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Originally hailing from Kildare, Marcus Bradshaw offers fun, off-the-beaten track tours on a variety of themes. His tours are meticulously researched and nuanced, his delivery relaxed and full of wit. He has lived in the city for years and is a fountain of fantastic tips and helpful recommendations.Aer Lingus Cara Magazine
Sunday Independent (Ireland) Travel Feature
We began on Namesti Republiky, then we hopped on a tram and travelled across the river to Veletrzni Palac, the poignant site of the Jewish deportations from Prague.
In 1941, the Czechoslovak government-in-exile in London resolved to assassinate the Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich. Against great odds, Jan Kubis and Jozef Gabcík managed to succeed in killing Heydrich. They eventually took refuge in the Cathedral Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius. But they were betrayed, and the church was surrounded by over 800 members of the SS and Gestapo.
The building still bares witness to the horrific end – there are bullet holes and visible blast damage – eventually, rather than surrender, the Czechs and Slovaks killed themselves. But Hitler’s appetite for revenge was not sated, and he ordered brutal reprisals.
Over 13,000 people were arrested, deported and imprisoned. A particular example was made of two Czech villages – Lidice and Lezáky – where almost all of the inhabitants were murdered, their houses destroyed and the rivers that once ran through them diverted.
It is hard to escape the pull of history in this beautiful city. The final leg of Marcus’s tour brought us to the imposing Vítkov Hill monument which afforded us stunning panoramic views of Prague.Jamie Blake Knox, Sunday Independent