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Insight Cities among 10 of the best architecture tours



The influence of art nouveau, which emerged at the end of the 19th century, is seen in landmark buildings across Prague. On this three-hour guided walk you’ll visit hotels, bars, restaurants and train stations notable for their elaborate facades, carved with ginkgo biloba leaves, and elegant light fittings – including the Lucerna bar and the Grand Hotel Europa, even as you discover the dramatic social and political history of Prague in the 20th Century.


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Insight Cities one of 5 best architecture tours in Europe

Insight Cities’ tour, ‘Art Nouveau and Cubist Architecture – Prague after 1900’, could easily be mistaken for a slightly daunting academic tour. Instead, it helps make sense of a place that only emerged from behind the Iron Curtain in 1991, nicknamed ‘the City of a Hundred Spires’ and widely agreed to be as beautiful as Paris. It takes in the defining features of Art Nouveau (including ginkgo biloba leaves on facades) and includes a visit to the Lucerna bar, once owned by Vaclav Havel’s family and the building which housed the Grand Hotel Europa, which signified the Czech Republic’s willingness to join Europe. The Cubist aspect of the city is explored via the House of the Black Madonna.

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Vadim Erent on Radio Prague

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Vadim ErentVadim Erent runs Insight Cities, a tour company that promises to give visitors a deeper perspective on the cultural and political histories of more than half a dozen cities, including Berlin and New York. The firm began here in Prague, where the Russian-born US citizen has been living for the last 11 years. And our tour of “Vadim Erent’s Prague” begins near his Letná home, specifically on a bench overlooking Stromovka Park by the Místodržitelský letohrádek, or Governor’s Summer Palace.


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Find the real Prague off the beaten path




concierge-prague-spire10tr1The question:

I don’t want to be just another tourist in Prague. Any suggestions for getting off the beaten path?

The answer:

The cobbled Czech capital rapidly became the former Soviet Bloc’s most popular vacation destination in the 1990s, and its charming Old Town streets were soon crammed with great opportunities to buy Charles Bridge T-shirts and Astronomical Clock fridge magnets.

But there are still ways to encounter the City of a Hundred Spires without feeling like a walking wallet or a backpacker ticking the boxes on a Europe-wide jaunt. To prove it, I’ve pried some personal tips from Prague-based Mark Baker, co-author of Lonely Planet’s Prague and the Czech Republic guidebook.

He suggests starting with a tour that delves beneath the city’s surface. “Insight Prague ( is kind of high-brow but they employ university lecturers as their guides. They really explain the city and its history in an informed way,” he says, mentioning the operator’s Beer and Baroque and totalitarian-themed tour options.

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HuffPost Travel Section



ArticleImageInsight Cities got a nice mention (albeit in a big list!) in the HuffPost Travel Section: “Insight Prague guides come with impressive academic credentials and extensive knowledge in their areas of expertise. The company promises ‘truly informed tours for travelers who like to learn.’ Feel free to ask detailed questions during these master classes in subjects like Art Nouveau and Cubist Architecture, Stories of Jewish Prague or a detailed look at the history of the Prague Castle.”

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 Prague – off the beaten track




prague-articleThe company specializes in guided walks – some in depth tours of the city’s classical sites, such as the Jewish Quarter or the fortress of Prague, and others thematic tours such as a tour of the cities breweries, a tour dedicated to avant-garde movement in Prague, Prague tour following the Cold War, and more. One of the recommended tours dedicated to Art Nouveau architecture shaped the face of the city early 20th century, and passes some of the most representative buildings of its time, such as the Grand Hotel Europe Weber Lucerne, along with some interesting Cubist buildings in the city. All tours begin at 10:00 am and last about three hours.


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ImageNews2Tour Prague with local experts from Insight Cities. If you are the type of traveler who longs for educational tours of a city where you can really learn and take away something specific from a destination, then tours by Insight Cities are just for you. Insight Cities offers special tours in select cities of Europe and the United States; tours are led by professors, historians, doctoral students, journalists, art critics and published authors. These special tours are perfect if you are looking for a more in-depth tour of the beautiful city of Prague – or Vienna, Budapest and Berlin for that matter (and if you happen to be in the US, Insight Cities can show you around New York City, Boston or Seattle).


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