Czech Republic Off The Beaten Path

  • Russian Orthodox temple.
    Russian Orthodox temple.
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    Haunschild palace on Dolni Namesti
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    the old pharmacy
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Czech Republic Off The Beaten Path

  • Petrin

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    Rest well my friend in this most beautiful and peaceful part of Praha. Your rest is surely well deserved. Your and your parents generations of Slavic people endured many hardships and abuses at the hands of the ruling classes and external enemies. Better times are certainly ahead for you and are most deserved by your great nation of people. This...

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  • Lennon Wall

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    This wall has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs since the 1980s. It's still a symbol of ideals such as love and peace. It's located at Velkopøevorské námìstí (Grand Priory Square), Malá Strana, and owned by the Knights of Malta. In couple minutes walk from Lennon Wall you will find John Lennon...

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  • Vysehrad

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    Full of fascinating memorials to the famous (Smetana, Mucha, Dvorak) and the not-so-famous and the almost-entirely-unknown (and many monks and nuns too), this is a fascinating place. The memorial art alone makes it worth a visit. I've made a travelogue with more photos. Wander the rows of graves and just enjoy the art. Some of it, sadly, has...

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  • Kutna Hora

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    There are plenty of places to visit close to Prague. One of the most popular of all daytrips is the trip to Kutna Hora. Kutna Hora, about an hour by train from Prague, was once one of the wealthiest and most powerful of cities in Bohemia. The two main things to see are the Sedlec Ossuary, which is actually in a suburb of Kutna Hora, and the Church...

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  • Karlstejn

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    This medieval castle was built in 1348 - 1368 by the King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, as a place for safekeeping the coronation jewels. The heart of the castle is the Chapel of the Holy Rood (or Holy Cross), and features a famous gallery of 127 panel paintings by the Master Theodoricus. Reservations for touring the Chapel must be...

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  • Cesky Krumlov

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    cesky krumlov is a very worth while side trip when in prague. by train you go to ceske budejovice then connect to cesky krumlov. the trip takes about 3 1/2 hours. you can easily see cesky krumlov in an over night stay. i suggest leaving prague early and get there in the early afternoon and spend the night. spend the following morning in cesky...

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  • Jewish Cemetery

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    Old Jewish Cemetery was in use from the early 15th century until 1787, but some historic sources says it might be over 1000 years old. The oldest preserved tombstone, the one of Rabbi and poet Avigdor Kara, dates back to 1439. It has been estimated that there are approximately 12,000 tombstones. The most notable personalities buried in the Old...

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  • Old-Town Hall & Astronomical Clock

    Prague Off The Beaten Path

    Every single tourist in visit of Prague see Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, most of them see every-hour-"play" (Procession of Apostles, Death ringing the bell…) and quite a lot enjoy a view of Old-Town Square (Staromestske namesti) from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower. Having that on mind, we were quite surprised starting a guided tour of...

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  • Zelezny Brod

    I didn't see much out of Prague - the train way from Germany, the road to Zelezny Brod and... Zelezny Brod. Well, I almost saw it. I was taken to a glass school (my objective), saw people at work, and had lunch in a windmill. Everything in the calm and natural balance of a small city. Interesting, anyway!

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  • Teplice - small spa in Northern Bohemia

    Beautiful spa town at the northern border with Germany. Nice to see and quiet to relax. Beethoven and Goethe loved this place and spent some time here. Giacomo Casanova lived in Duchcov castle, a place just a few kilometers from Teplice. Walk in the park and through the spa area, you'll definitely enjoy it.

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  • Znojmo / Znaim - south of Brno / Brünn

    Znojmo / Znaim is a small town of 39.ooo inhabitants and mainly famous for its wine and for its pickeled cucumbers ( the famous Znaimer Gurkerl )On the way from Vienna to Prague you will pass by Znaim and it will be worth a visit .On my picture you see the theatre of Znojmo and some excamples of the great architecture, like the town-square, houses...

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  • Teplice - in the north of Czech Republik

    Teplice / Tepliz is an important town in the north of Czechia, and almost all the trafic to Dresden is going through this town with 53000 inhabitants.Most tourists simply pass by, but Teplice has also a few nice parks, a great castle, a casino , a few great hotels and art nouveau-facades and an important spa.My favorite area is at "Zamezke nam" -...

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  • Kostnice- The Bone Church

    The Bone Church is located in Kunta Hora. The Monks started finding human bones in the cemetery surrounding the church. They didn't believe the people buried in the cemetery should leave the grounds. Therefore they decided to be a little creative and decorate the church with the human bones. It is definitely worth the trip. I believe it is about 1...

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  • Telc

    Telc has perhaps the most picturesque town square in all of the Czech Republic and is the crown in the Moravian are of the country. Though easily explored in a day, it's nice to spend a night for the best photographic light and to get some shots without anyone in the square.

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  • The Natural Park Divoká šárka

    Picturesque park - ideal for long walks for those who are looking for peace and quite (not easy to find anywhere else in Prague). You can get there by tram number 20 from Malostranské náměstí, Malostranská and Hradčanská, other trams which go there: 15, 26.It's about 30minut from the center.

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  • Mosty u Jablunkova

    This place is fantastic hidden spot in the middle of nowhere in the far east of the Czech Republic. This place in the mountains is a small center for winter sport, great place for hiking, camping, slalom and cross country ski.

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  • Litomerice - 60km north-east of Prague

    Litomerice / Leimeritz is an interesting town, 60km north-east of Prague and rather close to Terezin / Theresienstadt.The most interesting part of Litomerice is certainly the townsquare with plenty of buildings dating back to the 15th century.Quite unique is the house with the black sgrafitti-decorations, it is a hotel today .You might need half a...

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  • Hluboka nad Vltavou - west of Budweis

    Hluboka castle was built already in the the 13th century.Later-on it was rebuilt several times and finally bought in 1661 by Jan Adolf I. von Schwarzenberg ( 1615-1685 ).The Schwarzenberg family had German and Dutch origin - this might be one of the reasons, why you see so plenty of great Dutch paintings and tapisseries inside the castle.Jan Adolf...

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  • Rozemberk nad Vltavou - south of Cesky...

    Rozemberk nad Vltavou / Rosenburg an der Moldau is about 7 km north of the Austrian border, and 10km south of Cesky Krumlov / Böhmisch Krumau !Rozemberk nad Vltavou is just a small village of maybe 1500 inhabitants today, but it obviously had some strategic importance in medieval times, because 2 castles were built there and still dominate the...

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  • Trebon / Wittingau - not far from...

    Trebon is another very interesting , small town in southern Bohemia, mostly overseen by tourists...Trebon is mainly known for its carps, growing up in the many lakes around town.For the tourists they have a perfect baroque townsquare, a lovely castle and great possibilities for hiking and easy biking in the flat landscape.Right in the centre of...

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  • Kratochvile - west of C.Budejovice /...

    "Kratochvile" means "amusement / fun / pleasure" in Czechia and at the same time it is the name of a small summer-castle about 40 Km west of Cesky Budejovice / Budweis.Kratochvile was built for Vilem von Rosenberg, who was a rich merchant and wanted to have a summercastle built in the Italian Renaissance style.So he ordered this castle from his...

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  • Lednice / Eisgrub - south of Brno /...

    Lednice / Eisgrub has the most visitors of all the castles in Czechia and it is very popular also umong the local people, who come here simply to spend some time in the great parks with the family.This type of "Tudor-style-castle" became quite popular in Bohemia and Moravia in the end of the 19th century and Lednice / Eisgrub was the first of its...

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  • Valtice / Feldsberg - south of Brno /...

    Valtice / Feldsberg is in a distance of just 7 Km from Lednice castle and the road between the 2 castles is the old alley dating back to the time, when the castles were built.The Liechtenstein family owned the castle for more than 550 years.Johann Fischer von Erlach was one of the most famous architects of his time.(some of his most famous...

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  • Lysice - 25km north of Brno / Brünn

    Lysice castle once belonged to Erwin Dubsky, an early globetrotter of the 19th century and all over the castle you may see souvenirs from his travels as a vice-admiral.The village of Lysice is rather small, but the castle is well worth a visit, especially as it is beautifully restored and looks great with it's wonderful garden and an interesting...

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  • Pernstejn - 30 km north of Brno / Brünn

    Pernstejn castle is an interesting and well-preserved castle north of Brno / Bruenn.The castle was built on top of a rock and its fortifications included several walls with seperate gates, so the enemies could just conquer one of the gates maybe, but would have needed not get through many more gates before they would be able to really conquer the...

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  • Cervena Lotha - north-east of...

    Cervena Lhota is a lovely water-castle , 15km nort-west of Jindrichuv Hradec.This castle is often used by local people for their wedding-photos and it dates back to the 14th century.Around the castle there is a small lake and a large wood with plenty of hiking-paths.You may visit the castle inside daily except on mondays and the interior you will...

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  • Detenice - 45km north-east of Prague

    Detenice with its lovely castle is mostly hard to find on many maps.That is a pity, because the castle is really beautiful and shows also a great interior and plenty of medieval weapons, cannons and iron armours.A part of the hotel is used as a hotel and restaurant with excellent cuisine for reasonable prices.The castle may be visited by guided...

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  • Hermanuv Mestec - 20km east of Kutna...

    Hermanuv Mestec was a place, I found accidentally when I drove from Kolin to Kutna Hora.I made a stop because the red building on my picture-combination caught my attention, I got inside just to find out it was a hospital.Walking through the village I saw 2 buildings with special facades and a lovely church.This small village is a good excample of...

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  • Pribram - 50km south of Prague

    Pribram is a small town, about 50km south of Prague and makes a great daytrip, eventually in combination with Karlstejn.The town of Pribram is nothing special except a very few nice buildings,but the nearby monastery Svata Hora ( the holy hill ) is one of the most visited pilgrim-churches all over Czechia.Just click on my picture-combination and...

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  • Tepla - 10 km east of Marianske...

    Tepla is a famous monastery 10km east of Marianske Lazne / Marienbad and about 50km north-west of Plzen / Pilsen.The monastery lookes quite sad and in bad condition still from outside, BUT has one of the most precious libraries inside.A part of the old monastery is used as a modern hotel with all facilities and an excellent restaurant.This could be...

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  • Orlik castle - 75km south of Prague

    Orlik castle dates back to the 13th century and was built on a high rock, that partly disappeared, when a large dam raised the level of the lake by several meters.The castle was bought be the Schwarzenberg-family in 1849 and rebuilt in neo-gothic style.Today it shows a great hunting-saloon, a museum, a library and a chinese saloon.The castle is...

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  • Zelena Hora - 50km north-west of Brno /...

    Zelena Hora is one of the most famous examples of the so-called "Baroque Gothic"-style.A formerly Gothic church was rebuilt and re-decorated in baroque style.The whole of the church follows certain rules and symbolisms :most of the rooms and ornaments have 5 edges, only the outside wall of the cemetery has 10 edges.The church was consecrated to the...

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  • Rajec castle - 25km north of Brno /...

    Rajec castle is about 25 km north of Brno / Brünn and it is quite a large area with the big castle in the middle and wide buildings on each side around a great park in the centre.You have to park your car outside and it takes a few minutes untill you get to the castle.The opening times of the castle are as follows :April, September and October :...

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  • Becov nad Teplou - 90km west of Prague

    The beautiful castle of Becov nad Teplou / Petschau is the major attraction of this small village in the west of the Czech Republic - about half way between Karlovy Vary / Karlsbad and Marianske Lazne / Marienbad.The castle is perfectely restored and has a great park around it, where you may take a walk, while you maybe have to wait for the next...

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  • Roznov pod Radhostem - 60km east of Brno

    Roznov pod Radhostem / Rosenau am Radegast is a small town about 60 km east of Brno .The major attraction of that town is a large museum of old wooden houses, that were taken down at many places all over Czechia and were rebuilt in Roznov in a way that you get the feeling to be inside an old village.The museum consists of 3 parts that you may visit...

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  • Duchkov / Dux - the last home of...

    Duchcov castle / Schloss Dux was the place in Czechia, where CASANOVA spent the last 13 years of his life, writing his memoirs and working as a librarian for count Waldstein.What an end, Giacomo....And he is buried somewhere on the former cemetery of Duchcov, but only a small inscription on the churchwall shows the czech spelling of his name :Jakob...

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  • Cheb / Eger - 110km west of Prague

    Cheb / Eger - another lovely town that might be a great place for a stop-over, while travelling through Czech Republik.There is an old castle and a really beautiful townsquare with lots of baroque buildings.Schirdingerhaus is an important building of Cheb / Eger.It has a rather small front with a great gable and a lovely court with arcades.In one...

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  • Laze Kynzvart - close to Marienbad

    Lazne Kynzvart Zamek / Schloss Bad Koenigswart is in a distance of just 6 Km from Marianske Lazne / Marienbad.It was one of the castles of Klemens Wenzel Lothar, Fuerst von Metternich - Winneburg ( 1773 - 1859 ).That is quite a long name for the former Austrian chancellor and foreign minister , Fuerst Metternich, well known by the Vienna Congress...

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  • Hradec Kralove / Koeniggraetz - east of...

    Everybody certainly had to learn about the "Battle of Koeniggraetz" in school, where in july 3rd, 1866 Austria lost an important battle against Prussia..... :-(((Much more important for tourists of today is the great and unique architecture of Hradec Kralove.The town-square of Hradec Kralove / Koeniggraetz is built like a triangle and has 5 towers...

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  • Frydland castle - 30km north of Liberec

    Frydland castle dates back to the 13th century and was already open for visitors in the 19th century. It actually is the oldest museum-castle in Europe.You may visit the castle ONLY with a GUIDED tour, at fixed times.Photography INside the castle is forbidden !! :-((Inside the castle-walls you have the feeling to be lost in a labyrinth of gates,...

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  • Hruba Skala - 30km south of Liberec

    Hruba Skala / Bohemian Paradise is a unique landscape with giant rocks of sandstone set in the most unique way...Bohemian Paradise is a perfect place to go hiking, biking or climbing.There is a tiny gorge between the giant stones, and it is leading up to the castle.At some places it is less than half a meter wide, but concrete-steps had been added...

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  • Jablonne v Podjestedi > castle...

    Lemberk castle / Schloß Löwenberg is about 20 km east of Novy Bor and dates back to 1240 and was built in order to watch over the trading-paths to Zittau.In the 17th century the castle was partly rebuilt and "modernized" into baroque style, like it still looks today.You have to enter the castle by several gates leading from one court to the next...

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  • Prachen and Panska Skala /...

    Panska Skala / Herrenhausfelsen is a volcanic rock-formation similar to the one of Giant Causeway and the island Staffa in Scotland !Every book uses another expression for this unique wonder of nature.In german guidebooks they still use the german expression, as it was once part of Austria.In local Czech maps you better search for "Panska Skala" or...

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  • Valdstejn castle - 25km south of Liberec

    Waldstejn castle was the original castle of the Valdstejn-dynasty, also known better by their german name Wallenstein.Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallensteinwho lived 1583 - 1634He was the most famous polititian, strategist and general in the Thirty Year' War.Waldstejn castle was built on top of 3 huge rocks of sandstone that were combined by...

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  • Chrudim - 100km east of Prague

    Chrudim is a small town of 26000 inhabitants, about 100Km east of Prague and maybe 6 km south of Pardubice.Chrudim is not yet a place with plenty of tourists, and most of the guide-books I found so far will not mention Chrudim at all.The townsquare of Chrudim still looks the same as 200 years ago with plenty of baroque buildings.Like in most of the...

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