The Rich History of Prague

Prague has a long history, from Habsburg rulers to Nazi occupation and from the Communist regime to membership of the European Union. You will find no boring dates and catalogues of kings on Prague-Now, instead interesting and fascinating facts about major events and persons that played an important role in the history of Prague.

Prague-Now answers your question: who was King Wenceslas, why did Hus end on the stake, what is sgraffito and was Communism bad for everyone? Find out for yourself if the monotone blocks of flats in the suburbs are an eye sore or do they have some charm? Hotel Praha once the showpiece of the Communists leaders has now been demolished. All that remains is reading about the remarkable architecture of this building.

Alchemists, Rudolph II and Prague

Alchemists, Rudolph II and Prague

Tucked against the castle walls, Golden Lane is a charming little street. In the sixteenth century during the reign of Rudolph II, the brightly painted cottages were the haunt of alchemists. Originally members of the imperial entourage, including alchemists, lived in...

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Prague as Film Set

When in Prague for the first time, you may have the feeling that you have been here before. Not so strange after all. Prague's cobbled streets, Baroque mansions and the Vltava River are extremely picturesque and authentic. The Czech Republic has a long tradition of...

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Terezin Concentration Camp Ghetto and Memorial

Terezin Concentration Camp Ghetto and Memorial

Terezin concentration camp, Theresienstadt in German, portrays the horrifying story of a shameful past. So horrendous it must be told again and again to prevent it from reoccurring. In 1942, the old fort of Terezin was inaugurated as a transit camp for Jews. The...

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Cubist Kiosk: Gem of Rondo-Cubism or Fake?

Cubist Kiosk: Gem of Rondo-Cubism or Fake?

The Cubist Kiosk in a public park near Prague's Main Train Station is a Bureau de Change. It used to be a Trafika Kiosk: a place that sells newspapers, magazines, soft drinks, snacks and, very importantly, tram and metro tickets. This is appropriate because it was...

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Visit Prague Castle Tips and How to Beat the Queue

Visit Prague Castle Tips and How to Beat the Queue

Visit Prague Castle; the best-known landmark of the city! The castle is situated on a hill high above the Vltava River. The iconic spires of St Vitus Cathedral are a beacon and seen from everywhere in the city. This is the place were kings were crowned and buried. A...

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Prague Charles IV Exhibition: the Medieval Town

Prague Charles IV Exhibition: the Medieval Town

Prague Charles IV is a permanent exhibition in Muzeum Prahy, the City of Prague Museum. The full title of the exhibition is: Prague during the Reign of Charles IV: a Medieval City. When Charles arrived in the Czech lands in 1333, he found the city of Prague and both...

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Take the Metro to the Suburbs for the Real Prague

Take the Metro to the Suburbs for the Real Prague

Go to Luziny suburb and see the real Prague. Hop on Metro Line B and get off at Luziny station, a residential area full of ten-storey blocks of flats. Prague has 1.3 million inhabitants and this type of suburb is where most residents live. The blocks of flats looked...

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Zizkov Jewish Cemetery

Zizkov Jewish Cemetery

Zizkov Jewish Cemetery is not as famous as the Old Jewish Cemetery in the Josefov district or the New Jewish Cemetery in the Vinohrady district. From 1787 to 1890 the Zizkov cemetery was the most important burial place in Prague. 40.000 people were buried in the...

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Mala Strana Cemetery

Mala Strana Cemetery

Sandwiched between two busy roads, Plzenska and Vrchlickeho, Mala Strana Cemetery is an oasis of peace and serenity. When taking a closer look, this churchyard resembles more a public park than a cemetery. This cemetery, outside the centre of Prague, is not just a...

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Communist-era Hotel Praha Now Demolished

Communist-era Hotel Praha Now Demolished

Communist-era hotel Praha was once the favourite place in Prague for the Communist party elite to splash out and entertain guests such as Nicolae Ceaucescu, Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev. Located in Dejvice, Prague's most prestigious neighbourhood , Hotel Praha...

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Convenience Stores and Vietnamese People in Prague

Convenience Stores and Vietnamese People in Prague

Convenience stores in Prague are almost always 'potraviny' (food) and / or 'vecerka' (night shops). They are often tiny self-service stores that sell just about anything you need; from bread, vegetables and fruit to condoms, Becherovka and Asian delicacies. They are...

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Mozart and Prague

Mozart and Prague

Mozart and Prague are intrinsically linked. This famous composer lived for some time in Prague. He composed and directed several of his works here. Prague has no Mozart Museum, yet you can follow the musician's footsteps. Join the walking tour to visit places in...

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Guided Walking Tour Ghosts of Prague

Guided Walking Tour Ghosts of Prague

Join the Ghosts of Prague Walking Tour. Wind your way through the cobbled street and winding alleys where alchemists, murderers and spirits once wandered around. Listen to nerve wrecking stories about betrayal, murder and demons. You will hear about the secrets of the...

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Attractions and Sights in Jewish Prague

Attractions and Sights in Jewish Prague

Attractions and sights in Josefov Jewish District: synagogues, designer shopping and kosher dining. Elegant Josefov is sandwiched between the Vltava River and Stare Mesto, the Old Town district. Josefov was once a thriving Jewish ghetto. The six synagogues, the town...

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Alchemists, Rudolph II and Prague

Alchemists, Rudolph II and Prague

Tucked against the castle walls, Golden Lane is a charming little street. In the sixteenth century during the reign of Rudolph II, the brightly painted cottages were the haunt of alchemists. Originally members of the imperial entourage, including alchemists, lived in...

read more

Prague as Film Set

When in Prague for the first time, you may have the feeling that you have been here before. Not so strange after all. Prague's cobbled streets, Baroque mansions and the Vltava River are extremely picturesque and authentic. The Czech Republic has a long tradition of...

read more

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