Author: Christoph

TV Tower and Hotel Ještěd

Czech Hotels in TV Towers

Opinions differ about the aesthetic value of Prague’s TV tower but hardly anyone can deny that it has become a landmark in Prague’s skyline, which is otherwise dominated by low, centuries-old structures. Some people...

Prague surveillance camera

Open Surveillance Cameras in Prague

The project Insecam collects the streams of surveillance cameras, among them live cameras in Prague. These images are publicly available without any hacking, since their owners put them online and chose (or forgot) to...

Allrounder ferryman in Prague

All-Rounder

This man is a real all-rounder:  masseur, psychologist, therapist and ferryman. You can use his services in Prague on the river Vltava between Praha-Sedlec and Praha-Zámky – just down the hill from the famous...

Andrej Babis, Bitcoin

“Nobody Uses Bitcoin”

The current Czech Finance Minister and boss of Agrofert and several media outlets, Andrej Babiš, was derided on a wall in Holešovice for his apparent (or pretended) ignorance about the cryptocurrency Bitcoin: I am...

Prague coat of arms

Violence is Not a Solution

Prague’s coat of arms includes what appears to be a knight hidden inside a castle whose only visible part is his arm, threatening with a sword. In the underpass of the metro station Palmovka...

Peeing statues in Prague

The Peeing Statues

In the courtyard of the Hergetova cihelna (now housing the Franz Kafka Museum) you find two bronze statues who are peeing into a basin that is shaped like the Czech Republic. Their hips and...

The Lightweight Czech Sumo Wrestler

Ever heard of the sumo wrestler Takanoyama Shuntaro? His actual name is Pavel Bojar and he is from Prague. Due to his low weight of 90 kg (200 lb; 14 st) and his inability to put on...

Franz Kafka Monument Prague

7 Weird Facts About Kafka

1. Kafka was a vegetarian and took interest in gardening Kafka was a vegetarian for health and ethical reasons. But: Although Kafka wrote the short story A Hunger Artist, he was not actually malnourished....

Rock Sorting Robot

A Robot With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

This is probably one of the world’s least useful robots: A machine that sorts 7,000 stones by type and age. The classification is based on the dominant color, the color composition, and histograms of...

Vacuum Cleaner Box in Prague

New Urban Blog: Shit v Libni

I fully agree with Brad, the author of the blog Shit v Libni. In some places, the amount of trash and dog shit in the streets simply exceeds all limits. Brad is now trying...

Lubrication Tram in Prague

Reverse Sightseeing Tour on a Lubricating Tram

What to do this weekend… How about a “reverse” sightseeing tour through Prague in your living room chair, watching the streets from Prague’s Lubricating Tram. That special train runs every day about 200 km...

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Satnav Sends German Car On a Staircase

A romantic trip through snowy Prague has ended with an unexpected adrenaline rush, Metro reports. Apparently, some satnav devices are not quite ready for the intricate road layout of Prague.   Source of photo:...