According to legend, Prague was founded in the 8th century when the duchess Libuše stood atop a rocky cliff overlooking the Vltava and prophesied: "I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars!". In the 14th century, Charles IV Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia personally elevated Prague into an imperial capital. Charles himself designed the layout of Nové Město, laid the first stone of the Charles Bridge, and founded Charles University. Over the following centuries, Prague experienced its fair share of ups and downs, not to mention a few defenestrations, but was spared the devastation that befell many European cities. Every visitor’s first stop should be the Old Town Square, for the beautiful Baroque buildings lining it, and the famed astronomical clock on the Old Town Hall. From here, you can easily reach the world famous Charles Bridge, and make your way up to expansive castle complex.
There're no shortages of 'fairy-tale' castles in the Czech Republic, but this beauty has a more beastly backstory. The Doomed Nobleman's Chateau
Červená Lhota gets its name from the red plaster with which this highly picturesque building was remodelled in the late Sixteenth Century. Amphibious south Bohemian chateau
Home of the original Budweiser, this medieval city was once the official brewery for the Holy Roman Emperor. The Emperor of Beers
Hugging a horseshoe bend on the Vltava river, this historic village is one of the prettiest in Central Europe. The Jewel of South Bohemia
The picturesque spa town of Bad Ischl was the summer residence of Emperor Franz Josef, whose actions led to the start of the First World War. A town fit for an emperor
Towering over the picturesque town of Hallstatt is the oldest salt mine in the world - the Salzberg (Salt Mountain), where tunnels dug by hand over 3000 years ago are still explored by visitors every day. If you’ve never visited a salt or any other mine, then this is the place to begin. Visitors can make their way to the top of the mountain on foot or by funicular to the spectacular world heritage viewing platform that hovers above the rooftops and offers eye-popping panoramic views of Lake Hallstatt and the mountain scenery. After getting your breath back, you may want to explore the salt mine that so captivated the Chinese they built an exact replica in Huizo as a tourist attraction. Listen to the gentle lapping of the lake below before launching yourself down one of the two 200 foot slides in the mine before sitting back and relaxing on the train that takes visitors out of the mountain at a rather gentler pace. We recommend adding an extra 2 hours to your visit if you'd like to venture into the mines. For those looking to delve underground again, the Dachstein Ice Caves overlooking the lake are a breathtaking natural phenomenon. Be sure to wear warm clothing, and add an extra 2 hours to your stop.
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