People say I am an excellent story teller able to explain complicated issues in an easy and funny way. I like jokes, mainly such ones revealing current social issues.
Craft beer (so not only the original Pilsner lager from Plzeň City, but also ales from microbreweries including monasteries), design and glass art (not only crystal), architecture of slim and vertical Gothic, chubby and ornated Baroque, blooming Art Nouveau or the Cubistic style, people's stories from times of the Austrian rule (before 1918) in my country, Nazism (1938/1939-1945, like the heroic paratroopers in the Operation Anthropoid) and Communism (1948-1989, like opponents Jan Palach, Václav Havel or my family stories.
In 1968 my uncle was a Czechoslovakian army pilot and my mother was in England), medieval curved and narrow streets (used in the movies Les Misérables or Amadeus, both filmed in Prague exteriors) or the nature landscape formed of sandstone (used in The Chronicles of Narnia). These are among highlights but also hidden gems and less known places that I would like to make you see, taste and discover. You will meet local people and live a unique experience.
Czechia (with it's nowadays official name the Czech Republic, but called the Crown of Bohemia or Bohemian Lands, in the past) and especially Prague have always been a crossroad of mixed cuisines, melting cultures and changing political regimes.
Kolaches cakes with poppy seeds, a plum brandy called slivovice (slivovitz), the Bohemian coin called thaler which gave name to the US dollar, the word robot (invented by the writer Karel Čapek for his book R. U. R. ), contact lenses (by Otto Wichterle), weapons (brand ČZ and others), polka dance, composer Antonín Dvořák (symphony From the New World), movie director Miloš Forman.
The author Franz Kafka who wrote his books (Methamorphosis, The Trial etc. ) in German language, was an assimilated Jew, graduated lawyer and worked for an insurance company (for ex. reports about machines having killed some workers), the tennis players Ivan Lendl or Martina Navrátilová (one of faces inviting to LGBT parades in Prague), some NHL ice hockey players (Jaromír Jágr, Dominik Hašek. . . ), car constructor Ferdinand Porsche, Oskar Schindler who was a Nazi but saved his Jewish workers, the Moravian Brethren Church (including the educationalist Comenius).
Legend of Golem, rabbi Loew (MaHaRa'L), rabbi Ezechiel Landau (Noda bi-Yehudah), the Good King Wenceslas who is the Czech national patron saint, the religious reformer Jan Hus (rector of the Charles University and predecessor of Protestantism, burned at the stake in 1415) or the Bohemian landlords of Rosenberg or Sternberg (who were and are Slavic and Roman Catholic): all that belongs to the heritage of my country. Also Madeleine Albright (maiden name Marie Körbelová) or Ivana Trump (née Zelníčková) were born Czech and speak the Czech language.
I grew up in the Sudetes mountain range at the Czech-Polish border in a tiny town Krnov (Jägerndorf) in Silesia. From Sudetenland, the original German speaking inhabitants were expelled after the WW2, 1945, and then ethnic Czechs moved in. My family settled there during the Communist regime. My father worked as forest engineer, my mother as doctor. I studied at the French language grammar-school in Olomouc and then History at university in Brno, both in Moravia. Since, I live in Prague. I worked as journalist for the Czech governmental TV channel and as an IT specialist for IBM.
I love meeting people and sharing our points of view and experience, learning from each other. I deeply love travelling and discovering other people's life styles and ways of thinking. In my free time, I relax by cycling in nature.
Let's meet in Prague! You will discover unexpected beauties, taste local products and meet authentic and interesting local people.
A Recent Review of this guide
We had an absolutely wonderful time on our tour with Pavel. We had communicated our interests and he hit what we wanted right on. He is very knowledgeable, informative, flexible and professional and we had a lot of fun. We have traveled to locations around the world and I believe Pavel is one of the best tour guides we have ever had. When I booked him he had no ratings yet which gave me pause but we are so glad we booked him. Although he is new to TBL he is a VERY experienced professional guide.
I am a licenced tour guide in the Czech Republic, certified for the Prague Castle, the Jewish Museum of Prague and others.
I easily connect with people and don't have any restrictions. Tours in Prague are mainly pedestrian, sometimes using public transport. Tours out of Prague are mainly with private cars and private professional drivers.