Hello, my name is Janek Rubeš and together with Honza Mikulka behind the camera. We are the creators of this show which is called the Honest Guide. Our plan today was to film a nice episode running around the city Unfortunately, it’s very cold even though it’s May and it’s raining. It’s unusual So we figured hey, let’s just find a nice coffee place that we like, sit down have a cup of tea maybe some chlebíček, and tell you something that you don’t know yet.
So I would like to talk about today about the issue that we (sort of) have in Prague which is locals versus tourists. Just to give you an idea to give you a perspective: At any given moment, there are more tourists in the city centre than there are locals in Prague 1. Which is a small part of Prague in the heart of Prague, where Charles Bridge is, and all Town Square and the Castle and everything that is very touristy If you’ve been watching our videos for, you know, past weeks or months you may notice that we show tourist traps or bad places and then we have to really search for a good place and That’s the reason because there are almost more tourists and locals and tourists have different needs than locals. So for example tourist doesn’t really need convenience or with you know bread and vegetables because most likely he’s gonna go to a restaurant but a local person does need that and also, Tourists most likely will not really care about what the prices are We did an example of that where there’s two stores facing each other on the street of Prague and one is 10 times more expensive If all these local stores will eventually be replaced by the tourist stuff then all the locals Will vanish from the city centre and it will not be Prague anymore. It will be Tourist land the reason also why it’s so dense is because the main tourist attractions are really on that one path It’s called the the Royal way of Prague which is very short. Everything’s on it So everybody goes to that one spot so What we try we make videos where we show people look you can see other great things other beautiful churches other great Restaurants other great views in other parts of the city to sort of spread out the crowds Yes, you may argue. You can say well then the other parts will become touristy as well We hope not we believe not we don’t think so, and we hope that we can make this very city center I don’t want to say local again, but livable again because really we’re at a point where it can break and Czechs will not be able to live in Prague City Centre. One more example, If a Czech tourist comes to Prague so I mean a person not living in Prague But you know somewhere from Moravia or Silesia some other regions, they are shocked at what they see in the city centre They cannot believe it. They are sad they cannot sit in a restaurant. It’s expensive They cannot buy anything in a store and so on and so on so that those are good examples of you know How the city center has changed. Also one more thing, we are showing hidden gems local places to tourists and Sometimes people argue and say well you’re gonna ruin the place with tourism and with more tourists It’s fair to say that if the video has 100,000 views, it doesn’t mean 100,000 people will go there at that same exact time No, they go through time. We showed this place in two of our videos already. It’s a great place I love this coffee place and I only met two people on the stairs and People working there are happy that we mentioned them goes for every place that we mentioned on our show We always ask can we show you on the video and 99 percent they say yes And I do not recall that we would destroy a place but and here’s a huge huge Exclamation mark the places we show are not No, no, no, no No for tourist groups, stag parties and guides that work in Prague. You guys I’m talking to very few of you right now You know who you are. we don’t make these videos so you can come here for three months work as a tourist guide take a group of 20 people and Take them to these places. That would be very bad idea Also, if you’re watching and you’re with a group of 20 friends and you’re coming to Prague for you know, I don’t know, celebrating whatever, the places we show are absolutely not groups-friendly and I’m talking about big groups of, you know, people who want to party and so on. So who are the videos for? Well in all honesty We are making them for us for people who have our same DNA or who feel like us who travel like us, you know We travel with Honzík, he travels with his girl, I would travel with mine and we like to discover experience something local so these are the people we’re aiming at we’re not going to be changing that just because we have bigger view counts we’re gonna stick to what we do and do it the same honest way as honest as possible A side note in general traveling in a group sucks If you want to discover Prague and you follow a person with umbrella, you’re not gonna be happy We have to say that we love and hate tourists at the same time It’s a huge group of 10 million people and mainly there are people some of them are great visitors to our city and they Help us and we try to help them. They learn some Czech words They learn something about our country about our history about whatever and that makes us happy and them happy But then there are obviously groups that we don’t like the fact that they’re coming to Prague. Those are people who only come for alcohol, drugs, prostitution and all they do is make noise and They just destroy the city. They dress up in costumes So I hope eventually somebody will give them the message: if you come to Prague with a stag party and you dress up in a costume you’re disgrace to everything and you’re not funny and we hate the fact that you’re coming here And it’s just horrible horrible horrible and you’re ruining the city not only for the locals but for other tourists as well Do that in an amusement park not On a street where people live.
And here’s the paradox: these people are lured into Prague for cheap beer, drugs and the best party of their life well They’re never gonna get their hands on cheap beer because they only go to the tourist locations where beer is extremely overpriced. The drugs they will buy on the street are fake and illegal and they’re not real and a great party they’re only gonna party with their other friends from the city they flew in from
We got way too serious Also when we say “we” or when I say “we”, I mean the two of us, I’m not speaking for all residents of Prague I’m not speaking for everyone. I’m speaking for the two of us But let’s get positive. Let’s get, let’s put a smile on our faces: we absolutely LOVE Prague We adore and we love every bit of it. Even the ugly places. We still love them There are so many places there are so many different locations and we know that when you show some place that is something different than the castle and the bridge and then we meet people who watch our video there Many times they’re happier than when seeing the bridge or the castle or the astronomical clock The most disappointed… the biggest amount of disappointed faces I see every day is when people watch the astronomical clock doing like: ” is that it?” But then when you go to ride the non-stop elevator at the city hall People are having a blast there so those are the kind of things we want to keep on showing and There are so many assembly of but just our previous episode about running in Prague That was one of the the best videos we did You know to run in a Obora Hvezda, to run on Ctirad and get off the lookout Some people went there just to sit there and have a beautiful view and they loved it and it was amazing so so these are still the things when you want to show and we want to share with you because I think you absolutely Deserve to see them. And also for us the two of us to travel to a different city in Czech Republic other than Prague We’re always shocked by the lack of mass tourism because as I mentioned what is happening in Prague, nothing like that happens in Brno the second largest city and there are beauties to discover. There are great places to go to And when you walk in the main streets I mean, there’s the local life You can hear Czech, you see kids running around you see people rushing to work, from work, etc. etc. And not only Brno There’s other amazing cities to see and discover So if you want to go everything’s reachable on trains or buses: Liberec, Plzen, Ceske Budejovice, Olomouc, Brno I know I already mentioned, Hradec Kralovè, Pardubice, Nymburk We made guides to many of these places. So if your intention to travel to Prague is to see what different life may be then that would be your option to go to these places But probably the most famous City beside Prague there is in Czech Republic is Cesky Krumlov, and we get a lot of requests “Can you make a guide for Cesky Krumlov?” and I think I’m still struggling or we both are Should we do the guide? How will we do the guide? because I was just there a couple weeks ago and The mass tourism has killed Cesky Krumlov. It’s a very city center So it’s suffering from the same illness as Prague. If you just walk one street away from the city centre, suddenly nobody’s there. But then you have an issue if you’re staying in the city centre and you want to buy a bottle of water you can’t do that because there’s no stores because all the jewelry stores all the Trdelnik stores All these are there only for the tourists, and suddenly you can buy a roll or a bagel or something like that .
No, not bagel they don’t sell bagels and Czech Republic (lol). so we were negative we were positive and now there’s just pure love. I Love Prague. Prague is a manageable city, Prague is relatively cheap to live in Prague is my mother my family, my everything, my friends The fact that you can go to pretty much any bar and you’ll meet your classmate either from elementary or high school or university You will most likely run into your ex on the tram. There’s always something happening, always. Any given day there will be concerts, shows, exhibitions, every single day a dozen of them. So that’s why I absolutely adore and love the city. There’s always something to do you will never ever get bored and I believe I speak for the both of us that I don’t think ever move out Do we I do not Please don’t consider this to be a “hate” towards tourism, It’s just a topic that is very often opened with us with our Czech viewers or with our Czech audience so whenever we go somewhere to have a presentation this topic of mass tourism always comes up and We just wanted to show it to you because the two of us are sort of balancing on two sides Where on one hand were helping tourists and on the other hand, we’re trying to preserve the localness of the place If you ever want to discuss that over beer, you know where to find us So that was our long long long long talking episode. There’s another one if you are more into calm videos and not us running around chasing some crooks.
There’s one more where we explain Prague in 10 minutes But there will be other stuff Coming from us towards your way. So if you like it, we’re happy. We’re loving the fact that somebody’s still watching our videos We can’t believe it. We also made a book I’ll show you a magazine, but the book is in!
This is the three of us showing up with our book Honza, Eliska and me. So now I know you’re there. I know your writing already “Honza”… “HONZA”… Also we would love love love your feedback on this kind of talking-over-a-tea episode. Maybe Honza I can do the next one. That’d be nice So if you were bored, let us know if you if you liked what we talked about. Let us know and maybe even if you want to discuss mass tourism, we’re more than curious to hear your Opinions or your advices maybe you have.
That’s it! I’ll see you next week! 🙂 And since this was a long episode, I’ll teach you a word “HODINA”=hour “HODINA”=hour
and “HODINY” is clock “HODINA”=hour clock “HODINY” 🙂