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Prague Castle (Prazský Hrad)
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What is called Prague Castle (or Pražský hrad) is actually a huge complex containing museums, churches, palaces, and gardens. The immense Gothic cathedral of St. Vitus is dominant on the skyline. The Castle complex, high on its hill above Charles Bridge and the Vltava River, is the focal point of Prague.

You can just go to wander - it's free to enter the Castle, even at night - or you can pay to enter some of the buildings and get a more in-depth view. Either way, the grandeur of the place will keep you busy for at least half a day. After all, this is the biggest castle complex in the world.

The buildings range from the Romanesque to the Gothic. The Royal Palace itself was home to Bohemian kings during the 9th century. The Basilica of St. George dates from the 10th century. You can also visit the Riding School, the gardens (open in the summer only), and Golden Lane, a charming row of medieval houses from the old goldsmith's district.

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Prague Old Town Square (Staromestské Námestí)
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Het Staroměstské náměstí, oftewel “plein van de oude stad”, in Praag is niet te missen. Op de meeste foto’s van de stad is dit plein te zien. Als u vanuit de straatjes van de oude binnenstad op het plein komt, lijkt het alsof u in het decor van een speelfilm terecht bent gekomen. Dit plein begon als een middeleeuwse markt en is altijd het bruisende hart van de stad gebleven. Het is een plek voor vieringen, evenementen van politieke aard en zelfs (tijdens een opstand in de 17de eeuw) executies. De meeste bezoekers vinden het al geweldig om op te gaan in de massa en rond te wandelen of een koffie te drinken, maar als u een iets diepere beleving wilt, ga dan ook bij een paar gebouwen naar binnen. Enkele noemenswaardige daarvan zijn de indrukwekkende gotische Týnkerk, het Huis van de Stenen Bel met de gotische toren en het Oude Stadhuis.

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Strahov Monastery (Strahovský Kláster)
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The Strahov Monastery in Prague was established in 1143. It has survived fires, wars, revolutions, and communist regimes, though it has occasionally been rebuilt. Even when the monks were unable to remain in the monastery, they waited in a safe place until they could return. Today it is still a place of learning, meditation, and tranquility, and approximately 70 monks live there. The impressive spires of the basilica are a famous part of Prague's skyline, but the library is the monastery's most important feature. The library contains thousands of volumes, including 3,000 original manuscripts. The Theological Hall contains mostly literature of a theological nature and thousands of editions of the Bible.

The monastery's location on Petrin Hill near the Prague castle is a good place for views of the city due to the higher elevation. The monastery has also been the backdrop for several major films, such as the horror film “From Hell” starring Johnny Depp.

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St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Vita)
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St. Vitus (or Katedrála svatého Víta) is the biggest and most important church in Prague, the pinnacle of the Castle complex, and one of the most knockout cathedrals in Europe. It's broodingly Gothic, with a forest of spires and a rose window to rival that of Notre Dame.

Enter by the Golden Portal to take a look at the stunning Last Judgement mosaic. Inside you'll find the final resting places of both Charles IV (who gave his name to Charles Bridge) and Saint Wenceslas. The chapel containing Wenceslas' remains is a stunner, encrusted with semi-precious stones.

The cathedral also contains the crown jewels of the Bohemian kings and an Art Nouveau window by Mucha. Climb the tower for a stunning view of the Castle District.

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Golden Lane (Zlata Ulicka)
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Golden Lane, often referred to as the Street of the Alchemists or Alchemist’s Alley, is a little alley situated at Prague Castle and one of the most famous and picturesque streets in the city. Golden Lane and its tiny colored houses were constructed in the 15th century as an alley between the Roman and Late Gothic walls in the northern part of the castle. At first, it housed the castle guards who patrolled the fortification, but since there were more guards than space, the resulting buildings seem to be more fitting for dwarves than for humans. A century later, the tiny alley with the cozy houses apparently became popular with artists and among them, a number of goldsmiths. According to legend, some of these goldsmiths were in fact alchemists, tasked by Emperor Rudolf II to find a way to turn common metals into gold and find the philosopher’s stone.

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John Lennon Wall
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Starting life as a tribute to music icon John Lennon after his untimely death in 1980, Prague’s John Lennon Wall quickly became a symbol of peace and free speech for young Czechs angry and disillusioned with the county’s communist regime (western pop music was banned under the regime). The original painted image of Lennon was soon surrounded by political graffiti and Beatles lyrics, becoming an important part of the non-violent rebellion of Czech youth and a constant source of annoyance for the police, who repeatedly painted over the wall, only to have the graffiti reappear just days later. The wall hit the headlines again on 17 November 2014, the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, when it was painted over in white by a group of art students, and adorned with the simple statement ‘wall is over’.

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Prague Old Town (Staré Mesto)
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The center of ancient Prague, the Old Town (Stare Mesto) makes a popular starting point for walking tours of the city, sprawled along the eastern banks of the Vltava River and connected to the Lesser Town by the grand Charles Bridge. A key part of the UNESCO World Heritage city, the Old Town’s medieval churches, ancient buildings and maze of cobblestone lanes is historic Prague at its most picturesque, with many structures dating back to the 13th century.

The Old Town Square is the focal point of the district, presided over by the Lady Before Tyn Cathedral, the central Jan Hus statue and the Old Town Hall with its Astronomical Clock tower – one of the most iconic landmarks of Prague, dating back to the early 15th century. The square’s mix of distinctive pastel-shaded buildings and fine Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture has long provided the backdrop for city life, and the public square, once a medieval market, is a popular venue for national celebrations.

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Prague State Opera (Státní Opera)
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A short walk from the New Town’s central Wenceslas Square, the grand Prague State Opera house is one of the city’s most exquisite buildings, undergoing several name changes over the years. Originally built as the German Theater, the ornate Neo-Rococo structure was designed by Viennese architects Fellner & Hellmer and opened to much acclaim in 1888. Despite falling into disrepair during the post-WWII communist years, the Prague State Opera has now been fully restored to its previous glory and the opulent interiors are truly magnificent, blending elegant white and gold décor with plush red velvet and glittering chandeliers.

Of course, the only way to truly experience the old world ambiance of Prague’s Opera House is to attend a performance, and there are plenty of opportunities during the Prague State Opera season between September and June. A varied program of opera and ballet features works by all the greats, including Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Rossini, Verdi.

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Jan Palach Memorial (Památník Jana Palacha)
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On Jan. 16, 1969, a student named Jan Palach set himself on fire in Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet Union’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. Today, a truly unique memorial comprised of a horizontal weather-worn wooden cross rising up from cobblestone streets pays homage to Palach and his friend, Jan Zajic, who killed themselves as an act of political protest.

Today, visitors can stop at this quiet square and reflect on the changes that have taken place in this Eastern European country. While travelers agree that the memorial isn’t well marked, or very well-explained, its significance in Czech history is great and certainly worth a visit.

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Pinkas Synagogue (Pinkasova Synagoga) and Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Zidovský Hrbitov)
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Er zijn tientallen plekken waar in Praag omgekomen Joden kunnen worden herdacht. Er zijn er echter maar weinig zo legendarisch, en treffend, als de Pinkasova synagoga en de bijbehorende begraafplaats. Als u door de donkere deuren naar binnen gaat, ziet u direct de muren met daarop de namen van meer dan 77.000 Joden die tijdens de Holocaust werden gedood. Een indrukwekkende weergave van deze gruweldaad. Voor het gebouw een lijst van concentratiekampen en de mannen en vrouwen die daar omkwamen. Op de tweede verdieping van de Synagoga is een kleine tentoonstelling te zien met indrukwekkende kunst van kinderen.

De nabijgelegen begraafplaats doet dienst als laatste rustplaats van ongeveer 20.000 Joden. Gasten kunnen over het terrein met keurige paden lopen, tussen de graven van bekende rabbijnen, dichters en geleerden. Door weer en wind verweerde stenen zijn een stille getuige van het verlies en bieden een plek voor rust en bezinning.

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Aquapalace Prague (Aquapalace Praha)

Aquapalace Praag

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Het grootste waterpark van centraal-Europa ligt 6 km ten zuiden van Praag. Het is een familiepark met sauna’s, een fitnesscentrum en een spa en ook zwembaden en waterattracties. Vodní svět (Waterwereld) is grotendeels ondergronds en bestaat uit vier themagebieden, met baan-baden, rustige rivieren, een koraalkoepel en golfslagbaden, maar ook stroomversnellingen en spannende glijbanen voor de waaghalzen in de familie. Elders in het park zijn 14 verschillende sauna’s, fitnesslessen (van Pilates tot spinning), zalen met cardioapparatuur en powerplates, zonnebanken en een keur aan massage- en schoonheidsbehandelingen. Er is een kinderhoek voor de kleintjes, zwemlessen voor alle niveaus, privétrainers in de sportschool en scuba-duiklessen in de Diving Pit.

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Krizik Fountain (Krizikova Fontana)

Krizik Fountain (Krizikova Fontana)

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Travelers in search of a unique and memorable performance need look not further than Prague’s Krizik Fountain. This iconic Czech landmark has been in operation since 1891 and served as an easy meeting place for city residents on the move. Today Krizik Fountain hosts dozens of live shows and its one-of-a-kind spectacle features dancing water, traditional music and brilliant colors. A few of the regularly schedule evenings even include film projections on the water and live accompaniment by the regional ballet company. While tickets are essential, advance reservations aren’t, so catching a show at Krizik Fountain can be done on the fly for visitors who find themselves nearby when the performance starts.

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Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)

Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad)

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Karlovy Vary (ook bekend als Karlsbad) is een prachtig kuuroord op ongeveer 2 uur ten westen van Praag. Het complex bestaat uit dure art-nouveau gebouwen waar veel rijke Russische toeristen op af komen. Volgens de legende ontdekte Karel IV de bron tijdens een jacht met zijn honden en stichtte zo de plaats, vandaar de naam.

Het kende een bloeiperiode in de 19de eeuw toen allerlei bekendheden (waaronder Beethoven en Chopin) hier kwamen voor de geneeskrachtige bronnen. U kunt hier ook nu nog allerlei behandelingen ondergaan, waaronder het drinken van het geurende water uit de bronnen, maar de meeste toeristen uit het westen willen Becherovka proeven, de voor deze plaats kenmerkende kruidenlikeur.

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Marianske Lazne (Marienbad)

Marianske Lazne (Marienbad)

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This spa town located about 150 kilometers from Prague is one of the nation’s most favored getaways. With a near perfect climate, panoramic mountain views, stunning architecture and lush gardens, Marianske Lanze is the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend or plan for a day-trip escape.

Though the spas are Marianske Lazne's main draw, there are many other reasons worth visiting. Travelers can explore the tiny Dion E Chopin museum or wander through quaint roads lined by numerous coffee houses and turn-of-the-century apartments. An annual festival paying homage to the Polish composer Chopin takes place each August, and visitors who make the trek to Marianske Lanze in June can enjoy the classical music festival this spa town has become famous for. And because no trip to this relaxing respite is complete without a visit to the spa, most hotels provide a wide range of services to meet the pampering needs of most any guest.

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