A wildly unlikely tale attempts to explain the odd name of a local park
A hill overlooking Prague’s largest cemetery, Olšanské hřbitovy, has an undeservedly shady reputation but is now home to a pleasant park. A rather obscure tale describes how Parukářka, meaning “wig maker”, got its name. The explanation is
A folk-medicine expert with an alleged gift claims to have treated over five million people, including many celebrities
The new Czech-Irish-Polish-Slovak biopic Charlatan (Šarlatán) takes a look at the life and career of Jan Mikolášek, a herbal and faith healer who practiced in what is now the Czech Republic throughout the
A ghost at what was a rural castle near a vineyard never revealed her secrets
Parts of what is now Prague used to be villages separated by dusty and seldom used roads. Even today, the name Záběhlice is something one sees on the bus or tram route but not a place
Rather fanciful tales put a colorful spin on the origins of some buildings in the Prague’s historical Jewish quarter
The famous White Lady had a difficult life but returned after death to look after the Rožmberk family and property
Not all ghosts are frightful. One of the more benign Czech phantoms is Perchta z Rožmberka, whose spectre still visits castles across Bohemia.
Noble women who haunt their ancestral lands tend to appear
A devil sat beneath the tree to play his eerie violin at night before the village was covered by dam water
Legends surround a 350-year-old Scots pine called the Guardian of the Flooded Village. It sits alone on a spit of land in the middle of a reservoir in the Czech
The failed attempt of the Swedish army to conquer Prague at the end of the Thirty Years’ War has been back in the news, as a Baroque-style Victory Column that was toppled by a mob in Old Town Square 1918 is now likely to be rebuilt on its original spot.
Each of the seasons in Slavic folklore is overseen by a god or goddess, though the names and attributes vary greatly from region to region. In Bohemia and Moravia, the female force behind winter, death and dreams is Morana, who covers the fields in a funeral shroud of ice and
A village once stood outside the Old Town walls, and a pond there was home to a sad but beautiful mermaid
The Czech word for a little pond is Rybníček, and in pagan times a village by that name stood outside the Old Town walls in what is now Prague’s New
The palace that houses the Czech Senate is haunted by the ghost of a trumpeter
Some people like to sleep in late, especially after a night of partying. And isn’t it just those mornings that someone starts band practice in their garage, or worse yet, jack-hammering in the street?
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