Prague and surroundings

The MittelCinemaFest is Starting

The great Italian cinema returns to the Czech Republic this year as well, for a livestream eighth edition, that doesn’t put quality second With a selection of eleven films from the current Italian film season, the MittelCinemaFest 2020 kicks off on Thursday, November 26,...

Einstein’s turning point in Bohemia

A universal – and personal – revolution born in Prague, in the beginnings of XX century As if stirred up by excitement, he was walking all muffled up and at a brisk pace under the zinc spears, the first illuminated windows, and the slow-flowing...

Ledárny Braník, from ice to dust

Braník, a district known for its brewery, was once famous because rather than beer, ice was kept cool The sleepy Braník district is located on the right bank of the Vltava in the south of Prague. It is suspended between the Podolí Riviera and...

In 1420 the battle of Vítkov was fought

600 years ago The hill of Vítkov today provides a suggestive panorama of Prague and is particularly known for hosting one of the largest equestrian statues in the world, that of the Hussite leader Jan Žižka. It was here that on 14 July 1420...

Emil Hácha, traitor or patriot?

The tragic and controversial parable of the President who decided to say yes to Hitler Emil Hácha is one of the most controversial and most tragic characters in the history of this country. Traitor or patriot? Looking back on the tragic parable that brought...

Jezeří, the fragile outpost of a time that is gone

The castle of north-western Bohemia was included by the association Europa Nostra in the list of the seven most threatened monuments of the Old Continent Like a distant echo, you hear the creaking of bulldozers. And the horizon is a valley ravaged by machines,...

The Kotva department store, the black pearl of Brutalism

Before it was built, the Kotva department store had already made a name for itself, never again abandoning the limelight Like many buildings, the Kotva department store has at least one story to tell. In the centre of Prague, it is certainly not the...

In 1420 George of Poděbrady was born

600 year ago Born on April 23 of the year 1420, George of Podĕbrady was king of Bohemia, and was responsible for the restructuring of Utraquism, which up until then had been shaken by internal struggles, and giving it its due political weight. He...

The Vyšehrad train station, a forgotten jewel

Discovering a little-known and long-abandoned building in Prague that deserves to be preserved. It’s a rare case, here in the Czech Republic, of a secessionist-style station Right now, Praha-Vyšehrad train station is not really a building that catches the eye. It can be found...

Victor Lustig, the Bohemian Scarlet Pimpernel

The criminal saga of Victor Lustig, the man who sold the Eiffel Tower Careful there, reader: the truth in this story is a shifting, chiaroscuro ground, with many-sided escapes in the thousands of identities of that who has spent his life deceiving others. Is...