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The freshest farmersʼ markets in Prague (updated 2020)

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Now that the country is slowly waking  up from more than a two-month-long quarantine, people are thrilled to go outside and enjoy all the little things they have missed during the lockdown. And what is better than a coffee, freshly baked pastry and loads of local fruits and veggies? Prague farmers’ markets offer all of…

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Prague Tour Guides in the Times of Covid-19 Lockdown

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The Czech Republic has been under nation-wide quarantine for more than a month now. We’ve asked three of our beer guides how they’ve been coping with life in the post-Covid 19 world. Here are their answers: What are you doing in quarantine?  Johanka: The first week I was cooking and baking bread, and going on…

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Easter in the Czech Republic 2020

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As the Coronavirus spreads around the world, it is now more than certain that most of us are going to celebrate Easter under lockdown, far from family and friends, without the usual Easter visits and travels. Maybe you were planning to spend Easter in Prague, but you couldn’t make it, or you’re just curious about…

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Coronavirus in Prague: 8 Photos of Prague’s empty streets you must see

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As the Coronavirus crisis sweeps over Europe, borders are getting closed and people are forced to stay home. In the Czech Republic, schools and most non-essential services are closed and people are under quarantine. Face masks have become our new reality whenever we need to go out. All of this has left Prague virtually empty,…

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Would you dare to try these 10 weird Czech foods?

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When it comes to food, the Czech Republic always scores high – from the classic meat and dumpling dishes to the all-popular fried cheese and the scrumptious pastries that melt in your mouth, it is a true foodie paradise. However, like in every rich cuisine, there are some very weird foods that lurk from the…

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The 8 Best Art Galleries in Prague

Local Tips Things to do in Prague

Thinking about what to do on these cold and rainy days? Christmas is over and Easter is still far, but Prague always has an ace up its sleeve. Now is the perfect time to check out Prague’s amazing galleries, and we have plenty of them. As the Czech Republic’s capital, Prague much more than a…

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Things to do in Prague in spring 2020

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Many people will tell you that the best time to visit Prague is the summer. The weather is nice, restaurants have sidewalk seating, and music is heard everywhere. The only trouble is that you might not be the only tourist who wants to enjoy the city in its warmest season. Although the weather is undoubtedly…

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Cheap Eats: Where to Eat on a Budget in Prague?

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You might have heard Prague is inexpensive , especially compared to the USA or Western Europe, so if you’re travelling on a budget it’s just the perfect place for you. But is it really as budget friendly as it seems? The truth is, it really depends on where you go. Like in many touristy cities,…

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Who was Matt Konop, the WWII ‘Accidental Hero’?

History

“I think of the hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom.” Bob Dylan Two Rivers, Wisconsin is a small town on Lake Michigan. The population is around 12,000 and the only reason you may have heard of it is because it claims to be the birthplace of the…

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The best 5 Czech pastries and where to get them

Local Tips

If you are planning a trip to Prague, chances are you know this to be the uncontested capital of beer. You also may be aware of our love for meat, but what about Czech desserts? Well, we have quite a sweet tooth. In fact, we enjoy our desserts so much that we even have sweet…

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The Best Films Shot in Prague You Should See Before Visiting 

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Even if you’ve never been to Prague before, the chances are that you’ve already seen it on film without realising it. After the fall of the Iron Curtain directors swarmed the Czech Republic due to the low filming costs and stayed for the all the variety and beauty this place has to offer. And it…

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The Story of Jan Palach, the Human Torch Against the Soviet Occupation

History

“He died because he wanted to shout as loud as possible. He wanted us to realize what was happening to us…” Charter 77, January 1989   In 1968 Czechoslovakia was pursuing changes in the communist government under the guidance of the newly elected Alexander Dubček. This hopeful, but short lived, attempt was erased with the…

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What to Pack for Your Trip to Prague

Local Tips

Do you tend to plan your travels in detail or do you prefer to go with the flow when you arrive? If you are a bit like me, you will be in the first group. I have always enjoyed reading about the local culture and customs of my destinations beforehand. For me, it is important…

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Things to do in Prague in 2020

Local Tips Things to do in Prague

Planning a trip to Prague? 2020 is the year to go! Loads of cultural events, festivals, and celebrations will take place all around the city and you definitely donʼt want to miss on these.  Although the metropolis itself will enthrall you at any time, each season has a unique atmosphere and different things to offer….

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Prague’s Ghost Stories

History Local Tips

As a young boy, my parents gave me a collection of Grimm’s Fairy tales. These were not the sanitized ones given to most children in the US, these were the originals in all their gory glory. Instead of some moral or lesson the revised editions would teach, I read stories that had the “hero” cutting…

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A Local’s Guide to Prague in Winter

Local Tips

Let’s face is, travelling in winter might be a tad more demanding than your usual summer holiday. But, it can bring you so many great experiences that it’s really worth the extra trouble. And that’s twice as true for the winter in the Czech Republic. It’s not too cold, the temperature does not stay below…

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The 100th Anniversary of Chlebíčky, or Czech Open Faced Sandwiches

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  When you hear about Czech food, most probably the first thing that comes to your mind is a rich dish of roasted pork, lots of cabbage and dumplings as a side dish, and of course, rivers of mouth-watering beer to help swallow it all down. There’s no denying that the Czechs love their steaks,…

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How not to piss off the Czechs in Prague

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“Prague? That’s in Czechoslovakia, right? I mean, I always wanted to visit Eastern Europe! Those guys there are like Russians, I’ve heard they drink absinthe every day. I guess that’s because they’re depressed all the time…” Stereotypes – we’ve all heard these before. However, if you want to be on good terms with the locals…

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Ultimate guide to being vegan in Prague

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A first glance at some of our traditional Czech meals might make you think that there are no greater meat-eaters in this world than the Czechs. But don’t get misled! Roasted duck, pork knuckle, and all kinds of sausages might be essential for our cuisine, but these are by far not the only things we…

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10 breakfast places in Prague for a great start of the day

Things to do in Prague

When it comes to breakfast, the citizens of Prague know how to treat themselves. After all, it is the most important meal of the day, isn’t it? Forget about a quick snack on the go to start your day, you will have to sit through this one! Prague has a steadily growing coffee culture and…

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A local’s guide to Josefov, Prague

Neighbourhoods in Prague

For centuries, the area just north of the Old Town Square was the home of Prague’s Jewish population. Nowadays, the Josefov neighbourhood is one of the city’s most bustling districts, full of bars, restaurants, and history.   History of Josefov The first Jewish people came to Prague in the 10th century. Already in 1096, the…

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Architecture in Prague

Things to do in Prague

Welcome to Prague. Look at the buildings! The history of architecture is told in just a short walk. Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque is everywhere. But mixed in between you will see much later styles. Art nouveau all over the place. A Dancing House? A strange looking coffee shop in old town? A weird tower…

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The freshest farmersʼ markets in Prague

Things to do in Prague

Travelling to central Europe and thinking, “Hmm, how am I going to survive weeks (or months) of consuming this hearty — but not always healthy — cuisine from this corner of the globe? Good question. Traditional Czech (and much of central and eastern European) meals are made up of a fair amount of meat and…

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The beginnerʼs guide to Czech beer

Things to do in Prague

When you think of the Czech Republic, you probably think of beer. If this is not the first association that pops into your head, it will be after you finish reading this blog. Because, if any nation takes its beer seriously, it is the Czechs. We consume the largest amount of beer per capita in…

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A local’s guide to Prague street art

Things to do in Prague

My credentials as a street artist are as follows: once upon a time (22 years ago, to be exact), on a nice sunny day after school, my friend and I found our way home through forests, abandoned industrial areas, and all those zones that little rascals like to explore — and mark. It didn’t strike…

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Things to do after the Prague Discovery Tour

Things to do in Prague

This blog covers a question that many of us get once our Prague Discovery Tour is complete: “Now that we have seen the basics, what else is there to do?” Since we are in the winter months, my first suggestion is someplace warm! I do plan to keep you inside or near enough. Most of…

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A photo-taking guide of Prague

Things to do in Prague

Everyone can be a great photographer in this age of light and high-quality cameras. With Prague being one of the most photogenic cities around the world, your artistic ambitions will definitely thrive here. It is also one of the most photographed places. In order to make your photos stand out from the millions of other…

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Great Czech brewery day trips from Prague

Things to do in Prague

When you first come to Prague, you’ll quickly discover that Czech beer culture is much different from the more Westernised countries. Firstly, we drink a lot here. But secondly, the manner in which we drink is vastly different. It is quite rare to see people shouting over music, or on their mobile phones messaging friends…

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All you need to know about public restrooms in Prague

Local Tips

When I am asked for pointers when visiting Prague, one of my first is… get Czech money and make sure you have change. I have heard the responses: “I’ll just use euro,” “I can use my credit card,” “I have too many different kinds of change already…” I get it, I really do. But… there…

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Top 14 things to do in Prague with kids

Things to do in Prague

“Cities arenʼt for kids,” you might say, “they need open space to move around.” Well, I have some good news for you – Prague will soon do away with this conviction as your kids fall in love with the city forever. Donʼt believe me? Check my list below and see for yourself. (And start looking…

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Things to do in Prague in 2019

Things to do in Prague

Planning a trip to Prague? 2019 is the year to go! Loads of cultural events, festivals, and celebrations will take place all around the city and you definitely donʼt want to miss on these. Although the metropolis itself will enthrall you at any time, each season has a unique atmosphere and different things to offer….

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Off the beaten tap in Prague

Things to do in Prague

Beer drinkers, rejoice! There’s a place on Earth where your favourite beverage is cheaper than water. This is not a drill. Welcome to Prague, the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic, and the best place in the entire world for lovers of a good drop of the amber nectar. Here, the citizens are fuelled by what…

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All you need to know about Prague public transportation

Local Tips

Getting around in Prague is really easy. Most places are within walking distance and the public transportation is simply amazing. But it can be a bit confusing as well. When I first arrived in the city, I didn’t quite grasp how this ticket system works. I was used to paying to get on the subway,…

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Where to get Prague’s best burgers

Things to do in Prague

Some years ago, Radovan and Zuzana, a husband and wife duo from Slovakia, decided to quit their jobs and buy a food truck. In their very old Mercedes, they started preparing food and soon became so popular that whenever there was a farmers’ market or food festival happening, it just wasn’t right if they weren’t…

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Prague’s hopping craft beer scene is more than just pilsners

Things to do in Prague Tours

In Prague, the pilsner flows in beer gardens, bars, and restaurants where this brewing style was born. But the brewing scene is experiencing a revolution in the past decade, with tastes expanding to welcome new styles. Yes, craft brewing is hot even in the Czech Republic, regarded by many as the world’s beer capital and…

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Art lovers alert – the convent of Saint Agnes is a new item on your bucket list

Things to do in Prague

Have you ever heard of the convent of Saint Agnes in Prague? No, you haven’t! And guess what, other tourists haven’t either. While crowds of them throng in the Old Town Square, there are these unheard-of places in Prague that will simply take your breath away. Anežský klášter is one of them and it offers…

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Yes, there are vegetarian restaurants in Prague… and they’re fantastic

Things to do in Prague

When one thinks of vegetarian-friendly cities, Prague is not normally the first place that comes to mind – in fact, it may not even be in the top ten. But for those of you unwilling to falter, you’re in for a nice surprise. In fact, our capital is quickly adopting the unbridled food trends, some…

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Something Czech: traditional souvenirs from the heart of Prague

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Admit it – souvenir hunting might be one of your favourite sports. But it can get quite tricky! You can always buy one of these Made-in-China sweatshirts with a huge “I ❤ Prague” sign, but then why don’t you get something that was actually made HERE? Not so easy, you might say. How is one…

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The highlights of Czech cuisine and where to get them

Things to do in Prague

Are you familiar with Czech cuisine? You might want to get acquainted with it because the Czech Republic offers some of the best opportunities to stuff your belly! Getting to know the local dainties is an essential part of every trip and you definitely shouldn’t neglect it while in Prague. Let’s be honest, as opposed…

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How to skip the scams in Prague

Local Tips

Exploring new cultures is a fantastic adventure that often leads to some of the best life experiences, but we have to admit: sometimes new places and cultures can make even the most seasoned traveller quake in their boots. Even those who love to travel are often afraid they’ll “get it wrong” and cause, at best,…

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Retro Bike Tour – Prague from a new perspective

Things to do in Prague Tours

Prague is a truly diverse city and it allows for various ways of experiencing the local vibe. One option is to dive right in the city center and walk through the busy streets, another is to observe the bustling heart from a bird’s-eye view, offered by the hills surrounding the center. Beginning in the picturesque…

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How to be a responsible tourist in Prague

Local Tips

Prague is romantic, historic, beautiful and the ultimate beer lovers’ paradise. It’s also a tourist hot spot, which means when travel season rolls around, the city can be packed. To make the most of it while also minimising your impact, keep the following tips in mind. The locals will appreciate your efforts, and you’ll get…

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A local’s guide to Nusle, Prague

Neighbourhoods in Prague

Nusle is one of the less-known parts of Prague, that is nevertheless worth visiting. Escape the crowds surrounding the Prague castle and explore the other side of the river, with its own beautiful fortification and other hidden gems. Petr is our local expert in Prague, who will give you some tips on what to do…

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24 hours in Prague

Things to do in Prague

When travelling, we understand that you might not always want to follow the same “must dos” you see in every guidebook or on every travel blog, especially when you only have 24 hours at your disposal. What you might want to do instead, is learn something new, take a few steps out of your comfort…

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A local’s guide to the Castle District

Neighbourhoods in Prague

The Castle District, or Hradčany, belongs among the most frequently visited parts of Prague, and for a good reason too! The castle is adorned with the breathtaking St. Vitus Cathedral and surrounded by enchanting royal gardens with unforgettable views. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this area – it feels like traveling several…

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A Local’s Guide to St. Nicholas (Mikuláš) Day in Prague

Local Tips

Should you find yourself in Prague on December 5 as night starts to fall, the chances are that you will notice groups of angels and devils scaring children out of their wits. But don’t worry, this is not a nightmare, it is only Mikuláš – a quirky Czech holiday with a long tradition in our…

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Here is why you should spend New Year’s Eve in Prague

Local Tips

Winter is almost here and the inevitable question keeps popping up in your mind – what should I do for New Year’s Eve? Of course, you can spend it with your relatives, throw a party in your hometown, or go to the mountains like you always do… but why not experiencing something completely new?  “People…

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Everything you need to know about Prague’s Christmas markets

Things to do in Prague

Imagine this: you are in Prague for Christmas and wondering what is the best place to soak in the holiday atmosphere. Well, there is a simple answer: you shouldn’t miss the Christmas markets throughout the city. These are marvelous little wonderlands with a variety of handcrafted ornaments, treats and warm beverages. During the season these…

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A comprehensive guide to Czech Christmas traditions (part 2)

History Local Tips

Christmas takes a lot of preparation. Czech people  are crazy about tidying up for this occasion. Christmas cleaning is actually a special term in our language. It involves cleaning everything you come across at your place, including windows, no matter the weather. Even if it is freezing outside, this just needs to get done. Your…

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A comprehensive guide to Czech Christmas traditions (part 1)

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Christmas in the Czech Republic involves a combination of pagan and Christian traditions. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between the two, but it doesn’t matter too much, for we love them all irrespectively. There used to be major celebrations of winter solstice already before the birth of Jesus Christ. Also known as midwinter, winter…

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The Czech Republic 30 Years Since the Velvet Revolution

History

Symbols and their evolution can give us great insight into the organization, religion, or region that uses them. A good symbol can tell the story of  a group. The cross in Christianity certainly tells a story. The three colours of the Czech flag also  have meaning. White for the people, their honesty and peacefulness. The…

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Czech Christmas through the Eyes of an Expat: A Practical Guide

Local Tips Things to do in Prague

Christmas in Prague is picturesque, charming and …well…different than what I grew up with in the US. Back home in the States we have Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole crooning about “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”folks “dashing through the snow” and an occasional reference to the Czech Republic’s own ‘Good King Wenceslas”. Santa…

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A Guide to Prague’s Autumn Art Festivals

Festivals and cultural events

Prague has a reputation for stunning architecture, mouth-watering food and an endless supply of beer. As if this wasn’t enough, it also has a long tradition of cultural life. Sitting at the crossroads of the East and West, Prague has long been the cultural hub of Central Europe gaining inspiration from all around Europe.If you…

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28th September in Honor of the “Good King Wenceslas”

History

As a young boy growing up in the US, I would sometimes hear a song around the Christmas time about the “Good King Wenceslas,” some guy named Steven, and a feast. I never gave it much thought. Just another in a line of boring holiday music. Wenceslas was supposed to have magic feet to warm…

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Things to do in Prague in Autumn 2019

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Prague has something to offer in every season, but if there is a period that really reveals the city in all its beauty, it is definitely autumn. It is the time when Prague’s numerous parks turn into a lush palette of yellow, orange and red, making the city look like an impressionist painting. Autumn rain…

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Prague Signal Festival 2019 – How to Enjoy it Like a Local

Festivals and cultural events Local Tips

Autumn is the best time to visit Prague: the temperature is just perfect and the city is much less crowded. But what makes autumn in Prague even more special is the Prague Signal Festival, the city’s largest and most spectacular cultural event of the year that will take place 10- 13 October this year. The…

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Prague From Above: A Rooftop Guide

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People say that Prague is an open-air museum; if you slow down and look up, the labyrinth of narrow streets teleports you back in time. From the towering Gothic churches and colourful Baroque facades, to the intricate and playful Art Nouveau and Cubist style buildings, Prague’s history is literally written on its walls.  So; getting…

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