Parachutist assassination of Heydrich

On Prague tours we come across the marks left by the various world wars over the centuries.These could be seen on Prague tours in different places.Of particular interest during Prague tours is the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich.Heydrich was head of the Nazi Main Security Office.He was appointed head of the German protectorate government of Czechoslovakia in 1938.This when Czechoslovakia was declared a protectorate by Hitler.

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Prague tours, church of Cyril and Methedius

The relationship between the Czechs and the Germans is traditional and dates back to as far as the 9th century.Each nation had minority groups in each other´s territory.The attitude of Hitler therefore was not to destroy the country but to take from it material things.Furthermore the position of Czechoslovakia in Europe was central and strategic.Hitler wanted to show his authority without resistance from the people.

Operation Anthropoid

The word anthropoid is Greek and means like human.The aim was to weaken the confidence of the Germans who seemed to assume that they were invisible.This was to be achieved by the assassination of the of the German appointed head of state.Such actions was common throughout Europe in countries occupied by the Germans.Anthropoid was planned in London. The Czech government-in-exile headed by Beneš approved it.Two Czech parachutists Gabčíck and Kubiš were chosen and trained in England for the operation.They arrived in Prague and contacted members of the resistance group.Prague tours takes us to Bulovka where the operation took place.An attempt to shoot down Heydrich in his car failed and a grenade was thrown into the car wounding the driver,Heydrich and attackers.The attackers and the attacked were seriously wounded but did not die.Heydrich was taken to the nearest hospital for treatment but despite expert care died after one week.The attackers however escaped.

 

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Prague tours, church of Cyril and Methedius

The Church                                                                                                                       Prague tours takes us to the Baroque Church in Resslova Street in Prague.                The church is about 45mins walk from Charles Bridge.Built in the 1st half of the 18th century it was abolished as a place of worship and became military barracks In the 19th century it was used by the Czech Technical University.In 1935 the Czechoslovakian Orthodox Church restored it as place of worship.They the renamed it as THE CHURCH OF CYRIL AND METHODIUS.Incidentally Saints Cyril and Methodius were Greek missionaries who brought Christianity into Czech lands in the 9th century.

Result of the attack                                                                                                         It was in this church that the attackers found refuge after various habitations.The Germans put the whole nation under pressure to release the hide-out of the attackers.After many deaths and executions a member of the resistance group betrayed the hide-out to the Germans.There was a brutal attempt to capture the attackers alive .A fierce battle followed.The attackers who had only pistols had hidden themselves in the upper gallery of the church.In addition to guns the Germans used other means to make them surrender.After running out of ammunition,out-gunned and out-numbered they committed suicide.Their bodies were identified by the traitor.

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Prague tours, church of Cyril and Methedius

Casualties

During the battle some German soldiers were killed and others injured.The Germans then proceeded to brutalize and assassinate anything that was connected with planners of the operation.In all about 10000 people were murdered at various times and in various places.In addition to this the villages of Lidice and Ležaky associated with the attackers were levelled . To limit the level of German brutality the Bishop of the church claimed responsibility for harbouring the attackers.He was shot along with other members of the church.After the war he was martyred.In 1947 the traitor was put on trial and hanged.Prague tours takes us to the various memorials for victims of German brutality.

Kutna Hora – Czech rural architecture

The folk architecture of Kutna Hora

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Kutna Hora

About 100km from Prague in the district of the town Turnov is located a very unique , historical and  romantic structure. The entire lay-out is known by the name Dlask Farm -house(Dlaskův Statek).The structure is located in the Dolankach district on the E65 route about 3km from Turnov.It is unique by the fact that singularly it has over-shadowed all other land-marks in its vicinity.It is another distinct historical experience from Kutna Hora.

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Kutna Hora

It is also one of the best -known and best-preserved historic sights in the Northern Bohemian Region.In its configuration it is a classical example of folk-architecture drawing inspiration from its older german prototype. The walls are usually heavy straight long timbers placed on top of each other at a spacing of about 5cm .They are usually rectangular structures in shape.The space between the timbers forming the walls are filled with mud and painted or mortared.This forms the frame of the structure.The floor is made up of smaller timber members spaced closely to each other.The space is filled up in much the same way as the walls. The whole structure is finished at the top by a complicated net-work of slanted timber members .These are called rafters forming the gable roof.The farm-house has become a United Nations Heritage sight from the year 2010.

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Kutna Hora

The farm-house founded in 1716 was built as a home -stead by a family of farmers the Dlask family.Prominent in this family was the chronicler Josef Dlask.He was also the treasurer.A very educated man he left behind valuable memoirs.These memoirs describe the spiritual and material world of the bohemian farmer of the first half of the 19th century.

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Kutna Hora

The structure covers an area of about 2,500sq.m and was located near the river -bank.During the first half of the 18th century it was relocated to its present site because of incessant flooding from the river. At the expense of the owners a statute of the Holy Mary was installed in the late 18th century. The barns along with the sheds were also reconstructed and walled with stones.

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Kutna Hora

1n 1807 a timbered structure known as Rakousův Sroubek(granary) was relocated there from Maly Rohozce. The relocation of the granary from the near-by district was possibly part of an expansion scheme.
In the late 19th century it was sold by court orders and seized to be the property of the Dlask family.It gained prominence in 1885 during the ethnological exhibitions by czech architects on the theme ´´Wooden Strucures of Northern Bohemia´´. The renowned czech painter Jan Prousek included it in his works during this exhibition.The visitor to the site can examine  amongst others :

-Living quarters
-Main gate
-Domestic management quarters
-Ploughs used in farming
-Wooden laundry machine and drier
-Timbered structure or farm-house relocated from Maly Rohozce

It is in all regards a nostalgic recollection of peasant life in the 18th and 19th centuries

The object is recommended  for those visiting the Kutna Hora ossuary as a variation. it is therefore relevant to give a brief description of the configuration of the structure. In developed places of the world where there is a farm a farm-house is usually provided for products being produced whether animate or plant.However the configuration or arrangement might differ depending on the socio-cultural tendencies of the enviroment.

Unlike Kutna Hora because it was not possible to radically change the nature of the terrain and its undulation. Because of this the structures had to be constructed to align with the terrain.Initially the structures were bungalow- type. The innovation to make them one-storeyed(british definition) began in the 17th century.

The whole structure is put on hewn- stone foundation to a height of about half a meter above ground level.This is  done in order to protect the timber from rot resulting from under-ground dampness.

Kitchens and some sort of sitting where visitors are received are located on the ground floor.A chamber is usually provided on the ground floor for use by the older generation.Another important space is the ante-hall adjacent to the sitting area .This is for general circulation.What is today known as bed-rooms are located on the first floor or in the attic It must be noted that whether the structure is only ground floor or storeyed an attic is provided. The attic is usually an extra room or rooms with reduced height usually provided for the younger generation in the case of one-storeyed structure . .Natural lighting is provided by the use of windows embedded in the roof of the attic.This constitutes a seperate unit.The ground-floor is connected to the attic or first floor by a wooden stair-case.  The management unit of the whole object is another  structure or structures  consisting of a granary,cow-shed and stable. In some cases a cellar is provided ,For large agricultural outfits  barns are provided .                                                                                                                                      A visitor to Kutna Hora would certainly find the environment a welcome experience.This is more so because it provides more in-sight into czech history and development.

 

Petřin hill-Prague what to do.

Introduction

Prague what to do takes the visitor to many interesting places with different aspects. We begin with the Petřín Hill which you will notice  is covered with beautiful parks.For this reason it is a favourite recreational area for  both tourists and inhabitants of Prague.

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HISTORY

Rising about 130m above the the left bank of the Vltava river with total height of 327m it is located in the center of Prague. The word petřín comes from the latin word meaning rock.It is therefore very rocky.In ancient times rocks from this area were used in constucting many important buildings such as cathedrals,fortresses,palaces,bridges,towers and  many others.

LOOK-OUT TOWER

In 1891 the look-out tower was built in Petřín Hill.It very much resembles the french Eiffel Tower.The visitor on Prague what to do will understand that it is a result of the decision of a czech tourist club .The decision was taken when they visited Paris and liked the Eiffel Tower.On return home they gathered money for the building of a similar tower in Prague. Construction started in March 1891 and was completed in 4 months.Initially it was built for security reasons.In the mid-20th century an antennae for czech television was installed on it .At the end of that century it was completely renovated.This area is also a walking distance from Charles Bridge and overlooks the Lesser Town.This gives the visitor on Prague what to do plenty of views.

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Consruction

The tower is 63.1m high and was made of steel.Currently it is accessible by cable car or walking.Walking could be a major form of excercise because of the slope of the hill.It has 299 steps and 13 landings around the inside of the structure.There is an elevator to serve pregnant women,women with children and the physically challenged.

HUNGER WALL

History

Stones from the Petřín Hill were used to build the Hunger Wall.From Prague what to do the visitor will immediately recognise its use for defence.The wall was built between 1360-1362 at the orders of Emperor Charles the IV.It is about 4.5m high and 1.8m thick and well equipped for battle.Between 1624-1975  various repairs were carried out.There are still some well-preserved parts for people on Prague what to do will see.

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Legend surrounding the wall

There are legends surrounding the building o the wall.One of such legends is that the wall was built to give livelihood to the poor in the city.At that time there was famine in Europe caused by locusts. Another legend is that the Emperor spent several hours a day during construction to help his beloved people.Prague what to do visitor is invited to note that another name for the wall was Chlebova(built for bread)or Zubova(toothed).If the Prague what to do visitor comes accross the phrase´´ hunger wall´ˇ it also means useless work in Czech expression.

CHURCH OF SAINT LAWRENCE

We take a short break on Prague what to do to visit the Church of Saint Lawrence next to the tower.It was built in the 10th century in the roman architecture style but later rebuilt in the 18th century to the baroque style.Legend has it that it was built on a pagan shrine.Paintings decorating the place where baptism is done seems to confirm this.Two tall slender towers were designed with semi-circular baroque windows in the fore-front.These are topped by an onion-shaped dome with lantern and vessel for incence.It is a popular place for St. Laurence pilgrimages including pilgrimages around the chapels of calvary.

MIRROR MAZE

The origin of mirror maze stems from the hall of mirrors in the palace of Versailes in France.It is a common attraction at fun-fairs and amusement parks.The intention  of the mirrors is to give a complicated or confusing image of the viewer.It would be fun to visit the place during Prague what to do.It is housed in an iron-like  gothic castle. This castle is equipped with a movable bridge and battle  instruments.Besides this there is a wax colour- changing production.The production shows the Czechs defending Charles bridge against the Swedes in 1648.

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STEFANIK OBSERVATORY

Prague should be proud of its astronomical connections .Tycho Brahe(Danish) and Johannes Kepler(Polish) resided in the city at one time or the other.The obsevatory was founded in 1928 and named after the slovak astronomer Milan Rastislav Stefanik.The telescopes offer glimpses of sunspots and planets during the day .At night it shows  a  very wide range of stars and the moon.

STATUE OF KAREL HYNEK MACHA

While kids get the most out of the hill-top sensation grown-ups are not left out.The winding paths with apple,pear,and rowan trees offer a romantic Prague what to do attraction.The visitor will eventually end up in the company of Karel Hynek Macha the best known Czech romantic poet of the first half of the 19th century.He is also called the unofficial patron Saint of lovers.The leafy shelters are a favourite place  for lovers and relaxation.

 

What to do in Prague- a visit to the Jerusalem synagogue

what to to do in Prague?Discover the hidden sites of Jewish Prague

This week marked the end of Passover  what to do in Prague

to what to do in Prague.WHAT TO DO IN PRAGUE

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The exterior -what to do in Prague

Prague boasts of many attractions and therefore what to do in Prague is a very good thought. Some of these attractions are cultural, religious, artistic(old and new), entertainment and others. What to do in Prague is never a problem, Jewish  settlement in Bohemia is as old as the kingdom itself. During the second world-war Jewish property was taken but the synagogues were not destroyed. In Prague alone there are about ten out-standing synagogues of good architecture. What  to do in Prague takes us to one these called the Jerusalem or Jubilee Synagogue. It is called Jerusalem Synagogue because it is located in Jerusalem street. In what to do in Prague the visitor is never bored.

A detail of the Moorish style facade-what to do in Prague
A detail of the Moorish style facade -what to do in Prague

History what to do in Prague

It was built in 1906 during the re-organisation of the Jewish quarters. The former synagogue Zigeuner was demolished and another one built. The new synagogue was called Jubilee Synagogue in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the reign of  the Emperor of Austria. In 1918 when Czechoslovakia gained independence for political reasons it was called Jerusalem Synagogue. It was dedicated on 16\09\1916 during the Sunhart Torah festival. What to do in Prague would supply details of this festival.

The Bimah-where the Rabbi faces the congregation-what to do in Prague
The Bimah-where the Rabbi faces the congregation-what to do in Prague

Architecture what to do in Prague

When viewed from this point it is a mixture of Muslim form (Moorish) North Africa and new art. The face of the building is made of a pattern of red and white stones. There is a big horse -shoe arch bearing the star of David. On this is written words from the psalms of the holy bible and some words in the Czech language.       Internally it has three bays .These bays are separated by seven pillars. These pillars also carry the women’s´ gallery. Various sayings in Hebrew from the holy bible are written at different places. Some of the old tablets from the former synagogue are also installed there. Internal lighting is by large beautifully shaped lamps suspended from the top. External lighting into the building is done by large colored glass windows.

Standing in the main part of the interior.
Standing in the main part of the interior.

Other attractions what to do in Prague

The Jerusalem Synagogue has more treasures than any other in the world. Although it is the youngest in Prague it is the largest. With a sitting capacity for 850 people the size is larger than most others. All around the synagogue internally there are various kinds of works of art. Externally it leaves a lasting remembrance because of the way it is decorated. During what to do in Prague the visitor will notice that there are many entrances from the sides into the galleries.   During reconstruction in 1990 richly painted in Austrian style were discovered under the plastering .The front of the interior is decorated paintings of grape-vines. This represents harvest. Above this are tablets carrying the laws given by God to Moses. It is believed that no other synagogue in the world has such treasures.   The synagogue is still used for worship till today. Visitors  to Prague can join if they wish.

 

 

Prague attractions of the infant Jesus of Prague

PRAGUE ATTRACTIONS OF INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE

Introduction

The ancient city of Prague is about the 6th most visited place in the world. This is because the Czech Republic with a population of about 8million people has many attractions.The Catholics make up 60 percent of the religious population while other denominations share the rest.In Prague alone there are over 40 old churches and cathedrals with interesting history. These do not include Jewish synagogues and places of worship of other denominations. It would be useful to visit some of these ancient buildings not destroyed by war or other human evil.You are therefore welcome to the world of Prague attractions

The Infant Jesus of Prague

The image of the infant Jesus first appeared in Spain in the 14th century. Thereafter many similar versions have appeared in different parts of the world however with some differences.

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PRAGUE ATTRACTIONS-INFANT JESUS OF PRAGUE IN RED

In Prague attractions of the infant Jesus we understand that the image was brought to Prague from Spain as a gift. The image was donated to some monks in the16th century by a saint to enable them improve their spiritual life. The 400 years old wax image is located in the older baroque church of Our Lady Victorious. This church is located in Mala Strana about 10mins by walk from Charles bridge and 20 mins from Prague castle. This figure is truly a Prague attraction because it is the only one of its type in the world. It is 48cm high and in order to protect the wax the lower part is covered with silver. The right hand is raised as a form of blessing. On the right hand two fingers have rings on them.

The rings are a donation from a wealthy Czech family for the healing of their daughter.The right hand is holding a ball- like object.This represents kingship. The hair on the head is white replacing the original hair which was golden. The replaced hair is in the museum of the church. The golden crown with expensive gem-stones was donated by Pope Benedict in 2009. The original crown also had gem-stones in it. It is dressed in hand-woven lace. At other times it is dressed garments made of gold or silk fabrics decorated with expensive stones. There are nuns who specially take care of this. Through prague attractions we are made to understand that the image has different garments for various occasssion
Green for ordinary seasons

Red or gold for Christmas

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PRAGUE ATTRACTIONS

Royal blue for the period when the mother of Jesus ascended into heaven

In the middle of the 17th century the church was plundered during the war.For a period of about 7years it remained neglected behind the alter. The hands had been badly damaged. A monk found it and repaired it.It was placed in the prayer -room of the church. In the 18th century it was located in its present position.
The belief in the powers of the image is still strong in many parts of the world. Because of this Prague has become a sort of pilgrimage center in central Europe. Through Prague attractions we are able to follow some of these actions.
-Regular prayers are held in the church in various languages for the image.
-May the 27th of each year is set aside for the celebration of the Infant Jesus.This includes church service, procession and feast.
-Once every 4years two wooden statues of the image are made in Prague and sent to other catholic
churches worldwide.
-Loads of cards with the image on it are distributed regularly throughout the world from Prague.
Many saints also recognised the powers of the image and worship it.

Miracles performed by the image

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PRAGUE ATTRACTIONS

The list of miracles supposed to have been performed by the image is listed in the over 100 stoneplaques in the church. The list is growing every day. Donations continue to be made and letters written . These are from grateful or desperate believers. From Prague attractions we learn of some of the past miracles performed by the figure.
-Prayers made to the image was said to bring to an end the 30 years’ war in Czech lands.
– when monks lacked money in the 17th century they prayed to the image.The Emperor then sent them a large sum of money and a monthly allowance.
– This protected the monks and nuns from the plaques that affected Europe in the 17th century.

-When the Swedish army wanted to attack Prague ,the monks prayed to the image and they changed their minds in the 17th century.
At this point we take a break on Prague attractions because there is still more to see.

Still Prague’s best architectural tour!

Still Prague’s best architectural tour

Czech Republic’s capitol city, Prague, is a historic city in the heart of Europe. There is over a thousand years of history in this beautiful, mysterious city. Guided tours are the best way to get the most from your Prague vacation. On guided tours you have the opportunity to not only see the most beautiful and interesting spots, but to learn their history from experienced guides. Free walking tours are available for individuals and groups of all types.

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Why take guided tours?

Prague may not be the largest capitol; with a popultion of just over one million and a relatively small historical center, it is not as intimidating to tourists as London or Paris, so you may think a guide is not neccessary to enjoy the wonders of Prague. But Prague is mysterious: from the alchemists of the court of Rudolf II, to the strange and alientating world of Kafka, Prague hides its secrets down twisting alleys and behind the stone walls of secluded gardens. With guided tours, you can see the most famous places in Prague alongside many fascinating and beautiful parts of the city that are not on the tourist maps. Guided tours maximise your time in Prague and give you an insight that goes deeper than the surface.

What is included on guided tours?

On guided tours, your guide will tailor the tour to your interest. A tour typically lasts from 2 to 3 hours and includes stops along the way to take a break with a delicious Czech beer, coffee, or other local treats like trdelnik – a light, cinnamon-sugar pastry made on a hot, turning metal pole – as fun to watch being made as it is to eat! Guided tours are the best way to see and do what you want during your visit to Prague.

Guided tours show you the most famous historical spots such as the Prague castle, historic Old Town with it’s world famous Orloy (astronomical clock) and the New Town where the beautiful homes of some of Prague’s most famous residents of the 17th and 18th century still stand. Art and architecture abound in this beautiful city. Taking guided tours means that you can see and learn about the history of these well-known attractions. Guided tours in Prague take you from one famous spot to the next, but along the way, your guide will take you down a side-street where you can see something unexpected. Prague is more than the sum of its most famous historical monuments, there is history, art, and culture all around. Taking guided tours is a great way to really get to know the city.

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Places of interest in Prague

Places of interest in Prague

Prague Castle, the historic Old Town with its Gothic towers and Baroque palaces, Charles
Bridge, the Jewish Quarter with its world famous Synagogues there  are so many places of interest in Prague. With our free walking tours you can see many unique historical places.

Ourprofessional Englishspeaking tour guide will take you to the most famous places of interest in Prague as well as places not on the typical tourist routes. We offer a free walking tour that can be tailored to your interests so you can see what you want. Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will give you a unique and informative tour of the most beautiful and historical places of interest in Prague.
Whatever your interests; architecture, art, history, Prague legends, Rob will guide you to the
best places of interest in Prague for taking beautiful photos and making great memories. See
the sites you want to visit while getting unique insights from your experienced and
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The tour typically lasts 2.5 hours and is on cobbled streets, so appropriate walking shoes are
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With so many places of interest in Prague, choosing our free walking tour ensures you get the
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Prague tourist experience by taking you to the most famous places of interest in Prague as well  as hidden gems of art and architecture on a side street or around the corner that standard tours pass by. Prague’s center is a maze of history and art. On this free walking tour, your guide will show you highlights of Prague’s history and architecture and provide in depth information and amusing anecdotes about major attractions such as the famous Astronomical clock on Old Town square as well as little known places of interest in Prague.
Our English language guide has been giving tours in Prague for over ten years and knows all
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and Nouveau to Soviet to Modern. Visit the best places of interest in Prague, one of Europe’s
most historic cities. Your guide on this free walking tour, Rob, is passionate and knowledgeable,friendly and accommodating. Your enjoyment is our top priority. If you enjoy your free walking  tour, your guide will greatly appreciate your tips. Once you experience your specialized tour of the best places of interest in Prague, we are confident you will want to show your appreciation for your expert guide. With us you can have a tour like no other.
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Places to visit in Prague

Places to visit in Prague

Looking for interesting places to visit in Prague? With our free walking tours you can see many unique historical places. Our professional Englishspeaking
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We offer a free walking tour that can be tailored to your interests so you can see what you want. Places to visit in Prague include the historic Old Town, Prague Castle, Jewish Quarter and more.

Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will give you inside information about places to visit in Prague,
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Your experienced guide will take you to the best places to visit in Prague, whatever your
interests; architecture, art, history, Prague legends, and more. As you tour the city, you will see the best places to visit in Prague for taking great photos and making great memories. From gardens and galleries to the winding streets of Old Town, our guide will show you unique and beautiful places to visit in Prague.
The free walking tour takes you around the best places to visit in Prague so you won’t miss
anything on your trip. See the sites you want to visit while getting unique insights from your
experienced and knowledgeable tour guide. Your tour will be both entertaining and comfortable.

The slower pace of our walking tour means you can take in the history and beauty of Prague.
Your tour can include stops at some of the best places to visit in Prague for coffee or delicious
Czech beer. Your guide will accommodate your needs and wishes as you tour the places to visit in Prague that you want to see.

Whether you know exactly which places to visit in Prague on your visit or you want or just want something different from the typical tour, our experienced tour guide will show you what you want to see. With so many places to visit in Prague, choosing our free walking tour ensures you get the best experience during your time here.

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Our English language guide has been giving tours in Prague for over ten years and knows all
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You can see examples of architecture and art from Prague’s many eras; from Gothic to Baroque, to Art Nouveau to Soviet to Modern. Your guide on this free walking tour is passionate and knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating.

Your enjoyment is our top priority. If you enjoy your free walking tour, your guide will greatly appreciate your tips. Once you experience our tour of the best places to visit in Prague, we are confident you will want to show your appreciation for your expert guide.
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Free walking tour in Prague

What is a free walking tour in Prague

Free walking tour in Prague covers historical architecture with a native English speaker in small groups of maximum 10 covering parts of the Old town, Jewish Quarters, Charles Bridge, Lesser side and Prague castle. You are welcome to have a tailor made tour on which see exactly what you are interested in at your own time pace.

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On our free walking tour the client receives the best value for money. As an indicator, people usually give between 10 to 20 USD/Euros/per person for a free walking tour, but that is totally at your discretion and it is given only after the tour.

How long does a free walking tour take in Prague

A free walking tour in Prague takes about 2.5hrs. The entire tour is on level cobble stone pavement where appropriate footwear is recommended. Also there is the possibility of a restroom stop or coffee break at anytime along the tour.

The pace of the tour is slow and since we mostly do small groups, we always take into consideration the walking abilities of all participants. Suitable for mature walkers, or families with children.

A free walking tour in Prague covers the historical center, which includes the Municipal House, the Artneavou jewel of Prague and continues through the Gothic and Neo-Gothic styled powder tower going to the Celetna street, covered with Baroque palaces with Gothic interiors and Renaissance courts yards.

The free walking tour in Prague also visits the rare and unique Cubist house at the Black Madonna with its straight angular lines, past the heavily Baroque St. James Church and into the Old town Squarewith its legendary Astronomical clock, followed by the Art-Neavou Jewish Quarters with its ancient synagogues.

Free walking tour is the best way to see Prague

On this free walking tour in Prague, we will help you uncover some of the mysteries of historical architecture. Together we will go through an architectural gallery of all major European architectural styles, spanning a thousand years of architectural history in enchanting colors and shapes.

One of the best things to do in Prague is to join our free walking tour of Prague.

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Architecture tourism in prague

The part of Prague that saw the greatest transformation  at the turn of the  18th and 19th century was the Jewish Quarters.

The Old Jewish ghetto in Prague, was established in 1215, after the issuing of the Lateran edicts by Pope Innocent III, this edicts severely affected the live of the Jewish population of Prague, by making it mandatory to segregate the Jewish population from the Christian majority, through the creation of a walled ghetto. I also forbade Jews from living anywhere else other than the Jewish ghetto, forbade Jews from owning the houses they lived in, and the land the houses were built on. Also,the Jews did not incest in the infrastructure of the ghetto, because they never knew when the would be chased out in an antisemitic pogrom.

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Therefore, by the late 1800s the ghetto was in a state of squalor and dilapidation because it had sewage systems, paved road etc, it had the attributes of a slum.
Further more, by the mid 1800s, the Jews in Prague were allowed to own Real Estate property, and because of the affluent status, most Jews could afford to vacate the dilapidated ghetto and move the the upmarket suburbs on Prague.
This left, the ghetto depopulated of its originally Jewish inhabitants and allowed for the lower classes of society to move in.
That is why, in the later part of the 1800s the derelict ghetto had a reputation of a red light district, complete with a number of brothels.

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After a lenghty debate , it was decided that the necessary infrastructure could not be fitted in and that meant that the old ghetto, with it picturesque cottage houses would be demolished.
While most of the residential houses were demolished most of the original synagogues remained untouched and today they form the basis of the Jewish museum in Prague.

After the demolition was completed, the street level in parts of the ghetto were raised by about 2 meters to combat the ever present risk of flooding.
The newly cleared lad then served as the foundation of the Jewish ghetto as we know it today , which is dominated by revivalist architecture and the then fashionable Art-Novae architecture.

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