Tour for Accompanying Persons
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at 01.00 PM
You´ll meet our guide, Ms. Andrea Zimova, at the Congress Centre (at the Registration Desk of Yeast2017) at 01.00 PM and in about 20 minutes we will come in the Prague Castle area by using the underground and tram.
Andrea will provide you with some information about the role of Prague Castle in the Czech history going back to the second half of the 9th century.
We will visit the most attractive sights of Prague Castle, such as St. Vitus Cathedral (founded in 1344) which is not only the most important church edifice in the country but is also extremely rich in art treasures. This is the place where the Bohemian kings were crowned and where Czech crown jewels are kept. From 19 chapels the most beautiful is that of Saint Václav (Wenceslas) containing the tomb and relics of the saint, his coat of mail and the helmet.
We cannot miss the visit of The Old Royal Palace with the Late Gothic Vladislav Hall with its unique vaulted ceiling and the monogram W (Wladyslaw II of Jagellonia). The equestrian stairs are a reminder that riding tournaments were once held in this hall. In the adjoining rooms (Bohemian Chancellery, The Imperial Council, and others) Bohemian kings were elected and all important state matters debated. Today the President of the Republic is elected in the Vladislav Hall.
Romanesque Basilica of St. George is closely connected with the beginnings of Christianity in the lands of Bohemia and is also the earliest Romanesque building which is still in use today.
Golden Lane will enchant you by 16 tiny houses, built into the castle walls in 1541. This is the place where goldsmiths and royal archers lived a long time ago.
Prague is often called as Mother of Cities, Prague of the Hundred Towers, The Heart of Europe, Golden Prague, A diadem on Europe´s brow, The priceless jewel in the world´s crown etc…
Since the early Middle Ages, it has been known as one of the most beautiful cities in the world being admired by many personalities. The German poet Goethe called Prague the most beautiful jewel in the stone crown of the globe, the French writer Fouqué wrote in 1823, Kingly Prague! Indescribable, incomparable is the splendor of the churches, the beauty, and sublimity of the palaces etc.
The face of Prague of today has been mainly formed by two art periods: The Romanesque – Gothic, A.D. 900 – 1500, and the Renaissance – Baroque A.D. 1500 – 1800. Thus we find in Prague traces of all architectural style from Romanesque to a marked modern style.
Our tour will allow us to admire the most attractive sights of Prague, such as Strahov Monastery, one of the outstanding monuments of Prague, standing in an exceptionally beautiful location giving an unforgettable view of Prague and the Prague Castle, the Church of Loretto, Cernin Palace (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), St. Nicolaus Church in Mala Strana, palaces, gardens and many others.
Our tour goes through the most picturesque district of Prague, Mala Strana (The Lesser Town), more than 700 years old, with a number of Baroque Palaces (some of them house embassies) to one of the most significant Gothic monument in Prague, the Charles Bridge. It was, built at the command of the Emperor Charles IV by the famous builder Peter Parler, the architect of St Vitus Cathedral and many other notable Gothic buildings.
From the Charles Bridge, we will continue to the part of Prague called the Old Town of Prague which is rich in historic monuments, such as Jewish Town (with Synagogues and Jewish Cemetery), Charles University from 1348, the Old Town Hall, the Church of Our Lady before Tyn and many others.
Our tour ends at the Old Town Square, the very center of Prague, offering excellent shopping facilities, cafés, restaurants, and others.
Welcome to Prague!!!