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Golden Prague

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A July 2002 trip to Prague by Wildcat Dianne

Prague from Hradcany District Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: A day trip to Prague with friends was too short of a time to soak in the beauty of this old city and Czech Capital.

Golden Prague

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Overview

View of Prague from Hradcany Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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My friends and I hiked through Prague and saw many of the famous tourist areas there. Prague was one of the only European cities not to be destroyed during World War II, and it still has its old-world charm and architecture today. My friends and I first took a subway from our parking place in the suburb of Nusele. Then we went to St. Wenceslas (Vaclav) Square and saw the statue and City Hall. After that, we went through the Powder Gate (Prasna Brana), watching the clock at Stary Mesto change at 2pm, and across the Charles Bridge to a ...Read More

Charles Bridge

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Attraction | "Karluv Most (Charles Bridge)"

Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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If something happens and I can't contact you, remember this: Charles Bridge, in Prague. After it's over, go to that bridge, ever Tuesday and Friday morning, until I find you.--Mirek to Blanka in the Holocaust memoir The Oasis by Petru Popescu. One of the most beautiful and popular sites in Prague is the Karluv Most (Charles Bridge). Commissioned in 1357 by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and completed in the same year, the Karluv Most...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2003

Charles Bridge
Karluv Most
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Wenceslas Square

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Attraction | "Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti)"

Wenceslas Square Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti) is named after the famous Bohemian king who was assassinated in 935 AD and is considered a martyr to the Czech people. Wenceslas Square is a very broad and hilly commercial center of Prague lined with expensive Western-influenced shops and restaurants, but it is a place full of history that is not to be missed during your visit to Prague. In the middle of Wenceslas Square is the famous statue of St. Wenceslas on horseback. Surrounding the statue are many Art Nouveau buildings and architecture. Many historical events took place at this statue. As a child, I remember seeing documentaries on TV of the Prague Spring and Velvet Revolution and the statue of St...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2003

Wenceslas Square
Vaclavske namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Golden Lane

Attraction | "Zlata Ulitzka"

Golden Lane Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Zlata Ulicka (The Golden Lane) is one of the little hidden gems of old Prague. Located near the Charles Bridge, a visit here is a great way to end your trip to Prague. The area is full of old shops and architecture. I felt that I was transported to the period of Mozart and simpler times when I walked the Zlata Ulicka. There is a small fee to be paid at the beginning of the Zlata Ulicka to tour the museums and shops that line the way, but it's worth it. The armor museum, up a steep stairway and in one of the old buildings, is lined with swords and suits of armor, some of which are only for display, while others are for sale--I couldn't afford one. At the end of the armor museum is a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 1, 2003

Golden Lane
Prague Castle
Prague, Czech Republic 119 08
+420 2 2430 3368

Old Town Historic Center of Prague

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Attraction | "Staromestske Namesti--Old Town Square"

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague's Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti) is one of Europe's most beautiful and well-preserved central squares. It has been the heart of the city of Prague since the 10th century and has remained practically untouched after centuries of war and destruction by foreign armies. From the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century, Staromestske Namesti was Prague's main marketplace. Staromestske Namestie is lined with old cobbled roads, Baroque buildings, old churches, and statues. Its most popular sight is the Staromestske Radnice (Town Hall) with its tall towers and famous Astronomical Clock (orloj), which deserves its own separate journal entry. The Staromestske Radnice is a series...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Old Town Historic Center of Prague
Staromestske Namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock

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Attraction | "Astronomical Clock (Orloj)"

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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When I visited Prague in July 2002, my friends and I made sure that we visited the Astronomical Clock (Orloj) that is part of the Radnice, or town hall, of Prague's Staromestske Namestie. The clock was added to the Radnice in 1410 and was made by the master clockmaker Mikulas of Kadane. The design was improved upon in 1490 by a Master Hanus, who gave the Orloj its present-day looks and mechanics. Legend has it that Hanus was blinded in order for him not to reproduce the Orloj anywhere else in Europe. It was about 1:45pm when my friends a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 26, 2003

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock
Old Town Square
Prague, Czech Republic

St. Nicholas Church

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Attraction | "Tyn and St. Nicholas Churches"

St. Nicholas Church Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague's Old Town Square has two famous churches dating from different eras of Prague's history. The first church is the Tyn Church (Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem--Church of Our Lady Before Tyn). The Tyn Church is a Hussite church dating from the early Gothic period of the 15th century. It is most recognizable with its spiked spires. The interior of the church is from the Baroque period. I only saw the exterior of the church from the Old Town Square, but it is a beautiful sight to see and is the burial site of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, who was a consultant of Hapsburg Emperor Rudolf II. Brahe died in Prague in 1601 from a burst bladder. During the 15th and 16th centuries, t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2003

St. Nicholas Church
Old Town Square
Prague, Czech Republic 11000
420 2 232 2589

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

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Attraction | "Prague Castle (Praszky Hrad)"

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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After trudging through the crowds on the Charles Bridge, Jaro, Maria, Ivan, and I headed up the steep hill to Hradcany, which is home to Praszky Hrad (Prague Castle) to see one of the most beautiful castle and grounds in Europe.Praszky Hrad dates from 870 when the Church of Our Lady became the first building on the grounds. St. Vitus was founded a century later, but the actual cathedral wasn't built until the 14th Century. Praszky Hrad was not occupied by any royal families during the Hussite Wars of the 15th Century, and after the wars were over in 1485, King Ladislaus II Jagello began to rebuild the castle in Gothic form along with two defense towers to protect the castle fro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2007

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)
Castle District, Hradcany
Prague, Czech Republic 119 08
420 2 2437 3368

St. Vitus Cathedral

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Attraction | "Katredrala Sv. Vita (St. Vitus Cathedral)"

St. Vitus Cathedral Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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After exploring Praszky Hrad's grounds, Jaro, Maria, Ivan, and I made our way over to the Katredala Sv. Vita, better known in English as St. Vitus Cathedral, the HUGE Gothic cathedral located on Prague Castle's grounds and home to many of Bohemia royalty's final resting places.Like the Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral has a long and storied history dating from its consecration in 925. The cathedral's name, St. Vitus was given by Duke Wenceslaus I because he had acquired the arm of St. Vitus, which is a holy relic. The original church was a small Romanesque church that handled the needs of the small Christian community in Prague.In 1060, as the Catholic community of...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 9, 2007

St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle
Prague, Czech Republic 11908
+420 2 2437 3368