Prague Private Guides

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  • SIGHTSEEING of all major sites in Prague, the Czech Republic and many other European destinations
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  • BOAT CRUISES in Prague. 
  • VINTAGE CAR tours in Prague
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Don't feel like walking or just want to feel what an old-timer ride feels like?
Karlstejn, Cesky Krumlov, Kutna Hora, Karlovy Vary & more
Take a boat cruise on the Vltava River.  The views from a boat are magnificant, especially in the evening when everything is illuminated.
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News & Such

Aug 2019

Just who is Krtecek?  You can't miss a cartoon character of a black mole with a red nose, dressed from shorts to overalls to just about anything when you come to Prague  His name is "Krtecek" The Little Mole.

Krtek (mole - Krtecek, little mole) was first seen in 1956 in Prague, when the creator, Zdenek Miler decided to create a children's cartoon for his own children, just as Walt Disney had with Mickey Mouse and company.  In then Czechoslovakia, still being a communist country where western "anything" was frowned upon by the authorities, international characters such as Micky, Minnie, Goofy, etc. were not represented.  Yet he was influenced by the Disney characters by choosing an animal for the leading role, and decided to pick a mole after stumbling over a molehill during a walk. The first film, called "Jak krtek ke kalhotkám přišel" ("How the mole got his trousers"), had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 1957, where it was awarded two Golden Lions. Production for further episodes started in 1963 and since then, around 50 episodes have been created. 

The DVDs are presented only with exclamation sounds, not language, so all kids from everywhere can relate to him. Sunday morning cartoons all over the world present him to the smallest of children.

Mr. Zdenek Miler past away in 2011 at 90 years of age.

Krtecek has become a symbol for the Czech Republic and a spokes "person" for children all over the world. 

He has even been n space!  On May 16, 2011 a plush toy of Krtecek was present on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour, where it accompanied the U.S. astronaut Andrew Feustel, whose wife is of Czech ancestry, on the a mission.

You will find him in all of the souvenir shops in Prague in just about any form.  As a refrigirator magnet, plush toy in all sizes, prints, dvds, keychains, you name it.

1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.  August 21, 2019 will mark 51 years since the invasion of the Warsaw pact countries of then Czechoslovakia.

Some 137 Czechoslovak people were killed in the invasion and another 500 were seriously wounded. Some 70,000 people emigrated just after the invasion and an estimated 300,000 emigrated up through 1989.

The Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia took place on the night of Aug. 20–21, and the authors of the proposal for a state holiday say the date is the most tragic in modern Czechoslovak history.

Some 250,000 troops from the Soviet Union, Poland, Bulgaria, East Germany and Hungary invaded Czechoslovakia. Romania and Albania refused to participate.

The invasion brought an end to Prague Spring, a series of political reforms meant to create “socialism with a human face.” There had been an easing of restrictions on free speech, promotion of democratic methods and an increase of people’s civil rights.

After the invasion, the Soviets instituted a policy called Normalization, which set back all of the Prague Spring reforms and replaced then with hard-line communist policies and strict centralized control.

The regular Farmers Market at Kulatak is open every Saturday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Local farmers bring their vegetables, flowers, honey, baked goods, homemade pasta and so much more, it is a culinary delight.  Lots of stalls offering street food as well, along with our wonderful beer.  Just take the green metro line A to Dejvicka and once you get off, you can't miss it.  A large sign says "Farmarske Trhy" , farmers market.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Some of our clients take European boat cruises.  Although Prague is on a river, the Vltava, this river is not navigable for most ships.  Visitors to Prague are often cruising on the Danube, Main or Rhein Rivers , coming to Prague before or after their cruise.  Then they need a transfer to or from city, where their ship comes in or leaves from.  They often do not want to take advantage of the bus transfers offered by the cruise line but prefer a personal approach. 

We are happy to take you to your ship or pick you up there.  Please see the distances below as well as further details and prices

Also, should you want to visit another city in Europe from Prague, this is a helpful guide, letting you know how far the closest major European cities are from Prague.

Some distance from Prague to other European cities.

Prague to/from ……………….
listed in clockwise manner - click on this link for a map

Berlin – 358 km/222 miles – driving time 4 hours - Dresden – 157 km/ 98 miles – driving time 2 hours - Krakow– 539 km/335 miles – driving time 6 hours
Warsaw – 673 km/418 miles – driving time 8.5 hours - Bratislava – 329 km/205 miles – driving time 3.5 hours - Budapest – 529 km/ 329 miles - driving time 5.5 hours
Vienna – 331 km/ 206 miles - driving time 4 hours - Salzburg – 378 km/ 235 miles – driving time 5 hours - Nuremberg – 298 km/ 185 miles – driving time 3 hours
Passau – 218 km/ 136 miles – driving time 3.5 hours - Munich – 383 km/ miles – driving time 4 hours - Paris – 1,033 km/ 642 miles – driving time 10 hours

The driving time is the fastest way, not taking into account any traffic delays, etc.  Some cities are connected via a fast, 4 lane highway (Autobahn, expressway, etc.), some are not.  This explains the time being longer despite the distance being shorter than other cities.