Czech Republic

Czech Republic


The traditional English name “Bohemia” derives from Latin “Boiohaemum”, which means “home of the Boii”. The current name comes from the endonym Čech, spelled “Cžech” until the orthographic reform in 1842. The name comes from the Slavic tribe (Czechs, Czech: Češi, Čechové) and, according to legend, their leader Čech, who brought them to Bohemia, to settle on Říp Mountain. The etymology of the word Čech can be traced back to the Proto-Slavic root *čel-, meaning “member of the people; kinsman”, thus making it cognate to the Czech word člověk (a person). [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Discovering Prague – You are invited to join “Discovering Prague” which is Prague’s friendliest and most active social group (over 2000 members, 80+ events held already)! Our events feature walks, hiking, dining out at restaurants, visiting museums and art exhibitions, sport activities (like canoeing in summer and skiing in winter) [meetup]

Keboolacz – The group is for all data enthusiastic people in Prague. Our mission is to enable people of all levels and backgrounds to easily prepare and explore their data, help them to find the answers and become data-driven. We love data, that’s it! [meetup]

Locus: FUN STUFF in Prague – Fun Stuff is a Meetup Group in Prague for English-speaking location-independent professionals–remote workers, freelancers, digital nomads, entrepreneurs, writers, creatives, and scholars–who want to get to know other like-minded people and have some fun in the process. [meetup]

Locus: WORK BETTER in Prague – Work Better is a Meetup Group in Prague for English-speaking location-independent professionals–remote workers, freelancers, digital nomads, entrepreneurs, writers, creatives, and scholars–who want to work more effectively, successfully, and happily. [meetup]

NgParty – We are focusing mainly on JavaScript and Typescript, also keeping close eye on React, Polymer, WebComponents and Angular, but overall, we are open to all next generation technologies. [meetup]

Prague Beer Meetup – The Prague Beer Meetup group is a beer club that meets in different beer places around Prague. We are trying to find best beers and best pubs and share our knowledge. [meetup]

Prague Event Group – Get out and get going! Let’s get out do and see some exciting things! Monthly activities will provide an opportunity to explore all the fun, Business events, Spontaneous activities, Parties & Clubbing, Beauty and more exciting opportunities available in this great city! [meetup]

Pragues Finest Beers and Pubs – Let’s share our passion for a good pint of ale or lager and meet other people from the Prague area in some of the best places in the city for beer lovers. [meetup]

TopMonks Caffe – Regular meetup focused on new technologies. For EVERYBODY who is interested into it. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date – A massive worldwide online dating site launched in 2006, Badoo is an OK option for the Czech Republic. It doesn’t have the same quality as the sites mentioned above, which is why I would not focus on it as a starting point for your search. Badoo works on the “freemium” model, which means that it is free to sign up, but you have to pay for upgraded features. The site operates in over 180 countries, and is popular in Europe and Latin America. [visa hunter] – is the best and largest online dating site in the Czech Republic. Launched in 1998, it is also one of the oldest, having been around since the dawn of the internet dating era. Seznamka’s website is better than others I’ve seen, but still pretty dated looking, with a fair amount of ads to boot. As an online dating service, Seznamka focuses more on personal ads than profiles, and as a result, the profiles available are quite shallow. [visa hunter] – (“luck” in Czech) is the second best online dating site in the Czech Republic. The site is a Craigslist-style dating website for people looking to meet singles from the Czech Republic. My first impression of the website was not a great one, as the design is starkly, and uninviting. It has the look and feel of a classified ad website, hence the Craigslist comparison. Much like a classifieds section of a newspaper or magazine, profiles place “advertisements” on a public board. [visa hunter]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Country Walkers – Hidden in the rolling hills and fairy-tale villages of the Czech Republic, a spectacular world awaits your discovery: rococo chateaux, world-class breweries, age-old forests cloaked in moss, and beguiling folk traditions. You’ll stroll the baroque cobblestone streets of Telč, the ancient catacombs of Tábor, and the crooked medieval lanes of Český Krumlov, passing the facades of brightly colored rowhouses, covered arcades, and riverside paths. [country walkers]

Discover Prague Tours – We are a collective of highly motivated professional tour guides who speak native-level English and share a passion for storytelling, history, Bohemian culture and the magic city of Prague. [discover prague]

Greenways Travel Club – Since the entire length of the Czech Greenways corridor is over 350 miles (500 km), this hiking trip covers a selection of only the best foot trails and hiking spots along the Greenway. These walks are good due to both the density of tourist destinations and points of interest and the attractiveness of the hiking trails. [gtc]

Sandemans New Europe – Home of the famous Prague FREE Walking Tour with some of the best guides in Europe. [new europe tours]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Bone Collectors: Czech Crypts, Tombs, and Cemeteries – Spread across the Czech Republic are a number of fascinating locations dedicated to preserving the remains of those slain in war or killed by diseases such as the terrible plagues that gripped Europe in medieval times. But what makes these places even more interesting are the often bizarre way in which these centuries-old human relics are displayed. Nowhere is this more evident than in the small town of Sedlec, home to the famous “Bone Church,” the Gothic All Saints Chapel. Here, the curious will be rewarded with a chance to see the remains of some 70,000 people who died between the 14th and 16th centuries displayed in rather chilling artistic fashion, including coats of arms, chandeliers, chalices, and bells. [planet ware]

Brno’s Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul – High above the old city of Brno is the beautiful Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, one of the Czech Republic’s most important national monuments. In addition to its splendid exterior, the exquisite Baroque interior of this 18th-century masterpiece is well worth exploring. Also of interest is its crypt, home to numerous old tombs as well as remnants of the original city walls. Other highlights include the building’s two 84-meter-high towers. Added in the early 20th century, they’re home to a rather unique noontime bell that is notable for being rung an hour early, at 11am, a tradition that dates back to its founding and which commemorates the city successfully tricking its besiegers into ending their attack early. [planet ware]

Český Krumlov Castle – Dominating the old town after which it’s named, Český Krumlov Castle is a huge castle dating from the early 13th century that is remarkably well preserved given its age. Much of what stands today in this UNESCO World Heritage Site stems from the 17th century, including the Rosenberg Ballroom and the Renaissance Hall, the Royal Apartments, and the Chapel of St. George. Also worth seeing is the castle’s old Baroque theater, built in 1682 and with much of the equipment added later in the 18th century still used for special performances. [planet ware]

Glassworks of Karlovy Vary – In addition to its many fine spa resorts, the lovely town of Karlovy Vary remains one of Europe’s most important glassmaking centers, an industry that has thrived here for more than 150 years. A fascinating excursion is to the Moser Visitor Centre, part of the Moser glassworks established in 1857 and which, thanks to the skills and craftsmanship of the local glassmakers it employs, is widely considered one of the world’s leading manufacturers of decorative glass. [planet ware]

Hluboká Castle – A short drive north of the city of České Budějovice, the huge white Neo-Gothic Hluboká Castle (Hluboká nad Vltavou) is often said to be the most beautiful of the Czech Republic’s many fine castles. Built on the site of an older 13th-century fortress, the current castle was constructed in the 1660s and was given its present Gothic Tudor style – loosely based upon that of England’s famous Windsor Castle – in subsequent extensive renovations. Highlights of a visit include its huge hedge mazes and lush foliage, along with its fine interior woodwork, stained glass windows, and furnishings. [planet ware]

Konopiště Chateau and the Archduke’s Trophies – One of the Czech Republic’s loveliest palaces, Konopiště Chateau – just 50 kilometers southeast of Prague – offers a number of good reasons to be included on your travel itinerary. Established in the 13th century and given its current Baroque form in the 18th century, this superb French-style four-winged chateau is famous as the final residence of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose untimely assassination is credited as having started WWI (the bullet that killed him is on display in the chateau’s museum). [planet ware]

Kutná Hora – If you’re able to visit just one Czech town apart from Prague, you couldn’t do much better than Kutná Hora. Just 80 kilometers east of the capital, Kutná Hora was once home to one of Europe’s leading silver mines, the wealth from which helped finance many of the town’s most beautiful structures (much of the town has now been declared part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site). [planet ware]

Prague Castle – For most travelers, the focal point of a visit to the Czech Republic is Prague Castle (Pražský hrad). In the city’s Hradčany neighborhood and dating from the late 10th century, Prague Castle has been central to Eastern European history for centuries, and once housed Holy Roman Emperors, the Habsburgs, Bohemian kings, and, more recently, the Czech Republic’s President. Over the course of its 1,000-year history, the castle – the largest in the world in terms of area – has undergone many dramatic changes in architectural style, evidence of which can be seen in the numerous buildings constructed within its walls through the centuries. [planet ware]

Prague’s Charles Bridge – It’s impossible to visit Prague without taking the time to traverse the city’s most important river crossing, the spectacular Charles Bridge (Karlův Most). This famous structure spanning the River Vltava was built in 1357 and has many unique points of interest along its 520-meter span, including numerous fine statues. Perhaps the most famous are those of the bridge’s namesake, Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, as well as one of John of Nepomuk dating from 1683 and honoring the country’s most revered saint (he was deliberately drowned in the Vltava in the 14th century). [planet ware]

Spectacular Libraries: The Clementinum and Strahov Monastery – Three of Europe’s loveliest (and oldest) libraries can be found in Prague. The largest, the National Library of the Czech Republic, is in the magnificent Clementinum (Klementinum), a sprawling complex of historic Baroque buildings that once housed a Jesuit College and book collection. After the expulsion of the Jesuits, the property and its collections passed to the state, allowing the public the chance to enjoy the spectacular Library Hall with its sumptuous ceiling artwork. [planet ware]

The Bohemian Paradise – One of the most beautiful corners of the Czech Republic is in Eastern Bohemia: the spectacular Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj). This area of outstanding natural beauty is notable for its many massive rock formations that seem to stick up out of the ground like so many giants, seemingly unsupported and defying all laws of physics. Now a UNESCO Geopark, the region draws hikers and sightseers from across Europe for its stunning sandstone hills, natural bridges, and tall basalt columns and outcroppings, all accessible by a first-rate network of trails and scenic drives. [planet ware]

The Colonnades and Spas of Karlovy Vary – Often referred to by its old German name of Karlsbad, Karlovy Vary is a must-visit for anyone interested in an authentic spa experience. Established in 1358, Karlovy Vary has for centuries been a popular destination for Europe’s elite, from royalty (Peter the Great) to famous composers and writers (Beethoven, Chopin, and Goethe), all drawn here to the hot springs. Evidence of the town’s 13 main springs (not to mention its countless smaller springs) are everywhere, from the magnificent fountain in the midst of the Tepla River that shoots jets of water 14 meters into the air, to the spa-influenced architecture of its many exquisite Neoclassical and Art Nouveau colonnades with their drinking and bathing fountains. [planet ware]



14th Febiofest – International Film, Video, and TV Festival – 2007 March/April Febiofest is the biggest audiovisual showcase in Central Europe. It began as a small event in two Prague movie theatres. This year, its programme will fill 14 theatres. As is the case every year, the main part of the festival takes place in Prague, where at least 400 feature films, short films, documentaries, experimental and animated films will be shown during the week of the festival. After the Prague part of the festival ends, a selection from the Febiofest programme will also visit several other Czech cities (Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc, České Budějovice, Liberec and Pardubice). [my czech republic]

16th Prague Autumn (Pražský podzim) International Music Festival – September 12 – October 1, 2006 During the last 15 years, there have been performances by 79 orchestras, 110 conductors, 131 singers, 61 pianists, 35 violin players, 25 cellists, 18 choirs, 6 chamber ensembles, and 26 other instrumentalists. The number of attendees has reached almost 270,000. In the last year, the overall attendance of the festival reached 87%, with some of the concerts sold out three months beforehand. [my czech republic]

41st International Music Festival Brno – Moravian Autumn – September 22 – October 7, 2006 The theme of the forty-first annual Moravian Autumn Festival is Three Giants, dedicated to the music of the three composers whose anniversaries are celebrated this year: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (two hundred and fifty years since his birth), Robert Schumann (one hundred fifty years since his death in 1856), and Dmitry Shostakovich (one hundred years since his birth in 1906). [my czech republic]

41st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival – June 30 – July 8, 2006 One of the most prestigious international film festivals in Europe. Classified as a “Category A” festival, which puts it in the same class as festivals in such cities as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Tokyo. The festival presents 220 feature films and up to 40 short films from all over the world each year. The Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema will be presented to Czech cinematic legend Jan Němec. Czech actor Karel Roden will be a member of the Grand Jury. [my czech republic]

62nd Prague Spring (Pražské jaro) International Music Festival – May/June 2007 The Prague Spring International Music Festival is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world. The festival commemorates important musical anniversaries by including works by the composers concerned on its programs, and presents Czech as well as world premieres of compositions by contemporary authors. [my czech republic]

Znojmo Wine Harvest Festival – September 15 – 16, 2006 The Znojmo Wine Harvest Festival (Znojemské vinobraní) has been going on since 1966 and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from around the country each year. The rich program will start with an evening procession of hundreds of people dressed in period costumes and end with fireworks on Saturday. Visitors will be able to watch a knights’ tournament, enjoy medieval music, dances and theatre performances, visit a historical market, and celebrate wine and the semi-fermented young wine called burčák. [my czech republic]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus and tram – Taking a bus or a tram at night is a good option when the metro stops operating. At night, the bus and tram frequency is about 30 minutes. The Prague’s night buses and trams start with the number 5. The most important national bus stations are Florenc and Černý most. Florenc also has international connections which connect Prague to many of the European capitals. [just landed]

Metro – Prague is the only place in the Czech Republic where you can travel by metro and it is the most used means of transport there. There are three metro lines: green line A, yellow line B, and red line C. The metro operates daily from 5 AM till midnight. [just landed]

Prague’s funicular – The Prague’s funicular to Petřín is also a part of the urban transport. It takes you up to Petřín – a replica of the Eiffel Tower. The funicular station is next to the Újezd tram stop. It is operating daily from 9 AM to midnight. The intervals between the departures are around 15 minutes. You can use the same ticket for the funicular as you do for the rest of the Prague public transport. [just landed]

Train – Prague’s Main railway station (Hlavní nádraží) is the most important point for the international connections such as InterCity, SuperCity and EuroCity. There have been launched new Pendolino trains which are connecting Prague’s Main station with the Czech town Ostrava and some European capitals. [just landed]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

BrnoJS – Monthly gathering of people passionate about JavaScript in Brno, CZ. [meetup]

Data Science & Analytics Brno – Associate specialist in the analysis of small and big data, machine learning, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. We meet, we share industry news and educate themselves and professionals who need to use data analytics in science, business and marketing. [meetup]

Docker Brno – Meet other developers and ops engineers using Docker. Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. [meetup]

Machine Learning Meetup Prague – A group to discuss all things Machine Learning. Topics may include (but are not limited to): learning theory, computer vision, natural language processing, data mining, computer audition, etc. [meetup]

Prague Developers – Calling all developers in Prague! Prague is an awesome city, right? Many of us expats come here to work and enjoy the city’s wonders. However there was one thing bugging me since I came here. How the heck do I meet other skilled professionals in the field of development? So how ’bout you join the group, we go out for some beers from time to time, have some interesting talks, share our knowledge and expertise. [meetup]

Prague Forum – Join us for WMW AfterWork Party – Diplomatic Forum – Business Forum – Wir sprechen DeutschMeet new customers, future employers or employees, cooperation partners or just new friends and have a relaxing time with great people after a hard working week! [meetup]

Prague Personal Finance and Savings Group – This is a group for anyone who doesn’t understand (but is not limited to) pensions, savings, investments. Alternative investments, derivative, bonds, qrops and qnups, wrappers, trusts and inheritance tax and all aspects of personal finance. [meetup]

Prague Self Improvement and Professional Development Meetup – This is a Prague based group for anyone interested in self improvement and professional development. We will meet up and exchange ideas, experience, knowledge… This will create a learning based platform where now all foreigners in Prague can join. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Beer and Exchange English & czech – if you are new in Prague or just want to improve your english and czech skills, lets go for a fresh beer and have fun in the terrace in the center. It is a good opportunity how to make new friends and improve. [meetup]

Brno Language Exchange Meetup – This is a group for anyone interested in languages, meeting people, learning a new language, making friends etc. during weekends. All levels are welcome. I have started this group to meet other enthusiasts about languages and meeting new people. Looking forward to meeting Brno International Community. [meetup]

Lets Learn Languages Together Drink Coffee and Have Fun – This is a group for those who are interested in practicing Czech and other foreign languages while making new friends. Let’s learn languages in a fun, relaxing environment and explore cultural opportunities together. This group is for you if you want to learn language and have fun at the same time. [meetup]

Prague English Language coaching – This group is for anyone who has studied English and is at a conversation level and would like to improve their overall english skills. It is all for those of you who are starting up a business or currently have a business and would like to get better results. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

LGBT Couples in Prague Meetup – The idea is to get to know each other and spend some time together in our free time. We can have a picnic, go on a relaxing excursion, play board games together and so on. All gay and lesbian couples in Prague are welcome. [meetup]

Prague Gay Meetup – The idea is to get to know each other and spend some time together in our free time. We can have a picnic, go on a relaxing excursion, play board games together and so on. All gay, lesbian and LGBT friendly people are welcome. [meetup]



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