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There was something magical about 18th century Prague that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could not resist. Although Mozart was one of Vienna’s most influential musical residents, he also loved the fact that Prague was musically educated and very appreciative of the arts. Mozart’s Visits to Prague Mozart visited Prague five times, mostly to premiere some of his work. His first visit, which lasted about a month, was in January 1787. He was greeted by Praguers as a star – concerts were organized in his honor and during a performance by the local symphony, he jumped on stage to improvise a solo on a piano. He was so beloved and so successful during the trip that he returned in October to premiereRead more.

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The Charles Bridge in Prague is a celebrity in its own right. An iconic part of the city’s landscape, it has been a star in international movies, the location for many photoshoots, and it is an absolute must-see sight for tourists. However, the Charles Bridge is a relatively modern addition to Prague compared to the city’s history. Considering that the Prague Castle was built in the 9th century, the Charles Bridges’ 1357 birth year means that Prague was without it for almost as long as it has existed. So, what came before the Charles Bridge? Before the Charles Bridge, there was the Judith Bridge. Named after King Vladislav II’s wife, Queen Judith, the Judith Bridge was built in the 12thRead more.

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Once upon a time, not long ago, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria was one big monarchy known as the Austro-Hungarian Empire, ruled by the Habsburg family. The Austro-Hungarian empire would be the last chapter of the Habsburg’s nearly 400-year reign over much of Europe.  After their demise in World War I, the Habsburgs lost their power over their former empire and seemed to just disappear into the fog of war. However, remnants of their bloodline and dynasty managed to survive to this day.  Four years after the assassination of his uncle Franz Ferdinand, Karl I, the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire was exiled by the British to Madeira with his wife and seven kids. The family spentRead more.