Prague sightseeing. You can see a lot in Prague, depending on the time you like to spend. Basic sightseeing tour includes Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Old Town square with the clock showing apostles every hour. In addition you can visit Strahov library with beautiful ceiling frescoes and some manuscript in display. Then there is Loreta, the former pilgrimage church, a lovely place, the treasury with diamond monstrance. You can see also Jewish Town with the old working synagogue and cemetery, there is also the grave of the rabbi Levi who created a robot called Golem; great collections of Jewish museum exhibited in the former synagogues. You can also visit a palace Troya erected in the 17th century decorated with frescoes and housing the collections of Czech art of the 19th century.
Excursions outside of Prague.
- Karlstein Castle looks like an actual fairytale castle as you are approaching it. Erected by Charles the IV in the 14th century to house Czech crown jewels. Having been abandoned in the 18the century, there are just fragments left of the original equipment. 2 beautiful chapels accessible in summer time only on the special request. Just 30 km from Prague.
- Konopiste Castle is not as attractive from the outside, but there are great collections to see inside. The last owner, Ferdinand de Este was of the Habsburg emperor’s family, to be the successor of Austrian emperor. He was very rich and collected among other things also the depictions of St George, arms and gravestones. He loved hunting and killed in his life about 300 thousand of animals and birds. Also a lovely park. About 60 km from Prague.
- Sternberg – a mediaeval castle, returned to the prior owner, who is living there now. They used this castle until World War II and interiors remind of the family life. Interesting collection of furniture. About 40 km from Prague.
- Kutna Hora – the former silver mining place, famous in the 13th and 14th centuries. A lot of historical houses preserved, splendid church of St Barbara of the 14th century. There is also a charnel house with the collection of bones of about 30 thousand men. The place is rather scarring as also decorations, chandeliers and candlesticks are made of bones. Listed in UNESCO cultural Heritage List. It is located about 60 km from Prague.
- Cesky Krumlov – a medieval town in the South of Bohemia. Located at the meander of the river Vltava (Moldau) a picturesque place with a lot of buildings preserved from the 14th and 15the centuries. Also the castle is worth visiting the second largest castle in our country after the Prague Castle. Interesting interiors, lovely decorated dancing hall, an old theatre and garden. Also listed by UNESCO. About 2 hours ride from Prague.
- Karlovy Vary – a lovely spa place about 130 km from Prague. Founded in the 14th century, but the buildings come mostly from the 19th century. There are 12 hot springs, the 13th spring is a local herb drink called Becherovka. The hottest spring has 82 degrees Centigrade. You can also swim in the pool with spring water mixed with cold water of course. There is also Glass Work Moser, founded in the 19th century. They have a permanent exhibition of their products; they made glass for the king of England, Sophia Loren, Indian maharajas and also for Stalin. You can also go and see how they make glass.
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