Prague Literary Tour

In the footsteps of Bohumil Hrabal

Havel_Clinton_Hrabal1Bohumil Hrabal, author of Closely Watched  Trains, Too Loud a Solitude or I Served the King of England used to work in a recycle paper junkyard at Spálená street No. 10 in Prague.  If you want to follow the steps of Bohumil Hrabal, you may want to see this unspectacular building that will give you an idea of the grey old times prior to 1989. Another story is the Golden Tiger Pub where Hrabal used to drink beer at his favorite table and had a chat with Presidents Havel and Clinton in 1994.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Architecture

Malostransky Cemetery in Prague


One of the most beautiful cemeteries in Prague, a Malostransky cemetery located at the Plzeňská Avenue at Smichov.  It is kind of a Prague version of  Paris’ Pere lachaise in addition to Slavin cemetery at Vysehrad. Established in 1680 as a plague cemetery and closed in 1884. It is truly an open-air gallery, a magic place full of old funeral sculptures. Among the tombstone authors, there are names of Czech artists of 19th century such as František Xaver Lederer, Vaclav Prachner, Josef Malínský, Jan Ludvík Kranner or Josef and Emanuel Max. In addition, F.X.Dusek and Josefina Dusek, the hosts of W.A. Mozart in Prague (Mozart wrote a concert aria Bella mia fiamma, addio for Josefina Dusek) are buried here as well as Kryštof and Kilian Ignac Dienzenhofer, authors of many Prague barock  churches and buildings. The cemetery is closed for public, but private guided tours can be arranged.

Small Group Travel to Prague

Thanks to an intimate group size of no more than 14 guests, you can stay in boutique hotels and experience private access to places that others will not have a chance to see. We love to take our guests to places beyond the reach of the average traveler, whether it’s a private tour of a museum or one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, or to enjoy a visit with locals in their own home. Prague Travel Concierge will make you feel safe and comfortable, from picking you up at the airport, accompanying you during the tours and being on call when you are exploring Prague on your own.

We work with travel clubs, book clubs, painting clubs, wine & dine enthusiasts, and simply with groups of friends or colleagues with similar interests and a desire to discover new and interesting places.

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Prague Movie & Book Tour

Come escape reality and follow the footsteps of some of the movies and books set in Prague. Visit unique places, hear unique stories. We do what we love, so don’t expect Mission Impossible but rather Forman’s Amadeus and WWII Anthropoid or Seven Churches, a gothic novel of Prague.

 

The Seven Churches

The Seven Churches, a novel set in Prague, the mother of all Gothic cities. The book is an odd gothic thriller, with a strangely conservative message about the human morality and architectural morality going hand in hand. The mysterious crimes committed at the Gothic churches of Prague New Town (surprisingly founded by Czech King and Roman Emperor, Charles IV in 14th century), seem to be connected with the desire to reconstruct the “golden age” of medieval Prague. Interesting novel with bloody and nightmarish plot but at the same time, an opportunity to explore gothic Prague, the mysterious symbols of seven gothic churches, one of which is actually missing.  

Interview with author of The Seven Churches, Milos Urban 

Ready to explore gothic Prague? LET’S GO

 

 

 

Anthropoid, an incredible true story behind World War Two

Operation Anthropoid – a mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Once described by Hitler as “the man with the iron heart”, Heydrich supervised the Einsatzgruppen, the Nazi death squads and also chaired the Wannsee Conference in January 1942, where plans for the Final Solution were completed. Heydrich was Hitler’s man in charge of „germanization“ of the Czech nation.

Sean Ellis, the British director, followed the true story of Czechoslovakian resistance fighters Josef Gabčík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubiš (Jamie Dornan), who undertook the nearly impossible mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich in Prague in 1942. The plan ultimately resulted in the deaths of Kubiš, Gabčík and five other Czechoslovakian fighters – and while Heydrich didn’t die immediately as planned, he did succumb to his injuries soon after.

Gabcik and Kubis hid in the Karel Boromejsky Church in Prague, however soon discovered by the Nazis. Within hours, 750 SS soldiers laid siege to the church, which the soldiers remarkably managed to hold for six hours, killing dozens of Nazis and injuring many more. It was an act of astonishing defiance, which ended with the Czechoslovakian soldiers shooting themselves in the head, as the Nazis filled the church with tear gas. Bullet holes still pockmark the walls of the church today. (source: The Telegraph)

Hollywood vs. reality

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