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Prague Castle

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is one of the most visited and most important spots in the entire city; undoubtedly the jewel of the Czech capital. The Castle is an ancient symbol of Czech lands and was most likely founded around the year 880 by Prince Bořivoj. The Castle itself is like …

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St. Vitus Cathedral

A narrow passage leads to the third courtyard of the castle, and a sudden view of the immense and awe-inspiring facade of St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta) looming up just a few steps away. The cathedral can be entered through the cathedral’s western door. The spires of St. Vitus …

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Prague Castle Walk

For all the UNESCO World Heritage sites peppering Prague, the city’s one defining image is the Castle. Sitting on its lofty perch high above Malá Strana, the Castle was founded in 880 by Prince Bořivoj, and is – according to the Guinness Book of World Records – the biggest in …

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Golden Lane

Framed by the spectacular and imposing structures of the White Tower and Dallibor Tower, Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) is ticked away quietly against the walls of the castle. With a history of being home to alchemists in the 16th and 17th century, as well as those in the imperial entourage, …

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Hradčany and Castle

Prague’s skyline is dominated by the vast hilltop complex of Prague Castle in Hradčany (the district around Prague Castle). The castle looks out over the heart of the city from the west bank of the River Vltava. There’s been a royal seat here for over a millennium, and it continues …

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St. George’s Basilica

As the oldest preserved religious building in Prague, St. George’s Basilica (Bazilika Sv. Jiří) is obviously an extremely important place for many different reasons. The church dates back to 920, when it was founded by Duke Vratislaus I of Bohemia and the remains of Bohemia’s first martyr – Duchess Ludmilla …

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Kafka’s Prague

Even if you have never heard about Franz Kafka and have never read one of his books (novels The Trial, America and The Castle have been translated into several languages), you will surely notice his presence while visiting Prague. T-shirts, posters and mugs carrying the writer’s image are available at …

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Neighbourhoods, Places to Stay

There is a large choice of accommodation in Prague, from intimate, romantic hotels based in historical townhouses, to international luxurious chain hotels, such as the Ibis, Hilton and Crowne Plaza. There are also B&Bs and budget hostels, as well as smaller boutique hotels. Furthermore, a new trend has emerged of …

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Loreta

This pretty baroque monastery (consisting of a cloister, the church of the Lord’s Birth, a Holy Hut and clock tower with a world famous chime) has been a place of pilgrimage since 1626, when it was endowed by a Bohemian noblewoman, Kateřina of Lobkowicz. The Loreta monastery was inspired by a medieval …

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Sternberg Palace

Sternberg Palace (Šternberský palác) is open for the public after the reconstruction in the years 2002 and 2003. This 17th-century baroque palace was built for Count Wenceslas Sternberg (between 1698 and 1707). The palace houses permanent exposition of old European Baroque Art (Collection of Old Masters), for instance paintings by El …

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Petřín Hill

Only a stone throw away from the Prague Castle is Petřín Hill; perfect for a summer walk away from the bustle of tourists. Part of the land is set aside for an apple and a pear orchard from which the fruit can be freely picked from the trees. Much of …

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Prague Castle Sights

The one sight that should be on everyone’s list no matter how much or how little time you have in Prague should be Prague Castle.  This building is more than just a castle, it is also a network of outer buildings and beautiful courtyards. The Archbishop’s Palace. Standing to the …

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