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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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The best 5 Czech pastries and where to get them

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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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What to Pack for Your Trip to Prague

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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

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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

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

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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

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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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A comprehensive guide to Czech Christmas traditions (part 2)

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

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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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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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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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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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All you need to know about public restrooms in Prague

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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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Whatʼs up with house numbering in Prague

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So, here you are in Prague. You have some idea of what you want to see, where you want to eat, and a place or two that you will enjoy some fine entertainment. You have your map, the addresses, and maybe a smartphone to help you get around. This is where my troubles began. I…

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All you need to know about Prague public transportation

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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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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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How to skip the scams in Prague

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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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How to be a responsible tourist in Prague

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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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