The Main Cities of the Czech Republic
Hundred-spired Prague, Prague - the mother of cities, magical Prague. These are just three titles which the capital of the Czech Republic proudly wears. Since the very beginnings of the Czech state, it has been its natural political, business and cultural centre. This historic yet modern city is more than 1,000 years old. It has an extraordinary charm about it which can be sensed in every season. Its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site speaks for its worth.
The second largest town in the country and Moravia's traditional capital, Brno was also the historic seat of the Přemyslid dynasty. King Wenceslas I awarded Brno municipal status as early as 1243.
The city's skyline is dominated by the Špilberk castle, where an early-Gothic palace with two chapels is still standing.
Located roughly alfway between Prague and Krakow, Olomouc boasts a concentration of Baroque architecture second only to Prague. Olomouc was founded as a royal town near the river Morava in the early 13th century. The history of settlements here is much older. In the mid-11th century a Przemyslid castle is mention; the Moravian bishopric was founded here at that time. There are...
The West-Bohemian metropolis with 170,000 inhabitants is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. Its historical predecessor was a former watch castle dated from the 10th century on the place of the recent Starý Plzenec. The pre-Romanesque Rotunda of St. Peter dates back to that period. In the late 13th century, a new royal town ground plan was built on the confluence of four rivers -...
Hradec Kralove is among the oldest Bohemian towns. It was built on the place of an old Slavic settlement and historical sources date it back to 1225. In the Middle Ages it was a dowry town of Czech queens. From the 14th century the brick Cathedral of the Holy Ghost has been preserved, while the neighbouring White Tower was built in the 16th century. In the period of Rococo the town...
Sources: Czech Tourism