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Prague Through the Eyes of Its Writers

Prague, Czech Republic

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Experience hosted by Lyn

3 hours
Includes tickets, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll go straight through many major tourist sites, but we'll be exploring in-depth. Walk in Kafka's steps in Old Town, visit writers' favorite pubs, and find the haunts of Rilke, Havel, Hrabal, and other fascinating writers, artists, musicians, dissidents, and legendary figures. Along the way, you'll learn lots more about the rich history and culture of Zlatá Praha, Golden Prague.

We'll visit a hotel that used to be Kafka's insurance company. If we are lucky, his old office won't be occupied and we can drop in.

Then we'll wind our way toward the Old Town Square, along the way becoming acquainted with Kafka's early years and the place where he - and other famous people, like Albert Einstein - were part of a salon.

We'll visit the pub where Bohumil Hrabal (author of the book that inspired the Oscar-winning film Closely Watched Trains) used to hold court and hear about his unique way of doing a book-signing.

We'll visit places associated with Vaclav Havel and other dissidents. We'll take a break at Cafe Slavia, one of Havel's favorites, and learn how the secret police spied on him from a medieval water tower.

I'll tell you stories about a young poet killed by a Nazi ambulance, and how the people of Prague defied the Nazis by reburying another poet. You'll learn about a secret library and discover the secrets behind the statues on Charles Bridge and throughout the city.
Other things to note
My tours are meant to be personalized, memorable experiences, so I limit each group to a maximum of 10 people total. Please let me know if anyone in your party has any special needs or mobility issues and I'll work with you to make this the best experience possible.
We'll go straight through many major tourist sites, but we'll be exploring in-depth. Walk in Kafka's steps in Old Town, visit writers' favorite pubs, and find the haunts of Rilke, Havel, Hrabal, and other fascinating writers, artists, musicians, dissidents, and legendary figures. Along the way, you'll learn lots more about the rich history and culture of Zlatá Praha, Golden Prague.

We'll visit a hotel that used to be Kafka's insurance…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    Two 90-minute tram tickets for each guest
    One page of literary-themed...
  • Equipment
    Simple maps of Prague with tourist places highlighted
From $38
/ person

Meet your host, Lyn

Host on Airbnb since 2016
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I'm Lyn, and I spend part of every year in Prague. I'm a professional writer, researcher, and poet in love with the city and its rich artistic and literary history. I've explored on my own all kinds of nooks and crannies that have to do with the writers whose imaginations have peopled this magical place. I want to use this experience and my lifetime of reading and studying Czech writers (in original Czech and English translation) to bring the city's literary history to life for you.
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Where you'll be

Meet in front of New Century Hotel, Na Poříčí 7, Prague 110 00
Kafka's birthplace
Kafka's childhood home at the House at the Minute
Kafka's school at the House of the Stone Bell
At the Unicorn on Old Town Square
Skautsky Institut (to take a quick break at a little-known nook for locals on Old Town Square)
At the Golden Tiger (pub in Old Town)
Reduta Jazz Club
Cafe Slavia
Dancing House
Jan Werich's house on Kampa
Kafka Museum

1 review

Skyler
November 2019
The tour with Lyn was amazing. She is very knowledgeable about Czech authors and literature and showed us lots of insider spots throughout the city of Prague. We got to experience Prague from a totally different point of view than we normally would have while also learning about some of the great writers of the city. She answered all of our questions about the lives of the authors she was telling us about. She also extended our tour by about an hour so we could see everything we wanted and then joined us for lunch after. It was great. She also provided us with a personalized book list after our tour with literature we discussed!
The tour with Lyn was amazing. She is very knowledgeable about Czech authors and literature and showed us lots of insider spots throughout the city of Prague. We got to experience…

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    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

    What to bring

    Walking shoes, cash for buying own drinks and snacks, sunscreen