Prague and surroundings

Vršovice’s discreet charm

To the discovery a popular district in Prague which, in the last few years, has embarked on a new development path Going along the busy Francouzská street, that, after a short distance from Náměstí Míru, steeply descends the south-east side of the hill, on...

Pankrác prison, from past to present

Built at the end of the 19th century, as one of the most advanced detention centres in Europe, it is still an important institution in the Czech Republic’s criminal justice system Named after the district that hosts it, Prague 4, Pankrác prison was built...

The nice and forsaken riverside

Discovering the Prague 7 area on the Vltava river bend The Líbeň bridge and the Negrelli viaduct. The Marina residential complex and the Holešovická tržnice market. The Cross and the SaSaZu. The river port. The spicy lights of the ShowPark. Despite its appearance, Holešovice...

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...