Vlasska Street - 1
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Vlasska Street - 1

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Right on the edge of Petrin, a short walk from the Loreta. This is one of those precious few streets in Prague that are enchanting, and also empty.

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Bilder in der Nähe von Prag


A: Vlasska Street - 2

von Jeffrey Martin, 80 Meter entfernt

Right on the edge of Petrin, a short walk from the Loreta. This is one of those precious few streets ...

Vlasska Street - 2

B: Hospital of Saint Charles of Boromej

von Jeffrey Martin, 170 Meter entfernt

(Nemocnice Milosrdných sester sv. Karla Boromejského) You wouldn't guess this is a hospital, being a ...

Hospital of Saint Charles of Boromej

C: Prague Petrin

von Pavel Flora, 220 Meter entfernt

Prague Petrin

D: Prague aerial

von Cristian Marinescu, 230 Meter entfernt

Prague aerial

E: Apple Trees and Grapevines

von Jeffrey Martin, 230 Meter entfernt

This park is lovely in the spring, when all the apple trees are in bloom.

Apple Trees and Grapevines

F: German Embassy

von Jeffrey Martin, 250 Meter entfernt

If you're german, and you wake up naked and penniless in the gutter somewhere in this strange city, h...

German Embassy

G: Prague from the Our Lady in Exile statue

von Libor Fettr, 250 Meter entfernt

One of the best look-out points in Prague. Statue of white Carrara marble - the Virgin Mary in exile....

Prague from the Our Lady in Exile statue

H: Statue of Virgin Mary from Exile

von Jakub Hruska, 250 Meter entfernt

Statue of Virgin Mary from Exile

I: Our Lady in Exile statue

von Libor Fettr, 250 Meter entfernt

Statue of white Carrara marble - the Virgin Mary in exile. The work was loosely inspired by a statue ...

Our Lady in Exile statue

J: Bill Meikle's Hotel Window overlooking Prague Castle

von Jeffrey Martin, 260 Meter entfernt

Bill Meikle's Hotel Window overlooking Prague Castle

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Dies ist ein Überblick von Prag

  Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has long attracted artists and wandering spirits, although it was originally inhabited by prehistoric fish. Their inland sea filled the basin contained by the Tatras and Carpathian mountains, but when it eventually dried up they were forced to yield the terrain to dinosaurs, wooly mammoths and Neanderthals.
    In human times the Celtic tribes came to reside here, leaving remains dating back to the 4th Century B.C.  Their tribal name, Boii, gives the root of the word "Bohemia".  The three separate territories of Bohemia, Silesia and Moravia now make up the modern Czech Republic, which split from Slovakia in the 1993 "Velvet Divorce."
    Thanks to its enigmatic founder, the city of Prague derives a magnetic appeal for visionaries, scientists and astronomers.  The historical figure credited with the launch of Prague is Princess Libuse, a visionary prophet and warrior who once stood atop the hill at Vysehrad and made the prophecy as follows,

    "I see a vast city, whose glory will touch the stars!"

    This indeed came to pass after she took Otokar Premysl to be her husband and King, launching the Premyslid dynasty, and leaving it to rule for the first four hundred years of Czech history.  When the last Premyslid king, Wenceslas III, died without producing a male heir, the fourteen year-old John of Luxembourg came to take the throne of the Czech lands.
    Hot-headed John died in battle, but his diplomatic son Charles IV inherited the throne and, through keen multi-lingual savvy, managed to both keep it and earn the title "Father of the Czech Nation."
    Charles IV was the first of the Holy Roman Emperors here; he ruled during the height of Prague's elegance and splendour. This is the man to know if you want to understand Prague's layout.  He sponsored the construction of such landmarks as the Charles Bridge, the Hunger Wall and St. Vitus' Cathedral, as well as personally designing the neighborhood called New Town (Nove Mesto) which has for its center Karlovo Namesti or Charles Square.
    The city displays every branch of architecture across the last thousand years, including Cubism, a style which you will be hard-pressed to find applied to buildings anywhere else in the world.  Beyond the stunning visual makeup of the city, there is a wealth of nightlife and entertainment, beginning with the legendary concert halls including the Rudolfinum, National Theater, Estates Theater and the Municipal House.
    After investigating the Castle and Bridge, which are the most heavily-trafficked tourist areas, take a look around Zizkov and Letna, two of the cooler neighborhoods for bars and restaurants.
    However quiet it may seem after ten PM, Prague is alive and throbbing in an endless array of basement bars, pubs, clubs, discos and pool halls waiting to be discovered by the intrepid subterranean adventurer.  To get an idea of what lies in store, check out the panoramas for Chateau and Palac Akropolis and when you're out and about, make sure you look for the stairs down to the cellar. 
    Apart from shopping, eating, drinking and wearing out your digital camera, delve into the rich green carpet of Prague's parks, many of which lie only walking-minutes from the city center.

Text by Steve Smith.

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