A Week in Central Europe - October 2006

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Prague

Everyone we talked to before the trip told us how marvelous Prague would be and the tour director said it would be the "visual highlight" of the tour. We were afraid it wouldn't live up to the hype but needn't have worried; it is an amazing place.

The main sightseeing areas of Prague are separated by the Vltava River. On the left bank there is the Prague Castle area and the Lesser Town.

On the Charles Bridge with the Castle in the distance Lesser Town and the Castle, Charles Bridge on the left

 The right bank is home to the Old Town (12th century), the Jewish Quarter, and the New Town (14th century).

Old Town Square View from the 15th century clock tower. The tall building is Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, founded in 1385

Prague is a city for walking and we walked and walked and walked.  Here's a sample of what we saw


All the streets and sidewalks are cobblestone.

Charles Bridge Tower

Vltava River

Vltava River

Prague Castle with Vltava River in the foreground

Jewish cemetery - 100,000 bodies buried. Had to stop using it in 1758

View from the clock tower, Old Town Square

Rott Crystal store. Lots of Bohemian crystal.

One of the oldest synagouges in Prague

View from the clock tower, Old Town Square

One of the Castle courtyards

The Strahov Monastery, built in 1140, is best known for its magnificent library which contains a collection of over 200,000 books.

Every street is colorful

Castle courtyard, there are four of them

Formal entrance to the Castle, the largest in Europe

Castle guard

Perhaps the largest room in the Castle; they held jousting tournaments in here.

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