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Lednice Chateau: A Neo-Gothic Wonder

January 6, 2015. Read count: 1799. Guided tours of the Lednice Chateau

This chateau in south Moravia is pure Neo-Gothic. The exterior alone is enough to fill visitors with awe. The rooms inside dazzle with their astounding original furnishings, exquisitely carved wood paneling and stunning, vibrant wallpaper. But that is not all … Continue reading

Nuremberg, Germany

January 6, 2015. Read count: 1659. Congress Center in Nuremberg

In Nuremberg you can walk through a medieval castle, admire medieval churches and visit breathtaking museums.  It is also a city of oriels, with about 80 in the city. Innovative fountains also dot the historical center. Of course, the beer, … Continue reading

Melnik Chateau

March 25, 2014. Read count: 3044. Melnik Chateau

Less than an hour north of Prague, Melnik Chateau offers visitors a tour of its stunning interior, filled with valuable pieces of art and historical furnishings. The exterior of the chateau is impressive, too. Renaissance arcades and sgraffito give the … Continue reading

Museum of Communism in Prague

February 1, 2014. Read count: 6352. Jan Palach

Divided into sections named The Dream, The Reality and The Nightmare, Prague’s Museum of Communism traces the dark history of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia from the Party’s inception in 1921 to the 1989 Velvet Revolution that toppled the regime and … Continue reading

The Albertina in Vienna, Austria

January 26, 2014. Read count: 3095. Albertina in Vienna

With one of the largest print collections in the world, an impressive array of modern art, staterooms harkening back to the Habsburg days and breathtaking temporary exhibitions, the Albertina is one of Vienna’s top attractions. The permanent modern exhibition of … Continue reading

The romantic spa town of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad)

January 26, 2014. Read count: 4587. Karlovy Vary - hot springs

This popular west Bohemia spa town sometimes referred to as Carlsbad or Karlsbad is noted for its 13 curative thermal springs and approximately 300 smaller springs. Patients and tourists take strolls along its elegant colonnades. Founded by Holy Roman Emperor … Continue reading

Communism in Czechoslovakia

January 26, 2014. Read count: 4109. Velvet Revolution in 1989

About Communism in Czechoslovakia On February 25, 1948 Czechoslovakia, until then the last democracy in Eastern Europe, became a Communist country, triggering more than 40 years of totalitarian rule. Under Communism workers were worshipped as heroes and exploited as propaganda … Continue reading

Museum of the Cold War at Prague’s Hotel Jalta

January 26, 2014. Read count: 6439. museum of cold war in prague

The big secret From the 1950s until 1989, the five-star boutique Hotel Jalta, recognized by UNESCO, harbored a big secret: About 20 meters under the hotel, there was an anti-nuclear bunker spread over three floors. Built from 1954 to 1958 … Continue reading

The Hot Spring underground tour in Karlovy Vary

July 10, 2013. Read count: 6530. hot-spring-karlovy-vary

Karlovy Vary and the Hot Spring (Vridlo) Named after Holy Roman Emperor and Bohemian King Charles IV, the west Bohemia spa town of Karlovy Vary is renowned for its curative springs, such as the Hot Spring, called Vridlo in Czech … Continue reading

Behind the Door (Za dvermi) Festival in Prague

July 10, 2013. Read count: 2696. behind-the-doors-festival-prague

The Behind the Door (Za dvermi) festival, running from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, features art performances on and near Wenceslas Square. For five days, the largest square in Prague becomes home to open-air presentations that involve music, … Continue reading

Prague Proms Festival

July 10, 2013. Read count: 2156. prague-proms-festival

One of the premiere music festivals in the Czech Republic, Prague Proms launched its eighth year of concerts on June 16, and the performances continue through July 20. Participants include legendary musician and composer Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at … Continue reading

Kromeriz Chateau and gardens

June 29, 2013. Read count: 3111. kromeriz

The northern Moravian town of Kromeriz features not only the Baroque Archbishop’s Palace but also three extensive gardens: the castle’s Baroque Pleasure Garden and 19th century English garden as well as The Flower Garden that is located about a 10-minute … Continue reading

Bouzov Castle: A fairy tale come true

June 29, 2013. Read count: 3436. bouzov caste

History of the castle Located an hour from Olomouc in central Moravia, Bouzov Castle has a fairy-tale appearance and is without a doubt one of the most impressive castles in the country. Originally built in the early 13th century as … Continue reading

Anniversaries

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk: A founding father of Czechoslovakia
September 30, 1938: The Munich Agreement
Saint Wenceslas (Václav): The Czech nation's patron saint
Jan Palach

Architecture

Zelená hora and Žďár nad Sázavou
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
The Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew in Pilsen (Plzeň)
Prague Architecture - Guide to Architecture, part 2
Prague Architecture - Guide to Architecture, part 1
Nelahozeves Chateau
Loket Castle: A Gothic experience
Josef Gočár: a prominent Czech architect

Art

Petr Brandl: A leading Baroque painter in Bohemia
Ivan Lendl: Alfons Mucha Exhibition in Prague
Gustav Klimt: A pioneer of artistic vision in Vienna
Egon Schiele: an Austrian painter in Cesky Krumlov
Czech Coronation Jewels
Bohemia Crystal
Behind the Door (Za dvermi) Festival in Prague
Alfons Mucha: Czech king of the Art Nouveau

Composers and Prague

Mozart and Prague
Beethoven's Prague Connection
Bedřich Smetana and his opera "The Bartered Bride"

Culture

Vyšehrad Cemetery
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival
The Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations in Cesky Krumlov
David Černý: The defiant and controversial Czech artist
Summer Shakespeare Festival
Strings of Autumn
Prague Spring International Music Festival
Prague Baroque Music Festival
Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle
Litomysl International Opera Festival
Fresh Film Fest
Cesky Krumlov Music Festival
Bohemia Crystal - The Art of Czech Crystal
Behind the Door (Za dvermi) Festival in Prague
A Famous Czech Song

Czech Chateaux

Melnik Chateau
Lednice Chateau: A Neo-Gothic Wonder
Konopiště Chateau and Archduke Franz Ferdinand d’Este
Jemniste Chateau
Hluboká nad Vltavou Chateau

Czech Cuisine

The romantic spa town of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad)
Czech Beer, Breweries and Beerhalls

Czech Film & Theatre

The Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary
Prague Dance Festival - TANEC PRAHA festival
Miloš Forman
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Jan Werich: A pioneer in Czech theatre and film
Behind the Door (Za dvermi) Festival in Prague

Czech Holidays

The Velvet Divorce - January 1, 1993
September 28th – The day of Czech Statehood
October 28: Foundation of Czechoslovakia
November 17 - The Velvet Revolution
New Year's Eve in the Czech Republic
May 1st - Labor Day
May 1945 - Prague Uprising and Liberation
Reformer Jan Hus
Czech Easter
Cyril and Methodius
A Czech Christmas

Czech Literature

Karel Hynek Mácha: A leading poet of Czech Romanticism
Jan Amos Komensky: an educational reformer

Czech Music and Singers

Karel Gott - An international singing sensation
Behind the Door (Za dvermi) Festival in Prague

Czech Spa Towns

The romantic spa town of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad)

Czech UNESCO Sites

Zelená hora and Žďár nad Sázavou
The Villa Tugendhat: An architectural gem in Brno
The ossuary or Bone Church in Kutna Hora
The Italian Court (Vlašský dvůr): The royal mint in Kutná Hora
Saint Barbara’s Cathedral in Kutná Hora
Olomouc - UNESCO Site
Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle
Litomyšl - UNESCO Site
Kutná Hora and the Bone Church - UNESCO Site
Kromeriz Chateau and gardens
Hrádek (The Little Castle) and the Silver Museum in Kutná Hora
Cesky Krumlov Attractions: Cesky Krumlov Castle, Baroque Theatre and the Revolving Auditorium
Český Krumlov - UNESCO Site
Brno: A Moravian marvel

Eastern Europe Destinations

Vienna's Sisi: Empress Elisabeth of Austria
Munich, Germany
Budapest
Bratislava: Slovakia’s captivating capital

Exhibitions

Vienna’s Sisi Museum in the Hofburg Palace
Nicholas Winton Exhibition

Famous Czechs

Václav Havel
Tomáš Baťa - founder of the Baťa Shoe Company
The artistic genius of Karel and Josef Čapek
Jaroslav Hašek and his novel "The Good Soldier Svejk"
Franz Kafka, Prague Jewish Author
Emil Škoda: Czech entrepreneur during Habsburg rule
Edvard Beneš - Czechoslovak Statesman
Bohumil Hrabal - the Sad King of Czech Literature
Alexander Dubček: The leader of the 1968 Prague Spring

History

Wenceslas III (Václav III): The end of a dynasty
The Three Kings: Heroes of the Czechoslovak resistance
Defenestration of Prague in 1618
The Mašín Gang: Heroes or villains
The Communist Coup in Czechoslovakia
The Beneš Decrees
Slavkov – Battle of Austerlitz
Saint Agnes (Anezka)
Rudolph II
Rudolf Slansky and the Slansky Trial
Premyslid Dynasty
Přemysl Otakar II: The Iron and Golden King
Prague Spring, 1968
Petr Vok of Rožmberk: The Renaissance Cavalier of Český Krumlov
Milada Horáková, Executed by the Communists
May 1945 - Prague Uprising and Liberation
Loket Castle: A Gothic experience
Life During the Nazi Occupation
Life during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia
King Charles IV and the Luxembourg Dynasty
John of Nepomuk
Jan Žižka
Jan Opletal: Dying for democracy during the Occupation
Jan Jesenský
Hussite Wars
Franz Joseph: The most beloved emperor of the Habsburg Monarchy
Elizabeth Jane Weston
Edward Kelley
Communism in Czechoslovakia
Battle of White Mountain
Auschwitz Concentration Camp
The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria
27 Noblemen Executed

Jewish sights

The Great Synagogue in Pilsen
The Spanish Synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Town
The Pinkas Synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Town
The Old-New Synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Town
The Maisel Synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Town
The Klausen Synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Town
Prague's Jewish Town
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague’s Jewish Town

Medieval Castles

Reliquary of Saint Maurus at Becov nad Teplou Castle
Pernštejn Castle: A medieval jewel in south Moravia
Loket Castle: A Gothic experience
Křivoklát Castle
Karlštejn Castle
Bouzov Castle: A fairy tale come true

Monasteries

Zlatá Koruna
Zelená hora and Žďár nad Sázavou
Vyšší Brod Monastery
The Strahov Monastery
Teplá Monastery
Plasy Monastery
Broumov Monastery

Museums

Vienna’s Sisi Museum in the Hofburg Palace
The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna
Museum of the Cold War at Prague’s Hotel Jalta
Museum of Communism in Prague
Loket Castle: A Gothic experience
Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle

Nature Reserves

Koněprusy Caves

Other

Nicholas Winton, Hero
Czech town halls and Tibetan flags

Prague Parks

Stromovka Park
Divoká Šárka Park
Riegerovy Sady Park
Průhonice Park
Letná Park

Prague Sights

Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)
Vyšehrad
Trója Chateau
St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague´s New Town (Nové Město)
Prague Zoo
Prague´s Old Town (Staré město)
Prague´s Lesser Town
Prague Castle
John Lennon Wall
Charles Bridge (Karlův most)
Astronomical Clock (Orloj)

Sights outside of Prague

Třeboň: an architectural gem in southern Bohemia
The Hot Spring underground tour in Karlovy Vary
The Cathedral of Saint Bartholomew in Pilsen (Plzeň)
Terezin Concentration Camp - Theresienstadt
Pilsen (Plzeň) – a city of architecture and tasty beer
Passau, Germany: A city rich in history, art and culture
Not the Usual Czech Winter Sports
Nelahozeves Chateau
Loket Castle: A Gothic experience
Lidice and Ležáky
The springs of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad/Carlsbad)
The Colonnades of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad/Carlsbad)

Traditions

Walpurgis Night (Čarodejnice)
November 2: All Souls’ Day
Mikulaš and Santa Claus
Halloween in the Czech Republic


Gustav Klimt: A pioneer of artistic vision in Vienna

January 31, 2013. Read count: 87583.

A pioneer of artistic individuality, Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt promoted the Viennese Secession movement, in which he took part for more than 10 years. His unique style is in part rendered by golden ornamentation and a sensual portrayal of … Continue reading

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

June 25, 2012. Read count: 40423.

Becoming heir to the Habsburg throne Born in Graz, Austria on December 18, 1863, Franz Ferdinand was the eldest son of Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, the brother of Franz Joseph. In 1889 his cousin, the Emperor’s son, Crown Prince … Continue reading

Alfons Mucha: Czech king of the Art Nouveau

July 22, 2012. Read count: 40281.

The prolific Mucha The imaginative and passionate creations by legendary Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha are well-known throughout the world, especially the idealized images of Sarah Bernhardt with her poignant, exhilarating gaze. An avid supporter of democratic … Continue reading

Life during the Communist era in Czechoslovakia

February 22, 2012. Read count: 39926.

The years of totalitarian rule in Czechoslovakia, from 1948 to 1989, were dark and dismal days, indeed.  After the 1948 coup, Communist ideology permeated citizens’ lives and dominated all aspects of society. Czechoslovakia’s political decisions were dictated by the Soviet … Continue reading

The Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich

May 23, 2011. Read count: 33923.

June 4, 1942 When head of Nazi security police and governor of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, Reinhard Heydrich, died 70 years ago, June 4, 1942, due to wounds inflicted by Czech parachutists during an assassination attempt, it marked … Continue reading

David Černý: The defiant and controversial Czech artist

September 10, 2012. Read count: 22291. david-cerny-trabant

David Černý the rebel A rebel motivated by anger, sculptor David Černý never fails to spark controversy with his shocking and provocative creations placed in public areas. He has painted a Soviet tank pink and designed male figures that urinate … Continue reading

Vienna’s Sisi: Empress Elisabeth of Austria

February 6, 2013. Read count: 20468. empress-sisi-vienna3

Detesting the strict regimen and ceremony of royal life, Empress Elisabeth, nicknamed Sisi, danced to the beat of her own drum, defying Habsburg protocol. The longest reigning Austrian empress – a post she held for 44 years – championed individual … Continue reading

Franz Joseph: The most beloved emperor of the Habsburg Monarchy

January 28, 2013. Read count: 20172.

Born on August 18, 1830 in Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace, Franz Joseph was the oldest son of Archduke Franz Karl and Princess Sophie of Bavaria. He would become the most respected and most beloved member of the Habsburg dynasty, ruling the … Continue reading

Life During the Nazi Occupation

March 3, 2012. Read count: 19777.

March 15, 1939: a horrific day in history Adolf Hitler got his wish to conquer Czechoslovakia when German troops, fighting off a ravaging snowstorm and vehicles’ technical problems, marched into Prague March 15, 1939 and took over Bohemia and Moravia. … Continue reading

Terezin Concentration Camp – Theresienstadt

May 23, 2011. Read count: 17287. terezin-concentration-camp-day-trips-from-prague

History of Terezin – Theresienstadt Terezín existed long before it became a Nazi work camp with a Gestapo prison during World War II. Because it was easily accessible and easy to guard, the Austrians used it to strengthen their defense … Continue reading

Bohemia Crystal

February 18, 2013. Read count: 14494. bohemia-crystal-moser3

World-renowned Bohemia crystal One of the Czech Republic’s most sought-after products is Bohemia crystal. Given the long history of crystal production in the country, it is hardly surprising that Bohemia crystal now ranks among the world’s best. The history of … Continue reading

Astronomical Clock (Orloj)

June 25, 2011. Read count: 14097.

Old Town Hall Tower Prague’s astronomical clock is one of the most popular draws in the city. Enthusiastic, clapping tourists crowd in front of the Old Town Hall tower to watch the clock strike the time every hour. As the … Continue reading

Egon Schiele: an Austrian painter in Cesky Krumlov

October 12, 2012. Read count: 13504.

Known for his figures with distorted forms and provocative nudes, Austrian painter Egon Schiele became one of the leading artists in Vienna during the early 20th century, greatly influenced by Secessionism and Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s creations. He even lived … Continue reading


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