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Prague is a city tailor-made for romance. Evening strolls through the narrow streets
in the glow of old street lamps, exploring half-forgotten nooks and corners of the
Old Town, wandering through the blooming orchards on Petřín Hill, a boat ride on
the Vltava River, a picnic on the grass along the river banks – all these romantic
experiences are at your fingertips in Prague.
Romantic
Kampa
is located in the Lesser Town, just below
the
Charles Bridge
. Originally it was an island separated
from the mainland by the Čertovka mill race. Waterwheels
can be seen to this day, as well as picturesque houses and
small squares from which you can head to beautiful park
land near the river.
Other islands are also romantic – you can relax pleasantly on
the grass on
Střelecký (Shooting) Island
– at sunset there
is an especially breathtaking view of the National Theatre
from here. An ideal place for romantic walks is
Letná Park
above the Vltava River, and a popular place for picnics is the
former game park
Stromovka
.
Right in the city centre rises
Petřín Hill
, where particularly in
May, amongst the flowering cherry trees, romance hangs in
the air. At its top you will find a look-out tower and a pavilion
with a mirror maze. For more than a century, visitors have
been able to reach the top of the hill via a unique funicular.
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Observe how Prague gradually
lights up
after dusk,
for example from the outlook platform at Prague Castle.
First to be illuminated are buildings from the 10th
century, and at an interval of 3 minutes structures from
the following centuries are lighted.
On Slovanský (Slavic) Island, you can rent a
rowboat
or a
pedal boat
and see the Charles Bridge, the art
museum at Sova Mills and Střelecký Island from the
water, just as it was seen by rafters who for centuries
floated wood down the Vltava.
Prague is a city of legends and ghost stories. Some have their origins in medieval
times, but many of them belong purely to the realm of fantasy. On your
wanderings through Prague, let yourself become swept up in the old tales about
headless knights, devils and wizards.
The best-known legend of old Prague is about the
Golem
.
It is said that this artificial man was created from clay by
the Jewish scholar Rabbi Löw to serve him and protect
the Jewish ghetto. According to the tale, the rabbi hid the
Golem in the attic of the Old-New Synagogue.
The painting
The Death of St. Francis Xavier
, which can
be seen in the Church of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Town,
allegedly holds a mystery. It is said that whoever is able to
decipher its secret while contemplating the painting will
receive enormous wealth.
Smetana Embankment
A performance by the Laterna Magika ensemble
The Golden Lane
The painting Death of St. Francis Xavier, Church of St. Nicholas
A view of Prague with Petřín Hill
A wedding in romantic Prague
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See one of the
Laterna Magika
performances at the New Stage of
the National Theatre (Národní třída 4),
which use no words but work with
a combination of film projections,
dance, music, light and pantomime.
In the production Legends of Magic
Prague, for example, the Golem and
alchemists from the court of Emperor
Rudolph II appear. More at
A guided tour of Prague
Prague by night, or on the trail
of Prague legends and ghosts.
A headless knight, buried treasure,
a burning man – where will you
encounter them in Prague?
On one of the pillars of the
Charles Bridge
is a column
with the
Knight Bruncvík
. According to a medieval Czech
legend, Bruncvík rescued a lion from a dragon, and the
lion then accompanied him on his travels. It is said that
this is how the lion became part of the emblem of Czech
kings. The story goes that Bruncvík’s legendary sword was
embedded in the one of the pillars of the bridge after the
knight’s death, and it is said that it will appear again when
the Czech nation is experiencing its worst times.
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