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The first imperative for tourists is the Old Town Square to traffic free (except some horse carriages ) and surrounded by historic buildings , is among the most beautiful public spaces in Europe.
To one side of the square is the Baroque Church of St. Nicholas with its imposing white facade. In it, there is the Old Town Hall , whose famous astrological clock every hour attracts many visitors . They also highlight the House of the Stone Bell , the Rococo Golz - Kinsky Palace and Municipal House style ' Art Nouveau ' .
The Prague Castle
Another of the most important places of the city is Prague Castle , we could define it is something like a city within the city . Keep chapels , halls and towers of various historical periods , from the Gothic splendor of the Cathedral of San Vito to Renaissance extensions Rodolfo II , last Habsburg who used the castle as oficial.Dentro from around the walled highlights the Golden Lane , quaint cottages craft XVI century , the Royal Palace and the Basilica and convent of San Jorge .
Visitors should not miss the Malá Strana district , situated on the left bank of the river and has large baroque palaces, narrow, steep streets and staircases that give a mysterious and romantic. At each corner are decorated with fascinating properties statues and banners .
In Mala Strana , you can visit the famous Czech Museum of Music with thematic exhibitions on the art , reserving a place of honor for national musicians , one of the prides of the country.
On the river
Already Vltava River , there is a delicious world of something decadent squares and picturesque palaces , churches and gardens.
The Charles Bridge , the fourteenth century and accessed through an archway under a Gothic tower , is the most famous monument in Prague. A perfect symbiosis between man-made and natural strength of the Vltava , connecting the Old Town with Mala Strana .
Currently , is pedestrianized and is full of artisans and vendors.
We also recommend a visit to the Troja Palace , one of the most admirable summer palaces of Prague . Located at the foot of the Upper Vltava and noted for its artistic gardens .
New Town and Jewish Quarter.
In the New Town, Wenceslas Square is that it is the center of cultural and social life in Prague . While walking , go observing their constructions are mostly from the early twentieth century . At this point epicenter and busy life is Prague National Museum .
And in the Jewish Quarter , much of the fascinating history of the area is preserved in their synagogues , especially in that of Staronová , the oldest in Europe and one of the first Gothic buildings in the city, and in his Old Jewish Cemetery , who was for more than 300 years the only place where Jews bury allowed . The lack of space made ??him bury top of each other . A fact that today we can appreciate in its more than 12,000 headstones crowded .
U Rudolfina , in Old Town , is famous for its Kolinko , a pig roast served in portions of a kilo . This place is frecuntado both tourists and Czechs.
Sv pivnice or take, in Malá Strana. This place, cervería typical paperback, offer authentic bohemia.
U Medvídku, during the Old City offers rooms with vaulted ceilings Baroque or Renaissance. But the gem of this hotel lies on the ground floor, with a typical Czech cerveria.
Grand Hotel Europe in the New Town. Not the most modern of Prague, but retains its original atmosphere splendor, remains one of the most beautiful modernist buildings around Prague.
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic with an area of 496 km2 and 1.2 million inhabitants. Its origins date back to the time of the founding of the Prague Castle in the year 870.
Welcome to this magical city with an ancient history . Prague is unforgettable for its many magnificent monuments of various architectural styles and panoramic views of valley crossed over the river Vltava , surrounded by nine hills.
Prague 's Old Town , with over 10 centuries of history, draws the attention of visitors for the unique symbiosis of all architectural styles represented by the Romanesque and Gothic architecture , with houses and palaces of Renaissance and Baroque and over 200 churches and monasteries. In the city there are many narrow streets , medieval towers and copulations of Gothic and Baroque churches , in the part called New Town can admire the modernist architecture .
The city of a hundred towers has always inspired poets , painters and photographers . The architectural treasures of the historic center of Prague, with an area of ??866 ha ( Hradcany with Prague Castle, Lesser Town, Old Town including Charles Bridge and Josefov neighborhood , New Town and Vysehrad ) are from the year 1992 declared in the list of World Heritage of UNESCO. A city that has many aspects as one could wish for and all visitors teaches some of their lovely faces .
Prague Castle - PRAGUE CASTLE
Despite the successive fires and invasions , the Prague Castle is one of the most notable and iconic sumptuous remains of great historical , cultural and social capital of the Czech Republic . Founded in the ninth century , was laresidência of the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors , presidents presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic . In it are the jewels in the crown of Bohemia. At 570 meters long and 130 medium width, is considered the world's largest medieval fortress .
CATHEDRAL OF SAN VITO
St. Vitus Cathedral ( Chrám Svatého Víta Svatého Katedrála Víta or , in Czech) is a temple dedicated to Catholic worship located in the city of Prague ( Czech Republic ) . Forms part of the monumental artistic Prague Castle is the largest exhibition of Gothic art in the city. Since 1989 dedicated to St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert. It was the scene of the coronation of the kings of Bohemia and buried it are also all the holy bishops and archbishops and a number of kings . The cathedral, although Catholic , is state-owned since the beginning of its construction in the fourteenth century .
In the southeastern part of the third courtyard is the Romanesque original royal palace , where he was born between the fifteenth and sixteenth largest domed space late Gothic in the Czech lands , Vladislav room ( 62 meters long , 16 meters wide and 13 meters high ) .
ALLEY OF GOLD
The Golden Lane is a short street , narrow and beautiful located within the Prague Castle. It was named after the goldsmiths who lived there in the seventeenth century . The left side is occupied by colorful houses that were built into the walls of the castle. Were built in the late sixteenth century to the 24 guards of the castle and a century later the goldsmiths occupied houses and changed . In the twentieth century were evicted and houses have become puppets delis and other typical products . The Golden Lane is especially known for in house number 22 Franz Kafka lived between 1916 and 1917
Staré M ? STO - OLD CITY - PRAGUE
It originated as a market place there in the tenth century City Originally Romanesque , Gothic then was rebuilt several times and maintains all types of architecture of the past . In 1234 Otakar II decided to build the walls and founded the first City of Prague . In 1338 was founded the town hall, which became the center of cultural and political life .
The Charles Bridge is Prague 's most famous landmark and connects the Old Town with Mala Strana.El bridge, over 500 meters long and 10 wide , served at the time for the passage of carriages and had 4 parallel lanes . Currently the bridge is completely pedestrianized . The Charles Bridge is named after its creator, Charles IV, who laid the foundation stone in 1357 to replace the Judith Bridge , which was destroyed by a flood. Bridge Over see 30 statues on both sides , many of which are copies since the originals are in the National Museum and Visehrad and were built in the early eighteenth century . The first statue seañadió in 1683 was that of San Juan Nepomuceno . John of Nepomuk was thrown into the river in 1393 in order of Wenceslas IV and in the eighteenth century was santificado.En the place from where it was thrown his statue is located and who is said to make a wish by placing the left hand on the representation of his martyrdom (at the base of the statue )
OLD TOWN SQUARE
The Old City , and specifically its square has been the center of public life in Prague since the Age Media.Durante the eleventh century , the buildings were extending from the Castle to the right bank of the Vltava River . At the end of this century, first mentioned the existence of a market in the current Old Town Square . In the next two centuries the city continued to grow and in the thirteenth century acquired the title of city. The council began acting in the mid- fourteenth century. In the square we can find NuestraSeñora the Tyn Church , St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall . Many of the surrounding streets have been preserved since its inception , being an essential ride for the traveler
The Prague Astronomical Clock is a medieval watch world famous . It was built in 1490 by master clockmaker Hanus and perfected by Jan Taborsky XVI.La century legend says that Hanus not repeat his work, the council left him blind. The clock is located in the town hall and consists DETRES main parts:
Mala Strana - BARRIO SMALL - PRAGUE
The timing of Josef Manes
The lower sphere Clock Tower represents the months of the year by paintings by Manes . Also you can see the signs of the zodiac and in the center, the Coat of Arms of the Old City. The calendar has cuatropequeñas sculptures : A philosopher , an angel, an astronomer and a speaker .
The Astronomical Clock
The upper area of the Clock Tower is the Astronomical Clock itself. Its function was not to give the time , but to represent the orbits of the Sun and Moon . The main attraction of the watch is the parade of the Twelve Apostles which occurs every time the clock strikes the hour . This parade takes place in the upper windows of the Apostles Clock Astronómico.Además find additional four figures : the Turk , Greed , Vanity and Death, a skeleton pulling the string marks the beginning of the parade.
Lesser , par excellence, is the district of Prague Baroque . The place was founded by Przemysl Otakar II and was from the sixteenth century when it became a zonaresidêncial . In 1541 , the area was devastated by a fire whose flames went so far Castle . Remodeled acquired baroque appearance has today. Reconstruction ended in the eighteenth century, when finished masterpieces.
CHURCH OF SAN NICOLAS
The Temple of San Nicolas foi built in Baroque style by father and son finished the first metad Dietzenhofer eighteenth century . The interior decor is ostentatious , among the masterpieces stands out : the cool of J. L. Kracker with the motive of the life of St. Nicolas , life-size statues I. F. Platzer and pictures of Karel Škréta . During the stay in Prague sua , Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played the organ in church. The temple campanário with wonderful views of Mala Strana also worth visiting.
INFANT JESUS ??OF PRAGUE - CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF THE VICTÓRIA in Mala Strana .
The most famous pilgrimage site in Prague and Bohémia and best known in the stranger is undoubtedly the Church of Our Senñra de la Victoria . This church unimpressive early Baroque style is Karmelitska street in Malá Strana and called the attention of the pilgrims devido the statue of the Infant of Prague , which since 1628 is on the side altar of the igrlesia . The statue of Spanish origin and was wax is an offer to the Carmelites of Polyxena of Lobkovicz . The most important event in the history of the church was the coronation of the Infant Jesus of Prague which was held in 1655. The statue is kept in a box containing vestuário decristãl and beautiful ornate and embroidered garments in various colors , the most valuable of all was embroidered by the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa.
It was built by order of General Emperial Albert of Wallenstein . Laresidência was built by architects vários cloths italaños ( Andrea Spezza , Nicolo Sebregondi , Giovanni Marini , etc . ) Between 1623 and 1630. The edifício responds to an ambitious project that , by desire of its owner, viria to be one of the main complex of the city. Its large size and its baroque are the main features . It also has a large garden of beauty that has all the labyrinth of lakes and landscaped walks and adorned with statues that give the whole a great majesty . Most notable is the so-called Earthly room that copies italaños models .
THE terrasas garden of the Baroque style dating from the first metad eighteenth century , it was remodeled in 1787 , provavelmente by IJPalliardi . Among the Terrenaa room and the opposite wall with stairs and Giant statue fountain , there is a garden with a small modern pia . Palffy seguinte The garden was built in the eighteenth century first metad on terrasas . tambén the stairs when they were added. Both the gardens were opened to the public em June 1995 after a renovasión . The acces to both gardens is located in the Plaza de Wallenstein Palace No. 3 using the Ledebour .
KAMPA ISLAND - OSTROV KAMPA
Kampa Island beneath the Charles Bridge and formed by the arm of the Vltava River , known as ? Ertovka or Arroyo del Diablo , forms a delightful corner of Malá Strana . For centuries , the river was used as caz where still several mills. , As the Grand Priory Mill , During the Middle Ages , there were only orchards here , but the place also served washing and bleaching clothes. In the seventeenth century it became famous for its pottery markets . Are some beautiful houses of this period around the Plaza de Na Kampe . From here to the southern tip of the island much of the land is occupied by a park, created from several palatial gardens .
HRAD ? ANY - BARRIO DEL CASTILLO - PRAGUE
Founded around the year 1320, during the reign of John of Luxembourg as feudal city . In the beginning , integrating the surrounding environs of the Castle and Plaza Pohorelec Strahov of Petrin . Much of the neighborhood was destroyed by fire in 1541.En the same century Hradcany Rudolf II granted the title of Ciudad Real . What was once humble houses , usually belonging to employees of the Castle, known as Novy Svet - New World. Today the city has the appearance of the seventeenth and eighteenth
THE PRAGUE LORETO
The construction of the famous Czech Loreto was inspired by the Holy House in the Italian city of Loreto . The Holy House symbolizes a poor home of Nazareth where the Archangel Gabriel appeared and announced to the Virgin Mary to be the mother of the Lord. The Prague Loreto had it built Benign Mrs. Katerina , Vilem wife Popel of Lobkowicz in 1626. From the spiritual administration of the place of pilgrimage commissioned the Capuchins beside Loreto who built the first monastery in Bohemia. The Chapel of the Nativity , after being enlarged , became the largest sanctuary of Loreto complex . A worldwide acclaim has the chime and treasure Baroque Loreto of your valuables is the most precious diamond custody , called the Sun of Prague . In the middle of the cover is raised octagonal tower with onion-shaped dome and lantern . It hides the 30 bells of the carillon Loreto .
Strahov Monastery was founded in the early twelfth century by Vladislav II and delivered to the order of Premonstratensian heraños . Under its current Baroque appearance in the second half of the seventeenth century complex lies one of the oldest Romanesque Europe. The emblematic monument of the monastery is the Abbey Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, originally a Romanesque basilica , renovated in Gothic and Renaissance and equipped after its current Baroque appearance between 1743 and 1752 by A. Lurago . In the church are guarded the relics of the founder of the Order , St. Norbert . In the monastery maintains a library of extraordinary value with many illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages , maps, globes and prints. Strahov The gallery exhibits one of the most important collections of medieval paintings monastic Central Europe . In 1953 was opened in the monastic the National Museum of Fine Arts.
NOVÉ M ? STO - CARE NEW - PRAGUE
Founded by Charles IV in 1348 , together with the first university in Central Europe , to give a little respite to the oldest districts , noise decentralizing arteaños workshops and commercial traffic and to open new spaces for science and architecture. As a result of that, the area became a major center of the city covering an area surrounding the Wenceslas Square , established as horse market . At the top of the square is the National Museum (1885-1890) and the statue of St. Wenceslas, JV Workshop Myslbek
Wenceslas Square has witnessed many of the events in the recent history of Prague and the Czech Republic in general. The square is elongated and measures 750 meters long by 60 wide. The surrounding buildings are mostly hotels, restaurants and boutiques. Although this place is to visit it and know it , we can not say it's especially nice, as there is pedestrian and more like a great avenue . When night falls , the environment may not be liked by many of the visitors. The most important event was in November 1989 , when a demonstration against police brutality started the Velvet Revolution and the fall of communism .
JOSEFOV - THE JEWISH QUARTER - PRAGUE
The most famous building in the square is the National Museum building completed in 1890 .
According to ancient chronicles , the settlement of Jews in the territory of the current Prague where they brought their unique culture , X century , being located at that time in the vicinity of what later was the legendary Vysehrad Castle . Historians later Jewish settlements located in what would be the CiudadPequeña Prague and near the main square of the Old Town, where according to the chronicles , and in the year 1091 distinguished between two communities whose frames the Jews built their own systems administrative and religious , building schools and synagogues to effect
Founded in 1479 and located at the entrance to the Old Jewish Cemetery, Pinkas Synagogue is one of the most famous of Prague . On its walls are inscribed the names of 77,297 Czechoslovak Jews killed by the Pinkas synagogue nazis.En also find an extensive collection of drawings porniños who were in the Terezin concentration camp .
SYNAGOGUE MAISELBuilt in the late sixteenth century, the synagogue was a victim of the fire , 1689 , then was rebuilt in Baroque style late nineteenth century and was rebuilt in the Gothic style . Since 1960 contains a large collection of Jewish objects : books , decorative objects , textiles , silver , etc.
Built in 1868 acquired the name " LaEspañola " due to its Moorish décor , high similarity to the Alhambra in Granada . Inside you can see an exhibition on Jewish life in recent decades .
Built in 1694 , it houses a large collection of Hebrew texts and , like the Pinkas synagogue , Terezín drawings made ??by losniños who were there .
Built in the sixteenth century and financed by Mordechai Maisel , synagogue High has two floors: the first floor houses a collection of fabrics , curtains and silver , while the ground floor is unapequeña souvenir shop.
OLD - NEW SYNAGOGUE
This synagogue is the oldest in Europe still running and is one of the first Gothic buildings in Prague. It was built in 1270 .
VYŠEHRAD CASTLE - PRAGUE
Frecuentamente called the second Prague Castle. It was built in the second half of the tenth century in a stunning rocky hill , on the River Vltava In 1369 , King Charles IV ordered the construction of a temple gothic . The area has great historical and mythological significance for Czech puebo . In 1870 the site was chosen to build there the fascinating Czech National Cemetery , resting place of famous writers , actors , artists and musicians Czechs. St. Ludmila Church was built between 1888 and 1893 pseudo- Gothic style , as Josef Mocker cloths . At the main entrance stands the sculpture of Christ with St. Wenceslas and St. Ludmila Myslbek sculptor Workshop
CHURCH OF ST PETER AND PAUL
The impressionante Church of St. Peter and St. Paul , symbol Gothic castle dating from the second half of the fourteenth century , rebuilt several veses has extraordinárias modernist paintings of famous Czech painters - you Urbanovi .
SAO ROTUNDA MARTINHO
The only construction in the Vyšehrad território that conservoo original appearance romântica rotunda of the second half of the eleventh century . After the founding of the fortress of Vyšehrad , was used as a store of gunpowder, was restored in 1878 is returning to original appearance.
Traveling by plane to Prague
Located about 20 kilometers from the center of Prague, Prague International Airport is the largest Ruzine Central Europe. Major national and low cost companies arrive at this airport that houses up to 10 million passengers a year.
Iberia usually proposes direct flights to Prague from major cities of Spain, as well as several flights with stops according to the season. Please contact the nearest airport to inquire about rates or see the company website:
The Czech national carrier proposes direct flights from three Spanish cities: Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. For prices, see their website or call the airport of departure. The company enjoys a very good reputation for its air fleet and the quality of service on board. Homepage of the website in Spanish:
Another interesting link is the low cost version of Czech Airlines (Click4Sky), which offers flights at very affordable prices from Spain and other European cities:
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Prague and the Czech Republic: A Practical Guide and tips
The city center brings nine years of architecture and the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, adaptations of nineteenth-century and Art Nouveau.
Best of all is that you can explore on foot, so a walk through Prague to discover its most famous attractions during the day or night.
The Czech Republic is a tourist attraction point of first order although most visitors focus on a single point of interest: Prague. That means that the city has become a hotbed for tourists, with the consequent effect on prices and overcrowding.
The city maintains its appeal intact after the wars and conflicts of the twentieth century. Its historic center, declared World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1992, consists of Hradcany (the Castle District) and Mala Strana, both west of the river, Stare Mesto (Old Town) and Vácklavské namesti (Wenceslas Square) in the east, the Charles Bridge, hypermarket street art and bohemian lifestyle people, separates Lesser Town Stare Mesto.
Nové Mesto (New Town, but not so "new"), with its shops, cafes, museums and theaters, worth several trips during the midday hours.
The cultural and leisure is one of the largest in the city with an extensive program of classical, jazz, rock, opera, ballet, theater and excellent art museums and art galleries.
The only drawback, the result of its popularity as a tourist destination, is manifested in the actual invasion of outsiders who receive throughout the year.
The housing is much more affordable in Nové Mesto and Smíchov. The central district is full of restaurants, but are much cheaper establishments that Nove Mesto Stare Mesto.
General information :
Official name : Czech Republic
Area: 78,800 km ²
Population : 10,300,000 inhabitants .
People: 81 % Czech , Moravian 13.5 % , Slovak 3% ,
2.5 % other
Government: Parliamentary Republic
Visas : Citizens of all Western European countries can visit the Czech Republic without a visa for 90 days maximum.
Local time : GMT plus one hour
Sanitary conditions: normal .
Electricity: 220 V , 50 Hz
Weights and measures: Metric
Currency: Czech Koruna
Climate and when to go
May, June and September are the most pleasant months to visit this country , for its mild climate and non mass of tourists.
April and October are an alternative to more uncertain time but cheaper and less crowded .
July and August , it is bad time for the individual traveler as hotels and tourist areas are crowded with foreign and domestic tourists , especially in the .
Fortunately , the range of accommodation increases each year .
Centers such as Prague and the mountain resorts welcome visitors throughout the year; outside these destinations many castles, museums and places of interest as well as some hotels remain closed in low season.
Budgets and prices :
Budget under : 2-5 Euros
Average budget 5-10 Euros
Budget high: more than 10 Euros
Accommodation in Prague
Budget under : 10-12 Euros
Average budget : 12-70 Euros
Budget high: more than 70 Euros
Prices are higher in the major tourist centers and resorts especially Prague and Bohemia area , but not exaggerated.
Prices tend to be affordable , but the big exception is Prague accommodation , the cost of which can be fitted to the average of the rest of Western Europe. If you travel in low season many middle-class hotels and low cut their prices by half .
The rest of the country hotels price down linearly with forms we move away from the capital and the Austrian-German border .
001- CO1784 : Several seagulls fly around the Charles Bridge .
The Charles Bridge (Czech Karl ? V most) is the oldest bridge in Prague , Vltava river and through the Old Town to the Lesser Town . It is the second oldest existing bridge in the Czech Republic .
Its construction started in 1357 with the approval of King Charles IV , and finished in the early fifteenth century . Since at the time was the only way to cross the river , the Charles Bridge became the most important communication channel between Old Town , Prague Castle and adjacent areas until 1841 . The bridge was also an important link for trade between Eastern and Western Europe .
Originally this communication channel was called Stone Bridge ( Kamenný most) or the Prague Bridge ( Pražský most ) , but it takes its current name since 1870.
The bridge has a length of 516 meters and its width is about 10 meters, while resting on 16 arches . It is protected by three bridge towers between its two heads , two in Malá Strana and the remaining at the end located in the Old City. The tower located at the head of the Old Town is considered by many as one of the most impressive constructions of Gothic architecture in the world. The bridge is decorated by 30 statues on both sides of it, most of which are in Baroque style and were built around 1700 .
At night the Charles Bridge is a silent witness to the medieval times . But during the day , his face changes completely and becomes a very busy place . Artists and traders try to make money at the expense of the large flow of tourists daily visit the place.
002- CO1643 : romantic Prague . A couple photo on the Charles Bridge.
The Charles Bridge (Czech Karl ? V most) is the oldest bridge in Prague , Vltava river and through the Old Town to the Lesser Town . It is the second oldest existing bridge in the Czech Republic .
The need for a new bridge emerged after the old Judith Bridge was destroyed by a flood in 1342. This Romanesque bridge was named after the wife of King Ladislaus I.
Astrologers and numerologists determined that Carlos IV should attend the settlement of the foundation stone at 5:31 AM on July 9, 1357 . This moment can be stated as 135797531 , and forms a palindromic sequence of ascending and descending odd digits , which is engraved on the tower of the Old City . The construction was supervised by Peter Parler , and led by a " magister pontis " , Jan Ottl .
The bridge was built with sandstone Bohemia. There is a legend that eggs were used to enrich the mortar used at the time of laying the blocks in order to make it harder . Although this can not be verified directly , recent analyzes have confirmed the existence of organic and inorganic ingredients in the mortero.1 The Charles Bridge construction lasted until the early fifteenth century . To financially support the work tolls charged task that initially belonged to the religious order of the Knights of the Cross with Red Star, and then the Old Town municipality ( until 1815 ) .
003- CO1693 : A couple kiss passionately on the Charles Bridge .
The Charles Bridge (Czech Karl ? V most) is the oldest bridge in Prague , Vltava river and through the Old Town to the Lesser Town . It is the second oldest existing bridge in the Czech Republic .
Throughout its history , the Charles Bridge witnessed many events , while was damaged on several occasions. In 1432 , a flood destroyed three of its pillars. In 1496 , the third arch (counting from the Old Town ) collapsed after one of the pillars descend due to erosion at the bottom . This time , the repair work lasted until 1506.
A year after the Battle of White Mountain , after the execution of the 27 leaders of the anti - Habsburg revolt on June 21, 1621 , the heads of the rebels were exposed in the bridge to deter the possibility Czechs new uprisings . By the end of the Thirty Years War in 1648 , the Swedes occupied the West Bank of Moldova and its attempt to move towards the Old Town, the most important battle took place on the bridge. During combat, the tower side of the Old City was badly damaged in one side ( facing the river ) and the majority of gothic ornaments must be removed .
During the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries the bridge acquired the appearance by which it is now recognized , to settle a series of Baroque statues on the pillars of it. During a major flood occurred in 1784 , five pillars were damaged considerably and , although the arches did not break , traffic on the bridge had to be restricted for a while.
004- CO1652 : Views of the Church of St. Nicholas from the Charles Bridge .
The Church of St. Nicholas in Malá Strana (not to be confused with Staré M ? Sto ) is considered the most beautiful Baroque building in Prague. If St. Vitus Cathedral is the Gothic masterpiece , the Church of St. Nicholas is the Baroque .
The construction of the church began in 1673 by order of the Jesuits , with the first buildings completed the parish and the school building . Although the work was completed in 1752 , it began serving Mass in 1711.
At the entrance plaza to the church is the Plague Column with the statue of the Blessed Trinity. It was built in 1715 by Alliprandi .
The interior of the Church of St. Nicholas is full of art, from the paintings on the ceilings and vaults to the sculptures that adorn the walls. The architect created the whole was K. I. Dietzenhofer , this church being his masterpiece.
005- CO1672 : Views of the Church of St. Nicholas from the Charles Bridge . The Tower of the Church of St. Nicholas is one of our favorites of Prague, the climb is exciting and has several rooms halfway that can be visited . In these rooms you will learn much about the history of the Bell and its various functions.
Like the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge towers and the Old Town Hall , the Church of St. Nicholas is also an indispensable part of the panorama of Prague . One of the most beautiful baroque buildings in Europe Mala Strana district crown for more than three centuries , being the place admiring crowd of people daily around the world . Surrender you too at its beauty and grandeur Baroque !
The construction of one of the symbols of Prague is due to the Order of the Jesuits , who longed for his most splendid building in Bohemia. This called for help to the great Baroque master Dietzenhofer Krystof . After his death , his son continued his work , who designed both the unique arrangement of the vault as the most beautiful of the whole church : the majestic dome. He was later built one of the tallest towers Mala Strana neighborhood , thus resulting in a work unparalleled north of the Alps at that time.
From 65 meters high which is the tower you can see the entire Malá Strana . During the communist era was used by the secret forces to guard foreign embassies .
006- CO1687 : couples swear eternal love by placing a lock on the Charles Bridge .
Along the Charles Bridge in Prague is this bridge with bars full of padlocks . Is not this a unique place to have occurred to find another use locks to keep the belongings as we can find in different cities around the world with padlocks bridges like this. They are in Rome, Moscow , Pecs , Seoul, Korakuen , Cologne, Wrowclaw , Montevideo , Huangshan , Odessa , etc. .
Bridge The original staircase descending from the bridge to Kampa Island was replaced by a new one in 1844. The following year, a new flood threatened the integrity of the bridge, but ultimately there were no significant damage . In 1848 , during the days of the Revolution , the bridge escaped unharmed to the guns , although some of the statues were damaged . In 1866 , lights were installed pseudo- Gothic style ( gas initially , but later would be replaced by electric) on the railing of the bridge. In the 1870s the first regular public transport (bus ) became operational on the bridge , which would be replaced later by a tram pulled by horses. It was also in 1870 that the bridge would be called by its current name from Charles Bridge. Between 1874 and 1883 , the towers underwent a thorough renovation .
Between 2 and 5 September 1890 , another flood of catastrophic proportions affected and caused significant damage Prague Charles Bridge . Hundred boats , trunks and other floating material from upstream began to form as a barrier against the bridge piled . As a result of the pressure , three of the arches of the bridge were shot down and two of its pillars collapsed due to erosion caused by water. Along with the fifth pillar , two statues built by Ferdinand Brokoff ( those of San Ignacio de Loyola and San Javier) also fell into the river . Recovery efforts demanded two years ( the bridge was reopened on November 19, 1892 ) and cost 665,000 crowns.
007- CO1607 : Cruise on the River Vltava.
A stroll along the Vltava River is an activity that should not be missing on a trip to Prague . You will find boat trips at all hours and for all budgets .
There are many types of boat trips on Prague : from short walks to see the city from the river to day and evening cruises with lunch and dinner.
If you want to have a perfect evening you can choose to ride with dinner and live music, see Prague illuminated from the Vltava and enjoy a nice dinner is always a hit.
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Boat trip with dinner and live music : This is the walk star in Prague . For just 30 € you can enjoy 3 hours of sailing, a dinner buffet and live music .
Hour cruise with commentary in Spanish : The one-hour ride is a good way to experience Prague from the river. The prices are 9 € for adults and 4 € per child.
The Vltava River is the longest river in the Czech Republic 430 miles. His birth is in Šumava sources and along its course it joins the River Elbe. As a curiosity , the name is Czech Vltava River Vltava .
008- CO1725 : Charles Bridge. Among the 30 statues from the Charles Bridge stands out the San Juan Nepomuceno , where you must not forget to touch the bronze relief at his feet. This ensures that carries a little luck Prague . This statue is not here by chance , but that was precisely the Charles Bridge from where he was thrown into the Vltava the body of this saint. Legend has it that San Juan Nepomuceno King would not reveal the secrets of confession of Queen and so was tortured to death. At the other end of the bridge conclude two Malá Strana Gothic towers that are part of the millions of photographs that take visitors to Prague annually . How the best way to enjoy one of the most beautiful medieval bridge in the world? Depart early and go to the Charles Bridge at dawn , when it will be all yours . Along with the first musicians , painters or sellers of beautiful memories , meet the authentic atmosphere of this Gothic gem linking the banks of the Vltava river for more than 650 years .
009- CO1706 : Padlocks on the Charles Bridge . Charles Bridge will never cease to fascinate painters, photographers and poets who flatter him in his works. When the first rays of the sun touch the ground and illuminate the massive cobblestone Gothic towers at both ends , hard look to find a more romantic place . With the imposing Prague Castle silhouette background and gallery of Baroque statues on the sides , it is not surprising that belongs to the most beautiful in Europe .
One of the many legends that the construction of Charles Bridge was opened by Czech King and Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1357 exactly on 9 month 7 at 5 hours 31 minutes . The reason was a favorable constellation of the Sun and Saturn and the fact that this date corresponds to the line of odd numbers one to nine , and vice versa . Perhaps the magic combination of numbers 1-3-5-7-9-7-5-3-1 gave the bridge its strength, beauty, and the admiration of millions of visitors from around the world. Another legend says that the mass at which there were the stones for the construction of the bridge would add eggs, wine and milk. All this had to provide the perfect bridge to stability over the centuries .
Charles Bridge can enter through the Old Town and Malá Strana . The entrance from the Old City is guarded by the Tower of the Old Town with its stone decoration is among the world's most beautiful towers . Do not forget to get on and enjoy the beautiful view of the bridge of 516 m and the panoramic view of the Prague of a hundred spiers . Immediately after passing through the tower Baroque expect a outdoor gallery .
010- CO1832 : Padlocks on the Charles Bridge . The idea , inspired by the protagonists of the novel I have wanted you , by Federico Moccia , is to close a lock and throw the key into the river to seal a relationship. Although the Roman municipality removed the locks, they began to join in unexpected ways , and try to stop this tradition that endangers the structure of this bridge, the custom migrated to other cities where they are still closing promises of eternal love . Some other famous bridges are lucky they Vecchio , Florence , the de Triana in Seville , Pont des Arts in Paris ; Tretyakov in Moscow ; Hohenzollernbrüke in Cologne , Germany , in Wroclaw , Poland , Huangshan , China , the bridge mother , in Odessa , Ukraine ; Bryggebroen in Copenhagen.
Thirty sculptures , mostly of saints , guarding the bridge that crosses the Vltava river . But only two key locations concentrated magic. According to legend, Juan Nepomuceno , confessor of the queen of Bohemia, Wenceslas IV was executed for refusing to break the seal of confession . After being tortured , tied up and thrown into the river from the same bridge . Thus, the first special point is under the statue . You have to touch the figure of a dog, representing faithfulness, and the low relief of the saint's body that represents the time of his martyrdom . Recognize the right place is easy because , due to the contact of many hands , shines more than the rest of the work. It is said that to return to Prague there to touch it. The second place that attracts tourists is the exact spot where St. John was thrown , now marked with a plaque on which are five star , the same as they would have appeared in the San Juan water sink . Who put there your hand should make a wish and granted the saint .
011- CO0765 : A couple on the bridge of lovers. Prague. Not as flashy or known as the great Charles Bridge, but Prague residents love this small and charming trellis bridge , almost camouflaged in the less known the beautiful old town and just 20 meters is capable of crossing with extreme confidence nothing more and nothing less than the Canal del Diablo. The former Priory Bridge , where still today you can see the old mill wheel , elf has its own water and some years is the favorite place for lovers to close its locks on SENAR eternal love.
012- CO0793 : A girl walks past the John Lennon Wall in Prague center . The John Lennon Wall is a wall, which once was one most of which could be found in any of the buildings in the Mala Strana district in the capital of the Czech Republic : Prague, but since the beginning of the 80 so named to be continually decorated with graffiti -inspired new figure of John Lennon and pieces of Beatles songs .
The wall is located in the Plaza Velkop ? Evorské nám ? Stí , against Buquoy Palace which houses the French embassy and is owned by the Knights of the Maltese Cross Order that allow continuously follow new graffiti painting on it.
The origin of the wall as it is known today dates back to the date on which John Lennon was murdered in 1980 . The leader of the Beatles was revered as a hero by the pacifists of central and eastern Europe in an era in which the communist authorities of these countries forbid even playing the same songs for your message considered subversive.
After Lennon's death , on the wall appeared a portrait of the artist with challenging phrases painted with the authorities. The communist police proceeded to erase them but every time they tried , was a replay graffiti pieces also appearing Beatles songs as well as drawings of flowers, peace messages and other expressions of the youth of the time . Not even the installation of surveillance cameras night could prevent recurrence painted every time they were "cleaned " by the authorities.
Today the wall is meant not only as a memorial to Lennon figure , but also a monument to freedom of expression and non-violent rebellion that brought Czech youth against an authoritarian regime.
In 1998 the poor condition of the original wall meant I had to be rehabilitated, but after rehabilitation graffiti reappeared immediately .
Markéta Lehecková .
013- CO1521 : Views from Mala Strana neighborhood of Prague Castle . The Mala Strana is located at the foot of Prague Castle and ends at the river. It is the old part of the city and one of the most stately . It shows in the streets, in the edificiosy in the environment. The building houses are old , some very ornate , but excellently preserved , with bright colors that give off strength. Everything is spotless and very well kept. The streets are tiny , some at cost , with the castle at the very end . Many are paved with cobblestones , which gives it a more classic yet . One of the prettiest is Nerudova , which is lower we will castillohasta neighborhood center . Next door is the Church of St. Nicholas, worth visiting . It pays to shop long vultecita these streets , you go back to the past . The restaurants and bars also keep the old style combined with modern day and age . Having a beer in one of them is a pleasure . It is also one of the best places to OCMER , for their restaurants , most are of very good quality and not too expensive . In many traditional food served scrumptious.
Another street , the busiest and most modern thing is Karmelitska , with dozens of shops on either side .
Just to one side of the neighborhood is the Petrin Hill , which gives the green touch of nature that he needed to be a near-perfect neighborhood .
From here , as from the castle , you can see the area from above, with irregular streets and dozens of terraces with amazing city views .
014- CO1491 : Views of the Church of St. Nicholas and the neighborhood of Mala Strana from the Prague Castle . Getting lost in Mala Strana , in the evening a winter month , is enjoying a unique experience in Prague . The dim light of the street , neighborhood street lighting help, and much, to the environment, is to go back to the past , imagine riding through the streets and hear the sound of a horse 's hooves on the cobblestones .
The light , the architecture , the lack of traffic on the inner streets , give us a film like experience , the walk through the silent streets , faint , passing through the door of an inn Czech and hear the bustle inside and as the light that comes out of their windows illuminate your walk.
Mala Strana retains that unforgettable romantic air , silent , full of small cafes , where you take a hot chocolate on a unique literary environment .
015- CO1536 : Inside Prague Castle. Prague Castle ( Prague Castle in Czech) is an architectural located in Prague , capital of Czech Republic . Despite the successive fires and invasions , is one of the most notable and iconic sumptuous remains of great historical , cultural and social development of the city.
Built in the ninth century , was the residence of Bohemian kings , emperors of the Holy Roman Empire , presidents presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic . In it are the jewels in the crown of Bohemia. At 570 meters long and 130 medium width , is considered the largest ancient castle in the world.
The interior of the complex houses the Prague Cathedral , the convent of San Jorge containing ancient art of Bohemia, the Basilica of St. George , the Royal Palace , galleries of Renaissance and Baroque painting in the old stables of the castle, among other things .
It was remodeled by the architect Jože Ple?nik between 1920 and 1934 at the request of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Masaryk . In front of the castle is a statue of President Masaryk , the same as you can see in the luxurious Avenida Presidente Masaryk in Mexico City since 2000 .
Daliborka Tower . Tower style late - Gothic Prague Castle , built in 1496. It was a prison until the late eighteenth century . It takes its name from its first prisoner , Dalibor of Kozojed , legendary character . Dalibor was a young "rebel" of the late fifteenth century relief sentenced to death by some servants who had rebelled against the tyranny of the nobles, during the reign of the Jagellion . Already imprisoned in the Tower , Dalibor was done with a violin and learned to play in prison while awaiting sentencing. The Prague They felt the sad and melancholic melodies that came from the tower and went to hear mass , carrying food and encouragement to young Dalibor . The nobles were upset by finding Dalibor awakening sympathies among the population , which gave vile being in cell death . The composer Bedrich Smetana composed an opera , Dalibor , based on this legend. Gustav Meyrink environmental Walpurgis Night around the tower.
016- CO1663 : Images of the Vltava River as it passes through the Charles Bridge in Prague . The Vltava (Czech: Vltava , in German: Moldau ; Polish: We? Tawa ) is the longest river in the Czech Republic. Born in the Czech part of the Bohemian Forest , passing by ? Eský Krumlov ? Eské Bud? Jovice and Prague , and finally joins the Elbe at M ? Lnik . Its length is 430 km and irrigates an area of ??approximately 28 000 km ² , at its confluence carries more water than the Elbe , but joins at right angles to its course, it seems a tributary .
In August 2002 a flood of the Vltava killed several people and caused extensive damage along its course.
One of six symphonic poems Czech composer Bed? Ich Smetana in his book My Country ( Czech: Má Vlast ) is called Vltava musically evokes the river .
017- CO1526 : Image from Prague Castle. First Mala Strana neighborhood , then the Vltava River and behind Mestro Nové neighborhood .
Nové M ? Sto
The design of this neighborhood by Emperor Charles IV is the largest urban development project that takes place in Europe during the fourteenth century . Its complete structure and its main areas are preserved to this day. Architectural works carried around Wenceslas Square during the late nineteenth and early twentieth virtually become an open air museum . The New Town was planned medieval walls around the Old City (vestiges of the present streets Revolution ? Ní , Na P ? Ikop ? , And Národní ) . The center of this new district is formed by its two huge marketplaces , known today as Wenceslas Square ( the horse market ) , and the Plaza Carlos (by then the cattle market ) . The latter , being the largest in Europe during the Middle Ages , exposed every year the holy relics and the crown jewels . Some say his plan was inspired by the New Jerusalem , the image of the ideal city . Numerous parish churches were built across the New Town .
Until the early nineteenth century , the buildings keep their character with numerous gardens and airy spaces. That is why this area became the natural extension of the metropolis from mid-century. For access from Wenceslas Square , one can discover numerous architectural works of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that show the evolution of different styles in a very small space .
018- CO1254 : A tram passes the Hotel Roma in the lower part of Mala Strana . In antiquity, Malá Strana was named Male M ? Sto Pražské ( The small city of Prague). Male M ? Sto Pražské was created in 1257 by an amalgamation of settlements that stretched under the Prague Castle, constitute a single administrative unit . This was under the reign of P ? Emysl Otakar II . The newly founded nucleus obtained permission from a population more Real and various privileges . Residents were mostly German craftsmen invited by the King. Despite the royal status , the King did not control the whole city . By mid-century the city changed its name to Mala Strana .
During the Middle Ages , Malá Strana was the most important center of the ethnic Germans in Prague established . It was also the site of the settlement of several palaces of the nobility , as opposed to the people of the right bank , comparatively , were more bourgeois .
Malá Strana ( which literally means " Little Side " , though it is often translated as " Small Town " , "Little Quarter " or " Small Town " ) is the original name and now also the officer of the area formerly MENSI m ? sto Pražské ( "The District Little Prague " ) , one of the oldest districts of greater historical representation in Prague .
The name of this district is due to its position on the left bank of the Vltava river , in the downs that are at the foot of Prague Castle, in opposition to the larger settlements that were on the other side of the river .
The famous Czech novelist Jan Neruda was born and lived most of his life in this place, and several of his works deal with Malá Strana . The nobre Nerudova takes after him .
Among other attractions of the city of Prague, the observation tower Pet ? Ín is in Malá Strana . Also in this area is the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague , in the interior of the Church of Our Lady Victorious . The devotion of millions of Catholics has made this church is an important landmark in the city .
019- CO1072 : classic Taxi to see the city of Prague . To explore the city , and made it the most original way , from a new perspective . The Route of the Historic Cars ( Prague you travel in a vintage car . ) , A classic in the city that expands its circuits . No city that will pay more for this type of tourism that Prague where circulating through the streets and squares decades can transport you back in history . Antique cars are based next to the Old Town Square .
020- CO0140 : Prague historic drive .
Visit Retro Prague from 350 CZK (14 EUR) An original with a retro touch to discover the center of Prague in a walk of lovers , friends or family.
Discover the rhythm of a walk, the riches of Prague and its various neighborhoods. Go through the narrow streets of the Old Town, Lesser Town and admire the Castle District thanks to the comments of the driver.
The proposed historic cars are original models of the 20s . These cars that belonged to the gentry of the time are now in perfect condition by maintaining that they are done periodically .
The walk takes place entirely in English . This is not a guided tour, but rather a guided walk .
If you want to do anyway a real tour of the city , we further propose a speaking professional guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.
Place of departure , arrival and choice of the channel according to your wishes . Ability to start the tour at your hotel for free.
Duration : 1 hour. Possibility to book for longer.
Models available :
Praga Piccolo , 1928 ( 3-4 people) .
Alpha Prague , 1929 ( 5-6 people) .
AN Prague 10 , 1928 ( 10 people , able to get to 12 with folding seats ) .
Note: the number of persons indicated does not include the driver. The seat next to the driver is slightly narrower to the rest of the seats.
021- CO0095 : A Japanese take pictures with a Polaroid in the gardens located in front of the Café Lippert front of the Old Town Square. The Old Town Square (Czech: Staromestské nám?stí ( help · info ) ) is a historic square in the Old Town of Prague in the Czech Republic .
It is located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge , the Old Town Square in Prague is usually overrun with tourists during the summer. Featuring various architectural styles including the gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn and baroque St. Nicholas Church , the square is an oasis for weary travelers in the narrow streets of Prague . Among many churches , tourists may find the Astronomical Clock this square , while the tower of the Old Town Hall offers a panoramic view of the Old City.
In the center of the square is a statue of religious reformer Jan Hus , who was burned alive for their beliefs. The statue is known as John Hus Memorial was erected on July 6, 1915 on the 500th anniversary of his death .
The square is not only a popular meeting place , she also performed in some celebrations ( New Year) festivities market (Christmas and Easter) , and protests. Sometimes shows hockey and soccer games on big screens , attracting a crowd of fans.
022- CO1290 : Petrin Tower . With its 60 meters high and a structure similar to the Eiffel Tower, the Tower of Pet ? Ín is the highest viewpoint of Prague . From the terrace above you will be 51 meters high 200 meters above the river Vltava.
The resemblance of the Tower of Pet ? Ín the most important Parisian landmark is no accident. Pet Tower ? Ín was built two years after the Eiffel Tower, in 1891 , to the National Exhibition in Prague.
The Monte Pet ? Ín is one of the most beloved recreation Prague , gardens , an old vineyard , are preferred by people from Prague to walk and even sunbathing .
To achieve the 138 meters between the top of the town , you can stroll through the gardens up or take the cable car from the street Újezd ??.
Located a few meters from the tower above is another crack in the Prague Exhibition 1891, the Labyrinth of Mirrors.
Inside is a small room maze and convex mirrors . If you travel with children and they can look forward to enter, but the price does not compensate for experience.
023- CO1122 : Reflections on the streets of Prague in a branded red announcement .
If in the past have had the opportunity to visit Prague will agree on the fact that here you will find many beautiful women . All elegant and always immaculate with perfect dresses . Many top models come to the Czech Republic , just think of Eva Herzigova , Hana Soukupova , Karolina Kurkova , Daniela Pestova and more. Considered the beauty of women and the grandeur of the city, it is not surprising that many advertising spot was filmed in Prague . If you like fashion along Prague find interesting boutiques. The city also boasts of having many famous stylists such as: Klara Nademlynska , Helena Fejková , Ivana Stocklassa Follova and Hana .
Belda Jewellery - A showroom of a family business that makes modern pieces following their own designs in collaboration with other contemporary designers , as well as high quality reproductions of new jewelry designs inspired by nineteenth century artist Alfons Mucha. website
Klara Boutique Nademlynska - Presents the works of one of the Czech fashion designers most famous and successful : Olgoj Chorchoj . website
Sejto - hand made ??fabrics , textiles and fashion accessories , all with a homemade touch .
Boheme - Shop modern fashion for women. Address: Dusni 8 , Prague 1 website
Tatiana - Sell tasteful clothing for women. Address: Dusni 1 , Prague 1 website
Timoure et Group - tailored coats , suits, trousers , jackets and sweaters. Address: V Kolkovne 6, Prague 1 website
Kubista and Modernist
These stores are not the only fashion boutiques in Prague all but offer the best and most original souvenir of the entire city . Both were reaffirmed during the extraordinary diffusion of modern design from the first half of the twentieth century . The first , Kubista , focuses on the breeding of Czech Cubist artworks , including ceramics and furniture but also offers some original pieces for a good price . Not by chance is located within the Cubist House of the Black Lady . On the contrary, focuses on Modernist art styles latest reproductions of the works of Adolf Loos and other Functionalists artists .
024- CO1112 : Trams in Prague .
The Prague tram network is 135 kilometers and has 25 daytime lines and 9 at night. In combination with the meter allows to reach any point of interest in the city .
Historically , streetcars began operating in Prague on September 23, 1875 . In the beginning the trams were pulled by horses .
Due to the advent of electric tram derailments and constant suffering animal-drawn trams in 1891 opened the first power line. In 1896 more than one million passengers used this means of transport .
Daytime Schedule lines operate from 4:30 to 24:00. The night , with numbers from 51 to 59, operating between 24:00 and 4:30 hours with a frequency of 30 minutes.
Tram 22. The number 22 tram line rises Hrad ? Any facilitating access to the Prague Castle, the Strahov Monastery Loreto and . The tram is used by tourists as it reaches places not served by the subway.
As most tourist line is where pickpockets try to " make a killing" . It's not as blatant as in other cities and simply not to be too confident.
025- CO0473 : Franze Kafky Street . ( Fran Kafka ) . The historic center of Prague is divided into five boroughs ( old, new, Jewish , small and Castle ) . Maybe we could start the tour at ( 1) Kafka Museum ( Cihelná 2b ) in the Mala Strana ( Little Quarter ) , another option is to start in the (2) Charles Bridge, from where there is the Castle. Walk to the Staré M ? Sto ( old quarter ) on this bridge built with sandstone from Bohemia in the fourteenth century under the reign of Charles IV . Throughout you can see 30 statues that were placed in the sixteenth century and that tell part of the story of the kingdom of Bohemia. Make a stop in front of the (3) statue of St. John Nepomuk , patron of Prague , who would have to ask back ( and say it works ) . From here you can also see the (4 ) Národní Divadlo , the National Theatre , Neo-Renaissance and rebuilt after a fire in the late seventeenth century , Kafka frequented. Then take Karlova street , stop at number 4 , where you will see a ( 5 ) plaque explains that Kepler lived there in 1600. Síguete this street , one of the busiest in the old neighborhood full of boutiques and souvenir shops , street doubles Semi Na ? Ská left and walk up Linhartská , that leads you to the famous (6 ) Astronomical Clock Tower . Sit in one of the coffee shops and wait for the hour given to contemplate the spectacle of the clock , the mechanism works from 1338 , which shows the 12 apostles, the end will hear the crowing of a rooster . If you have time advantage and climbs to the top of the tower from which you will understand why it is also named "City of a hundred spiers " ( Jitka , my Czech friend , says 498 have been counted ) . Markéta Lehecková .
026- CO1434 : Prague Castle . Equestrian statue of St. George slaying the dragon. . Legend - possibly originated in the fourth century , tells the story of George, a Roman who killed his father after Gerontius , Roman army officer moved with his mother to the hometown Polychrome thereof : Current Lydda - Lod (Israel ) - . There, Polychrome could educate your child in the Christian faith and shortly after reaching the age of majority is headed in the army. Because of his charisma , Jorge soon ascend and , before the age of 30 he was tribune and eat , being destined to Nicomedia as a personal guard of the emperor Diocletian ( 284-305 ) .
In 303, the emperor issued an edict authorizing the persecution of Christians throughout the empire , which continued with Galerius ( 305-311 ) . George, who was ordered to participate , confessed that he too was a Christian and Diocletian ordered him tortured without success. Therefore, it was ordered to be executed . After being beheaded outside the walls of Nicomedia on 23 April 303 , witnesses convinced Empress Alexandra and an anonymous pagan priestess to convert to Christianity and join George in martyrdom. Once dead , the body of George was sent to Lydda to be buried .
027- CO0128 : Carroaje horse drawn tour in the Old Town Square. The Old Town Square .
The Old Town Square is one of the nicest places in Prague. Cozy and old , the square is surrounded by interesting streets why it is a real pleasure to walk . The square is full of interesting buildings most notably the Church of Our Lady of Tyn , St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall .
Church of Our Lady of Tyn
Built in the fourteenth century on an old Romanesque church , the Church of Our Lady of Tyn ( Kostel Matky Bozi p ? Ed Týnem ) is an impressive late Gothic church with two of the sharp towers dominating the skies over Prague .
Fused between houses and narrow streets of the city center , Tyn Church is the greatest symbol of Prague gothic style and a building with an important history. The church has 52 meters long and 28 wide, but its most important are the impressive towers that exceed 80 meters in height.
Old City Hall
The Old Town Hall is one of the buildings of the Old Town Square attracts more looks because therein lies the impressive Prague Astronomical Clock .
The building , used as city hall until the late eighteenth century , noted for its Gothic tower 60 meters high from which you can contemplate the city center as the crow flies .
028- CO1418 : Sale of different books of Franz Kafka.
Franz Kafka ( Prague , Austria -Hungary , July 3, 1883 - Kierling , Austria , June 3, 1924 ) was a Prague -Jewish writer who wrote his work in German. His work is considered one of the most influential literature universal5 6 and is full of themes and archetypes on alienation , physical and psychological brutality , conflict between parents and children , terrifying characters in adventures , mazes of bureaucracy , and transformations mystical .
He was the author of three novels , The Trial ( Der Prozeß ) , The Castle ( Das Schloß ) and the disappeared ( Amerika or Der Verschollene ) , the novella The Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung ) and a large number of stories cortos.7 also left extensive correspondence and autobiographical writings . His unique literary style has been commonly associated with the artistic philosophy of existentialism - which influenced - and expressionism , and on some level it has been compared with magical realism . Kafka scholars argue over how to interpret the author , some speak of the possible influence of some anti-bureaucratic political ideology , a religious mystic or a vindication of their ethnocultural minority , while others are set in the psychological content of their works. His personal relationships also had great impact on his writing, particularly his father ( Letter to his father), his fiancée Felice Bauer (Letters to Felice ) and sister (Letters to Ottla ) .
Albert Camus , Jean -Paul Sartre , Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez are among the writers influenced by the writings of Kafka Kafka the term used to describe Spanish language surreal situations as found in his books and has their equivalents in other languages. Only a few of his works were published during his lifetime . The majority , including unfinished works were published by his friend Max Brod , who ignored the wishes of the author that the manuscripts were destroyed .
029- CO1351 : St. Vitus Cathedral ( Chrám svatého Víta Svatého Katedrála Víta or , in Czech) is a temple dedicated to Catholic worship located in the city of Prague ( Czech Republic ) . Forms part of the monumental artistic Prague Castle is the largest exhibition of Gothic art in the city. Since 1989 dedicated to St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert. It was the scene of the coronation of the kings of Bohemia and buried it are also all the holy bishops and archbishops and a number of kings . The cathedral, although Catholic , is state-owned since the beginning of its construction in the fourteenth century .
St. Vitus Cathedral is the symbol of Prague and the Czech Republic , both for its stormy history and its artistic value. It was the culmination of the claims of the Kings of Bohemia who wanted to convert the diocese of Prague archbishopric. The first stone was laid on November 21, 1344 by the Archbishop of Prague , Pardubice Ernesto , in the presence of King John of Luxembourg and his sons , Charles ( the future Charles IV of Bohemia ) and John. It was erected on the same site where formerly stood a round Romanesque basilica dedicated also to San Vito, which still remains. The project was designed by French architect Matias Arras , which was inspired by the early French Gothic art , modeled on the cathedrals of Toulouse and Narbonne. In fact , St. Vitus Cathedral is one of the last major signs of this artistic .
Peter Parler happened , in 1356 , the architect Mathias Arras after the death of the latter, although it took a few years without being directed by any developer. Later construction would be led by the sons of Peter Patler , Jan and Vaclay . These new cathedral architects printed to a style inspired by the German Gothic but giving also his personal imprint , manifested in the choir , the Chapel of St. Sigismund and sacristy were completed by them. From this period include the complex vaults , only comparable to those of the English cathedrals .
030- CO1356 : St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Prague and one of its most significant monuments . It is located within the Prague Castle.
Its construction started in 1344 by John of Luxembourg and, after various times and different architects , was finally finished in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries . St. Vitus Cathedral opened its doors to the public in late 1929 .
The cathedral houses the tomb of Wenceslas IV ( King good), the Crown Jewels , and is the crowning place of the kings of Bohemia.
In 1419 work was interrupted because of the Hussite rebellion . The Hussites , contrary to the veneration of the saints and the evidences of wealth characteristic of the Catholic Church, the cathedral looted and did crown the King Sigismund in the new temple .
In 1485 the court returned to Prague Castle and began to restore the Cathedral. Built a new Oratorio Real , designed by Hans Spiesz , symbol of the sovereignty of the king, which was completed in 1490. The scenes from the legend of St. Wenceslas was completed in 1509 for the coronation of King Louis Jagiello .
In 1526 Ferdinand I of Habsburg Habsburg became the first crowned King of Bohemia. From this period dates the Music Gallery , the work of Bonifacio Wolmut , mannerist , neo-Gothic vaults and the chapel of St. Adalbert was subsequently destroyed. In 1566 Maximilian II of Austria commissioned the Royal Pantheon dedicated to the House of Habsburg and his predecessors on the throne of Bohemia, was completed in 1589.
The May 23, 1618 saw the defenestration of Prague, which would usher in the Thirty Years War . In 1619 the radical Calvinists caused extensive damage to the cathedral that had to re- consecrated in February 1621, after the Czech defeat at the Battle of White Mountain . Gaspar Bechteler carved wooden reliefs commemoran the defenestration and its consequences.
In 1644 Leopoldo Guillem , Bishop of Olomue , did restore a candlestick Romanesque chapel of San Juan Bautista that supposedly came from the Temple of Jerusalem .
With the arrival of the Baroque, the Habsburg emperor Leopold I laid the first stone of a ship designed by Giovanni Domenico Orsi , but the works were interrupted in 1675 for lack of funds . In the same way failed the draft Johann F. Schor . From this period dates the statues of Czech patron saints that are in the chapel of St. John of Nepomuk, Rinaldo Ranzoni work , the altarpiece of Saint Sigismund of Frantisek Weis and the Tomb of St. John of Nepomuk , a masterpiece of Antonio Corradini .
In 1844 , Václav M. Asked Pesina Cathedral was over , a fact that would not happen until 1839 to become a society that is interested in it. In 1862 work began Josef'O Kranner restoring the presbytery which eliminated much of the Baroque additions . To celebrate the return to Prague of Czech Crown Jewels , reformed the House of the Crown alongside the works were finished from the main vault of the west façade . The December 28, 1929 was opened to the public completely finished cathedral .
031- CO0686 : Giant Baby crawling on Kampa Island . Prague.
Here are three bronze sculptures by Czech artist David Cerny , titled " Babies" , three giant babies with bar codes embedded in their faces.
David Cerny was born on December 15, 1967 in Prague , gained notoriety in 1991 by painting a Soviet tank pink , belonging to the war memorial in central Prague. Since the tank was part of a national cultural monument , his act of civil disobedience was considered "hooliganism " and was arrested .
Praha (Czech Republic) .
032- CO0711 : Sculptures on the River Vltava. The Vltava River cuts through the magical city of Prague between classical buildings buildings and beautiful bridges that cross , as the Charles Bridge and other more modern . In the Middle Ages the river was used to transport timber from the forests of the south that was used for construction. In the history of the creation of the city, has played a key role . Currently , there are still areas where it descends in rafts , especially indoors. Tourists can enjoy a dinner cruise and the magnificent views of the City of a Hundred Spires from the water.
It is noted that the joint capital of Bohemia was made by and for the river when designing your city. No one bathes in its waters, making good the philosophy of Heraclitus . Instead, many palaces and buildings overlook the river, looking from many perspectives , allowed for strong breezes caressing and never give back. A few years ago suffered terrible floods , with some impressive damage , but like a broken heart is involved, the Prague still living in the face of its river. So a dozen majestic bridges linking the two sides of the city, from the art of Charles IV to the last on the outskirts of the city.
The Vltava ( Czech: Vltava ) is the longest river in the Czech Republic , its course runs from its source in Šumava through ? Eský Krumlov ? Eské Bud? Jovice and Prague , joining after the Elbe in M ? Lnik . Its length is 430 km and irrigates an area of ??approximately 28,000 square kilometers at its confluence carries more water than the Elbe , but joins at right angles to its course, it seems a tributary .
In August 2002 a flood of the Vltava killed several people and caused extensive damage along its course.
One of six symphonic poems Czech composer Bed? Ich Smetana in his book My Country ( Czech: Má Vlast ) is called Vltava musically evokes the river .
033- CO0667 : Museum Kampa . One of the most picturesque buildings on Kampa island , the water mill Sova , rebuilt several times since its first construction in the Middle Ages , is home to the foundation of modern and contemporary art 's most dynamic city. You will find many works by František Kupka and Otto Gutfreund other contemporary Czech artists .
Renovated with elegance and sobriety definitely a contemporary style , the building , far from being isolated , is open to the neighborhood and the river through large windows and terraces r adorned with contemporary sculptures and a glass tower . This cozy place is an invitation to discover the art of our time.
Like many other foundations , the Kampa Museum is the result of a beautiful story Mque mixture commitments and passion for art . This story is about Meda Mládek , art historian , patron of Czech artists during the Communist period , amateur and contemporary art from the United States where he lived, brought together with the help of her late husband a splendid collection. This can be admired in Prague .
The most prestigious of the collection includes works by František Kupka , Czech avant-garde painter and pioneer of abstraction , and Otto Gutfreund , one of the most influential Czech sculptors in the twentieth century with its cubist works . The works of both artists are presented in a single exposure , allowing calibrate the contrast and size of the works of these two great artists .
The permanent exhibition also allows you to discover the art of Central Europe , especially the period between 60 and 70 , as well as the works of people like René Roubi ? Ek , Václav Cígler , Aleš Vesely and Eva Kmentová .
Will result in the same enthusiastic militant directed toward a better understanding of contemporary artistic creation , the Kampa Museum organizes numerous exhibitions in close collaboration with artists of the contemporary art scene in Central Europe.
U Sovových Mlýn?
118 00 Prague 1 - Malá Strana .
Open daily from 10h00 to 18h00 .
Input: 150 k ? / 4 EUR
Families Price : 180 K ? / € 6.5
Reduced price: 75 k ? / 3 EUR ( students, children between 6 and 15 years old , adults over 60, free for children under 6 years).
034- CO1323 : Tours around Prague in vintage car. A couple of agencies ofecen a tour around the city aboard vintage Czech cars that date back to the late 1920s and early '30s . There are different points throughout the city where you can access these cars , the tour depart depending on availability or if you request it, provided they are a sufficient number of people . The tour lasts approximately 40 minutes.
The 3 Veterans have a fleet of Small Prague and the first Škoda , all date back to the early years of the 30s of the last century . The parts of the city in which you can start the tour are : Staré M ? Sto in Ryti ? Ská in Malé nám ? Stí and the point of contact between the Pa ? Ížská and Starom ? Stské nám ? Stí , and in Malostranské nám ? stí in Malá Strana .
Website: www.3veterani.cz , Price : 1200 CZK per car ( € 49.5 ) .
With the " Old Timer History Trip " (tour of the ancient period ) can explore the cobbled streets of the city in a Small Prague Prague 1928 or a 1929 Alfa . Access points for these cars are in Staré M ? Sto in Malé nám ? Stí , in Karlova and Malostranská nám ? Stí in Malastrana . You can also do a night tour with the duration of two hours (from 1890 CZK -78 EUR ) .
Website: www.historytrip.cz ; Price : 1-2 people 950 CZK (39 EUR) , 3-6 persons 1300 CZK ( € 53.5 ) .
035- CO1377 : Changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace , is a colorful spectacle for those who likes this type of event . The Changing of the Guard is a ceremony that has become a major tourist attraction in royal palaces of European cities , such as London , Madrid and Copenhagen . On your trip to Prague will also have the opportunity to attend this ceremony. The Changing of the Guard takes place in the great hall of the Prague Castle , in the main courtyard , in front of the former Royal Palace . In the case of Prague , in the Castle ceremony is performed that includes a flag raising and parade enlivened with the military band . The schedule of this ceremony is every day, at 12 o'clock noon. Also, each time you make a simple change of guard.
036 - CO1340 : One of the guards guarding the main entrance to the Prague Castle . The castle consists of multiple buildings , palaces, halls , exhibitions , churches , and of course the golden alley and the cathedral. Login to the site and go through the courts is free , so you can go up and visit without paying. In addition , you can enter the Cathedral for free (but only enter the first few meters , to see it all you have to pay ) . ; Gold Alley also be free admission from 17 . In short , there is much to do ..
There are at least three points of information where to buy the tickets in the courtyards of the castle 2 and 3 ; also be purchased at the Art Gallery at the Palace , in the alley gold and the Lobkowicz Palace so perhaps should be given a back to see if there are any with less people ... You can also buy online . Once the queue ( we imagine in summer it can be hellish ) have to choose what you want to see . Every "thing" is a number from I to X. There are several options , two of which grouped the entrance to several of the must , while the rest are inputs "individual" (a permanent exhibition room , the tower of the Cathedral , a painting gallery , etc). The two inputs are grouped options :
The Minimalist : includes a visit to the Old Royal Palace, St. George 's Basilica , the Golden Lane , and St. Vitus Cathedral . In 2012 costs 250 CZK ( about 10 € at current exchange rates ) . It can take easily 4 hours to see these 4 things , maybe more going slowly to fully appreciate all, or if there are many people .
Visit long : includes the above plus : Exposure permantente · The history of Prague Castle ) , the monastery of St. George, the Picture Gallery , the Powder Tower ( not to be confused with the one in the center , in Nám ? stí Republiky ) and the Palace Rosenmberg ) . They are 350 CZK .
The tickets are valid on two consecutive days , which may be useful if the visit is done slowly ( especially in winter , when visits are from 9-16 instead of ending at 18 )
Besides the above , you can visit the south tower of the Cathedral of St. Vitus , this entry is purchased in the tower itself ( we believe that manages the church and not the castle , so the price is not on the official website )
037- CO1246 : Monument to the dead of hunger at the foot of the funicular up Petrin lookout . Hunger Wall
It is a wall , across the park, extending almost from the Vltava river , at the height of Ujezd station where the cable car up to the Strahov Monastery . Why is that name? Certainly not devoured passers or anything like that ... This wall was built in the time of Charles IV , between 1360 and 1362 , when a famine seriously affected the city. The emperor decided to expand defensive fortifications south of Malá Strana , using especially the poor and providing in return food for themselves and their families. Petrin Hill rises up to 327 meters south of Malá Strana . In the past provided the stones necessary for the construction of houses and monuments in the city now , its forested slopes and adorned with gardens provide a very nice to walk around enjoying the best views of Prague and river. The most recent of his gardens is a beautiful rose garden dating from 1931 , a very nice visit in the warmer seasons .
The park really enjoy Prague Petrin ; each station the " dress " of colors and different sensations. Even in winter, people will get to walk through the streets breathing the cleanest air and pure, or for children to enjoy snow games . It may also be the occasion to interest to astronomy by taking them to visit the planetarium.
You can go to the top on foot, watching the squirrels that appear everywhere , or take the funicular tram stop Ujezd . Falling at the first stop you can go to the restaurant Nebozizek and admire the views of the city while enjoying a good meal. Markéta Lehecková .
038- CO1180 : Ducks swimming in the Vltava River . The Vltava River cuts through the magical city of Prague between classical buildings buildings and beautiful bridges that cross , as the Charles Bridge and other more modern . In the Middle Ages the river was used to transport timber from the forests of the south that was used for construction. In the history of the creation of the city, has played a key role . Currently , there are still areas where it descends in rafts , especially indoors. Tourists can enjoy a dinner cruise and the magnificent views of the City of a Hundred Spires from the water. It is noted that the joint capital of Bohemia was made by and for the river when designing your city. No one bathes in its waters, making good the philosophy of Heraclitus . Instead, many palaces and buildings overlook the river, looking from many perspectives , allowed for strong breezes caressing and never give back. A few years ago suffered terrible floods , with some impressive damage , but like a broken heart is involved, the Prague still living in the face of its river. So a dozen majestic bridges linking the two sides of the city, from the art of Charles IV to the last on the outskirts of the city.
The Vltava ( Czech: Vltava ) is the longest river in the Czech Republic , its course runs from its source in Šumava through ? Eský Krumlov ? Eské Bud? Jovice and Prague , joining after the Elbe in M ? Lnik . Its length is 430 km and irrigates an area of ??approximately 28,000 square kilometers at its confluence carries more water than the Elbe , but joins at right angles to its course, it seems a tributary .
In August 2002 a flood of the Vltava killed several people and caused extensive damage along its course.
One of six symphonic poems Czech composer Bed? Ich Smetana in his book My Country ( Czech: Má Vlast ) is called Vltava musically evokes the river .
039- CO1190 : Bridge over the Vltava River in central Prague. The Vltava , the longest river in the Czech Republic , Czech capital is divided into two parts. A nice walk to do in Prague is the riverside walk at sunset and can see the Prague Castle , Charles Bridge , and many other landmarks. If we continue south along the river , we arrive at the so-called new zone. The appearance is the same as in the old , with the same architectural style and colorful facades, although the streets are wider and there is less historical buildings . One of the most striking is the Dancing House , a strange descontructivista style building that draws much attention. He's very nice to see that in the midst of many classic and regal buildings is this house dancing , looking hiperfuturista , but that does not clash at all with the environment. A good example of how to make a nice building today.
040- CO0487 : The Astronomical Clock Prague (Czech Starom ? Stský orloj ) is a medieval astronomical clock located in Prague , the capital of the Czech Republic , located at 50 ° 5'13 .23 " N 14 ° 25'15 .30" E . The clock is located in the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in Prague , being a popular tourist attraction .
The three main components of the clock are:
The astronomical dial , besides indicating that 24 hours a day, representing the positions of the sun and moon in the sky , and other astronomical details
The animated figures that include "The Walk of the Apostles " , a clockwork showing , when the clock strikes the hour , the figures of the Twelve Apostles.
The circular calendar with medallions representing the months of the year.The astronomical dial shaped astrolabe , an instrument used in medieval astronomy and navigation to the invention of the sextant. He has painted on her representations of the earth and the sky and the surrounding elements , especially of four main components : the zodiacal ring , rotating ring , the icon representing the sun and the icon representing the Moon .
The background represents the Earth and the local view of the sky. The blue circle in the center represents our planet and the darker blue the sky view from the horizon . The red and black areas indicate parts of the sky that are on the horizon. During the day the sun stands in the background blue , while the evening comes to lie in the dark . From dawn to dusk , the mechanical sun makes is always positioned on the red zone. To the left of the clock (East ), we find the dawn and sunrise , while in the west we find the sunset and twilight .
Astronomical Quadrant . The blue circle golden numbers represent 24 hours a day ( standard format) , marking Prague civil time . But we also find 12-hour division , defined by the time between sunrise and sunset and duration varies by day depending on the season.
041- CO0501 : The Hanged Man in Prague . "Hanging out" is a sculpture of Sigmund Freud , made by Czech sculptor David ? Erný . With its provocative style , ? Erný is a political artist whose intention is definitely surprising.
This popular sculpture is exhibited also in Madrid , London, Berlin , Rotterdam and the United States ( Chicago and Michigan ) .
Its meaning : " the human condition in relation to our need to make conscious decision to live life or let it go" .
042- CO0464 : Watch in the Jewish quarter of Josefov in Prague
The Jewish quarter of Josefov originated when the two existing Jewish communities in the Middle Ages gradually joined . In the beginning one was settled around the Synagogue Staronová ( Old-New ) and the other in the Spanish Synagogue .
The name Josefov is a tribute of the Jews to Joseph II , ruler who started to integrate Jewish life in Prague. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries due to accusations of Christians , all Jews must wear a yellow identification .
The Josefov neighborhood became part of Prague in 1850 . In the late nineteenth century the authorities fully renovated retaining only area synagogues , the cemetery and the town hall.
043- CO1205 : Domes of the St. Vitus Cathedral view from Petrin . The dome of the tower of St. Vitus Cathedral located within the Prague Castle was returned on Monday to its original position after being subjected to several months of restoration work . However, the vagaries of weather have hampered the work of the restorers .
Strong winds prevented was placed on Monday the golden lion banner that since the second half of the eighteenth century has been located in the top of the dome of the Cathedral and weighs about 140 kilos .
Before fitting the dome , it introduced restorers copper tubes documents testifying each of the restoration work of the tower. "Four original tubes fifth is added with this information ," said Milos Gavenda , responsible for the placement of scaffolding for the work on the walls and ceilings.
The stone walls , the parts of gold and metal , as well as the covers of the main tower of the Cathedral , are restored every hundred years and in November for restorations should end this century .
The first stone of the St. Vitus Cathedral was laid in 1344 by the Archbishop of Prague , Pardubice Ernesto and was completed in 1929.
044 - CO0841 : A woman buys delicious trdelník at a street stall . One of the sweets are trdelník Prague . Some cupcakes rolled and hollow, plated sugar, flour, nuts and cinnamon . In this position made ??them great. Trdelník (also known as Skalicky trdelník ) is a cake tradicioal of Slovak cuisine ( on the border of Slovakia and Moravia ) .1 This is a rolled dough on a wooden skewer ( whose name is Trdlo ) and handle ( Rotisserie ) a charcoal fire while rotating mass on itself . The final form is that of a fire massecuite cylindrical and hollow inside , slightly smoky flavor with cinnamon and aromatzado . It is very traditional in street markets ( in Prague) , and is usually served as street food . Markéta Lehecková .
045- CO0839 : trdelník Stalls . The Trdelnik is a mass of flour, sugar , egg , yeast , cinnamon and milk that is stretched and wound onto a wooden stick ( Trdlo ) or metal. It passes through a mixture of sugar with finely chopped nuts and put to roast in the coals , turning on itself , until it is golden . Is a sweet and hollow cylindrical shape . Has a garter belt and a nice smoky flavor cinnamon flavor .
You can try on many street stalls that we are in Prague , even by some of Vienna or Budapest .
The Víno Svarené also find it in the posts of Prague . The streets are imbued with this rich smell of cloves, cinnamon and wine.
Help to cope with low temperatures thanks to you conveys warmth to the hands and stomach ... Say the spirit that bears little too does its job.
I remember the wine we do in medieval recreations . They drank the Ypocras or Hippocras .
Its production has a contradiction in Skalica degrees . A retired general Hungarian József Gvadányi called the Earl , who was also a poet and filósfo , based in Skalica late eighteenth century . He employed a cook from Transylvania , was the one who brought from their land Recipe " trdelník " and changed some of its mass characteristics up to the present known as Skalicky denominaión trdelník . The original name of the Hungarian mass is Kürt ? Skalács .
Due to the popularity of sweet at various locations in the Czech Republic, and its usual presence in the festive celebrations . Civil association emerged called trdelník Skalicky was founded in late 2004 . Its purpose is to protect the origin of its name trdelník keeping and processing. The designation comes from Trdlo Trdelnik is the wooden stick ( in alguns cast iron cases ) on which dough is rolled . Skalický preparation has three stages:
In the first cylindrical mass , the thickness of a finger , will tapping into the wooden stick ( Trdlo ) . The stick ( length approximately two feet almost completely rolled up the post.
Funky mass is coated on a tray containing a mixture of ground nut flour , sugar . At the end is ' encalca ' directly on this coating .
Place the stick on the rotisserie and is expected to browned , something that usually happens within a few minutes. In the Rotisseri usually several clubs serving various clients that are requesting.
On many occasions grieve trdelník serve with honey.
046- CO0586 : Mushroom soup served inside a bread roll . At mealtime , it is typical to start with a soup, to combat the cold I usually do . The truth is I'm not a big fan of soups , accustomed to the typical chicken soup that is so prevalent in Spain , but the Czechs managed to have a variety of tasty soups . The most typical are garlic and potato , always crave . The potato and mushrooms can potentially serve as the inside of a loaf of bread , as in the past .
We can also find noodles soup ( a kind of meat balls ) , dumplings ( milk bread ) , mushrooms and eggs , sausages , noodles , tomato , etc. . In all restaurants usually have several different soups to choose from, yet there never garlic and potato .
047- CO0570 : Resaturant and brewery. The brewery Novom ? Stský brewery , which was in 1993 the first microbrewery opened in Prague in the twentieth century , houses a large restaurant known for its national gastronomic dishes . The restaurant is decorated with palace ? Eský Krumlov and other famous Czech . Please beer keg own making with friends , you can ask from a ten-liter barrel or opt for gourmet beer tasting of four flavors . Equally interesting and varied is the range of meals , including not missing a hearty beef goulash stew stout brewer in Bé ? With grilled chorizo ??and a variety of " dumplings " ( flour dumplings ) , radish and pepper or the specialties prepared for a greater number of guests such as roast goose with crispy crust and almond filling , accompanied by braised red cabbage and three types of " dumplings ".
048- CO0512 : Ingredients for Czech brewing . If something is known the city of Pilsen in the world is definitely his beer , the most emblematic of a country already with great brewing tradition . The factory which produces the original Pilsen beer offers visitors a walk through the ancient but modern facilities and history of those flavors fresh and slightly bitter, with malt and hops smell . Some might think even that Pilsen is only one type of beer and not have learned of the existence of a town by that name in western Bohemia. A mid-nineteenth century , was born in Pilsen , located 90 kilometers southwest of Prague , the beer that was destined to become one of the most famous Czech symbols for the rest of the world . Something certainly paradoxical, if we think that the creation of the brewery had to do with the usual poor quality Pilsen beer during the first half of that century.
Pilsen in the nineteenth century
In 1838 the city had 289 households with permission to brew , starting with the City Council . The producers were well-off , and were both Czechs and Germans. They had a small production , but were grouped in a kind of cooperative . The truth is that the procedure followed was not ideal , and to save money or the temperature or the ingredients were often adequate .
But the story would change from the year 1838, as has our guide for the Pilsner Urquell brewery , Monika Contrerasová .
Josef Groll ( painting ) and Monika Contrerasová
"This year the citizens of Pilsen with the right to brew together decided to build a brewery. In February of 1838 from the City of Pilsen had to be poured 36 barrels of beer that was not drinkable . They decided to save the good name of his beer this brewery building . "
The first beer in the newly built factory occurred on October 5, 1842 , by the brewmaster Josef Groll , from neighboring German region of Bavaria, whose beer is famous throughout the world . Despite being regarded as a parent for Pilsner Urquell , the truth is that Groll , after a few years in the factory was not renewed the contract. He drank too much , they say, was stubborn , rough and rude ways .
Tower water distribution
But the beer was first sold very well. The economic boom of the late nineteenth century can be seen in beautiful buildings such as the main gate of the factory, sandstone , held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the brewery. Also in the water distribution tower , built in 1907, and apparently , is a copy of a Dutch lighthouse .
The memories of how it worked once the beer business are present along the entire route . Such as a train, where the wagons carrying beer before there coolers.
With that train is carrying beer
Contrerasová Monika explains the system that was to keep the beer at the required temperature in both summer and winter.
" With this train is carrying beer. The interesting thing is that it has double walls . In winter , the inner walls were filled with hot blocks so as not to cool the beer, and in summer , with ice, so it will not spoil . "
049- CO1110 : The girl clothing store in the center of Prague . New from Prague is in the Jewish Quarter . In the wake of the big international stores that opened in Paris street, have proliferated " ateliers " fashion , restaurants , bars and hotels trend.
There are cities that are renewed by creating neighborhoods to the forefront , often too far from the center to attract international visitors. Not the case of Prague, where everything seems to happen in the Vltava river environment in a revolution of shopping and entertainment in general that soaks its historic neighborhoods to enjoy Prague and tourists. It happens , a lot, in the Jewish quarter , mainly in Paris street, Golden Mile authentic Czech capital leading to Stare Mesto and which have opened in recent years showrooms Versace , Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel , among other international firms.
To pause after purchase so you can have a coffee at Nespresso Boutique Bar ( Parizska , 10/1068 ) , a franchise of the famous international brand but decorated in a very original and comfortable . Another good choice for the pause is Nostress ( Dusní , 10) , where not only can you enjoy a coffee, a beer or a cocktail but also admire the works of young photographers hanging from their walls.
Nearby opened a very original space and considered the first designer boutique and street art in the Czech capital : Kebab Store ( Dusní , 7/13 ) . For example, here you can buy special editions of sports companies like Puma and Adidas .
Apart from the major international brands , who want to take the pulse of the new Czech fashion must go through Bohème Boutique ( Dusní , 8), where the designer Hana Stocklass offers classic style , but also very fresh , or store Jozef Sloboda ( Tynska ulicka , 4 ), with proposals for a casual man and in limited editions. And to really know which way the winds of the new Czech design , you have to shop around for the tent Qubus Design Studio ( Rámová , 3 ) , multi-space showing the work of fashion designers , graphic design complements fashion and home and furniture in general.
For lunch or dinner , one of the most innovative in the area of the Siddharta Café ( Jakubská , 649/8 . T 00 420 221 776 300 ) , Buddha Bar in the hotel , which combines a kitchen with multiple international nuances decorated with Asian motifs which come almost all the attention .
And to finish the walk through the Jewish Quarter is done in a very pleasant way , enjoying some of the treatments and massages offered that paradise of well-being that is Zen Asian Wellness ( Hastalska , 14. T 00 420 225 303 116 ) .
050- CO1572 : restaurant cafe located in Mala Strana edgy . Czech cuisine is largely based on pork and to a lesser extent, in the chicken and beef . Recipes are also made with meat from other animals, but the Czech Republic is the ultimate destination for lovers of fish.
The most typical dish is goulash Prague in its many variants . The base is a beef stew with vegetables.
Typical dishes from Prague
These are some of the dishes that can be found in restaurants :
The most famous beer in Prague
Beef Goulash with dumplings
Kulajda : Creamy soup prepared from mashed potatoes, mushrooms and sour milk.
Bramborak : Tortilla fried potato dough .
Dumplings : flour balls made ??from potatoes or breadcrumbs .
Chlebicky : Small canapes different ingredients.
Utopenec : Sausages marinated with pepper and fried onion .
Bramborak : Tortilla chips made ??from potatoes , eggs, flour , onion and other ingredients.
Šopský salat : Salad with tomato, cucumber, onion, pepper and cheese .
Tla ? Enka : Boar's Head with onions and bread.
Pražská šunka : Prague ham .
Chocroute : Sauerkraut .
Kolache : Cake stuffed fruit compote .
Vain? Ka : Traditional bread similar to brioche preparing for Christmas.
Goulash : spicy dish prepared with beef , onions , pepper and paprika.
Slivovitz : Alcoholic drink prune juice .
Pala ? Inky : Crepe is filled with ice cream, grilled fruit or jam.
051- CO0646 : Cafe Slavia . In front of the National Theatre , on the corner of Narodni street and Smetana , there is a traditional coffee time, very elegant that takes us back centuries and eras dream . The decor is beautiful , with its grand chandeliers falling into time tables , where the environment still further enhanced by the view of Prague Castle .
052- CO1567 : Shop specializing in gingerbread cookies . Even conducts workshops for the children to develop .
To make gingerbread cookies need: 350g of flour, 130g caster sugar , 20g of butter , two eggs, three tablespoons of honey , half a teaspoon of baking soda , a teaspoon of the spice mixture for gingerbread, which contains cilantro , badian , anise , cinnamon , cloves, fennel, allspice, and vanilla, and egg biscuit spread .
Mix the eggs with the sugar, honey and spices and add the melted butter.
We are slowly adding the flour with the baking soda until dough is not thick nor too soft .
We let the dough rest in a cool place (not the refrigerator) until the next day .
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until half a centimeter thick. Cut cookies with molds of different shapes and sizes , with Christmas themes .
We place cookies on waxed paper covered tray leaving enough space between them .
We put in the preheated oven and bake for about 8 to 10 minutes. Two minutes before removing the pan from the oven , we spread the cookies with beaten egg .
When cool , decorate with the prepared frosting a 100g egg white and powdered sugar .
Who wants to have the cookies a little darker , you can add to a teaspoon of cocoa mass .
"Craftsmen jengibreros grouped in the guild were required to make gingerbread in the region where they had learned the trade . To join the guild had to be married and pay a sum of money quite high. Those who had no wife or resources , often marrying a widow of a jengibrero to achieve membership and prestige supposed " .
Later, the situation changed. In the eighteenth century , gingerbread was no longer a luxury and delight spread among all social classes . In the early nineteenth century began the mass production of this food.
It was the golden age of gingerbread. But little by little , their manufacture was down the progressive development of bakery and confectionery industry. And at the beginning of the twentieth century were really few who were engaged in this trade.
But luckily the gingerbread tradition has never disappeared. Neither the legends told of him . Antonín Novotný remember one of them.
" Legend has it that when the family of a craftsman jengibrero a girl was born , the same day it was down to his workshop and prepare the gingerbread dough . The placed in a cloth bag tied to the beam to the roof of his house. Years later, when the girl was going to marry , took out the dough, again made ??it work and wedding cakes . "
Very pretty. Before closing, I should also mention the gingerbread decoration .
It is true . Many people receive it as a gift and instead of eating it, it hangs on the wall like a picture or place it somewhere visible in your home keeping it as a souvenir , because they are embarrassed to eat something so beautiful .
But as I understood this sweet before I have not decorated ...
The tradition of decorating gingerbread began in the late nineteenth century . Then he stuck on printed images horses, soldiers , saints, etc. . Some bakers used to add flowers, mirrors and colored ribbons to give them more shine.
Today, is usually decorated with icing prepared egg whites and sugar. Some prefer white designs , reminiscent of lace or frost . Other colorants added to the icing .
As decoration methods , changing the reasons gingerbread . In the sixteenth century hearts prevailed in the seventeenth were popular portraits of kings and saints. In the eighteenth century , the favorite motifs were pigeons , horses and babies and , later, during the industrial revolution , were popular trains, guns and watches . And today , a bit of everything , says Antonín Novotný .
" The amount and gingerbread shapes we produce varies during the year . The highest consumption is found at Christmas , Easter , Saint Nicholas Day and Valentine . To prepare especially Christmas nativity scenes, snow and bells houses , for Easter , bunnies , chicks and eggs for San Nicolas , figures of angels and devils , and Valentine hearts . "
053- CO0607 : The Palace Žofín , beauty for the eyes and soul.
In this palace are made different samples of music , dance and drama involving orchestras and companies in the world .
An ancient palace divided into different rooms , the Great Hall , Hall , the Lord Mayor Hall , Small Hall and the King's Hall . Intended for different types of events , as this former palace can be rented for private events.
The rooms have an exquisite and of high artistic value as the ceiling of the Great Hall , which is great because it really holds up to 800 guests and more than 1000 for a buffet.
In the lobby , the rose windows and archways and windows make the most beautiful place for a short reception. The Lord Mayor Hall is a charming living room with golden tones and connects to the Great Hall . On the other hand the Small Hall is a sober lounge for a social occasion , your floors and walls recall the halls of fairy tales .
The King's Hall is a modern and warm, ideal for small receptions of young people or companies that have greater taste for the modern.
Further facilities of this beautiful Žofín Palace , the beautiful gardens , the spectacular main staircase and cafeteria.
The palace is located on the street Slovanský 226, Prague 1 district , so if you like music and classical theater please turn around and see the billboard .
054- CO0877 : Two musicians churchmen and toned dresses with long trumpets melodies promote an organ concert in the Church of St. Francis of Assisi.
Also known as Church of St. Francis of the Crusaders of the Red Star , the baroque church , dedicated to the first Catholic martyr incorporated into the liturgy of Bohemia, was built in the middle of the XVII century by the French painter and architect JB Mathey .
Located in the Plaza of the Crusaders ( Krizovnicke namesti ) , was part of the monastery of the Order of the Knights Cross of the Red Star , who were responsible for overseeing the former Judith Bridge (on the current site of the Charles Bridge ) .
Inside this church stands , as well as its leadership in the cool of the Last Judgement , baroque organ only 1702, which is the second oldest organ Prague. Different personalities , and W. A. Mozart , A. Dvo ? Ák and J.F.N. Seger among others , played the organ, now restored.
055- CO0836 : Café next to the bridge of lovers. The bridge of love (the old mill bridge Grand Prior ) is the oldest canal crossing the Devil in Prague . Not very big , has only 20.5 m long and 4.3 m wide. Through its rejita you can still see the old mill wheel and a statue of " vodník " . Vodník or water man is typical tale character or Czech ? Representing you in like evil witches.
But the view of the wheel and vodník it is increasingly difficult for the QTY of locks that people are putting in the fence. To what should this action?
This tradition originated in China where next to the Great Wall of China was put strings in which the newlyweds used to put padlocks whose keys after pulling Through the wall to ensure eternal love and happiness .
In Europe, this tradition is celebrated by the book "I love you " by Federico Moccii . The book is about a couple who confirms his love putting a small padlock or ancient Milvian Bridge in Rome, and throwing the keys into the river Tibera . The bridge was chosen on purpose because it died a martyr and patron of all lovers Valentine . The book has become a hit , people started putting locks on many bridges in Europe. In Prague this practice is relatively new . Recently started in the year or 2008 . But if you have not been , do not fear , your lock still fits . Markéta Lehecková .
056- CO0910 : Nude Soaking in a real beer spa . Bernard Beer Spa . Prague. One of the most representative aspects of the Czech Republic is the beer - something that has a high regard for its inhabitants. The Czechs not only drink their beer, but have also started using beer baths , ie means that beercan be enjoyed on the palate and revitalize the entire body at the same time!
The cultivation of hops was made in the Czech Republic for many centuries and the Czechs firmly believe their beer is without doubt the best in the world - what could be a reason why they have the highest beer consumption in the world . Of course, this statistic tourists contribute greatly. Now tourists and Czechs alike enjoy the beer used in the spa, and thanks to the wonders of modern science determines what beer can increase endurance, help the vascular system , relax muscles and help every part of body work in harmony with all others. And aside will see if it works
The Beer Spa Experience . The beer spa operates through three major components : the own beer , hot mineral ingredients brewing . The special massage can also improve the experience , and these are offered in Chodová Planá Beer Spa and Novosad in Harrachov Beer Spa in the Giant Mountains . The latter also has a double bath , so that you and your partner can enjoy the experience at the same time ..
If you are in the Beskids mountains , you will find a spa accreditation Bahenec beer called Beer Spa , while in ? Erná Sladovna time you visit the Beer Spa. If you only plan to visit Prague , you must visit the BBBeer Spa Prague ( the website is only in Czech ) , located in the Old Town, Masna 5 and is considered the best in the city . Another option that is worth Bernad Beer Spa. Javier Castro and Nerea Ruano .
057- CO0481 : Café Kafka in the center of Prague . The Golden Lane is a short street , narrow and beautiful located within the Prague Castle. It was named after the goldsmiths who lived there in the seventeenth century .
The left side is occupied by colorful houses that were built into the walls of the castle. These houses were built in the late sixteenth century with the initial purpose of harboring the 24 guardians of the castle.
A century after being built , the guild of goldsmiths occupied houses and changed . Dwelt in them several centuries.
By the nineteenth century were inhabited by beggars and criminals of Prague . In the twentieth century were evicted and houses have become puppets delis , glass and other typical products .
The house of Franz Kafka
The Golden Lane is especially known for in house number 22 lived Franz Kafka , one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century , between 1916 and 1917 .
Do not miss
The Golden Lane will surprise you, do not miss it and take the opportunity to get as many houses as possible.
To us especially liked the puppet shops and medieval armor and weapons . In the weapon shop you can shoot a crossbow ( and bring you the target of recall). Markéta Lehecková .
058- CO1087 : Ads in one of the access to the underground tunnels .
Opened in 1974, the Prague Metro has 3 lines and 53 stations .
Although not fully extended by the city , in combination with trams running throughout enables Prague. Here are the 3 lines and major stops :
Line A ( Green )
Through Prague from northwest to southeast , from Dejvická to Depo Hostiva ? . The most important stops beginning with the west are:
Dejvická : is the station where the 119 bus leaves from the airport.
Malostranská : Nearest Lesser Town . It is also useful to take tram 22 to climb Hrad ? Any.
Starom ? Stská : 5 minutes from the Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter.
M ? Stek : Station north of the Wenceslas Square and transfer to line B ( yellow ) .
Muzeum : Direct output to the National Museum , south of Wenceslas Square . It exchanger with line C (red ) .
Line B (Yellow )
Through Prague from northeast to southwest , from ? Erný Most to Zli ? Ín . The most important stops beginning with the north are :
Florenc : most important bus station in Prague.
Nám ? Stí Republiky : Station next to the Municipal House and Powder Tower .
M ? Stek : Station north of the Wenceslas Square and transfer to Line A (Green ) .
Zli ? Ín : Point of arrival by bus 100 from the airport.
Line C ( Red )
Through Prague from north to south , from Let ? Any a Haje . The most important stops beginning with the north are :
Florenc : most important bus station in Prague.
Muzeum : Direct output to the National Museum , south of Wenceslas Square . It exchanger line A (green ) .
Vyšehrad : The best way to reach the fort Vyšehrad and gardens .
059- CO0941 : A couple kiss in one of the Prague subway tunnels . Single ? ? Have not managed to find their soulmate? Do not have time to go to bars to meet your future partner ?
Maybe Cupid is waiting for you just a few feet underground.
Or so the authorities have thought public transport system of Prague , capital of Czech Republic , who have proposed the creation of a series of " love wagons " in the city subway .
The idea is that these cars , reserved only for singles looking for their soul mate , be a place for flirting , for seduction and , why not , to fall in love too.
The " Love cars " would work in each of the three metro lines in the Czech capital .
The three Prague metro lines , with a population of 1.2 million, adding up to a total distance of 59 kilometers . In 2011 transported 580 million passengers. No data on how many of these are single and have a desire to meet people .
ROPID , the company that manages the district of Prague public transport , will begin surveying passengers shortly to determine if they are interested in this service, which could be available later this year .
More public transport
The initiative is one of the activities designed by the company to ensure that the inhabitants of Prague use less personal vehicles and public transport.
This would have a significant economic and environmental impact for the city, says Filip Drapal spokesman ROPID .
That would be spaces for singles relate to other people, maybe your future partner .
" The idea is part of a new long-term campaign , which aims to show what activities can be done on public transport rather than the car , such as reading , studying, listening to music, playing electronic games and review the emails " Drapal told the German news site Spiegel Online.
Prague expects the iniciactiva not involve extra expense for the city : the plan is that dating agencies are sponsoring and pay to advertise in the " wagons of love."
Yes, the service will not work during the morning rush hours to avoid overcrowding of passengers in the other cars .
In " Love cars " Cupid must act fast : while in Berlin a subway ride can take an hour or more , the average time in Prague is five minutes.
"The trend is that more and more single people ," says Drapal .
" So we would like to help these people and, in general , to draw attention to this social phenomenon ."
060- CO0959 : One of the Prague subway tunnels .
The Prague Metro (along with trams and buses ) is the most used means of transport in Prague .
Prague - 3 lines underground
All underground network is divided into three main lines, each represented by its own color :
Line A (green )
Line B ( yellow )
Line C (Red )
The metro operates daily between 5 am and midnight.
Two or three minutes between trains during peak hours
Four to nine minutes after 7 pm
There are 57 metro stations with 3 major transfer stations - Muzeum ( red to green) , Mustek ( yellow to green) and Florenc ( yellow to red ) . To move from one station to another takes about two minutes.
Download metro + tram plan ( PDF , 600 kB )
The signs on the subway
The stations are well signposted even for those who do not speak the language. At each station there is an information kiosk that offers help .
Passengers are required to purchase and validate the ticket before entering the metro platform . Now you can also buy tickets by SMS ( in English) . There uniformed inspectors have the right to verify the validity of the ticket at any time within the meter.
061- CO1076 : Advertise in one of the tunnels of Prague metro access .
Wagons " singles only " to flirt in the Prague metro
A cleaning advantages and speed, the Prague Metro just add one more argument to promote public transport : in the hectic pace of today's society, a wagon is the place to flirt and , therefore , reserved spaces that singles find their mates . The idea is still in its infancy , but has good prospects to be realized before the end of the year. " It will not be difficult or expensive project . And it is spreading very fast through social networks ," says Aneta Rehková spokesman Municipal Transport Company (MHD ) , of the Czech capital . Since the company fits this initiative in the hope that people see public transport not only as an economical way to travel, but also as a part of daily life . "Although the distances are short lived , the frenetic pace we live , people have to find a soul mate fast ," argues Rehková , which is excited with the creation of these wagons for singles. Good reception the moment, that opinion is , according to the spokeswoman , shared by many Prague and the proposal is setting reasonable welcomed public opinion . A reader survey by the newspaper Tyden notes that 56 % of single wagons looks like a great idea while 43 % think it is nonsense . Sense or not, the idea emerged as a sales pitch , vaguely inspired initiatives such as women-only carriages operating in Tokyo or Mexico City. Thus, MHD conceived this idea as a way to " attract young people " to public transport . " The Prague metro , with nearly 600 million passengers each year , will become the greater chance to get acquainted. And sure what to choose between " promises Filip Drapal spokesman ROPID , the public entity who designs the plan city ??transport . Drapal arguments carry weight , " Surveys say that more and more increases the number of singles ." In addition , if the meter can be read and study , " why not find your partner? " Proposes . Doubts about how you would do with the motivation very clear , the company has yet to define the logistics of the plan, for example, if these cars will love the end of each convoy or the frequency with which circulate . " Do not know yet if it will be the last car that stops at the station, or work only one day a week or a certain time ," speculates Rehková . Do not be forced to flirt and will be sorely ahíEllo not depend on the segment of the public that preferentially targeting the campaign : "It may be at the time when young people leave school or work ," he explains . What is clear is that no one will be discriminated against . " Do not be forced to flirt and we will take them there," says Rehková on those subway down and the couple start or who prefer to abandon while still single. Currently , the last subway cars are longer and allow better access to those who go with prams or cyclists.
CO1020 - 062 : Reflection of a box at one of the art galleries in the center of Prague .
National Gallery in Prague
The most important gallery of the Czech Republic offers a number of unique exhibition featuring the works of the country and around the world . Those unable to reserve several hours or all day to see its exhibits, may appreciate the opportunity to attend a guided tour of 30 minutes duration. To view the permanent exhibition "Art of the XX and XXI centuries " needs to move to the Palace of the Trade Fair . The exhibition " The Art of Asia and the Medieval Mediterranean ", located on the Kinsky Palace , including a thousand monuments of the cultures of the ancient world , ie Asia, Europe and North Africa . "Art in Bohemia and Central Europe " is set in the Convent of Agnes, while the Sternberg Palace offers the exhibition " European art from antiquity to the Baroque ", including works by masters such as El Greco , Goya and Rubens. You can also leave Prague and go to the palace Ž ? Nad Sázavou Love Trees , which houses the exhibition of Baroque art including works by Karel Škréta , or the palace in Karviná Fryštát which displays collections of nineteenth -century Czech art . Temporary exhibitions are also held in the Wallenstein Riding School of Prague.
063- CO0989 : Modernist buildings on the outskirts of Prague .
Amazon Court Karolinska August 3 180 00
The third building of the highly successful River City Prague project . Environmentally friendly technologies , low-cost construction and office . The area near the Hilton Hotel is distinguished by the construction of modern buildings, especially offices.
064- CO0224 : Jewish Museum of Prague . Spanish Synagogue .
The Spanish Synagogue ( Hebrew: ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? , Czech : Špan ? Lská synagogue ) is a synagogue located in Prague's Josefov neighborhood and inspired by Viennese Leopoldstädter Tempel Synagogue .
His name is probably due to the fact that it presents a Moorish style very similar to that developed in Spanish monuments such as the Alhambra .
It was built between 1868-1893 and repaired in the 1990s after the Nazi occupation of World War II , in which the building was used as a storehouse for goods confiscated from Jews .
In the place where the synagogue is currently before there was another Jewish temple known as Stara škola ( Old School ) . Was built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries , and the oldest existing information it is the year 1142. Possibly it was built and used by the Sephardim of Byzantine origin .
Between 1836 and 1845 he worked as an organist Frantšek Škroup , the author of the Czech national anthem Kde domov m ? J ? ( Where is my home ? ) .
Old School in later years served as a synagogue for the Jews of Prague reformers German native speakers . Due to poor condition of Old School and due to inadequate reconstruction in neogothic style , it was decided to destroy and replace the current building . They used the Moorish style which was very popular in European Jewish communities of the nineteenth century .
The architects responsible for renovating the building were Ullman and Niklas . The decor inside made ??stucco Q. B? Lský . The synagogue was completed between 1882 and 1893 .
In 1935 the inagoga was extended by the South , according to the project of architect K. Pecánek . This part is known as the Hermitage of Winter . During World War II the synagogue served as a store of objects other synagogues confiscated other Czech Jewish communities . Between 1958 and 1959 he rebuilt the interior and the synagogue became the custodian of the Jewish Museum . However, the building began to neglect and thus closed . Finally , in 1989 new works began to recover its original beauty. It was reopened in 1994 and was first used for religious service , in principle only holidays and Mass later for regular Friday night.
The owner of the building is the Jewish Museum in Prague . Near the synagogue also have their offices , library and deposits .
Today the synagogue houses an exhibition of the Jewish Museum presents the history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia from Josephine reforms until the twentieth century , including several silver objects synagogues. The exhibition takes place in the so-called Ermita de Winter and Robart Guttmann Gallery , located in the rear of the building are art exhibitions on Jewish topics . Besides religious rites are concerts of classical music.
065- CO0257 : Jewish Museum of Prague . Spanish Synagogue .
The most spectacular synagogue Undoubtedly , the most spectacular synagogue in the Jewish quarter of Prague .
Built in 1868 on the site of the oldest synagogue in Prague ( Old School ) , has been named " The Spanish " because of its Moorish décor , high similarity to the Alhambra in Granada .
It can be visited every day except Saturdays, from 9:00 pm. Until 18:00 pm, in summer and 16:30 in winter ( not sold individually input to this synagogue , joint ticket must be purchased for all synagogues , about 20 euros ) .
Other synagogues to visit in Prague are klausen and Pinkas .
Spanish Synagogue Prague While the exterior is not too attractive, although shocking for its Moorish air , inside discover a gem in the middle of the great buildings that surround it. Besides the beautifully decorated ceilings and walls , the temple shows books, records and photographs of the Jewish community in Prague and during the Holocaust .
Another room displays a collection of sacred instruments as Torah crowns or pointers , all in silver.
Outside awaits a sculpture in homage to Franz Kafka.
A visit not to be missed One visit you can not miss the day you roam Prague 's Jewish Quarter is the Spanish Synagogue .
Its name comes from the Jews who took refuge here after being expelled from Spain by the Catholic Monarchs . It has a collection of sacred textiles from all over Europe really important.
Really its charm lies in the interior, with ornate decoration . The building is also very nice but rather more austere and Moorish style .
It is located in the place where the first synagogue was located in Prague. Also in this synagogue are concerts of classical music in a privileged environment.
The most beautiful synagogues in the Jewish quarter we visit several synagogues , but certainly the one I liked was the Spanish Synagogue , and not because the earth pull , but because the interior was the most surprised me with a Moorish style reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada .
Right next to the synagogue is the statue of Franz Kafka , the most famous person in this neighborhood.
Inside is forbidden to take pictures .
066- CO0239 : Jewish Museum of Prague . Spanish Synagogue .
Undoubtedly , one of the great attractions that you find on the tour of the Jewish Quarter of Prague , called Josefov , is the Spanish Synagogue , next to which is the sculpture Memorial to Franz Kafka.
This is called a large building , which after its last restoration dates from 1868, which shows a spectacular Moorish decoration .
The architectural beauty of this historic Jewish synagogue is not on the outside , which is rather austere . It is among them that we will be surprised by its its top decor and style of the same , with an unmistakable style that reminds us of many medieval buildings of Spain .
The Spanish Synagogue you can see in the neighborhood where you can also visit the old Jewish Cemetery, occupies the place of establishment of the first synagogue in the city , in the twelfth century , and became known as Old School.
The Spanish Synagogue designation comes from the sixteenth century, when Prague became a community of Sephardic Jews fleeing the Inquisition of Spain .
After several fires , as I said, the last reconstruction of the Spanish Synagogue in Prague was made in 1868 , while its interior decoration was not completed until 1893 .
Curiously, Frantisek Skroup , author of the current national anthem of the Czech Republic , was the mid- nineteenth century organist and choral director of the Spanish Synagogue , in particular, in the previous building that we currently see .
We also need to know that , in the tradition that is in the city of Prague in the Spanish Synagogue also regularly held concerts of classical music , with a frame actually recommended to enjoy one of these concerts .
067- CO0384 : The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague.
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague ( Czech: Old Jewish h ? Bitov ) is located in the Jewish Quarter of Prague ( Czech Republic , the Josefov . Was used since the fifteenth century ( the oldest grave , that of Avigdor Kara , dates from before , 1439 ) to 1787 .
His predecessor was another cemetery called "The Jewish Garden " located in the New Town of Prague and recently found through various archaeological excavations.
The number of graves of people buried is uncertain, because there are several layers of graves. In any case, it has been estimated that there are 12,000 graves aproxidamente apparently visible, which rest over 100,000 Jews.
Some of the most famous people buried in the cemetery are Mordecai Maisel ( 1601 ) , Rabbi Judah Loew ( 1609 ), David Gans ( 1613 ) and David Oppenheim ( 1736 ) .
It is unclear when exactly the cemetery was founded . This has been discussed many experts . Some of them say the V. century cemetery Others date it instead in the first half of the fifteenth century , as the oldest grave belongs to Rabbi and poet Avigdor Kara ( 1439 ) and attribute its foundation to King Otakar II of Bohemia.
According to Halacha , Jews must not destroy Jewish graves , and not allowed to transport a tomb elsewhere. This means that when the cemetery ran out of space and get extra land was impossible, more layers of earth were placed on the graves exist , so that the old graves were moved and buried under new layers of earth. This explains why the graves are located so close to each other . Eventually, the cemetery accumulated over 12 layers of earth.
068- CO0285 : The names of the victims on the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue .
The fifteenth century Pinkas Synagogue , named in honor of its founder , Rabbi Pinkas , is located just behind the entrance to the Old Jewish Cemetery .
The Pinkas Synagogue is dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust from Bohemia and Moravia : their names are inscribed on the walls of the nave and adjoining areas . The text of the inscriptions was compiled from different files , from transport documents , registration lists and statements of the survivors. The inscriptions include the names of the victims , his place of birth and place of his death, in cases in which the date of death unknown ( in many cases) , is inscribed the date of the deportation to ghettos and camps extermination , usually the last information we have about the victims. The names are grouped by cities and towns in which they lived before deportation or arrest, and are presented in alphabetical order : the nave groups all those whose last address was that of Prague , the rest of the interior space commemorates the victims outside the city .
On both sides of the Sacred Arch are engraved the names of the ghettos and concentration camps where Jews were deported Bohemia and Moravia , and in many cases , killed .
From 1954-1959 , the Pinkas synagogue was turned into a memorial to the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia. During this period , were engraved the names of the 80,000 Jews of Bohemia and Moravia who were persecuted and murdered in the Holocaust .
In 1968 , the synagogue was closed because there were floods in its foundations , jeopardizing the building and damaging its structure. During the restoration work were found several old facilities . The Communist regime deliberately slowed the restoration work and inscriptions with the names of those killed during the Holocaust were withdrawn. Unable to complete the restoration of the building until 1990 , and between 1992 and 1994 they recorded the names of the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia killed during the Holocaust.
In 1994, the Pinkas Synagogue and the Jewish Museum , which is closely related to the synagogue , received independent support from the State. From 1996 he completed the task of re- inscribe the names of Jews killed in the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue .
The synagogue was severely damaged during the floods of summer 2002 , and it was not reopened until August 2004 , after extensive restoration work.
This is one long epitaph memorial commemorating the names of those for whom there has been erected a tombstone.
Holocaust Victims also are commemorated in a permanent exhibition of children's drawings from Terezín that since May 1997 , is housed on the top floor of the synagogue . The history of children deported to Terezín is described in 19 sections in the adjacent room to the upstairs gallery .
The story is described from the drawings of children in Terezín made ??between 1942 and 1944 , which were carried out during the classes organized by Friedl Dicker - Brandeis ( 1898-1944 ) , a painter and interior designer , also admitted in the ghetto. As part of a clandestine essentially education program for children in Terezín , classes of art became major elements in daily life in the ghetto. These classes functioned as a kind of therapy for children, which helped them to cope with life in the ghetto.
Before his deportation to Auschwitz , Dicker two suitcases filled with more than 4,500 children's drawings and hid . They were recovered immediately after the war and taken to the Jewish Museum in Prague . They have become a reminder of the tragic fate of the Jews during World War II . Only a few of these children of Terezin survived the war : the vast
069- CO0327 : Praying with the names of the victims on the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue .
The present building is the work of the Horowitz family . In 1535 , it built Aaron Meshullam Horowitz from his house "U Erb ? " And the Old Jewish Cemetery . After World War II , the synagogue became a monument to the Jews of Bohemia and Moravia murdered by the Nazis . On its walls are inscribed the names of the Jewish victims , their personal data, and the names of the communities to which they belonged. In 1968 , however , the Monument was closed due to groundwater seepage , which threatened the building structure . During insulation work were discovered underground spaces , an old well and a ritual bath . The communist regime intentionally delayed the repair work and the inscriptions were removed. It was not possible until 1990 to complete the building modifications . Finally, between 1992-1996 , the 80 000 names of Czech and Moravian Jewish victims of Nazism were written on the walls again .
On the first floor of the Pinkas Synagogue is exposure of children Drawings Terezín , 1942-1944 . Among the prisoners at Terezin had over 10 000 children under age 15 to be captured. In 8000 of them sent to the east, about 242 survived the war. The Jewish Museum has more than 4000 original drawings of these children in their collection. They are a moving testimony of his cruel fate and practically the only memory gives those who did not survive. Most were deported to Auschwitz , where they were exterminated. Javier Castro .
070- CO1830 : Shooting at sunset on the Charles Bridge . Prague.
The Charles Bridge is Prague 's most famous landmark and connects the Old Town ( Staré M ? Sto ) with the Lesser Town (Mala Strana ) . With more than 500 meters long and 10 wide , the Charles Bridge once had 4 lanes for the passage of carriages . Currently is pedestrian .
Charles Bridge at dawn
The Charles Bridge is named after its creator, Charles IV, who laid the foundation stone in 1357 to replace the Judith Bridge , which was destroyed by a flood.
The statues from the Charles Bridge
Along the bridge you will find 30 statues on both sides of it, many of which are copies since the originals are in the National Museum and at Vyšehrad and were built in the early eighteenth century .
The first statue was added in 1683 was that of San Juan Nepomuceno . John of Nepomuk was thrown into the river in 1393 in order of Wenceslas IV and in the eighteenth century was sanctified .
Make a wish
In the place where he was thrown into the water San Juan Nepomuceno is his statue . It is said that those who make a wish by placing the left hand on the representation of his martyrdom (at the base of the statue ) , it shall be given .
Crossing the bridge find, besides the statues , stalls and artists trying to make a living.
071- CO1826 : Statues at sunset on the Charles Bridge . Prague.
The Charles Bridge is Prague's most famous monument , and communicates the Old Town and Malá Strana . Although currently is pedestrian , in his time could give way to four carriages online. Today, many of the statues that houses are copies , as originals Lapidarium consercan in Prague National Museum . Until 1741, this was the only bridge crossing the Vltava. It measures 520 meters long and is made ??of sandstone blocks , reinforced , it is believed, adding eggs to the mortar . The custom Carlos IV in 1357 to replace the Judith Bridge destroyed by the floods and is by Peter Parler . His first statue was that of Juan Nepomuceno , inspired Benini statutory Sant'Angelo Bridge in Rome , as Juan de Neponucemo bridge was cast by order of Wenceslas IV in 1393 .
Events in 1648 destroyed part of the bridge and in 1890 a flood destroyed the bridge three eyes .
This is the list of the 30 statues that appear on the Charles Bridge :
St. Wenceslas , 1858
Christ between Saints Cosmas and Damian , 1709
St. John of Matha , St. Felix of Valois and the Blessed Ivan , 1714
San Vito , 1714
St. Adalbert , 1709
San Felipe Benzi , 1714
Holy Lutgarda , 1710
San Cayetano , 1709
San Juan Nepomuceno , 1683
St. Augustine , 1708
San Nicolás Tolentino, 1708
St. Jude , 1708
Saints Vincent Ferrer and Procopius , 1712
St. Francis of Assisi with Two Angels , 1855
San Antonio de Padua , 1707
Saint Ludmila , 1710
Saints Norbert, Wenceslas and Sigismund , 1853
San Francisco de Borja , 1710
San Juan Bautista , 1857
San Cristobal, 1857
Saints Cyril and Methodius
San Francisco Javier , 1711
Santa Ana , 1707
San Jose , 1854
Crucifixion , seventeenth century
Pietà , 1859
Santas Barbara, Margaret and Elizabeth
The Virgin , Saint Dominic and St. Thomas , 1708
The Virgin and San Bernardo , 1709
072- CO1887 : Night views of different bridges in the city of Prague across the Vltava River .
The most famous bridge that rises above the Vltava river current is the Charles Bridge. However it is not the only one. In Prague there are , in fact , seventeen bridges crossing the Vltava river . On our tour we will know all following the current from the bottom up.
The bridge below is found in Zbraslav , in the extreme south of the capital , a few kilometers from the center of Prague . Previously, no part of the capital, Zbraslav was the favorite place for excursions for Prague .
Zbraslav Bridge is the first to be located in the territory of the Czech capital from the south. Take name " Bridge of Peace Race " by test rider who crosses the territory of the Czech Republic .
Another bridge , which connects the left bank of the Vltava to Prague district of Braník , often called " Intelligence Bridge 'for working in construction in the 50s of XX century educated people such as doctors, philosophers and jurists pursued by the communist regime .
Braník Bridge railway bridge is the largest concrete throughout Europe. However, the bridge is not used , therefore, Trains were even in one lane of the two had. That is why today the bridge is in good condition .
Another bridge that crosses the Vltava is known as " Barrandov Bridge " and links the suburb Barrandov with the right bank. Built in the 80s of XX century , is the largest bridge in Prague and, with respect to the current of the river , also the most oblique . Addition is generally regarded as the ugliest .
Barrandov Bridge is an important crossroads linking two major highways in the Czech Republic . However, it is also a point of major traffic jams, given the increasing number of vehicles in the Czech capital .
Going up the river to the center of Prague , we find the second railway bridge called " Vysehrad railway bridge ." It was built in the second half of the nineteenth century to connect the two main railway stations on both banks of the Vltava . Une Smíchov also the Vysehrad district , chaired by the exhibition of the same name .
The fifth bridge of our tour is named Frantisek Palacky , one of the most outstanding personalities of the Czech national revival of the nineteenth century . The bridge is made of stone and the third oldest in Prague .
It is the first bridge and on the right bank reached a historic district Prague - New Town. The bridge, which leads from Smíchov on the left bank , right bank leads in a square with the monument to Frantisek Palacky .
In World War deteriorated bridge by bombing. Decorated sculptural groups at the time the ends of the bridge were rehabilitated and placed in the grounds of Vysehrad .
Also the next bridge derives its name from a person of letters. It's called " Bridge Jirásek " according to the Czech writer of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that became famous for its traditions and legends of the Czech people . The monument to the writer faces the river, on the right bank , near the house where he wrote his works. It is the last bridge linking Smíchov with the right edge , again with the New Town . It is also the beginning of the main artery that runs inside Prague and at peak times usually packed with cars.
Bridge of Legions
Another bridge in the center of Prague is called "Bridge of the Legions " , referring to the Czech Legion of the First World War. Before there was a bridge instead of chains bearing the name of Emperor Franz I. The bridge provides a link between two historic districts - the Lesser Town on the left bank and the New Town . Near the right end of the bridge lies the imposing building of the National Theatre .
The Bridge of Legions is decorated lampposts ten old , made of cast iron, ten meters high. Go through the Shooters Island , where the palace Zofin , which organizes great dances .
The famous old bridge and overall consideration as the most beautiful of Prague is Charles Bridge . However, instead there were two predecessors. The first bridge in the Czech capital existed in the tenth century and was constructed of wood .
The first Czech stone bridge and the second precursor Carlos was called " Judith Bridge ," according to Czech queen who ordered the building in the twelfth century . The bridge was destroyed by a flood in 1342 and its remains can be seen to this day in the basement of the adjoining monastery .
Carlos IV was quick to begin construction of the new bridge , now known as the Charles Bridge. However, at first it was called " Stone Bridge " , gaining its current name only in the nineteenth century .
The start of construction of the bridge were made by the imperial architect Petr Parler and construction was completed in the early fifteenth century . The bridge was decorated with several statues in the same century , however most of the statues were placed on the bridge piers in the Baroque era , in the eighteenth century .
There are 31 statues on Charles Bridge , including saints and monarchs Czech patron . The statues are mostly sandstone, except two, one white marble and bronze .
Another bridge our route connects the Lesser Town with the Old Town emptying near the House of Artists or Rudolfinum , center music festival " Prague Spring " . The bridge is named after Josef Manes , a Czech painter , etc. , decorated the Astronomical Clock .
The first bridge in Prague , built in art nouveau style is named for Svatopluk Cech, Czech writer of the nineteenth century . Connect Holesovice harbor district with the Old City and is the starting point of the tour guides there starting his travels through the old town on the right bank of the river. The bridge is the shortest of Prague and the level of the two banks is uneven.
Very similar is the bridge leading Holesovice neighborhood of the dividing line between Old Town and New Town . The bridge was first string and bore the name of Emperor Franz Joseph I, after the First World War was remodeled and became known as " Bridge Stefánik " .
Milan Rastislav Stefánik was astronomer , politician and aviator Slovak and one of the major figures of Czechoslovakia between the two world wars.
Two firsts holds the " Hlávka Bridge " , named after the architect and founder of the Academy of Sciences, Josef Hlávka . It is the widest bridge in the Czech Republic and the first bridge that crosses the Vltava built of concrete . Une Holesovice neighborhood in the New Town , through Stvanice island , famous for placed there the first winter stadium Czech.
The next bridge is a railway viaduct . It's called " Negrelli Viaduct " in honor of its architect , Alois Negrelli , who also designed the Suez Canal . It is the second oldest bridge in Prague and the first railway bridge that crosses the Vltava . It was also the longest bridge in Europe until 1910. It extends between the district and the Bubny Karlin .
Another bridge on our tour is the "Bridge of Liben " and links the district of the same name on the right bank with Holesovice neighborhood in the left margin . It is the longest road bridge in Prague and was built in Cubist style .
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The same districts of Prague , Liben and Holesovice , are connected by another railway bridge , called " Holesovice railway bridge ." Nearby is the "Bridge of the fighters of the barricades " , the penultimate of our journey. Une Holesovice neighborhood in the suburb of Troja . It derives its name from the barricade that defended Prague end of the Second World War. His heroic struggle remembers a monument to the right bank of the river.
The last bridge that crosses the Vltava in the territory of Prague is the "Bridge Holesovice tram " , intended only for this transport . To complete our tour , we should mention the Troja footbridge that crosses the Vltava river from Imperial Island and ends at the Troja district , near the Zoo and the Botanical Garden of Prague .
The number of bridges in Prague is not fixed , and that to solve the traffic unsatisfactory situation in the Czech capital , is planning to build two more bridges on the north and south of the city.
073- CO0596 : Inside one of the countless breweries located in the center of Prague . Prague is a must for beer lovers . In October 1842 " The Pilsner " was born and revolutionized the world of beer , but love to have the Czechs for the good life has a much longer history . Some of the best beers in the world are produced , and most importantly , enjoyed by the Czechs and all those who visit their taverns , bars or pubs.
074- CO0045 : Jazz night at the Jazz & Blues Club U Maleho Glena with a performance of " Stan hen you bohemian man blues band" .
It has a large bar and restaurant for drinks and dinner , while the ground floor is the club music ( Jazz & Blues Live entertainment 7 nights a week ) .
Program of jazz concerts in Prague . Jazz clubs in Prague usually lie in the historic buildings in the center of Prague , jazz offer a totally unique atmosphere . You will be amazed by the quality of Czech jazz of jazz musicians and jazz bands .
075- CO0034 : Jazz night at the Jazz & Blues Club U Maleho Glena with a performance of " Stan hen you bohemian man blues band" ..
The jazz clubs Jazz Dock and Agharta Jazz Center is famous for its top level and give international concerts and offer the best of the Czech jazz scene .
The Blues winery offers blues and is also famous for being situated in an excellent location, close to the Charles Bridge. The famous jazz Reduta traditional jazz klub represents quality over many years , is probably the most famous jazz club in Prague with many years of tradition . The jazz club U Staré Paní and Ungelt Blues club located next to the Old Town Square featuring jazz concerts every night. The atmosphere in the Jazz Blues Club U Malého Glena located near the Charles Bridge is wonderful. The winner of the 2001 TripAdvisor competition - Prague Jazz Boat offers a combination of good Czech jazz with a visit to the center of Prague browsing .
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Prague for children: this romantic city also opens for the kids.
Prague: Activities for children
Family vacations should always be planned including destinations that appeal to all ages. A special city to enjoy some wonderful days is Prague, capital of Czech Republic. Are you interested in knowing the variety of activities for children in Prague? Then do not lose detail in this article!
Prague is a wonderful city to be visited at any time of year. It also has the advantage of excellence brought to the highest level in regard to leisure activities and entertainment for children , from the youngest to the oldest . These are some brilliant options:
The Toy Museum: The Toy Museum is an exhibition of toys brought from all over the world, dating from ancient Greece to the present, including toys made with innovative technologies . It is located in the magnificent Prague Castle, which has the privilege of being the largest medieval castle in the world , so it is a dream visit and rejoice for children and adults alike.
Petrin Hill is synonymous with fun for children. The funicular ride that can be done from the top of the hill is exciting for everyone , for the journey itself and the spectacular views that can be seen . It is also possible on this tour the pleasure of causing misleading images through the maze of mirrors. As a corollary of a great day is ideal pony for a walk , which is also done in this dream hill . The astronomical observatory of this place offers , meanwhile , highly interesting teaching activities .
Petrin Tower: A scale construction Parisian Eiffel Tower was erected in 1892. In this tower is 66 meters high and a cozy panoramic restaurant which can climb very fast in an elevator : is 4 meters per second, which enchants children.
The Prague Zoo is absolutely fascinating for children , especially knowing that can be covered in individual lifts .
The boat trips along the River Vltava like to all ages and there is a possibility to go on one of these boats to visit the Zoo .
Now is the point where you should stop dreaming to make this spectacular journey . Surprise your kids with a visit to Prague ,will be a gift they will never forget !