At 144 km (90 miles) from Prague, the town of Hluboká nad Vltavou is in southern Bohemia and is dominated by its magical, fairytale neo-Gothic castle, a fantastical confection that would make any Disney castle feel plain. Visiting Hluboká Castle from Prague makes a perfect day trip through the rolling countryside of Bohemia.
Lying on the western banks of the River Vltava, Mala Strana (Little Quarter or Lesser Town in Czech) is on the Royal Route, sandwiched between Prague’s Staré Mesto (Old Town) and the castle, high on Hradcany Hill. It’s worth taking time out to explore this largely Baroque district as there’s plenty to see in Mala Strana.
Prague has been earning a crust standing in for Paris, Moscow, and London recently. Despite a brief downturn following the 2008 worldwide recession, the city has once more become the Hollywood of eastern Europe, the film set that steps up to the mark whenever a European city needs portraying on film. Here are 10 movies you might not have known were filmed in Prague, including some of the world’s best-loved and most successful franchises.
As one of the most haunted cities in Europe, Prague is rife with superstitions and legends about headless monks, dead soldiers, rabbis, wronged wives and witches. Small wonder then it has its own Prague Witches Night, when all things dark are celebrated in the city.