Last updated: 20/01/2017 [Design & Pictures by Simons Nature]
Czech Republic

Prague

Prague, the golden city, located in the Czech Republic and was long-time one of the most important places in Europe. The city charmed away by her beauty and the architectural styling of all different eras. Unfortunately, the city, like many European cities, has become quite touristy. A trip to the Petrin, the mountain above the town makes it possible to escape from the crowds and be rewarded with an impressive view of the city. Likewise, you can discover many hidden and interesting places, besides the well-known and often visited as the Charles Bridge, the Royal Palace, Old Town Square with the Church of Our Lady of Tyn, Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock and the Jan Hus monument.
The Charles Bridge is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau) until 1841, the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. This "solid-land" connection made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.
Located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge, Prague's Old Town Square is often bursting at the seams with tourists in the summer. Featuring various architectural styles including the gothic Týn Church and baroque St. Nicholas Church, the square is an oasis for travelers wearied by Prague's narrow streets. Among many churches, tourists may find the Astronomical Clock on this square, while the tower at the Old Town Hall offers a panoramic view of Old Town shop.
Prague Castle is a castle in Prague where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. The Czech Crown Jewels are kept here. Prague Castle is the biggest castle in the world (according to Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle) at about 570 metres in length and an average of about 130 metres wide. The history of the castle stretches back to the 9th century (870). The first walled building was the church of Our Lady. The Basilica of Saint George and the Basilica of St. Vitus were founded in the first half of the 10th century.
Petrín (327 m) is a hill in the center of Prague, Czech Republic. It rises some 130 m above the left bank of the Vltava River. The hill, almost entirely covered with parks, is a favorite recreational area for the inhabitants of Prague. The hill (in German known as Laurenziberg) is featured prominently in Franz Kafka's early short story "Description of a Struggle" and briefly in Milan Kundera's novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The summit of the hill is linked to Prague's Malá Strana district by the Petrín funicular, a funicular railway that first operated in 1891.
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