Prague Czech Republic August 2013

Prague Czech Republic August 2013

Upon entering Czech Republic, we first went to St. Vitus Cathedral which is commonly known as Prague Castle. St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta) is a Gothic masterpiece, and the spiritual symbol of the Czech state. The cathedral was commissioned by Charles IV, and construction began in 1344 on the site of an earlier 10th century rotunda. It took almost six centuries to complete, with the final phase of construction in the period 1873-1929. Next, we descend through the picturesque Lesser Town (Malá Strana), walking down the "Royal Way", Nerudova Street, and on to Charles Bridge. As we cross Charles Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest stone bridges, take in the beautiful views along the river, before reaching the Old Town, the medieval centre of Prague. We explore the cobbled streets around the Old Town Square. Next, we went to the spa city about 130 km west of Prague in western Bohemia called the Karlovy Vary (German: Karlsbad). It is named after King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who founded the city in 1370. It is historically famous for its hot springs, popular for international celebrities visiting for spa treatment. The city has been used as the location for a number of films, such as the James Bond's Casino Royal and the Last Holiday, both of which used the city's Grandhotel Pupp Hotel. Also popular is the traditional spa wafers with curative procedures. Treatment exploits centuries-proven thermal baths and drinking cure as well as modern methods cryotherapy, floating, laser therapy, etc.  
 
The southwestern castle city of Cesky Krumlov is one of the Czech Republic’s finest medieval sites. Its Old Town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, a maze of twisting alleys built around the extensive Cesky Krumlov castle. We visited the castle for beautiful views. Entry to the tower requires a fee and a steep walk up close steps past a huge bell but the view is spectacular across the hills and down to the winding river. Cafes and tourist shops, church and quaint atmosphere are highlights. The gushing Vltava, popular with rafting enthusiasts, darts through the town. Before we left Czech Republic and entered Austria, we stopped by the sounth Bohemia city of Ceske Budejovice, known by the German name "Budweis" in the 19th century. The city has been a center of brewing since the 13th century. The original inspiration for the American version, Budwar or Budweiser beer remains one of the most popular in the country. This South Bohemian metropolis was founded in 1265 by the Czech King Premysl Otakar II on the confluence of the Vltava and Malse Rivers. The other important town monuments include the originally renaissance Town Hall, the Samson's fountain and 72 m high the Black Tower which provides a beautiful view of the town and surroundings.

Upon entering Czech Republic, we first went to St. Vitus Cathedral which is commonly known as Prague Castle. St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta) is a Gothic masterpiece, and the spiritual symbol of the Czech state. The cathedral was commissioned by Charles IV, and construction began in 1344 on the site of an earlier 10th century rotunda. It took almost six centuries to complete, with the final phase of construction in the period 1873-1929. Next, we descend through the picturesque Lesser Town (Malá Strana), walking down the "Royal Way", Nerudova Street, and on to Charles Bridge. As we cross Charles Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest stone bridges, take in the beautiful views along the river, before reaching the Old Town, the medieval centre of Prague. We explore the cobbled streets around the Old Town Square. Next, we went to the spa city about 130 km west of Prague in western Bohemia called the Karlovy Vary (German: Karlsbad). It is named after King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who founded the city in 1370. It is historically famous for its hot springs, popular for international celebrities visiting for spa treatment. The city has been used as the location for a number of films, such as the James Bond's Casino Royal and the Last Holiday, both of which used the city's Grandhotel Pupp Hotel. Also popular is the traditional spa wafers with curative procedures. Treatment exploits centuries-proven thermal baths and drinking cure as well as modern methods cryotherapy, floating, laser therapy, etc.  
 
The southwestern castle city of Cesky Krumlov is one of the Czech Republic’s finest medieval sites. Its Old Town is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site, a maze of twisting alleys built around the extensive Cesky Krumlov castle. We visited the castle for beautiful views. Entry to the tower requires a fee and a steep walk up close steps past a huge bell but the view is spectacular across the hills and down to the winding river. Cafes and tourist shops, church and quaint atmosphere are highlights. The gushing Vltava, popular with rafting enthusiasts, darts through the town. Before we left Czech Republic and entered Austria, we stopped by the sounth Bohemia city of Ceske Budejovice, known by the German name "Budweis" in the 19th century. The city has been a center of brewing since the 13th century. The original inspiration for the American version, Budwar or Budweiser beer remains one of the most popular in the country. This South Bohemian metropolis was founded in 1265 by the Czech King Premysl Otakar II on the confluence of the Vltava and Malse Rivers. The other important town monuments include the originally renaissance Town Hall, the Samson's fountain and 72 m high the Black Tower which provides a beautiful view of the town and surroundings.