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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.

The Central European city of Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic.

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