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Fountains Palaces Renaissance

Jindřichův Hradec in Bohemia

Well in Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic

In the Bohemian town of Jindřichův Hradec, a castle of the same name is located. Its former German name was Neuhaus (New House). The literal translation of the Czech name means Henry Castle. Worth seeing is the roundel from the year 1596, which is counted among the major works of the Bohemian Renaissance.

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Manhole Covers Railway Stations

Manhole cover at Prague main railway station

Mainhole cover at Prague main railway stationThis manhole cover on a platform of the main railway station in Prague (Praha hlavní nádraží) shows the historic station building. The structure was designed by Czech architect Josef Fanta in the years 1901/09. The entrance hall of the building is now off the beaten track and forms an oasis of Art Nouveau.

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Art Nouveau Railway Stations

Art Nouveau station hall in Prague

Art nouveaul station hall at the main railway station of Prague, Czech Republic

The Art Nouveau hall in Prague’s main train station (Praha hlavní nádraží) is a bit hidden. Once it represented the splendour and glory of the Habsburg Empire. Today it is located away from the streams of rail travellers and only fanciers make their way to the hall. The structure was built in 1902/12 according to the plans of Josef Fanta (1856-1954).

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Plaques Railway Stations

Plaque to Woodrow Wilson in Prague

Plaque to Woodrow Wilson at the main railway station of Prague, Czech Republic

Plaque to the 28th President of the United States Woodrow Wilson, seen at the main railway station of Prague. During the First Czechoslovak Republic and from 1945 to 1953 the largest station of the capital city was named Wilson Station (Wilsonovo nádraží).

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Monuments Railway Stations Sculptures

Monument to Nicholas Winton in Prague

Monument to Nicholas Winton in Prague, Czech RepublicThoughtful monument to Nicholas Winton located at the platform 1 of Prague main railway station. 669 Jewish children were rescued by trains organized by him in 1939. These trains brought the children to London just before World War II started.

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Christmas

Fairy tale movies on Christmas TV

Well at Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic

When I was a child I used to watch fairy tales on TV every Christmas season. Generally these movies were taken in Czech Republic. Many years later I still remember the plots of these tales like ‘Three hazelnuts for Cinderella’, ‘Pan Tau’, and ‘Arabela’. What about your memories?

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Christmas Christmas Markets

Christmas market in Brno

Christmas market in Brno (Czech Republic)

View of a Christmas market in Brno, the 2nd largest city of Czech Republic. In the background one can see the tower of the old town hall.

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Events

Candles for Václav Havel

Candles for Václav Havel

4 days before my visit in Brno the essayist and politician Václav Havel died. Many places in the city were covered with candles, photos, letters and even drawings. It’s impressive to see that a person has found its place in the hearts of the people, isn’t it? It reminds me of we all should do something to find our place in someones heart.

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Public Clocks

‘Astronomical’ clock in Brno

Public clock of Brno, Czech Republic

Even though many people call this an astronomical clock, it is just a clock. The clock reminds of an episode of the Thirty Years’ War, when people of Brno ended a siege by pretending a wrong time of  day. Every day at 11:00 am a marble emerges from one of four openings and can be caught by a lucky spectator.

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Architecture

Beautiful ceiling in Brno

Beautiful ceiling in Brno, Czech Republic

If one dare to look through open doors of buildings built in 19th century one often get awarded by seeing wonderful ceilings and staircases. For example I saw this wonderful ceiling behind a door in Brno, Czech Republic.

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Facades

Marvellous facades in Brno

Storefront 1 in Brno, Czech Republic

Some facades I came across near the railway station of Brno. In cities with railway stations built around 1900 one can see a lot of fascinating architecture near these stations. Therefore I love to stroll around these quarters and to take photos like these ones.

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Cuisine Railways

Lunch at Czech dining car

Lunch at Czech dining car

Having lunch at a Czech dining car: Marinated Beef Sirloin served with bread dumplings (‘Svíčková na smetaně s houskovými knedlíky’).