Photographic Journey of Discovery: Prague and the Czech Republic

Photographic Journey of Discovery: Prague and the Czech Republic

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We love Prague: beautiful, magical, mysterious Prague!

We love wandering through its historic old town, its parks and its impressive castle district, photographing from its many bridges and towers and discovering photographic treasures in its hidden cobblestone lanes. Prague, also called “the Golden City,” is the capital of the Czech Republic and is known for the largest castle complex in Europe, a magical historic old town, a long influential history, cultural and artistic importance, many bridges and — beer! Prague is truly one of the most beautiful historical cities in the world since as far back as the Middle Ages.

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If you’re planning a trip to Prague, we’d like to introduce you to a few other wonderful photo destinations in the Czech Republic. If you’d prefer to visit and photograph there with a couple of enthusiastic guides and location scouts (that would be me and Magrit) feel free to click here to read more about our 2017 photo tour to this charming part of Europe or contact us directly.

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All of the locations that we write about here are UNESCO world heritage sites. The Czech Republic is simply loaded with them.

Only a short distance east of Prague visit the beautiful Church of St. Barbara in Kutná Hora.

The interior of the church is lovely, painted in shades of creamy vanilla with lots of interesting architectural details to photograph. However, the main attraction for us is the beautiful spiral staircase. Be advised that tripods are not allowed.

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The region of Moravia in the south-east of the Czech Republic is a landscape photographer’s paradise of lush rolling hills. In the middle of April the wheat fields turn the brightest shades of green interspersed with the brilliant yellow of the canola fields in bloom .

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Acres of yellow are fun to photograph and, as an extra treat, there’s the ubiquitous delicate scent of the canola flowers in the air.

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For architectural (and photographic) interest, you can visit not 1 but 4 UNESCO monuments in this area including the chateau and gardens in Kroměříž and the Baroque plague column in Olomouc. In Brno, visit a monument of modern architecture, the newly-restored Villa Tugendhat which the famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed in 1929. This sleek modern villa is regarded as one of the 4 most important villas in the world. The fourth attraction is the Lednice-Valtice Complex which boasts the most extensive landscaping in the world. However, what mostly attracts us personally and many European photographers to this part of the Czech Republic are those beautifully graphic rolling hills and the endless interesting compositional options they offer. It tends to get windy in the spring in Moravia which can be challenging for getting sharp images when using long lenses. For tips on how to create sharp images under windy conditions, click here. »

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From Moravia travel west to the magnificent small town of Telč.

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Here you’ll get treated to one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. This elongated square is surrounded on all sides by pastel-colored buildings in the style of the Italian Renaissance. Standing in the middle of the square, you feel like you’re on a stage inside the set of an opera by Mozart. You’ll almost expect crinolined gowns and powdered wigs peeking around the corner. Entering this square for the first time is usually a jaw-dropping experience. Make sure you stop here for some shooting time and a tasty Czech lunch in one of many good traditional restaurants.

To the west of Telč visit the historic town of Český Krumlov, which is rightfully called a true gem on the UNESCO heritage list of sights. This is one of the most romantic towns in Europe.

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The river Voltava which runs through Prague, also runs through Ćeský Krumlov. It circles around the historic center with its picturesque Renaissance architecture in an unusual horseshoe shape which creates a peninsula with Europe’s second largest castle complex presented on a cobblestone platter.

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As you can see, the Czech Republic is filled with amazing sites for photographers. The cuisine is fantastic (and yes, the beer is very tasty), and accommodations are charming — well worth a visit, slightly off the beaten path of European travel. We’re looking to our next visit to Prague and the Czech Republic in 2017.

Contact us if you’d like to learn more! »