Beyond The Mainstream
Beyond The Mainstream
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City ToursWalking ToursPrivate Tours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Get off the beaten track to explore sights hidden to most travellers, uncovering Prague's background stories you won't hear on mainstream tours. We’re a bunch of local guides showing what’s authentic in the city, talking about Prague people, taking you to see neighbourhoods where locals actually go out and live. Throughout the tour, you'll hear stories from Prague's modern history to understand the specific features of Czech society. You'll Learn about life in communist times compared to the current situation in the Czech Republic. Your guide is happy to go beyond mainstream topics and will involve talks concerning Prague's LGBTQIA community, homelessness, religion, environmental policy, social justice, immigration & refugee situation and more. Feel free to ask your guide for tips about cultural events in Prague, clubs, bars, and other sights to see. Tours are limited to small-groups for a more personal approach, and to preserve the unique atmosphere of the locations visited.
Prague, Czech Republic

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dinnertimeyum
letterkenny7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Prague who wants to escape from the swarms of tourists. Really interesting and informative tour that brings you to some really cool places that you would never find otherwise. Michal was a really good guide and a very nice person. This was exactly what we were looking for and were very happy that we found it.
Written August 20, 2016
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MMthetruth
Melbourne, Australia200 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
What more can be said about this tour that hasn't been said below? 60 full star ratings out of 60 says it all. I took this tour with my wife last year. I have Czech ancestry and visited Prague numerous times, while my wife was a newbie. We both gained a lot from taking the tour. I gained a different perspective from those of my relatives and saw places I had not seen before. It is a really easy going tour with pleasant local hosts, both who have spent time abroad and have an understanding of what good customer service in tourism should be. I could not recommend this tour more highly.
Written January 31, 2017
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ScottyInSyd
Sydney, Australia130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Solo
I did the Beyond the Mainstream tour today; Jan was the guide on the day. It was a wet and chilly day in Prague, so I was the only person on the tour. There is always a risk with doing a tour one-on-one with a guide. If you and the guide don’t click that three-and-a-half-hour tour could feel like eight hours for both of you! Fortunately, that wasn’t an issue today; Jan was a fantastic person to spend time with.

As we set out from the meeting point on Wenceslas Square, Jan asked me about the sorts of things that I was interested in. I told him that I was interested in modern history and, in particular political history and the communist period. Jan smiled and laughed and told me that he “could talk for hours about the communist period”. I knew then that we were going to get along.

The tour started with a drink stop at a hidden gem of what you might call a café. The space is equal parts café, bar, community library and meeting place. It has a retro and artistic vibe and you can imagine a bearded poet sitting alone in a corner nursing a beer and scribbling verse onto a notebook. At Jan’s suggestion I tried Kofola, the Czech and Slovak substitute for Coca-Cola developed in the 1950s. Kofola contains natural ingredients and has a very botanical flavour. With less sugar and more caffeine that its better-known cousin, Kofola is delicious and well worth trying.

As we walk along Wenceslas Square towards the Národní Muzeum, Jan points out a hotel that had been a very early place for gay and lesbian people to meet. He then provides a history of Prague having had quite liberal attitudes to sexual diversity pre-dating the repression of the communist times.

At Národní Muzeum, and the former parliament building, I see the site and memorial of the student Jan Palach’s self-immolation in 1969 in protest against the Soviet invasion in 1968 that put to the end the liberal reforms of Alexander Dubček and the Prague Spring. I’m fascinated by Jan’s description of Dubček and came back to my apartment to dig deeper into his story.

At the new wing of the Muzeum we debate architecture. I see a harmony in the modernism of the extension and the existing building that it was built to straddle. Jan tells me that the building is much-hated among some Czech citizens. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder!

We then walked to a community centre that provides food and support services to homeless people in Prague. Jan works in a helping profession in his day job and is involved in community-based activities designed to provide support to those who are economically or socially disadvantaged. He is able to give political and economic context to his explanations for the challenges of homelessness and its entanglement with mental illness and tragic personal histories.

After a short tram ride we see a legal graffiti zone before walking through Parukářka park. I notice a street sign that (I think) was advertising some sort of exhibition about Václav Havel. I ask Jan about Havel and how is regarded today among Czechs. Jan gives an intelligent and balanced summary of both Havel’s achievements and controversies.

Our next stop was a Hussite church. I knew very little about the history of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church. Jan teaches me about the history of the Hussite rejection and reform against Catholicism. He notes that the Czech Republic is country of faiths but also a country with a significant atheist population. We walk quietly through the rear of a Romany mass into a large space that is used as a performance space. The role of the church in providing support and food to local community, which includes refugees and members of minority populations is explained.
We walk past a community centre that has provided social and health supports to refugees and the homeless. The centre had been the subject of an attack by racists, causing a fire. Efforts to close the centre were then appealed through legal action; thankfully the centre survives, although its future is far from certain.

The tour ended in Žižkov, a vibrant neighbourhood of cultural diversity. We stop at an art house cinema for a post-tour drink, where Jan encourages me to eat a “carrot dog” – that’s a hot dog with a cooked carrot replacing the mystery meat. The carrot dog was dressed with a tangy sauce and it was really very good. I meet Jan’s partner, Chelsea. They mark my Lonely Planet map with restaurant recommendations and offer advice for other walking tours that they said I might enjoy. I love foreign language cinema. Chelsea gave me a tip for a shop selling Czech film posters. I’m off today in search of a Jan Hřebejk poster, if I can find it. A cute couple and really nice people to hang out with for an hour or so.

Jan and his business partner, Michal, have designed Beyond the Mainstream to give visitors a window into alternative Prague. The tour has been thoughtfully put together. The measure of any tour is the quality of the guide. I’ve done tours where guides do little more than point to and name a building or statue. The best guides are able to embed the tour in a narrative. Jan is both sensitive and intelligent. He has love and respect for Prague, which is reflected in the way that he describes the historical, cultural, economic and social forces of contemporary Czech society and during the communist period.

I wish the very best for Jan and Michal with Beyond the Mainstream. I hope they do well with this gig. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough. A great way to spend an afternoon in beautiful Prague.
Written November 7, 2016
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Elias H
Perth, Australia20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
I had a refreshingly different and fascinating tour of Prague with Jan. The group was very small but along with Jan's friendly nature, it allowed for a more intimate feel and authentic experience. Jan took us to places completely 'off the map' and practically inaccessible to the average tourist, including a bar unseen from street level which hosted movies and other events and had an eclectic library. We tasted a Czech version of Coca Cola (which was nicer than the famous version) and visited a communal/environmentally and socially conscious community where locals gather to eat and be fed and a church/social hall where community building takes place.

We ended the tour in an abandoned factory on a rail road that locals have converted to a bar/outdoor cinema in the summer which you would never find on your own. Jan also showed us and gave us the background on an anarchist society/club which assists the less well off in the poorer areas of Prague where gentrification and other challenges have arisen to those communities.

Jan was the perfect guide throughout and made this thought provoking tour very enjoyable. I highly recommend for curious travellers to this city interested in seeing a different side to this great city.

Written October 16, 2016
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Emily R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Had a great afternoon on this tour, its fairly long around 3.5 hours but you have a few pit stops along the way. We went to places we never would have found by ourselves and really got to know the history of the city. Would 100% recommend to anyone visiting Prague!
Written October 7, 2016
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Kellie L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
Very good tour of alternative Prague. Nice to see another side to the city that we would not have found unless we were a local. Our tour guide, Michal was super friendly and knowledgable of the city. The few beers throughout the tour was also a plus!!
Written October 5, 2016
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Stephanie S
Ormond Beach, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
My friend and I went on a tour with Michal yesterday. He was an amazing guide and the tour felt more like a group of like minded friends hanging out than the typical, boring, didactic tours. We were able to see the real side of Prague, not just the tourist traps, and talk about social issues. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and see how the locals live in Prague, then do not miss this tour. I've never been on anything like it but would go a second time. Michal was knowledgeable about anything you asked him and knew so much history about the city. Small groups make it for a more intimate environment as well. If you are visiting Prague then I recommend this as one of the top things you should do. Thanks Michal for a great day!
Written October 4, 2016
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Martin Č
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
I've been tourist guide for some time myself and know very well how difficult job it might be. Visiting this tour I've had no high expectation, however our tour guides Jan and Michal made an excellent job. The whole tour was engaging, full of interesting discussions, and novel in comparison to the usual tourist experience. You will get to know places where you don't dare to go since you can't really tell as a "tourist" where is the line between the common public space and some private restricted area. But these guys know it well and know places that you'll be pleasantly surprised with. Starting from the typical Zizkov to rather strange industrial area of Nakladove nadrazi. If you've got some time, waste it on these guys. The tour might be take some time though, hence if you've got only one hour, then it's pointless to attend. I recommend you'll savour the experience with no rush, that is Beyond The Mainstream. Thanks guys, lovely to know you.
Written October 4, 2016
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RukiD25
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
Jan took us on a great journey through the history of Prague that you won't get from traditional tours. From a hidden gem of a bar near the main square, to alternative collectives and communities it was a great way to experience the city. You also get to have a couple of beers along the way :)
Written October 3, 2016
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Jordan B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
Michal took our small group on a great tour through parts of the city that most tourists would not think to venture. He led us through Prague's contemporary existence seen through a socio-historical lens, along the way stopping at locations that help make and signify the city as a thriving place. The tour was intimate, keenly guided, conversational, in no way didactic, flexible, and fascinating. It was so cool to get a sense of how different people might experience the city today, which of course is in various ways influenced by the past. This was deeply discussed.
The sites were beautiful, we had some great beers, really nice people, plus there was nothing pretentious about it whatsoever. We all had a excellent time learning together about a place that for the most part seems to be looking up, from somebody who's really passionate about where he comes from.
Written September 29, 2016
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