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140 years since the first phone call was made in Prague

The first telephone call in Bohemia was made on April 10, 1881 between the Hartmann coal mine in Ledvice and a nearby train station in Duchcov, covering a distance of around two and a half kilometres.

 

 

 

A year after the first phone call took place, the first switchboard was established at Pragues Malé náměstí, in a house called u Rychtrů. In the beginning, 13 people were interested to own the phone. It was far from a cheap service. In addition to the call charge, other fees were paid - for the distance of ...

Prague Castle Garden on the Ramparts and Bull’s Staircase by architect Josip Plečnik

In 1920, Tomas Masaryk, the first president of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, asked Slovene architect Josip Plečnik to restore the Prague Castle as a new symbol of independence and democracy. From 1920 to 1934, Plečnik completed various projects around the Castle.

 

 

 

One of his work is also the Garden on the Ramparts from where you can enjoy a great view of the whole city of Prague. Its surface area covers 1.43 hectares. The garden is accessible from the Prague Castles third courtyard via Plečniks Sta...

The new season at Prague’s Náplavka waterfront

If you wonder what the name Naplavka means, it’s an area on the river bank which lies lower than the waterfront road itself. It most often serves as a dock for boats, but properly arrranged, it is the perfect place for romantic walks by the river. There are several embankments (Naplavka) in Prague and each of them attracts visitors to something different. There are nice restaurants and bars that offer many specialties. Some of them host a number of interesting events during the season.

 

 

At first glance, vis...

Mysteries of Star Summer Palace - Letohrádek Hvězda

At the place where the famous Battle of White Mountain (Bílá hora) took place in 1620, today we find a beautiful English park with rich alleys. The whole area is dominated by the original Renaissance building of the summer house, which has the shape of a six-pointed star and after which the park is named.

 

 

Letohrádek Hvězda is one of the most mysterious buildings in Prague. According to ancient legends, a sacred oak tree was supposed to stand on the site of the Star. In front of which a fire was burning, wh...

Gardens of Prague Castle will open on 1st of April 2022

Prague Castle will open its summer tourist season on Friday 1st of April. In addition to the main visitor buildings, part of Prague Castle Gardens will also be open to the public after the winter break.

 

 

Do you like to know which ones? Here they are:

Royal Garden, originally Renaissance garden founded in 1534 became one of the few quiet places in the centre of Prague. The garden is located on the site of old medieval vineyards, which later became famous for its rare botanical specimens and the exotic plant...

Forgotten amusement park in Prague

 In the 1920s something amazing was built in Prague. In Vršovice, on the site of the current Slavia football stadium, stood a huge amusement park, which was very similar to the famous Prater in Vienna.

 

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The spectacular attraction called Eden (Paradise) opened for Prague residents in 1922 and offered a truly wide range of entertainment. The biggest attraction was the huge roller coaster. It was five kilometres long. The Slide and the Ferris wheel were also very popular with the public.

Ede...

International Women’s Day

Every year, on March 8th International Women’s Day is celebrated to recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

 

 

Although many people in our country associate International Women’s Day mainly with the obligatory red carnation, it was not always so. Communism took advantage of this day, and thanks to propaganda, many people still do not recognize it because they associate it with a not very popular regime. However, the reality and history of International Women's Day is qui...

St. Matthews Fair in Prague celebrates 427 years

 The most popular and biggest fair in Prague is back. After one year break, various carousels, swings and other attractions will be spinning for you again. In addition, there will be plenty of goodies from various fair refreshment stands.

 

 

The tradition of the St. Matthews Fair has been archived in the National Library since 1595. It became famous because it was the first spring fair in Prague, celebrating the feast of St. Matthew on 24th of February. It is also the first spring fair in Europe.

There are a...

Stolpersteine - Stones of the Disappeared in Prague

Stolpersteine, literally "stones to trip over", are 10×10 cm brass-coated paving stones set into the pavement in front of the houses of the victims of the Nazi regime, according to an original design by the German artist Gunter Demnig. The first stone was laid on 16 December 1992 in front of the City Hall in Cologne. Already more than 88 000 Stolpersteine or Stones of the Disappeared have been installed in 26 countries in Europe and so in their way constitute the largest memorial in the world.

 

 

Gunter Demni...

International Tourist Guide Day

Today, the 21st of February, we celebrate International Tourist Guide Day. It was established during the Convention of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) in Cyprus in 1989. 

 

 

The first celebration was held in 1990. It was proposed by the president of the WFTGA Titina Loizides. This day is aimed at raising public awareness about the fact that tourist guides are cultural ambassadors of the regions they represent.

 

The idea of this holiday is to show the work of the professional tour...

Secrets of the Old Town Bridge Tower

The Tower is the gateway to the famous Charles Bridge from the east side of the Vltava river. Completed before 1380 as a part of the fortifications, it’s considere one of the most beautiful Gothic gate in Europe. It is the work of the architect Peter Parler, who also designed the Charles Bridge and part of St. Vitus Cathedral. It took 25 years and around 100 stonemasons to build the tower.

 

 

The tower rises nearly 50 metres high. A spiral staircase with 136 stairs leads from the gateway entrance up to the to...

This February marks 102 years since Prague became the capital of Czechoslovakia

Prague has been our capital for 102 years and Praguers are rightfully proud of it.

On February 29, 1920 the National Assembly approved the first constitution of the Czechoslovak state and Prague thus became the capital.

 

 

For this anniversary, we have prepared the "10 BEST" for you, so that you can brush up on your knowledge about Prague and perhaps also learn something new.

We already wrote about the narrowest places in Prague in the previous blog, but here are some more:

 

1. The largest castle complex...

Today marks 680 years since the devastating flood that destroyed the predecessor of the Charles Bridge - the Judith Bridge

Before the Charles Bridge, there was the Judith Bridge. Named after King Vladislav II’s wife, Queen Judith, the Judith Bridge was built between 1158 and 1172 and was the first stone bridge to cross the Vltava. It was one of the first stone bridges in Central Europe. Only two other stone bridges were built in Central Europe at that time - in Dresden and in Regensburg.

 

Autor: Ondřej Šefců: z knihy Kamenný most v Praze

 

Today is the 680th anniversary of the devastating flood that destroyed the bridge on 3rd F...

How many bells has St. Vitus Cathedral?

Have you ever wondered how many bells ring at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague?

 

 

There are 7 bells on the Cathedral. But they've only been in full working order for last 9 years.

After nearly 100 years, all seven bells rang together on 12th May 2012.

In the middle of World War I, the military seized three bells – Dominic, Mary and Jesus, as a common policy to use their metal during wartime in the manufacturing of guns. The bell that survived the war is the largest bell, Zikmund, cast by Tomáš Jaroš in 1549, ...

Do you know the narrowest places in Prague?

Narrowest house:

You will find the smallest house not only in Prague, but probably in the whole Czech Republic in Anežská Street in the Old Town. It was built in 1853, in a narrow alley between two houses.  The house is wide just 2.25 m.

 

 

The interesting part is that for 40 years (until 1922) was brothel there with just two rooms. Unfortunately, the whole building has not been preserved, so today the entrance door again leads only to the alley between two houses.

 

 

Narrowest street:

This tiny street ca...

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