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Czech Republic: From Prague Castle to Česky Krumlov Castle, a land of castles and fairy tales

Prague Castle

For hundreds of years, Czech Republic was the land of knights and castles, royalty and moats, and drawbridges. Though the country boasts hundreds of castles and palaces across its hills and mountains, several impressive castles are close enough to Prague to be seen within one vacation. Still depicting the spirit of their peak days as royal medieval fortresses, these five castles are worth a closer look.

Prague Castle
Founded in the 9th century, the Prague Castle is one of the oldest castles in the region. During its long history, the Castle housed Bohemian Kings, Holy Roman Emperors, and Presidents of Czech Republic. Today, the Prague Castle is said to be the biggest ancient castle, and gleams as the jewel glistening above the Vltava River as the centerpiece of Prague.

What to do: Plan to spend a day to tour the soaring Cathedral, extensive gardens, and regal palaces within the Prague Castle.

Prague Castle
Prague Castle

Please go to AOL’s Gadling.com travel site by clicking here to read the rest, and see the other four castles. A big thank you to Gina and the editors at RedRoom.com for connecting me to the AOL.com crew.

Starting the conversation: Have you visited a castle? What is your personal favorite?

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A Prague Photo Journal

the Prague Castle
Words cannot begin to describe the beauty we’ve discovered in the Czech Republic thus far, so I am dedicating this week’s blog to a true view through my lens– a photo journal of our time living in Europe thus far. The images can speak for themselves … Enjoy! 

Prague, Czech Republic: the Prague Castle

the Prague Castle
the Prague Castle

The infamous Astronomical Clock, and other sites around the Old Town Square


Crossing the Vltava River on the Charles Bridge:



Not too far from Prague, the Krivoklat Castle:



 

Berlin, Germany: the Brandenberg Gate, the Berlin Wall, and the Holocaust Memorial

 

History has countless stories to tell … More photos to come. Enjoy the waning days of summer! -JK