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The Central European city of Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic.
Prague began as a tiny settlement on the banks of the River Vltava over 1000 years ago,
and is today one of the world's great architectural jewels.
Like a city from a children's story book,
Prague conjures up images of romantic fairy tales,
and when the clouds roll in,
dark gothic folktales.
Yet,it can be refreshingly modern too.
Prague's cobblestone streets rarely follow a straight line,
the city is a labyrinth where even locals get happily lost.
This was a place designed for horse and cart,and walking,
so pack some comfortable shoes.
An easy way to discover Prague is to follow the Royal Route.
This historic coronation path begins at the Powder Tower,
one of the original gateways to Prague's Old Town.
A few blocks away is Old Town Square,
a plaza surrounded by former palaces.
Enjoy some traditional street-food like trdelnik,
then gather with travelers from all over the world under the Astronomical Clock.
Across the Square is Tyn Church,
whose turrets and spires are said to be the inspiration for some of Walt Disney's famous castles.
Leave the Royal Route for a while and explore the Old Town.
Wander in any direction to discover cozy sidewalk cafes,
galleries showcasing Prague's modern artists,
and historic treasures like the ancient Jewish Quarter.
Back on the Royal Route,
wander through the archway of Bridge Tower and emerge onto one of Europe's great bridges.
Rest awhile, under the gaze of saints
as the timeless waters of Vltava course through the 16 arches.
The Charles Bridge is Prague's heart.
Once across the river,
stop to admire the city's finest baroque church,
Saint Nicholas, before climbing the hill to Prague Castle.
Pass beneath the Battling Titans into a complex of palaces,
courtyards, and museums.
From the alchemists of Milulka Tower,
to the creation of the modern republic,
Prague Castle has taken center stage in Czechoslovakian history.
Rising above the castle are the 600 year-old Gothic spires of St Vitus Cathedral,
the resting place of Bohemia's kings, emperors and saints.
After arching your back to admire the interiors of St Vitus,
duck your head to explore the houses of Golden Lane.
These tiny dwellings were once the homes of castle guards,
and later, the city's goldsmiths.
Take in the city from the castle ramparts and gardens,
then head to the nearby Petrin Hill Observation Tower for the most enchanting views of all.
As the sun sets,
Prague's mood shifts again,
as if lit up by the lanterns of centuries past.
Even the food takes on a medieval quality as whole pigs turn slowly over roasting fires.
At night, locals and travelers meet under the statue of St Wenceslas
to share the days stories,
and to begin even more adventures in this most magical of cities, Prague.
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Prague Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

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Halu Hsieh published on June 7, 2014    彭哲彥 translated    Wendy reviewed
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