Prague Castle Prague Castle was founded in the 9th century as the seat of the Czech princes and kings, and over the centuries all the major architectural styles would leave their mark on it. Now it is seat of the President of the Czech Republic. The music on this clip comes from Dvorak’s Symphony #9. Purchase Dvorak’s music from Amazon
Charles Bridge Charles Bridge was built by Charles IV in 1357. Built in the Gothic style, it is 516 meters long, 9.5 meters wide and supported by 16 massive piers. Both ends are fortified by towers. Charles bridge was the only bridge in Prague up to 19th century. The music on this clip is from Mozart’s Violin Concerto #3. Purchase Mozart’s music from Amazon
Czech National Museum The National Museum, founded at the end of the 19th century, is the oldest and largest museum in the Czech Republic. The music on the clip is from Dvorak’s Symphony #7. Purchase Dvorak’s music from Amazon
Churches and Cathedrals of Prague Our Lady Before Tyn and Saint Nicolas in Old Town Square and the Gothic Saint Vitus Cathedral. The choral music on the clip was recorded live at the Church of Saint Vitus, located in Ceshy Krumlov.
Karlstejn Castle Karlstejn Castle was founded in 1348 by Charles IV as a place to safeguard the royal treasures, especially Charless collection of holy relics and the coronation jewels. Construction was completed in 1365 when the Chapel of the Holy Cross situated in the Great tower was consecrated. The castle was reconstructed in late Gothic style after 1480 and in Renaissance style in the last quarter of the 16th century. The music on this clip is from Dvorak’s Symphony #9. Purchase Dvorak’s music from Amazon
Cesky Krumlov Cesky Krumlov is built on a meandering bend in the River Vltava around the original 13th century gothic castle. The town is dominated by two landmarks: the chateau complex and the gothic Church of St.Vitus. The Cesky Krumlov chateau complex, one of the largest in Central Europe, is composed of more than forty historical buildings, with a cylindrical tower built in the 16th century. Below the Castle Complex lies the old town with its winding alleys and venerable Gothic and Renaissance houses, many galleries, little shops and inns. The music on this clip is from Dvorak’s Symphony #7. Purchase Dvorak’s music from Amazon
Tour of Brno Brno, yes spelled B - R - N - O, is the Czech Republic’s second largest city. Humans have lived in the Brno basin since prehistoric times. Around 1000 AD a settlement was established on a ford across the River Svratka, now known as Old Brno. By the 13th Century, the city was surrounded by fortifications with five gates. There were two parish churches - St. Peter's and St. James', and several monasteries. During the Thirty Years' War Brno became the capital of Moravia, and from 1641 housed regional Moravian records. From 1643 to 1645 Brno successfully defended against a Swedish siege, thereby allowing the Austrian Empire to reform their armies to repel the Swedish advance. In the 18th century industrial development and trade began. Brno had a concentration of textile and engineering industries, which rapidly adopted the most modern technology. Together with industrial development came the growth of suburbs. The citys fortifications were gradually demolished and replaced by green areas and buildings, which formed the city ring road. In 1850, 32 neighbouring communities were annexed to the city. Gas lighting was introduced in 1847, and a tram system in 1869. Grammar schools, secondary schools and higher education establishments were also built. During the First Republic Brno was the second city after Prague, and capital of the Moravia/Silesia Province. The Second World War caused sever damage to Brno. During the Nazi occupation many Czech citizens were executed in the city. The result of these atrocities was the evacuation of the German inhabitants in 1945. The subsequent period of Communist rule brought the city economic and political stagnation, the consequences of which are still being overcome. The music on this clip is from Mozart’s Symphony #40. Purchase Mozart’s music from Amazon
St. Peter and Paul Cathedral The Cathedral Of St. Peter and Paul is located on the top of the hill, known as Petrov, on the presumed site of the former Brno castle. After the castle`s demise the free-standing Romanesque basilica was rebuilt as a Gothic cathedral in the 13th century and converted to the Baroque style in the 18th century. Its current neo-Gothic form dates from the turn of this century. Since 1777 the cathedral has been the seat of the Brno bishopric. The choral music on the clip was recorded live at the Church of St. Vitus in Cesky Krumlov.
Spilberk Castle Spilberk Castle - originally a royal castle, was constructed in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 17th century into a sizeable Baroque fort. Until 1945 there was a prison and barracks. 'Kasematy' - the infamous dungeon of the nations - was famous as the prison of the Habsburg Monarchy. During the First World War Spilberk housed military prisoners together with civilian objectors to the Austro-Hungarian regime. In the first year of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia several thousand Czech patriots suffered in Spilberk, some of whom were put to death. For the majority of them, Spilberk was a station on their way to other German prisons and concentration camps. In 1939-41, the German army and Gestapo carried out extensive reconstruction, turning Spilberk into a model barracks. Today, Spilberk houses the Brno City Museum, and is one of the most significant cultural centres in Brno. It was certified as a national heritage monument in 1962. Over 100,000 people visit the museum exhibitions annually. The music on this clip is from Dvorak’s Symphony #7. Purchase Dvorak’s music from Amazon
Bobova Draha Bobsled Run Bobova Draha bobsled run is located in the town of Spindleruv Myln at the gateway to the Czech Mountains. My friend thought I'd kill myself. I took the run six times, faster on each attempt, with a one really spectacular spill (not shown), but no serious injuries. I showed her. Fun, Fun, Fun!