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There's no need to do homework ahead of time to enjoy this tour, but if you are interested in more background
than is provided in the day-by-day itinerary these links will guide you to more detailed information.



Capital of the Czech Republic and its largest city (1.2 million in 2007)


Old Town Prague

The original place of settlement of Prague, dating from around the 9th century


Prague Astronomical Clock

An incredibly advanced medieval astronomical clock including an astronomical dial representing the positions of the sun and moon in the sky and other astronomical details, an hourly show of the figures of the Apostles, and a calendar dial


Prague Castle

The castle complex in Prague where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices

Hluboka nad Vltavou, Cesky Krumlov

Hluboka nad Vltavou

Basic Wiki page on this town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, known for its Chateau


Chateau Hluboka nad Vltavou

Czech castles website page with detailed history of the Chateau and additional photos


Cesky Krumlov

Small city in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, best known for the fine architecture of the historic old town and Krumlov Castle

Vienna Hofburg


Capital of Austria, its largest city (1.7 million), and the country's cultural, economic and political center


St. Stephen's Cathedral

The seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vienna, the main religious edifice in Vienna, and one of the city's defining symbols


Hofburg Imperial Palace

Former residence of the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire, now the official residence of the President of Austria


Schonbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn is one of the most beautiful and important cultural monuments in Austria, illustrating the tastes and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.  Massive and elegant palace and gardens complex.

Salzburg, Innsbruck, Munich, Nuremberg


Capital of the Austrian state of Salzburg, famous for its baroque architecture


Fortress Hohensalzburg

One of the largest medieval castles in Europe, atop Festungberg Hill



Capital of the western Austria federal state of Tyrol, renowned winter sports center


Munich (München / Muenchen) is the capital of Bavaria and Germany's third largest city (1.3 million in 2006)


The Residenz

The former royal residence of the Bavarian Dukes, Electors and Kings



Nuremberg (Nürnberg, population ~500,000) is strategically located in the middle of Germany.  Its development over the ages resulted from its position on major trade routes, and it was protected by castles towering over the city.


UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO website listing World Heritage properties by country and providing background on selection criteria and processes.  There are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this tour: the historic centres of the cities of Salzburg, Vienna, Cesky Krumlov, and Prague, and the Palace and Gardens of Schonbrunn.



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