The next several posts will look back at our October 2015 River Cruise on the Danube from Prague to Budapest. We spent 3 days in Prague prior to boarding our riverboat for a 7 day cruise and 3 days in Budapest.
Prague is a city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes and has been mirrored in the surface of the Vltava River for more than ten centuries. Almost undamaged by WWII, Prague’s medieval center remains a mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and church spires all in the shadow of the 9th century castle.
Prague was founded in the 9th century, and became the seat of Bohemian kings, some of whom ruled as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. The city grew under the rule of Charles IV, who ordered the building of the New Town in the 14th century – many of the city’s most important attractions date back to that age. The city also went under Habsburg rule and became the capital of a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1918, after World War I, the city became the capital of Czechoslovakia. In 1992, its historic center was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 1993, Czechoslovakia split into two countries and Prague became capital city of the new Czech Republic.
The feature image is The Church of Our Lady Before Tyn.
The Charles Bridge
Views of Republic Square from City Hall Tower
The Powder Tower
St. Vitus Cathedral
Republic Square – the Astronomic Clock
Street Views – Lennon Wall – Breakfast – Jewish Cemetary