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Terezin Concentration Camp

Terezin was founded in 1780 by Emperor Joseph II of Austria. It was originally a star-shaped military fort, which was built to defend against the Prussian danger. The fort was named Terezin in honor of emperor’s mother – Marie Terezie. By Imperial decree in 1782 Terezin was granted the status of free royal city. Military administration settled there mainly the civilian craftsmen who were necessary to maintain the fort and life of the crew.

The fort has never fulfilled its original mission. The outbreak of the French Revolution gave way to disputes between Austria and Prussia in the background. Nevertheless, the fort was with a view to the possible threat of French invasion, maintained in tenable condition.

In the mid-nineteenth century, the fort was abandoned by the army, and the “Small Fortress” was turned into a prison and held this function until the sunset of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In Terezin was also imprisoned (and later here died) Gavrilo Princip who was sentenced for the attack in Sarajevo against Franz Ferdinand d’Este.

On June 10th 1940 the Terezin Small Fortress was taken over by Gestapo and a police prison was established here. Already on the second day came here first prisoners, who started working on the construction of prisons. Proportional to the rising number of prisoners during the occupation the construction of new buildings and facilities continued. In October 1941, Terezin was selected as a suitable place to set up an assembly camp – a Jewish ghetto. In the summer of 1942 has ceased to be sufficient capacity of barracks buildings and Czech civilians had to leave. Terezin became a transfer station on the way to extermination camps and until the end of the occupation passed through here almost 160,000 people (33,000 through Small Fortress), from which about 35,000 people, including many children, mainly Jews, died here.

The city was liberated on the night of 8 to 9 May 1945 by the tank army of General Rybalko, which passed through Terezin to Prague.

On May 6th 1947 the government of the Czechoslovak Republic decided to create the Terezin Memorial, with the aim of conserving and preserving the site as it was during the period of the Nazi occupation. Today, the Terezin Memorial comprises a collection of individual monuments. The visit includes the Museum of the Ghetto where are exposed the historical documents and photographs; the Magdeburg barracks, built along the lines of the original prison; the cemetery with the crematorium; and the Small Fortress, which is dedicated to the memory of political prisoners.

If you are interested in this part of history than Terezin is definitely worth a visit. The city of Terezin is located some 60km north of Prague. If you decide to visit this place you have basically two options. The first one is to go there by your own, for example by bus from Florenc bus station. The second one, which I recommend, is to take some organized tour. During this tour you don’t need to walk between the locations and what is most important you will get a guide who can answer your questions and will tell you more than book can say.

 

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Souvenirs from Prague

Bohemia CrystalThe center of Prague is full of shops selling “souvenirs of Prague.” In fact, I have not seen anywhere in the world so many tourist shops selling, among other, the same things. And of course these souvenirs in many cases has nothing to do with Prague and the Czech Republic.

There’s a lot of Bohemian Crystal shops that sell goods varying quality …some products are really beautiful and have great value, but then there are also goods of poor quality (at the end some shops are hoping that tourists buy anything)! Despite this fact, the Bohemian crystal souvenir of Prague is one of the most important … you just have to rely on honest negotiations!

Custom shirts, bags, etc. … everything with “Prague”. Well, this is a classic souvenir all around the world -Chinese products at low prices. Nothing against, if you like this kind of souvenirs and are aware that have nothing to do with Prague, buy it without any problems…

Czech GarnetAmber and garnet in Prague: garnet is a semiprecious stone that is mined in some parts of Bohemia. But the amber we import from Poland. So buy it if you like but keep in mind that has nothing to do with Prague. By the way if you like garnet I can recommend you to visit the Museum of garnet in Prague (Maiselova Str. 1)… it is one of the few places in Prague where you can be sure not to buy a piece of glass or PVC.

 

Among the many souvenirs of Prague I love the wooden toys and brain teasers. Wooden toys are really beautiful and fun and then, the Czech Republic has a long tradition of their craft production. Among the most typical brain teasers belongs undoubtedly the “Hedgehog in a cage (in Czech Jezek v kleci).”

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Things To Do, Useful information

 

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House Signs in Prague

House Sign 01On some old houses in the historical center of Prague you can find very special symbols. There are saints, animals, musical instruments or even everyday objects.

House signs on the buildings of Prague began to emerge in the second half of the 14th century. At the end of 14th century there were about 230 houses with signs in Prague. In the late 18th century bore the sign 892 houses. That time their main task, to facilitate orientation, began taking over the numbering of houses. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2011 in Prague Sights, Things To Do

 

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Visiting Prague in winter

Prague in winterPrague is beautiful city, even in winter. If you’ll decide to visit Prague in these days you’ll not make mistake.
The weather in Prague is not very cold, the temperature is usually few degrees above 0°.
All the tourist attractions are open all year round.

The visit of Prague in first months of the year has many positives, for example:

  • You can enjoy all the sights and tourist places without crowds.
  • The “real season” starts at Eastern, so you can get the accommodation for very good prices. Most of the hotels have special offers for these months, so you’ll definitely save money. Read the rest of this entry »
 

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New Year’s Eve

New Year's EveThere are many possibilities how to spend the last night of 2010 in Prague.  I have found one which is a little different – memorable evening at a castle, which is just a few km out of Prague.
You could have a chance to join the medieval atmosphere of the romantic castle during a rich program, which is prepared there for the last night of this year. The transport there and back is of course also prepared for you.

The Program: a journey through history from the Middle Ages to the present. From the rich program I can name:  guests welcomed by a procession of torchbearers and drummers, arrival of Charles IV, jousting, attack by Hussites, wild dancing, the entourage of Rudolf II, live music, medieval dancing, medieval dueling, fencing and games, conjurors, jugglers, mammoth fire show.

At the midnight there will be fireworks in the castle gardens, after midnight a discotheque with music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, down to the present.

If you would like to get any more information about this program do not hesitate to contact me, here or by e-mail: prague.visit.mail@gmail.com. I will give you all the information, incl. prices.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2010 in Christmas, Things To Do

 

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Where to eat for fair price?

Here I would like to present you a few restaurants, where the food is really good, prices reasonable and they are somehow special. Later I will add some more restaurants, for sure, but for now you can find here four of them, one in each part of historical center of Prague.

Restaurant at Hradcany (Prague Castle area):
Restaurant Peklo
Address: Restaurant Peklo, Strahovske Nadvori 1, 118 00 Prague1
web site: www.peklo.com

Restaurant in Mala Strana (Lesser Town):
Restaurant U Sedmi Svabu
Address: Krcma U Sedmi Svabu, Jansky vrsek 14, 118 00 Prague 1
web site: www.svabove.cz

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Posted by on November 18, 2010 in Prague Restaurants, Things To Do

 

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Christmas Markets in Prague

Christmas Market Old Town SquareChristmas markets on squares of Czech Towns and courtyards of Czech Castles belongs to the atmosphere of Czech Christmas. The most beautiful Christmas markets in the Czech Republic, according to CzechTourism poll, are held in Prague.

The biggest Christmas Markets in Prague are on the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) and on the Wenceslavs Square (Vaclavske namesti). Both this markets will start on 27th November 2010 and finish on 13th January 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Christmas, Things To Do

 

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