Pilsen is a queen of the brewery industry, thanks to Charles IV, who established the first brewery in the country in 1375. We all know that it is not a mind-blowing fact we are revealing to you here. We all know what Pilsner beer is.  Let’s be honest: we all tried draft beer while socializing in Prague. Most likely, you gave a chance to Pilsner Urquell (if you have not tried it yet, run to the next-door pub) to experience the taste of the western vibe of the Czech Republic.  Back to the main point-the Pilsen trip. It is much more than just an authentic brewery. Discover what you can do there in less than a day!  A quick historyRead more.


It is my first week in Vienna, exactly 10 years ago in late January 2011. My head spins with dreams of discovery. I have never seen Prague, Budapest, Ljubljana or Zagreb, though I have tasted Bratislava, where I’ll head for a semester-long Fulbright gig next week. The medieval alleys around Fleischmarkt and behind Stefansdom, where I have scored a friendly and impeccable Austrian hotel here in the center of the center of central Europe — Vienna’s Innere Stadt— are oddly quiet. After das grosse Gulasch at Kaffee Alt Wien, more than I could finish, I wander the Graben. This was once the Roman moat, which strikes off from Kartnerstrasse, the old road to the province of Carinthia to the southeast.Read more.

If you haven’t yet heard, there is a church full of bones located in the village of Kutna Hora about an hour east from Prague. It’s picking up a lot of hype and we can see why. This bone church is filled with bones and skulls from nearly 70,000 victims of the plague. Although it can be a bit eerie and cold, the sight is definitely worth the trip. Inside the church (Sedlec Monastery), you can see interesting configurations on how the bones are set up and displayed. You can see some of the bones arranged as some sort of shield, chandelier and into many decorations. Although it’s not as big as the catacombs in other parts of the world,Read more.