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Konopiste Castle

Konopiste CastleThe Konopiste Castle was originally founded as a gothic fortress guarding a nearby town of Benesov. Being founded at the end of the 13th century by Tobias of Benesov, it was built at the beginning of the 14th century, following the model of french castles called “castels”.
The castle changed owners and has undergone many changes over time. The most significant alteration took place in the 18th when members of the Vrtba family rebuilt the castle into a baroque residence.

The utterly most important and famous owner of the Konopiste Castle was the archduke Fratisek (Franz) Ferdinand d’Este, a successor to the Austro-Hungarian throne. Being a great hunter and collector he has filled the whole castle Konopiste with hunting trophies, and collections of weapons, furniture and applied art.

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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Castles and Palaces

 

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Karlstejn Castle

Karlstejn Castle 02The first castle I would like to write here about is the best known czech castle – Karlstejn Castle.  The name of the castle comes from German and means “Charles Stone”.  Charles = Charles IV. Luxemburg, the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor, who founded this castle in the 14th Century.

It’s a Gothic fortress, whose original purpose was to guard the crown jewels and holy relics collected by Charles IV. And as one of the few castles in Bohemia, Karlstein still retains its medieval appearance.

After the political changes in 1989 Karlstejn become one of the most popular tourist destinations. It is certainly a place to visit for those who love gothic architecture, but definitely not a “must-see” for those seeking an elegant atmosphere, full of furniture and art collections.

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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Castles and Palaces

 

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Where to eat for fair price?

Here I would like to present you a few restaurants, where the food is really good, prices reasonable and they are somehow special. Later I will add some more restaurants, for sure, but for now you can find here four of them, one in each part of historical center of Prague.

Restaurant at Hradcany (Prague Castle area):
Restaurant Peklo
Address: Restaurant Peklo, Strahovske Nadvori 1, 118 00 Prague1
web site: www.peklo.com

Restaurant in Mala Strana (Lesser Town):
Restaurant U Sedmi Svabu
Address: Krcma U Sedmi Svabu, Jansky vrsek 14, 118 00 Prague 1
web site: www.svabove.cz

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Posted by on November 18, 2010 in Prague Restaurants, Things To Do

 

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Prague Castle

Prague CastleThe Prague Castle is one of the real landmarks. For more than 1,100 years, rises on the hill above the Vltava River, and was seat of many generations of kings. Since 1918, when the Kingdom of Bohemia became a republic, is Prague Castle the official seat of the President. Because of this a part of Prague Castle is not opened to public.

Currently, the Prague Castle complex consists of several public squares (we can name: I. Courtyard of Prague Castle, II. Courtyard of Prague Castle, III. Courtyard of Prague Castle, St. George Square, Vikarska street, Jirska Street, part of street by the Powder Bridge, the Royal Garden, Terrace Garden at Prague Castle Riding School, Lumbe Garden, Deer Moat, Cyclopean stairs, Old Castle Stairs, Chateau stairs) and these major sights: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2010 in Prague Sights

 

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Christmas Markets in Prague

Christmas Market Old Town SquareChristmas markets on squares of Czech Towns and courtyards of Czech Castles belongs to the atmosphere of Czech Christmas. The most beautiful Christmas markets in the Czech Republic, according to CzechTourism poll, are held in Prague.

The biggest Christmas Markets in Prague are on the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) and on the Wenceslavs Square (Vaclavske namesti). Both this markets will start on 27th November 2010 and finish on 13th January 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 12, 2010 in Christmas, Things To Do

 

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Jewish Quarter

Jewish quarter (Josefov) is a town quarter and the smallest cadastral area of Prague, formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town. It is completely surrounded by Old Town. The quarter is often represented by the flag of Prague’s Jewish community, a yellow Magen David (Star of David) on a red field.

Jews are believed to have settled in Prague in the 10th century. In 1262 Czech King Premysl Otakar II issued a Statuta Judaeorum which granted the community a degree of self administration. The ghetto was most prosperous towards the end of the 16th century when the Jewish Mayor, Mordecai Maisel, became the Minister of Finance and a very wealthy man. His money helped develop the ghetto. Around this time the Maharal was supposed to create the Golem.

In 1850 the quarter was renamed “Josefstadt” (Joseph’s City) after Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor who emancipated Jews with the Toleration Edict in 1781. Two years before Jews were allowed to settle outside of the city, so the share of the Jewish population in Josefov decreased, while only orthodox and poor Jews remained living there. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2010 in Prague Sights

 

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Prague Airport & Transport to the Center

Airport Prague RuzynePrague International Airport Ruzyne is located on the northwestern outskirts of the city. It has two terminals for civil flights. Terminal 2 is for arrival and departures of flights from and to the countries within the Schengen Area. All other flights are operated from Terminal 1. At the Prague Airport you can find all the services, as at any other airport in Europe or World.

As a individual traveler you have three possibilities how to get from the airport to the center – public transport, taxi, shuttle bus. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Useful information

 

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