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Prague and surroundings

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 Central Bohemia

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Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has 1 188 126 inhabitants and its area is 496 km2, it is the largest city. The historical part of Prague is situated in the Valley of Vltava River and in neighbouring elevations in Prague basin (Hradčany and Vyšehrad).  The suburbs of Prague are located in areas which are 200 m above the river Vltava, which flows through a narrow valley south and north from the Prague basin. In the area of Prague, river Berounka and several other minor rivers join up Vltava.

Prague is a significant world centre of culture and history; it is the sixth most visited city in Europe. There are 37 national cultural monuments in Prague. The historical centre of Prague is in the list of UNESCO heritage.

Prague is a cultural metropolis with a lot of museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres and various organizations. In 2000 Prague was announced as a European city of culture.

Prague, the capital, represents a unique complex of historical, artistic and cultural monuments. The historical city centre is the most valuable part, formerly demarcated by city walls and consisted of four towns – Staré město (Old Town) with Josefov (The Jewish quarter) (Bartolomějská street, Powder Tower, The Bethlehem Chapel, Clementinum, Observatory Tower, Old Town Square, Náprstek Museum, Novomlýnská Tower, Municipal House, Old Town Hall, Astronomical Clock), Malá Strana (Little Quarter) (Petřín, Little Quarter Square, Wallenstein Palace, Petřín Lookout Tower, Kampa Island), Nové Město (New Town) (Charles Square, house at the Hybernias, Wenceslas Square, Dancing House, National Theatre, National museum, Palace Lucerna, State Opera) and Hradčany (Loreta Square, Strahov Monastery, Kramář's Villa, Sternberg Palace, Schwarzenberg Palace, Czernin Palace, Martinický Palace) with Prague Castle (St. Vitus Cathedral, St.Vitus Chapel, Romanesque Basilica and St. George's Convent, Lobkowicz Palace, Golden Lane, gardens of Prague Castle). Prague has great history and you can find here monuments from the oldest times up to present days.  Accommodation in Prague is various and of high quality - hotels, guest houses, flats, apartments and hostels. Everybody will choose. Read through the sections Last minute and News.

Culture and educational institutions: National Theatre which includes Stavovské theatre and theatre Kolowrat, then theatre Alfred ve dvoře (in the yard), Branické theatre, Činoherní klub (Drama Club), DISK, Dejvické theatre, Theatre ABC, Theatre Archa, Theatre Bez zábradlí, Theatre of Jiří Grossmann, Theatre Komedie, Theatre Na Fidlovačce, Theatre in Vinohrady, Theatre Na zábradlí, Theatre pod Palmovkou, Theatre Rokoko, Theatre Ungelt, Theatre in Celetná, Theatre in Dlouhá, Theatre in Řeznická, Musical Theatre Karlín, Laterna magika, Lyra Pragensis, Semafor, State opera, Studio Ypsilon, Švandovo theatre in Smíchov, Viola, Žižkovské theatre of Jára Cimrman, Theatre of Spejbl and Hurvínek, Theatre Minor, Buchty a loutky; cinemas Aero, Lucerna, Palace Blaník, Ponrepo, Světozor and many others; furthermore Rudolfinum, Municipal House, Czech Philharmonic, Prague Symphonic Orchestra, National Museum, National Technical Museum, Jewish museum, National gallery, National Library of the Czech Republic, Czech TV and Czech radio; universities ČVUT, ČZU, DAMU,FAMU, HAMU, UK, VŠE, VŠCHT, VŠUP, Police Academy; zoological and botanical garden, observatory and planetarium; sport stadiums Sazka Arena, T-Mobile Arena, Strahov Stadiums and others.

Vyšehrad (national cemetery and Slavín, Táborská Gate, Leopold's Gate, New Gate, Rotunda of St. Martin)

Prague's bridges: Charles bridge with Old Town Bridge Tower and Little Quarter Bridge Tower, Bridge of Jirásek, Bridge of Mánes,  Štefánik Bridge, Bridge of Hlávka,  Bridge of Palacký, Legion Bridge, Svatopluk  Čech Bridge, Nusle Bridge, Zbraslav Bridge, Peace Race Bridge).

We can find other places of interest in Bohnice, Braník, Břevnov, Bubeneč, Ďáblice, Dejvice, Hlubočepy, Holešovice, Hostivař, Chodov, Karlín, Kbely, Kobylisy, Koloděje, Košíře, Krč, Libeň, Liboc, Michle, Nusel, Podolí, Ruzyně, Smíchov, Střešovice, Troja, Vršovice, Velká Chuchle, Zbraslav, Žižkov and Vinohrady.

Places of interest around Prague:

Karlštejn Castle was built by the emperor Charles IV as a place for safekeeping coronation jewels and important state documents. St. Mary's Chapel and St. Katherine's Chapel are in the original form. There is a collection of panel paintings by Master Theodoric in the Chapel of the Holy Cross.

Castle Konopiště – Large collections, especially of trophies. Large natural park.

Brandýs nad Labem – Stará Boleslav – two towns divided by the river Elbe. In Brandýs there is a castle, several churches, former synagogue, Renaissance and Baroque houses and a museum. In Stará Boleslav there is Slavic settlement, town walls and a town gate. Romanesque Basilica of St. Václav, Romanesque church of St. Kliment, pilgrimage church of virgin Mary, memorial to prince Václav, archaeological museum.

Český Šternberk – early Gothic castle on a rocky spit in a romantic valley of Sázava, Baroque castle in the settlement around the main castle. There are valuable furnishings and family collections.

Dobříš – a castle in rococo style with a large garden; there are Baroque houses and a town hall

Holubice – originally Romanesque rotunda with Gothic wall paintings, Baroque granary

Hořín – original court of Czech queens, later hunting lodge, castle chapel, statues, sculptures, Lobkowicz crypt; technical monument: Vltava channel with a lock (water transport).

Hrusice – Romanesque church, birthplace and memorial to Josef Lada

Jenštejn – ruins of castle, museum

Jílové u Prahy – historical town, former gold mines, early Gothic church of St. Vojtěch – rebuilt in Baroque style, there we can find valuable Gothic furnishings; a house called “The Coin” – a former mint, today it is a museum with an exposition of gold mining and history of backpacking.

Kokořín – Gothic castle, a gallery of Czech romantic art and a memorial to K. H. Mácha

Koněpruské caves – largest cave system in Bohemia, three floors of tunnels and domes with a total length of approximately 2 km and depth of 70 m

Kostelec nad Černými Lesy – Original Slavic settlement, Renaissance castle with Baroque adaptation, chapel, Baroque church, museum of pottery and ceramics.

Kostelec u Křížků -   Romanesque rotunda with Gothic paintings, old Jewish cemetery

Křivoklát – Gothic royal castle, exposition of castle collections

Kutná Hora – town with silver mines, 14th century – royal town. Gothic Church of St. Barbara with unique interior decorated by frescos, large premises of Cistercian monastery with impressive cathedral The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven in Sedlec, Vlašský dvůr with the exposition of coining and other monuments. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lány – originally a hunting lodge, castle church, large deer-park; summer residence of the President of the Czech Republic; in the cemetery there is a grave of president T. G. Masaryk and his family

Levý Hradec – ruins of Slavic town walls, residence of the first Premyslid princes. Baroque church of St. Kliment, originally a Romanesque rotunda, Archeological preserve, national cultural monument.

Liběchov – Baroque castle with paintings by J. Navrátil, museum of Asian cultures, statues and sculptures in the gardens.

Litovice – Gothic fort, today it is a part of Hostovice

Lysá nad Labem – originally a court of a prince, later a royal castle, since 13th century it has had the status of a city; Renaissance castle, variety of Baroque buildings in the city and surroundings, museum

Mníšek pod Brdy – Baroque castle and church (frescos by J. V. Spitzer, painting by P. Brandl)

Nelahozeves – Renaissance castle, gallery of Czech art, church, birthplace and memorial to composer A. Dvořák

Okoř – ruins of Gothic castle, exhibiting hall, popular tourist destination of inhabitants of Prague

Ostředek – Baroque castle with a commemorative hall of poet Svatopluk Čech

Panenské Břežany – Baroque castle and chapel (architect Santini)

Peruc –parish since 12th century, originally Gothic castle, Baroque church, museum, hall of Czech painter E. Filla, ancient oak tree (legend about Oldřich and Božena)

Poděbrady – spa, healing springs from deep wells, originally Gothic castle, rebuilt as Renaissance castle with later Baroque adaptation, today it is a museum and a memorial to the king George of Poděbrady. Church, mining church, belfry, Mariánský obelisk, birthplace of painter L. Kuba

Průhonice – Renaissance castle, Romanesque church, today there is a botanical institution of The Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with a gallery and a botanical garden.

Přerov nad Labem – open-air folk museum from central Polabí, one of the oldest open-air folk museums in central Europe

Roudnice nad Labem – stone bridge over river Elbe and a monastery of Augustinians, church, Baroque castle. Capuchin monastery with church, Baroque mill house with brewery, gallery of paintings

Roztoky u Prahy – former water tower rebuilt as a castle, today it is a regional museum with a hall of Czech painter Z. Barunerová

Říp – Basalt mountain (459m above sea level) connected with a legend about coming of forefather Čech and Slavs into Bohemia. On the top there is a rotunda of St. George, place of pilgrimage, national cultural monument.

Sázava – monastery of Benedictins, basis of Romanesque building, capitulary hall, frescos, unfinished monastery church, glass-making tradition, museum of technical glass-making

Svatý Jan pod Skalou – monastery under huge travertine rock with caves, Baroque church of St. John the Baptist; technical open-air folk museum near the quarry Paraple.

Točník- Gothic castle, masterpiece of Czech Gothic, breeding of bears

Veltrusy – Baroque former hunting lodge, Gothic church with a tombstone of Rudolf Chodek, large castle garden and deer-park with Romanesque buildings and a chapel

Zbraslav – since 1974 it has been a part of Prague, monastery of Cistercians, today it is gallery of Czech statuary, Gothic church rebuilt in Baroque style

Zlonice – Baroque church and vicarage, memorial to composer A. Dvořák

Žebrák – ruins of Gothic castle, former royal residence, today there is only a huge tower and torso of the palace left.

Prague offers a large variety of accommodation. You will find here luxurious hotels, guest houses, apartments, or there is a possibility to rent a flat in Prague. Restaurants and other services are also excellent.

Have a pleasant stay!!!


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