cities can match Prague's over-the-top romance and evocative Old World
charm! Prague is equal parts history and fun. It is the only
Central European capital to escape the large-scale bombing of the last
century's wars and is one of Europe's best-preserved cities.
filled with wonderful Art Nouveau facades, Mozart and Vivaldi concerts,
and brews some of the best beer in Europe. As we cross the famous
Charles Bridge we will commune with vendors, artists, tourists and a
stoic lineup of Czech saints in stone. We will visit the wall
around the world's
biggest castle for a lesson in Czech history and enjoy sweeping views
across the city's spires and domes. Along the way we will see the
Outlander filming sites that will make you feel like you stepped into
Jamie & Clare's 18th century Paris!
Prague has been the center for the Czech
people for a thousand years. In the 1300s, when the Czechs' own
ruling dynasty died out, Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV took over and made
the city a world-class capital. Later, Habsburg rulers from Vienna
embraced it as a second city of culture. They populated Prague
with artists, writers and composers (most of them German-speaking) and
added a Baroque layer (1700-1800), then renovated it (around 1900) in
elegant Art Nouveau. When the age of empires ended, and the Czechs
and Slovaks finally created their own nation (1918), Prague was the
obvious choice as capital.
But after World war II, as a Soviet
satellite, Prague had no money to modernize. The happy upshot is
that when the city became
free of communist rule in 1989, it emerged with its thousand-year
It is a photographer's delight.
You will wind through walkable neighborhoods, past statues of bishops and
pastel facades adorned with gables, balconies, lanterns. You will see
many fascinating architectural details, including the famous
Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest
treasures of the city. It still amazes people with its procession
of Apostles, moving statues and visualization of time like no other
instrument in the world.
You might want to escape the crowds into the back
lanes and pretend you are strolling through the 18th century. You might
even duck into a pub to enjoy the hearty food and good pilsner beer,
imagining Outlander's Jamie and Claire plotting to change Scotland's