Stage 11 : An interesting stay in Czech Republic

Stage 11 : An interesting stay in Czech Republic.

CENTRAL ROUTE

Stage 11/24 - 291 kms


0 km Dresden

154 kms Prague

91 kms Turnov

46 kms Vrchlabi

carte Dresden a Vrchlabi

Dresden : go and visit an artistic treasures

DRESDEN - Germany

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The name of Dresden is a synonym for art and culture. Saxony’s capital is home to European-class cultural and artistic treasures, world famous art collections, but also a lively theatre and music scene. Its architectural jewels blend into a charming natural landscape. The various cultural activities characterise the proud and creative ambiance in Dresden and are a key element of the quality of life in the city. The 800 year-old Baroque city at the Elbe River and its surroundings offer a range of opportunities for tourist visits such as the beautiful Zwinger, the old paintings of the Masters Gallery, the Green Vault with the royal treasure, the magnificent Palace, the Semper Opera, Cathedral of Dresden, castles of Moritzburg, Meissen and Pillnitz, porcelain manufacture in Meissen, the Königstein fortress and a steamboat river cruise to Saxon Switzerland are only few examples offered by Dresden to its guests.

A stay in Czech Republic Prague : an intriguing city and rich in history

PRAGUE - Czech Republic

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A stay in Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital and largest city. The city enjoys a temperate climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe. Founded during the Romanesque art period and blossomed by the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was not only the Czech State’s capital but also the seat of the two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. Its main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall and Petřín. Since 1992, Prague’s huge historic centre has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The city boasts more than ten big museums as well as many theatres, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits. A modern transportation system connects the city.

Historic Centre of Prague

Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, the Old Town, the Malá Strana and the New Town reflect the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by the city of Prague since the Middle Ages. Prague’s historic centre played a key role in medieval central Europe. It experienced a continuous urban growth from the Middle Ages to the present day, which resulted in an architectural ensemble of outstanding quality. The area is thus made up of the following sites, the Old Town or Stare Mesto with the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, the Lesser Town or Mala Strana on the Vltava River’s left bank and below the Castle of Prague and the New Town or Nove Mesto, including the Venceslas Square.

Turnov : European museum

TURNOV - Czech Republic

TURNOV - Czech Republic © Andrey Shevchenko - Fotolia.com

Turnov is a town located on the Jizera River in the northern Czech Republic. It is a traditional centre for precious stones polishing, glass craftsmanship and arts. Turnov lies in the heart of the Bohemian Paradise nature reserve which makes it a location for tourists and summer residents. The town is also an important traffic crossroads of three railways and the Prague–Liberec highway. Turnov boasts a large museum which was finalist in the European museums competition, three galleries, six churches and a synagogue. The small old town of Middle Ages and urban development is surrounded by modern garden neighbourhoods and large parks representing a link between urban areas and nature. The region is well known for its many castles and an excellent rural architecture.

Discovering Vrchlabi : “Giant Mountains”

The picturesque mountain town is located 450 metres above sea level. Vrchlabi is called “the gate to the Giant Mountains”.   Vrchlabi is an ideal starting point for outings into the central part of the Giant Mountains.  The town’s prominent site is the castle. Krystof Gendorf of Gendorf started its construction in 1546. The castle forms part of the earliest buildings of the Renaissance architecture in Bohemia. An Italian architect, Carlo Valmadi, probably completed the castle’s construction. Originally the castle was surrounded by a 12 m wide water moat which was crossed by three bridges. Visitors can enter only in the entry hall where they can admire doors with inlaid patterns and pictures of the last hunted bears in the Giant Mountains. Presently, the castle is the town council’s residence.

Giant Mountains National Park

Giant Mountains National Park is one of the whole central Europe’s most valuable natural areas. The highest Czech mountain range, it is a unique mosaic of ecosystems which have remained here as a reminiscent of the ancient glacial past. Come to discover this wonderful high mountain landscape, alpine meadows with wild flowers, and mysterious moorlands, all dominated by the “Czech Matterhorn”, the highest Czech mountain Sněžka. Due to its uniqueness, the northern mountain range in Central Europe was declared a national park in 1963. Its administrative offices are located in Vrchlabí, where the Museum of Giants can also be found in the beautiful rooms of an Augustinian monastery and in four historical houses on the village square of Namesti Miru. The local landscape’s uniqueness is important even at the world level, which led to the Giants being included on the UNESCO list of biosphere reserves.

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