The capital of the Czech Republic is also called ‘the golden city’, the ‘mother of cities’, but its most fitting name is the ‘city of 100 spires’. In the old town there are the towers of the City Hall, the Tyn temple and the Magazine. The puppet play of its famous Astronomical clock is marvelled at by thousands every hour. The Jewish district is famous of its old cemetery and the Synagogue. The Charles Bridge with its 30 statues lead to the other side of the Vltava. The other part has plenty of very good restaurants. The green dome of the Saint Nicholas Church can be seen above the citizens houses. The Prague Castle is one of Europe’s most beautiful castle districts with gothic, renessaince and baroque palaces, with a royal palace, parks, temples. Whoever visits Prague, won’t forget the Wenceslas Square and the famous pubs the ‘U Kalycha’ and the ‘U Fleku’. While wandering on the medieval streets we understand why this place became the setting for the legends of Dalibor, Faust, Rabbi Löw and the Golem.
Travel video about destination Hrad Karlstejn in the Czech Republic.
Thirty kilometres southwest of Prague and surrounded by a dense forest landscape, is the monumental Gothic Karlštejn Fortress. It is the most famous castle in the Czech Republic and was built by Emperor Karl The Fourth for a single purpose: a secure place in which to store the crown jewels! The palace’s most important reception room is the Hall Of Ancestors next door to which there are paintings of both fictional and authentic ancestors of the Emperor. The higher-located St Mary's Tower was originally intended for the Empress but instead was used as a church and chapel. The Chapel Of St. Catherine was the emperor’s private chapel, a small, narrow room whose walls are covered with precious stones. On the second floor is the Chapel Of The Holy Cross, a unique room with splendid furnishings. It is also the world's largest portrait gallery of the Middle Ages as it contains the original panel paintings by Master Theodoric. The Karlštejn Fortress is the epitome of religious power and glory.
Travel video about destination Mikulov in the Czech Republic.
South of Brno, on the Austrian border, the Czech town of Mikulov occupies a strategic location on the former trade route between Vienna and Brno. The ruling Liechtensteiner were conscious of the economic contribution made by the town’s Jewish population and so for three centuries Mikulov became the centre of the Moravian Jews. The synagogue and around ninety buildings have been preserved and have become splendid cultural monuments. An imposing Renaissance castle rises picturesquely above the town and this once royal castle guarded the country's border. In 1249, Přemysl Ottokar The Third assigned both town and castle to the Styrian family, Liechtenstein, in gratitude for their support. In 1560, the Liechtensteiners sold everything to Hungarian aristocrats and in 1575 Emperor Maximilian The Second passed the town as a fiefdom to the Dietrichsteiner. In the eighteenth century, three fires caused extensive damage but, situated between its vineyards, the Late Gothic appearance of this rebuilt town has managed to survive to the present day.
Travel video about destination Kromeriz in the Czech Republic.
The tranquil town of Kromĕříž in the southeast of today’s Czech Republic is a milestone of nineteenth century Habsburgian history. Kromĕříž Castle was the traditional summer residence of the bishops of Olomouc and became a key influence in the town’s cultural life. Typical statues and Baroque and Rococo figures adorn both the walls and niches of the arcades of the castle’s well-tended courtyard. An impressive staircase decorated with large figures leads to the second floor and the Picture Gallery which contains the Apollon And Marsyas by Tizian, one of the great masters of Venetian Renaissance. The Reichstag Hall is the castle’s largest room and is where the history of the nineteenth century comes to life. During the turmoil of the Bourgeois Revolution of 1848, Emperor Ferdinand The First fled from Vienna to Olomouc and the Austrian Reichstag met there and it was also where the first democratic constitution in Europe was discussed and the idea of "All State power emanates from the people!" Since 1998 the castle and its park and flower garden have been designated as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Kromĕříž Castle and gardens are among the most well preserved Baroque examples of a royal residence. Although architecturally in the Viennese style of the K & K monarchy they are notable as a fascinating symbol of democracy.
Travel video about destination Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic.
Kutna Hora is situated close to Prague and historically is one of the most important cities in the Czech Republic. In the Early Middle Ages the city gained its wealth from the mining of silver ore. In its heyday in the fourteenth century, the city had a population of around a hundred thousand and each year ten thousand miners extracted three million kilograms of silver from seven hundred metres below ground, which was equal to one third of the mined silver in the ancient world. In 1142 a Cistercian monastery was founded in today's Sedlec district along with the adjoining Gothic church of St. Mary, an imposing building with five naves and seven choir chapels. Following the demolition of the church by the Hussites in 1421, it lay in ruins for three hundred years until, in 1699, reconstruction in Baroque Gothic style began. Close to the monastery a cemetery chapel contains a crypt with a bone house that accommodates around forty thousand human skeletons that have been formed into numerous macabre works of art: pyramids, chandeliers, monstrances and the coat of arms of Prince Schwarzenberg are a reminder of the transience of life on Earth. However, in 1713 the Black Death arrived which marked the tragic end of the city’s prosperity that had already begun to decline when the city was twice destroyed by fire during the Hussite Wars and was further crippled due to cheap imports of silver from America. Nevertheless, Kutna Hora still shines resplendent even today.
Travel video about destination Valtice in Czech Republic.
Valtice is situated in Southern Moravia in the Czech Republic, a cultivated landscape that surrounds the former Feldsberg. For many centuries it was also home to the dynasty of the princes of Liechtenstein. It is an historic place, full of opposites, a world of antiquity and Barbarians, Christians and Pagans. Moravia was also part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a proud and noble land. Valtice Castle has been rebuilt and enlarged many times. Prince Karl Eusebius of Liechtenstein had a particular fondness for art, architecture, alchemy and the breeding of fine horses. During his reign, Feldsberg was an important cosmopolitan centre of culture and the prince’s passion for collecting eventually resulted in a large collection of treasure. The castle would not of course be complete without an impressive park and garden thus a masterpiece of garden architecture was created. A curious observation tower in the form of a Moorish minaret is the symbol of the castle’s huge park and English garden design fully complements the floral splendour of the remarkable setting. Another romantic building is a Diana Temple which has the form of a triumphal Roman arch. The Liechtensteins reigned for almost six centuries and Valtice was their wonderful castle as well as their Garden Of Europe!
Extravaganza: A spectacular display of Cesky Krumlov.
Located in the Czech Republic, Česky Krumlov is a unique and extraordinary city and was first settled in the fifteenth century B.C.Each nook and cranny of this unique gem surprises with something new to see and provides a wonderful insight into the history of Bohemia. For nearly three hundred years, and up until the beginning of the seventeenth century Bohemian Krummau was ruled by the Lords Of Rosenberg. It was a time of much prosperity that in turn gave rise to many new and magnificent buildings in the centre of the town. In 1992 it was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and since then it has shined out in all of its former glory. Most of the restoration work on the town’s ancient dwelling houses, churches and monastery complexes has now been fully completed. Česky Krumlov Castle features a special attraction with a long tradition: since the end of the sixteenth century a number of bears have lived within the castle grounds! Indeed, the castle’s large moat provides more space for these wonderful creatures than they would have in any zoo. Česky Krumlov is popular with visitors from all four corners of the world and it is, without a doubt, one of the finest and most well preserved treasures of European history.
Extravaganza: A spectacular display of Cesky Krumlov. Located in the Czech Republic, Česky Krumlov is a unique and extraordinary city and was first settled in the fifteenth century B.C.Each nook and cranny of this unique gem surprises with something new to see and provides a wonderful insight into the history of Bohemia. For nearly three hundred years, and up until the beginning of the seventeenth century Bohemian Krummau was ruled by the Lords Of Rosenberg. It was a time of much prosperity that in turn gave rise to many new and magnificent buildings in the centre of the town. In 1992 it was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and since then it has shined out in all of its former glory. Most of the restoration work on the town’s ancient dwelling houses, churches and monastery complexes has now been fully completed. Česky Krumlov Castle features a special attraction with a long tradition: since the end of the sixteenth century a number of bears have lived within the castle grounds! Indeed, the castle’s large moat provides more space for these wonderful creatures than they would have in any zoo. Česky Krumlov is popular with visitors from all four corners of the world and it is, without a doubt, one of the finest and most well preserved treasures of European history.
Travel video about destination Hluboka in the Czech Republic.
Located in Czech South Bohemia is the small town of Hluboká Nad Vltavou above which towers a magnificent palace complex whose history dates back to the thirteenth century. The palace was built to protect the borders of the kingdom. Over time, it had many owners until in 1490 Vilém Of Pernštejna began to transform it. In 1562 Emperor Ferdinand The First handed the castle and its courtyard to Jáchym Of Hradec. The new owner, and later his son, Adam, further transformed the Middle Aged Fortress into a comfortable Renaissance castle. The present appearance of the castle was changed during the reign of Johann Adolf The Second who visited England several times in his youth and whose romantic castles deeply impressed him. In 1841, Viennese architect, Franz Beer, was given the task of modernising the castle in the style of English Romanticism. A ‘Bohemian’ Windsor Castle was created, a fairytale castle of Tudor Gothic and Renaissance design. Both armour and weaponry recall the glorious days of past ancestors when Adolf Of Schwarzenberg halted invasion by the Turks in Europe by conquering the Raab Fortress in 1598, a violent time when only faith sustained the people. Hluboká Castle - a fairytale in white!
Travel video about destination Telc in the Czech Republic.
Situated halfway between Prague and Vienna in the south of the Czech Republic, Telč was once an important centre of trade and today is considered to be the country’s most beautiful mediaeval town. In the Great Fire of 1530, all of the city’s timber buildings were burned to the ground and in the years that followed a market was established which added a further vibrant aspect to the Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque buildings around it. Each building has a picturesque arcade of approximately the same height, and one to two storey buildings with three arcades line up like pearls on a string. In the mid sixteenth century the town’s former Gothic water castle was the property of the Lord Of Hradec. It was subsequently extended and transformed into a magnificent Renaissance castle. The Golden Hall is the castle’s most imposing room and fills the entire north wing. Its ceiling is decorated with octagonal coffers, masterpieces of the art of wood carving. Telč is an historical treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Take a tour of Olomouc Town Hall in Olomouc, Czech Republic -- part of the World's Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats. The town of Olomouc in the western state of Moravia, Czech Republic is home to the narrow, tall spired Olomouc town hall. It's a remarkable building was built in three phases between the 14th and 15th centuries, and is located in the towns prominent Upper Square. Even though construction took over a century to complete, the architectural style of this structural masterpiece is predominantly Gothic. The astronomical clock was installed on the side of the building sometime between the late 15th and early 16th century. Another, more practical, clock is located near the top of the town hall's tower and is visible from many of Olomouc's vantage points. Commissioned in 1725, the Caesar fountain, topped with a stone sculpture of Caesar on horseback, is a focal point of the town hall's surroundings.