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Slovakia’s UNESCO Sites – Banska Stiavnica

Banska Stiavnica, on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1993 is the oldest mining town in Slovakia and due to its mineral wealth (gold, silver and copper were all mined here) it was both prosperous and sought after – the Turks tried to conquer it during a prolonged invasion of … Read More

Waitress with steins

Czech Beer Festival is Under Way in Prague

The Czech Beer Festival got underway last week and runs till the 2nd of June 2012. This year, after a few years ‘in the wilderness’ of Prague 9/Letnany it’s back at it’s original location in the Vystaviste exhibition grounds (you’ll have to make your way round the side of the … Read More

Pilsner Brewery Gates

Get out of Town: A trip to Plzen

With the sun coming up on a glorious, if slightly bracing October Saturday morning, we bundled into the rented car and headed West out of Prague, to Plzeň (Pilsen in German). Getting there By road the journey takes between 80 and 90 minutes. We went by car because I’d rented … Read More


Thinking Small with Czech Beers

Updated January 2020 The Czech Republic is well known for having the highest per-capita consumption of beer in the world and is famous for inventing the Pilsner style of lager but there’s more to Czech beer than the big four breweries. Over the past few years a movement towards microbreweries … Read More

A Weekend in South Bohemia

A two day trip to Ceske Budejovice and Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia, Czech Republic. Notes on things to do and see and how to get there.

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