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Prague Christmas Markets 2018

Prague Christmas Markets 2018

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Prague Christmas Markets (Vanocni trhy) are the magical end of the festive year in the Czech Republic. The Prague markets are the most impressive in the country. Christmas celebrations in Prague light up the city, attract local people and tourists together over a cup of good welded wine and eating local specialties ‘trdelnik (sweet pastry) in a real winter wonderland.

The Prague Christmas markets are open every day from 1st December 2018 to 6th January 2019, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas Markets at the Old Town Square

The main markets in Prague are at the Old Town Square. The unique atmosphere of the medieval central Prague makes the Market very popular. In contrast to some bigger Christmas Markets across the Europe, the Prague Christmas Market is sort of familiar, which makes the whole experience more intensive.

The Christmas markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts stocked with handicrafts such as ceramics, jewellery, glassware, embroidered lace, wooden toys, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats and gloves, and puppets and dolls dressed in traditional Czech costume. Visitors can buy many kind of gifts there. But the markets are not just about shopping. You can sample all manner of local food and drink. And you can observe traditional foods by hand made.

The Christmas Market has its own continuous program composed in the Christmas style. The main purpose is to make people feel the Christmas is coming. The Christmas carols will be sung every day by various performers.

The Christmas markets at the Old Town Square also have an animals stable, where children can stroke sheep, goats and a donkey. And there is a large Bethlehem scene depicting Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Three Kings in a wooden stable.

Most impressive of all is the mighty Christmas tree transported from the forests of Central Bohemia. The tree is erected at the Old Town Square and draped in a blaze of lights. It is switched on nightly around 5:30 pm, and makes a spectacular sight set against Prague’s dark gothic skyline.

Traditional Christmas food

The variety of food and beverages sold at the market is very generous. Visitors may look forward to traditional Czech food as roasted hams on spits, barbecued sausages (klobása), Czech cakes and pastries are prepared in front of you, like ‘Trdelník’, a hot sugar coated pastry. Donť forget sample conkers, mead and other typical gastronomical specialties from Old Czech cuisine.
To accompany the food, try one of the famous Czech beers – Pilsner Urquell, Kozel, Staropramen or Budvar.
Alternatively, there is a variety of hot drinks on offer; outdoor Christmas shopping is so much nicer with a cup of mulled wine (svařené víno or svařák) in your hand.

Local Markets in the Prague

There are also smaller markets at Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from Old Town Square), Republic Square, at Havel’s Market, on Kampa Island, Peace Square, Tyl Square, Square of the George from Podebrady and on the square in front of St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle.

Really Markets starts so late?

Some local markets opens from 20th November. The first Christmas markets in Prague start on November 20th at Náměstí Míru, other local markets open on November 23rd at Prague Castle and Tyl Square. Major Markets – at Old Town Square will be on December 1st and will run until January 6th, 2019

Make the most of the Christmas Markets

Prague’s city centre is compact, which is ideal for pedestrians. You should book a hotel in the city centre, and the Christmas markets and the main sights and attractions will all be within easy walking distance.

The Prague Christmas markets are free to enter. Stay in the city centre, and whenever you fancy dropping in, you can leave your hotel and be in the midst of the markets in minutes. Grab a drink, browse the stalls and soak up the atmosphere.

Entertainment & Sightseeing

There is a range of entertainment on offer throughout the duration of the Christmas markets. In particular, we recommend buying a ticket for a classical concert. You can visit Prague clubs and meet with friendly citizens, local pubs and try best beer in the world or so just walk around the river and enjoy the medieval scenery of old Prague.

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Best Prague Events in May

Best Prague Events in May

Best Prague Events in May
Best Prague Events in May

Do not you know where to go in Prague in May? We bring overview of interesting events in Prague. Here are the tips of the best Prague events in May.

Best Prague Events in May.

May 1 – Feast of rosé wines
Old Castle Stairs, Prague 1
https://www.facebook.com/events/137236373787699/

May 1 – Veggie Naplavka LIFE
Rašínovo nábřeží
https://www.facebook.com/events/187384602035261/

May 1 – Festival of microbreweries 4. First Beer May
Břevnov Monastery, Markétská 1
https://www.facebook.com/events/1694604267250218/

May 1 – Take a four-wheeled 81-71 subway train
https://www.facebook.com/events/2060349360847071/

May 1 – 20 – Butterflies and plants
Prague Botanical Garden
Fata Morgana Greenhouse, Tuesday-Sunday

May 5 – Volkswagen Marathon Weekend 2018
Old Town Square
https://www.facebook.com/events/457123517976998/

May 9 – Den Evropy 2018 / Europe Day 2018
Strelecky Island
https://www.facebook.com/events/2066359056955072/

May 9 – Bobby McFerrin in Prague
Forum Karlín, Pernerova 51
https://www.facebook.com/events/2085421438344068/

May 10 – 26 – Czech Beer Festival
Letenská plain

https://www.facebook.com/events/126258624720373/

May 11 – MAGNETIC Festival – Axwell Ingrosso, Prague
PVA EXPO Prague, Letnany
https://www.facebook.com/events/118010608985484/

May 12 – Embassy Festival Food & Culture
Farmer Markets on Kulaťák, Vítězné náměstí
https://www.facebook.com/events/222431018304305/

May 12 – Barvám Neutečeš 2018 – Prague
Psychiatric hospital Bohnice, Ustavni 91
https://www.facebook.com/events/162660400991940/

May 12 – Prague Candy Festival 2018
Pragovka, Kolbenova 34
https://www.facebook.com/events/178220896142845/

May 12 – Asia Food Fest Dragonfly
Smíchovská náplavka
https://www.facebook.com/events/214030942696967/

May 12 – Opening of Prague Spring on Kampa
Kampa Park, Kampa 8b
The Prague Spring Music Festival is held from 12.5. to 3.6. At several places in Prague, especially in the Municipal House and Rudolfinum
https://www.facebook.com/events/1107352536088860/

May 13 – Vienna Days in Prague
Prague
https://www.facebook.com/events/429004890871949/

May 14 – Svatojanske Navalis 2018
Prague 1, river
https://www.facebook.com/events/578558992504659/

May 15 – Miss Agro 2018
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcka 129
https://www.facebook.com/events/132334034253031/

May 18 – Praha pije víno / Prague Drinks Wine 2018
New Town Hall Prague, Karlovo náměstí 23
https://www.facebook.com/events/145002202893202/

May 19 – March Prague – Prčice
https://www.facebook.com/events/1532746463509259/

May 19 – Family Day
Havlickovy sady, Prague – Vinohrady
https://www.facebook.com/events/223284188235312/

May 19 – Ruzovy maj na Naplavce – Pink May, Czech and Moravian vine 2018
Farmers’ markets Náplavka, Rašínovo nábřeží
https://www.facebook.com/events/2042046192477702/

May 19 – 95 With You!
Riegrovy sady, Prague – Vinohrady
Czech Radio celebrates its ninety-fifth birthday since the start of regular broadcasting.
https://www.facebook.com/events/242977739608814/

May 21 – 27 – Prague Design Week
Hybernská 4
https://www.facebook.com/events/323640524780527/

May 25 – Night of churches 2018
Churches open their gates, many places.
https://www.facebook.com/nockostelu/

May 26 -27 – Prague Food Festival 2018
Vyšehrad
https://www.facebook.com/events/596721987360116/

May 26 -27 – Mezi Ploty 2018
Psychiatric Hospital Prague – Bohnice, music festival
https://www.facebook.com/events/305419333309850/

May 26 – Ratolest Fest 2018
Rašínovo nábřeží
The fifth year of a small family festival (somewhat gigantic) is traditionally on both banks of the Vltava river. There are over 100 small and large sports, artistic, natural, technical and water experiences waiting for you. Ratolest Fest – Best Day for a Family by the River.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1901484333432781/

May 26 – 5th Medieval Festivities in Břevnov Monastery
Břevnov Monastery
https://www.facebook.com/events/334156137070399/

May 26 – Festival of Creative and Logical Gaming – Prague 2018
Strelecky Island
https://www.facebook.com/events/200299524056289/

May 26 – Prague Rooftop Festival 2018
Amazing views of the city, exclusive locations, great atmosphere and beautiful sunsets in the party rhythm. Multiple places.
https://www.facebook.com/events/182350649056051/

May 31 – Merkado 2018
Jiřího z Poděbrad square
Merkado turns the fifth in a row of Jiřího z Poděbrad square in Latin America. This year’s festival theme is meat.
https://www.facebook.com/events/588092714893901/

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What to do in Prague in April

What to do in Prague in April

What to do in Prague in April - Visit Prague
What to do in Prague in April – Visit Prague

In April you could get blooming sets in the Petrin Park. A classic walk along the royal road from the Powder Tower across Old Town Square, the Charles Bridge to the Prague Castle is amazing every month. Do not forget to visit the river bank ‘Naplavka’ or ZOO and botanical gardens. Old castle Vyšehrad is also interesting place with the spirit of history and for superb view of Prague scenery.

Tips for events and what to do in Prague in April

1.4. – 8.4.2018 Gallery Dancing House: The exhibition of Josef Lada is extended for a week.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1499350336819602/
1.4. – 15.4.2018 The Prague Exhibition Grounds in Holešovice: Matějská pouť / St. Matthew’s Fair.
https://www.facebook.com/events/153191108791035/
2.4.2018, 19:30 O2 arena: Metallica Concert.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1826627320922980/
3.4. – 20.5.2018, Tue-Sun 9.00-18.00, Fata Morgana Glasshouse, Botanical Garden Prague – Troja: Exhibition Butterflies and plants.
https://www.facebook.com/BotanickazahradahlmPrahy/
6.4. – 8.4.2018 PVA Expo Prague – Letňany: For Bikes – 9th Cycling Fair.
https://www.facebook.com/events/376188059471652/
6.4. – 30.4.2018 Prague: Young Jazz tuning– International Festival of Contemporary Jazz.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1435136966615275/
7.4.2018 Prague: Sportisimo Prague Half Marathon 2018 will begin the running season in Prague.
https://www.facebook.com/events/321738254916140/
7.4. – 24.4.2018 Prague: European Film Days.
https://www.facebook.com/DyEvropskehoFilmu/
12.4. – 15.4.2018 The Prague Exhibition Grounds in Holešovice: Autoshow Praha 2018.
https://www.facebook.com/Autoshow.Praha/
12.4. – 15.4.2018 PVA Expo Praha – Letňany: Family and Leisure Fairs – For Family, For Kids, For Pets and Aktiv 55+.
https://www.facebook.com/Guest-For-Kids-655104431334293/
16. 4. 2018, 20:00, O2 arena: concert Imagine Dragons 2018
https://www.facebook.com/events/464541637262997/
19.4.2018 Forum Karlín, Rudolfinum Prague: Film Music Prague 2018 – film music festival.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1223818351080528/
22.4.2018 Cross] [club Praha – Holesovice: Street Food Festival – spring 2018.
https://www.facebook.com/events/487733964960758/
27.4.2018, 20:00, O2 arena: Roger Waters.
https://www.facebook.com/events/146365359306607/
27.4. – 29.4.2018 Gallery Weekend 2018 – Prague.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2011209845784787/
28.4.2018 Prague Majáles 2018 Airport Prague Letňany.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1391269330933379/
28.4.2018 Grand Veteran – veterans exhibition at Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital.
https://www.facebook.com/events/527298714317586/

Or you can visit one of favorite Spring or Farming Markets.
Naplavka markets
https://www.facebook.com/ftpraha/
Markets on Jirak
https://www.facebook.com/trhynajirakuofficial/
Farmer’s markets at Náměstí Republiky
https://www.facebook.com/farmarsketrhyprahy1/
Karlin Farmer Markets
https://www.facebook.com/karlinsketrhy

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Prague Food Festival

Prague Food Festival

Gastronomical event of the year
Vyšehrad 25th. – 27th of May. 2018

Three days of the best gastronomy on the Vyšehrad castle with amazing views of Prague.
The already 12th year of the Prague Food Festival will take place 25-27 May 2018 at the Prague neighbourhood of Vyšehrad.
The main idea is to offer high gastronomy for a reasonable price! You can look forward to not only extraordinary dishes prepared by the best Czech restaurants but also delicious drinks and other delicacies.

St. Matthew’s Fair

St. Matthew’s Fair

Feb. 24-April 15. Exhibition Grounds, Prague

St. Matthew’s Fair
St. Matthew’s Fair

The most famous and most visited pilgrimage in the Czech Republic is the Matějská pilgrimage, organized annually in the spring months at the Prague Fairgrounds. Visitors can enjoy Czech and foreign attractions. You are enjoying a roller coaster, a centrifuge, a spooky chateau, a laugh house, a shooting range, a carousel, swings, bouncy castles, rocking boats or lochnesses. The most famous are the family roller coaster, the giant Russian bicycle, the three-storey spooky chateau, the laugh house, the 50-meter tall chained carousel, countless swings and bouncy castles, the old Bohemian shooting range, and the ever-popular and popular autodromes. There are, of course, fast-food stalls, the usual souvenir of the Matějská pouť are oriental sweets and gingerbread hearts. Opening every day except Mondays.

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Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge

Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge

Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge
Lamplighter at the Charles Bridge

Advent and pre-Christmas time in Prague bring with it another rediscovered tradition. From November 26th, 2017 to December 23th, 2017, between 16:00 and 17:00, a lamplighter passes through the Charles Bridge. It brings more visitors to Charles Bridge to meet a lamplighter in a historical suit that lights up the gas lamps with a long stick. The lamplighter comes out every day from Křížovnické náměstí, crosses one side of the bridge to return back to the other side of the bridge. Lamplighter performs his run at the same time with the lighting of the public lighting, shortly after 4th hour in the afternoon.

The gas lighting in Prague lights automatically, but during the advent, there are several lights on the Charles Bridge lighting by lamplighter. In Prague, gas had been used for public lighting since 1847 with the commissioning of the Karlín Gasworks. Gas light was also used in Prague parks, gardens, seafront and islands. In Bohemia and Moravia the longest gas light has been retained in the old parts of Prague. Even in 1940, more than 9,000 gas lamps illuminated Prague’s streets and squares, most of them in Prague’s history. Lastly, eight candles lamp were transferred from the gas-fired lamp of Hradčany Square and Loretanska Street. Fifteen years ago, Prague has begun to return to the gas lighting in interesting historical parts of the city. Gas lamps can be seen throughout the Royal Route from the Powder Gate through Old Town Square, Charles Bridge and Nerudova Street to Prague Castle.

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Prague Christmas Markets

Prague Christmas Markets 2017

Prague Christmas Markets (Vanocni trhy) are the magical end of the festive year in the Czech Republic, and the Prague markets are the most impressive in the country. Christmas celebrations in Prague light up the city, attract local people and tourists together over a cup of good welded wine and eating local specialties ‘trdelnik (sweet pastry) in a real winter wonderland.

The Prague Christmas markets are open every day from 2nd December 2017 to 6th January 2018, including on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Christmas Markets at the Old Town Square

Christmas Markets - Old Town Square, Prague
Christmas Markets – Old Town Square, Prague

The main markets in Prague are at the Old Town Square. The unique atmosphere of the medieval central Prague makes the Market very popular. In contrast to some bigger markets across the Europe, the Prague Christmas Market is sort of familiar, which makes the whole experience more intensive.

The Christmas markets consist of brightly decorated wooden huts stocked with handicrafts such as ceramics, jewellery, glassware, embroidered lace, wooden toys, scented candles, Christmas tree ornaments, hats and gloves, and puppets and dolls dressed in traditional Czech costume. Visitors can buy many kind of gifts there. But the markets are not just about shopping. You can sample all manner of local food and drink, and observe traditional foods being hand made.

The Christmas Market has its own continuous program composed in the Christmas style. The main purpose is to make people feel the Christmas is coming. The Christmas carols will be sung every day by various performers.

The Christmas markets at the Old Town Square also have an animals stable, where children can stroke sheep, goats and a donkey. And there is a large Bethlehem scene depicting Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Three Kings in a wooden stable.

Most impressive of all is the mighty Christmas tree transported from the forests of Central Bohemia. The tree is erected at the Old Town Square and draped in a blaze of lights. It is switched on nightly around 5:30 pm, and makes a spectacular sight set against Prague’s dark gothic skyline.

Traditional Christmas food

The variety of food and beverages sold at the market is very generous. Visitors may look forward to traditional Czech food as roasted hams on spits, barbecued sausages (klobása), Czech cakes and pastries are prepared in front of you, like ‘Trdelník’, a hot sugar coated pastry. Donť forget sample conkers, mead and other typical gastronomical specialties from Old Czech cuisine.
To accompany the food, try one of the famous Czech beers – Pilsner Urquell, Kozel, Staropramen or Budvar.
Alternatively, there is a variety of hot drinks on offer; outdoor Christmas shopping is so much nicer with a cup of mulled wine (svařené víno or svařák) in your hand.

Local Markets in the Prague

There are also smaller markets at Wenceslas Square (5 minutes walk from Old Town Square), Republic Square, at Havel’s Market, on Kampa Island, Peace Square, Tyl Square, Square of the George from Podebrady and on the square in front of St. George’s Basilica at Prague Castle.

Really Markets starts so late?

Some local markets opens from 20th November. The good news for visitors in late November is that for example the Christmas market at Prague Castle starts on 24th November, one week before the main markets.

Make the most of the Christmas Markets

Prague’s city centre is compact, which is ideal for pedestrians. You should book a hotel in the city centre, and the Christmas markets and the main sights and attractions will all be within easy walking distance.

The Prague Christmas markets are free to enter. Stay in the city centre, and whenever you fancy dropping in, you can leave your hotel and be in the midst of the markets in minutes. Grab a drink, browse the stalls and soak up the atmosphere.

Entertainment & Sightseeing

There is a range of entertainment on offer throughout the duration of the Christmas markets. In particular, we recommend buying a ticket for a classical concert. You can visit Prague clubs and meet with friendly citizens, local pubs and try best beer in the world or so just walk around the river and enjoy the medieval scenery of old Prague.

visitoprague.com

 

Czech Republic in top ten Most peaceful country

Czech Republic in top ten Most peaceful country

Czech Republic in top ten Most peaceful country in Global Peace Index. Czechia has once again come in at no. 6 on that list.

Prague citizens are proud of the next valued award.

Global Peace Index

The Global Peace Index (GPI) is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Global Peace Index covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population. The Index determines the peacefulness of 163 of the world’s nations according to a variety of factors, including the number of external and internal conflicts fought, terrorist activity, relations with neighboring countries, and the level of violent crime. GPI using 23 indicators across three key domains: Societal Safety and Security, Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict, and Militarisation.

#    Country                 Score
1     Iceland                  1.111
2     New Zealand        1.241
3     Portugal               1.258
4     Austria                 1.265
5     Denmark              1.337
6     Czech Republic     1.360
7     Slovenia                1.364
8     Canada                  1.371
9     Switzerland          1.373
10    Ireland                 1.408
10    Japan                    1.408
source: visionofhumanity.org

The Czech Republic moves ahead of Canada, Switzerland, Australia, and Finland in these rankings. Have you ever been in Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic?
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Prague Naplavka is one of the top waterfronts

Prague Naplavka is one of the top waterfronts in Europe

According to New York Times the Prague Náplavka is between ten favourite places on European Rivers, Lakes and Coastlines.

Prague is real gem of architecture. But in recent years, the Czech capital has embraced its natural beauty as well, especially the Vltava river, which slides through the city. Big move was the 2010 start of the weekend farmers’ market, commonly called Naplavka, on the Rasinovo Nabrezi embankment south of Old Town. The growing popularity of cycling, jogging and rollerblading among residents, combined with the city’s unexpected turn as the European Capital of Sport in 2016, has drawn even more people to the river, especially in the Troja district north of the center. The Troja embankment is bustling with bikers, runners and in-line skaters on any sunny afternoon, to say nothing of the pedestrians heading to the nearby Prague Zoo. Heading south, strollers can cross the scenic Trojska Lavka footbridge over the Vltava to Cisarsky Ostrov and on to Stromovka, a park that was founded as a game preserve in the 13th century. For evening fun, Troja’s Galerie Trojsky Kun puts on open-air blues, country and jazz concerts.
Closer to the center, new waterfront attractions include Lod Pivovar, a recently opened microbrewery on an anchored boat next to Stefanikuv Most bridge, as well as a ferry line crossing the Vltava between the Karlin and Holesovice neighborhoods by way of Stvanice island.
Many travelers probably won’t notice that the music playing during the landing in Prague aboard most Czech Airlines flights is none other than the Czech composer Bedrich Smetana’s symphonic poem “Vltava.” But if you experience Prague like a local, you’re likely to take home many wonderful memories of the beautiful river itself…
Says Evan Rail, for NYT.

Rankink the top ten waterfront places in Europe

  • Brighton Pier, Brighton, England
  • Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
  • Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris, France
  • Eftalou Hot Springs and Golden Beach, Lesbos, Greece
  • Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany
  • Fjords Near Bergen, Norway
  • Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Centro Botín in Santander, Spainsource www.nytimes.com and visitoprague.com

 

Prague is among Top 10 Expat Destination

Czech Republic the 10th-best place to live out of 67 around the world

For last three years in a row, Expat Insider “one of the largest expat surveys worldwide” offers an in-depth analysis of everyday expat life in more than 60 countries across the globe. More than 14,000 respondents representing 174 nationalities and 191 countries across the globe took part and had their say on moving, living, and working abroad. Six key Indexes have been considered in measuring the top expat destinations: Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life, Cost of Living, and Personal Finance.

The top expat destination in 2016 have been:

  1. Taiwan
  2. Malta
  3. Ecuador
  4. Mexico
  5. New Zealand
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Australia
  8. Austria
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Czech Republic

In 2015, the Czech Republic came in at 22 among the countries surveyed with enough data to qualify for the rankings.

Last year, however, the country is one of the survey’s “biggest winners”, moving up 12 positions to edge into the top 10.

source: internations.org