Prague - Our Second Context Walk

Monday 10 December 2012

On top of Vitkov Hill during our Context Walk

After a fantastic first experience with Context in Berlin, we couldn't wait to do another walk and Prague happens to be 1 of the 21 cities where they offer their services.  I debated back and forth between 2 walks but eventually decided on "From Iron Curtain to Velvet Revolution, a Tour of Communist Prague."

We lucked out again – only one other man joined us on this tour and he was actually shadowing our docent as he decided if he wanted to join Context.  Our docent was born in Russia although he spent over 20 years in the United States and the other man with us was born and raised in Prague, currently teaching at a University in the city.  It was quite interesting to hear the history as well as 2 different perspectives on it.  

Of course, we learned a lot about communism in Prague and Czechoslovakia but what is most interesting to me were the little insights, things we most likely would never have known without the walk.  For example, as we walked to Vitkov hill we took a large tunnel to the other side which was built as a bomb shelter during the Cold War scare.  The underground metro system as well as several other sites are still maintained as bomb shelters to this day, stocked with emergency supplies, electricity and pressurized to accommodate 40% of the population just in case bombs start dropping.  In fact, the warning sirens still ring on the first Wednesday of the month.

As we neared the end of our walk, our docent suggested we stopped for a cup of coffee and as we weren't pressed for time, we graciously accepted.  We ended up chatting about all sorts of things, eventually leaving to finish off our itinerary an hour and a half over our scheduled time.  

For the second time, our Context walk was one of the highlights of our trip and I only wished I would have booked both walks.

[By the way, Context currently is currently offering 15% off if you book a walk in 2 of 3 cities (Vienna, Prague & Budapest.)  They also do gift certificates if you're needing a gift for a traveller.]


  1. Malta still has air raid sirens too, and when they go off occasionally they make the eeriest noise.

    I've ear marked Context for our next trips :) Thank you!

  2. this sounds amazing and so interesting! im dying to get back to prague! x

  3. I've bookmarked this post and will def be taking a Context Travels tour when I visit one of the countries on their itinerary! Thanks so much!

  4. that is so cool and interesting. it's so neat to here frist hand experiences. i learn so much from my mom about her perspective living through communism

  5. I'm glad you had such a great time in Prague. I'm impressed with the tours that Context has to offer; I should have done one in Istanbul *damn*. Anyhow will try them out in Madrid and Edinburgh. What travel plans does your wandering self have coming up? :-)

  6. Such a cool idea! I'll definitely be booking through them if we ever book a trip in Europe! And amazing that they still maintain the bomb shelters... such an interesting bit of information :)


  7. Jay, thanks for joining us in Prague. Were you fortunate enough to hear the air raid sirens yourself?

    1. Unfortunately not - we missed it by 1 day!

  8. Awesome photos! Would love to go there someday!

  9. How interesting! I love history! Hearing about it is great, but actually being able to see it is even greater! -Jessica L

  10. These walks seem like the perfect tour when visiting a new city. Learning the history while you are seeing the sites makes everything that much more memorable.


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