’ve never been here before. Of course,

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What the heck is this thing and what does it say?

CANOEING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Canoeing, rafting, and kayaking are some of this country’s most popular summer pass-times. Given the vast and beautiful network of rivers and streams that thread their way through the Bohemian landscape, it’s easy to see why. The waterways here are numerous and varied enough to provide whatever level of challenge the sports enthusiast is seeking,

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THE PRAGUE BOTANICAL GARDEN at Troja

The weather has turned fantastic in the last couple of weeks, it’s almost summer, and this is no time to stay indoors. The last month before the June solstice is my favorite season in Prague. The trees and bushes are all in bloom, and the green is getting on towards its full summer glory. The

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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.

KUTNÁ HORA: silver and bones

Kutná Hora is an ancient town located to the east of Prague, an hour journey by train, and which is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Though in medieval times it was a a mining center that contributed significantly to the royal coffers of the princes of Bohemia, these days it is probably best

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The Sedlec ossuary. No dogs allowed.
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