We have arranged a number of tours around Prague for English-speaking and German-speaking expats, taking place over this summer. On these tours, visitors can learn about Prague’s former Italian quarter, explore Žižkov and Kampa, or visit the Great Strahov Stadium.
On June 18 at 11 a.m., English-speaking expats can set off on a journey from Hradčany to Malá Strana, specifically to the area around Vlašská Street, the former Italian quarter. Today, the area boasts beautiful palaces and other significant buildings that were left behind by the Italians who used to live here.
“Names such as Caratti, Lurago, or Santini can be found in practically every publication about Prague, as their bearers were some of the most prominent builders during the Renaissance and Baroque periods,” says Michal Šedivý, guide of the tour and member of Open House Praha.
Another tour will take English-speaking expats to the lower part of Žižkov. The tour, which takes place on July 16 at 4 p.m., will also include a visit to the local Bethlehem Chapel, a low-key but impressive modernist building with elements from cubist architecture, located in an inner courtyard near the Žižkov Town Hall.
“There is no doubt that Žižkov is a very special Prague district. During the tour, we will talk about how the district has developed since the 19th century and why it has such a unique spirit,” says Michal Šedivý.
There will also be a tour of the Great Strahov Stadium, one of the biggest stadiums in the world. Built as a venue for the Spartakiads (mass gymnastics events in Czechoslovakia), the stadium has also hosted concerts or military parades.
“The tour will take visitors to the presidential lounge, west grandstand, and amazing passageways. They will also enjoy breathtaking views of the whole stadium from the site of the former Gate of Champions,” says Petra Kotěšovcová, guide of the tour in English.
Finally, Open House Praha invites English-speaking expats on a walking tour of Kampa, an island in the very heart of Old Prague and one of Prague’s leading tourist attractions. It is not only a popular place to relax but also an area with a diverse architecture, including bourgeois houses, embassies, mills, Prague’s only water palace, and more. The tour takes place on August 20 at 7 p.m.
“We will walk through the entire Kampa, stop at significant sites and buildings, and talk about their stories and the fate of their residents,” says Michal Šedivý, guide of the tour.
More details can be found in our Events Calendar.