UNESCO Round Trip
During your wide-ranging tour, you will explore PRAGUE, as an important urban monument reservation. Destinations including Prague Castle, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Charles Bridge, and a plethora of churches, palaces and other landmarks form a magnificent architectural, artistic and spiritual ensemble.
Together, we continue to SOUTH BOHEMIA: A dreamlike landscape awaits, cultivated for centuries by people in harmony with the land, and full of Gothic churches, Renaissance castles, monasteries, folk architecture, endless lakes, ponds, forests and picturesque towns with exceptional ambiance.
Next stop: Fabled CHATEAU HLUBOKÁ, built in the 13th century. In the course of time it was a property of several old aristocratic families. The castle’s interiors feature exclusive collections of beautiful furniture, porcelain, crystal and tapestries. ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE (BUDWEIS) town founded in the 12th century, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Czech Republic: Its original architecture and subsequent builds through various historical periods create an interesting medley of style. Together we will walk through the historical lanes, to the famous arcade-surrounded square and city hall. HOLAŠOVICE is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Central European village. Deserted after World War II, a number of high-quality, 18th and 19th century village buildings were fused together to create a style known as, “South Bohemian Folk Baroque.”
A medieval town with Renaissance soul, ČESKÝ KRUMLOV charms its visitors with its irresistible magic: A small walk through the narrow cobblestone lanes, to the historical center will be a truly unforgettable experience. The ambiance of this exceptional town can also be achieved by visiting the monumental castle, above the Vltava river. It’s no wonder Český Krumlov is listed among the UNESCO protected cultural heritage sites.
TELČ – a Renaissance pearl of the UNESCO heritage foundation, also called “the Venice of Moravia.” You will be enchanted by the historical houses, adorned with colorful gables lining the central square, and an extravagant renaissance castle complex.
Our grand UNESCO tour continues to TŘEBÍČ – an important center of the Jewish culture. The unique synagogues and basilicas of the Jewish Quarter stand as silent monuments to the turbulent history of the Czech Jews and are an evidence of a peaceful cohabitation of Jews and Christians. Outside of Jerusalem, the Jewish monuments in Třebíč are the only historically noted Jewish sites individually inscribed in the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List.
BRNO is an important urban monument reservation and the second largest city in the Czech Republic. Tourists visiting from all over the world suggest the greatest attraction is the Tugendhat Villa, which is the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's most important European work. Brno has been included on the UNESCO List since 2001.
If you wish, we can also make a stop in AUSTERLITZ (Slavkov), where the famous Battle of Austerlitz, also known as a “Battle of three emperors”, took place in 1805.
From Brno, it is just a short ride to the fabled LEDNICE-VALTICE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE with romantic château, picturesque village and a mosaic of architecture in unprecedented proportions. The whole area measures almost 300 km2.
KROMĚŘÍŽ was designed as a market town at the crossroads of trading routes. Nowadays, with its splendid, uniquely-preserved baroque castle and gardens, Kroměříž belongs to one of the most beautiful towns in Moravia.
Just a short ride away, the pearl of Moravia can be found – the historic town of OLOMOUC, second largest and second oldest historic preservation, with its 35 meter-high Holy Trinity column, is situated overlooking a picturesque square. The consecration of the column was attended in person by the then first couple of the Monarchy, Empress Maria Teresa and her husband Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor.
Undoubtedly, one of the greatest attractions in Olomouc is THE HOLY MOUND, a monumental Church of the Virgin Mary Visitation. A place of pilgrimage built on the top of the hill, The Holy Mound stood as a position of dominance over the whole region. It was greatly honored by being pronounced a basilica minor (a pilgrimage place of European significance).
A peaceful ride through the beautiful Moravian countryside will lead us to LITOMYŠL. This quaint town was established around the trade route connecting Bohemia and Moravia, from the end of the 10th to the beginning of the 11th century. The most dominant feature of the city is the Italianate Renaissance castle, possessing more than eight thousand examples of the art technique known as Sgrafitto. Litomyšl has been on the UNESCO World Cultural and Heritage List since 1999. Litomyšl is the birthplace of the famous composer Bedřich Smetana.
Ever since the end of the 13th century, the history of KUTNÁ HORA has been inseparably linked to the mining of silver ore. As a result, Kutná Hora became a very rich royal city, which in the 13th century produced one third of Europe’s entire supply of silver. Kutná Hora hides many gothic architectural treasures. The most famous and ornamental wealth lies in the Cathedral of St. Barbara, with its complicated system of buttresses and pillars, as well as a tomb, complete with interiors built entirely out of real human bones.
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