One of the things that you’ll learn about when you go on a Prague Extravaganza Free Tour is the revolt of the Bohemian noblemen against the Hapsburg monarchy in the early part of the 17th century, an incident which was the catalyst that kicked off the 30 Years War in Europe. The revolt was unsuccessful,
We’ve already published a blog post about the 1968 Prague Spring, so this time you will learn what happened after. Those travellers, who participated on our special Communism & Bunker Tour, not only had the unique chance to visit a creepy nuclear shelter, but also to greet the Patron Saint of Czechs, King Wenceslas, who’s statue overlooks the Wenceslas
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
I was born and raised in a small town in eastern Nebraska in the heart of American farm country. When I was a kid, to me Czechoslovakia was just a place in Europe with a funny name that was marked on the globe that I had been given as a present for my seventh birthday.
In the middle of Old Town Square stands a large and imposing statue of one of Bohemia’s most important religious reformers and martyrs, Jan Hus (c.1370-1415). If you’ve been on a Prague Extravaganza Free Tour, then you might already know something about this significant historical figure and the 15-year-long cycle of Hussite Wars that was
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
The first thing that comes to many people’s minds when they think of Letná is probably Prague’s most well-know beer garden, perched on the high left bank of the river Vltava. The beer garden sits in the middle of Letná Park (Letenské Sady), a wide swath of green space frequented by walkers, runners, picnickers, bikers
There was a time during the period of the Second World War when Czechoslovakia ceased to exist as a nation. Abandoned by its allies, and left to fend for itself against the onslaught of Nazi Germany, Czechoslovakia was systematically dismembered over the course of late 1938 when it was forced to cede territory to Hitler, and then subsequently occupied by the German military in March of 1939.
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
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