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Prague, Czech Republic

Watch the famous astronomical clock in Old Town Square go through its machinations with the rest of the tourists before walking a few blocks to discover ancient chapels, hidden courtyards, authentic restaurants and old-fashioned bars with hardly a tourist in sight.

Much of the city serves as testament to the rise of the Přemyslids, the first documented Bohemian native dynasty and every internecine struggle for power within that family (and the later rulers and their competitors: the Jagellons, Charles IV, the Habsburgs and the Catholic Church, to name just the major players)

The Prague Castle dominates the city’s skyline, its variety of styles and influences perfectly illustrating the shifting demands of its occupants and conquerors over the last millennium. Nowhere else in Prague resonates with as much national identity and symbolism, increased by the pride Czechs have taken since having had the castle returned to them in 1989.

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