The Czech capital has recently been voted the best place to celebrate Christmas in Europe, and you can see why. With romantic streets all lit and traditional markets filling the squares, here’s what to see and do in Prague this Christmas.
What and where to eat in Prague
The Czech capital may have a reputation for great beer, but its cuisine is a close second. With a rich tradition of cooking and huge hearty meals, there is a plenty to tuck into. Here are our recommendations of what and where to eat in Prague.
With a fairy tale castle and misty views over the Vlatva River, Prague’s skyline provides a backdrop that eschews romance. This artists’ city is full of beauty from the charming narrow streets of Malá Strana to the gardens of Petrín Hill. Here’s our top ten tips for a romantic weekend in Prague on a budget.
Two Days in Prague
Find out what’s happening in the Czech capital this summer from Bohemian Jazz festivals to traditional folklore parades with our guide to Summer Festivals in Prague.
The Czech capital is famous for its beautiful bridges, the oldest castle in the world, Kafka and great beer, but there is more than just pivo and outstanding architecture to this romantic destination.
The ‘Golden City’
A beautiful capital packed with historical monuments, museums and old town allure; Prague lies on the Vltava River and has well preserved districts that make it a photographer’s dream. The stunning architecture and cobbled streets with horse drawn carriages make it a charming tourist attraction, with the main sites busy all year round. Take a break from the tourist trail and try something a little different; enjoy Prague like a local.
At Equity Point Prague we’ve got a room dedicated to Kofola and not to Coca cola. So, what’s the connection?
Originated in the Czechoslovak pharmaceutical company Galena, (located in Opava) in 1959 during research targeted at finding a possible use for surplus caffeine produced in the process of coffee roasting. The resulting dark-coloured, sweet-and-sour syrup Kofo became the main ingredient of a new soft drink named Kofola introduced in 1960.
During the 1960s and 1970s Kofola became exceedingly popular in Czechoslovakia because it substituted for Western cola-based drinks like Coca-Cola or Pepsi, which were not generally available. Read more
The Kladruber (Czech Kladrubský kun) is the oldest Czech horse breed and one of the world’s oldest and it’s considered very rare. We have a room at Equity Point Prague to commemorate it.
The main breeding center is in National stud farm Kladruby nad Labem in the Czech Republic where Kladrubers have been bred for more than 400 years. Kladrubers have always been bred to be a galakarosier – a heavy type of carriage horse for the court of the House of Habsburg.
Bred in Kladruby nad Labem national stud, the Kladruber breed is almost 400 years old, yet is remarkably rare (492 mares as of January, 2011). Kladruby stud was founded in 1579 by Rudolf II as an Imperial stud, at the Perlstein stables.
The breed was based on imported Spanish (such as the Andalusian) and Italian horses, crossed with Neapolitan, Danish, Holstein, Irish, and Oldenburg blood, in addition to the heavy Czech breeds. The animal was first developed to be a galakarosier; a heavy type of carriage horse used to pull the imperial coach, usually in a four- or six-in-hand, at ceremonies and funerals.
It originally came in a variety of colors, including palomino and appaloosa, although today the breed is strictly gray or black, due to a breeding program requiring 18 “white” (i.e. fully mature grays) and 18 black stallions for various ceremonies of the court.
Hollywood and Czech Republic: What’s the connection?
Barrandov Studios is a famous set of film studios in Prague, Czech Republic. It is the largest film studio in the country and one of the largest in Europe. Several of the movies filmed there won Oscars.
Czech film history is closely connected with that of Prague’s entrepreneurial Havel family, and especially with the activities of the brothers Miloš Havel (1899–1968) and Václav Havel (1897–1979) (Václav was the father of the Czech President of the same name).
In 1921 Miloš Havel created the A-B Joint Stock Company by merging his American Film distribution company with the Biografia film distributors.
At present the studios are often called the “European Hollywood” or “Hollywood of the East” and many films have been filmed there, such as Mission Impossible, The Bourne Identity, Casino Royale, Prince Caspian, and many others.
Do you like sailing? If so, you may know that Josef Ludvík František Ressel (29 June 1793 – 9 October 1857) was an Austrian-Czech forester and inventor who designed one of the first working ship’s propellers, and at Equity Point Prague we have a room designed to commemorate it.
He worked in Landstrass (Kostanjevica on the Krka river in Carniola in Slovenia), where he tested his ship propellers for the first time.
In 1821 he was transferred to Trieste (Italy), the biggest port of the Austrian Empire, where his tests were successful. He was awarded a propeller patent in 1827. Read more