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TOURS IN PRAGUE

 

 

PRAGUE CASTLE TOUR WITH CAR/MINIVAN SUPPORT

approx. 4 hours

 

The Prague Castle complex is another must. It will give you a feel of the whole hilly part of the city before you walk through the Castle complex. Your private guide will meet you at the hotel and you will be driven to the Strahov Monastery to enjoy one of the best views over the city.

 

You might also visit the Strahov Library - one of the most beautiful interiors of Prague. A private visit of the two stunning rooms can be arranged upon your request. A lot of historical movies have been shot here, e.g. the famous Milos Forman’s film “Amadeus”.

 

You continue to the New World area which used to be the home of artists and the small houses are really charming. After getting off the car at the Castle square, we admire the Archbishop’s palace and the main entrance to the Castle complex. We continue on foot to see the St. Vitus Cathedral with its stain-glass windows, the Royal Palace with Vladislav Hall and the unforgettable and quaint Golden Lane.

 

The archaeological research and the oldest written sources prove that the Prague Castle was founded around the year 880 by Prince Borivoj of the house of Premyslides. The castle site was fortified with a moat and a rampart of clay and stones. The first walled building was the Church of Virgin Mary. Other churches, dedicated to St. George and St. Vitus, were founded in the first half of the 10th century.

 

From the 10th century Prague Castle has been not only the seat of the head of state, the princes, later kings and nowadays presidents, but also of the highest representative of church, the Prague bishop. The basilica of St. Vitus, built on the site of the original rotunda, has been the main church since the 11th century and the relics of the patron saints of the land are kept here.The period of the rule of King and later Emperor Charles IV (the middle of the 14th century) was a time of prosperity for Prague Castle. The royal palace was magnificently rebuilt, the fortifications strengthened and the church of St. Vitus was based on the model of French Gothic cathedrals.

 

Another important period was the second half of the 16th century, during the rule of Rudolph II. The emperor settled permanently in Prague Castle and began to turn it into a grand and dignified centre of the empire. He founded the northern wing of the palace, with today's Spanish Hall, to house his precious artistic and scientific collections. The Prague defenestration in 1618 started a long period of wars, during which Prague Castle was damaged and robbed. In the second half of the 18th century the last great rebuilding of the Castle was carried out, making it a prestigious castle-type seat.

 

After the foundation of the independent Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, Prague Castle again became the seat of the head of state. It is an important cultural and historical monument. The crown jewels, precious Christian relics, art treasures and historical documents are kept here. Events important for the whole country have taken place within its walls.

 

Hence Prague Castle is the embodiment of the historical tradition of the Czech state, linking the present with the past.