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While Charles IV is a household name in the Czech Republic, Rudolf II sometimes gets overlooked, despite being the king who moved the Habsburg residency from Vienna back to Prague in the 17th century. This made Prague the place to be at the time. As a child, Rudolf lived in Vienna until he was 11 years old, when his father Maximillian sent him off with his siblings to study with his uncle, Spanish King Filip II.  Rule of the King As Maximillian’s oldest son, Rudolf took the throne in 1576 after his death and moved the dynasty to Prague, making the city a cultural and political centre of Europe. It was during this era that you could peruse the streetsRead more.

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A giant castle that imprisoned a queen and houses a dragon is a thing of fairytales, except in the Czech Republic, where castles, princes, and magical spirits are intertwined into our history. Located near Karlovy Vary, Loket Castle was built in the 12th century in the Romanesque style and was most likely made to serve as a border fortress. However, through the 13th to 14th centuries, the castle and its surrounding town received an upgrade into a royal city. The castle received renovations into the Gothic style it bears today. Additionally, many royal families began to stay at the castle and used it as an escape from danger. In the early 14th century, Queen Eliška Přemyslovna and her young son,Read more.

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The first signs of beer in Europe are from about 800BC in Bavaria, Germany. But if you made a list concerning the first formal breweries to begin operating in Central Europe, you would see the Weihenstephan Brewery near the top. In the mid-11th century, the brewery began making what would become traditional wheat beers coming from the area. Heading south, the first indications of brewing here in Bohemia are from 993 AD in Monastery Brevnov right here in Prague, which today is accessible as an innovative craft brewery within the city!  As rights to brewing beer spread throughout different towns as time went on (to the Middle Ages), so rose the likelihood of finding your average household to be brewingRead more.