New Year Fireworks

There were official fireworks planned on the 1st of January, held by the municipal authority of Prague. And therefore I grabbed my camera, tripod and cable released and headed for Vitkov. Vitkov is quite a big hill in Prague with a former mausoleum (now it is museum) on top of it and it offers great views on centre of Prague, especially Prague Castle and Letná. And Letná is a park from which all the firework rockets were fired.

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Prague Castle Panorama

Charles’ Bridge and Prague Castle

Prague Castle, founded in 870 AD, is the largest medieval castle in Europe. It was the seat of the Kings of Bohemia for centuries, and today the President of the Czech Republic rules from here. The Prague Castle complex covers over 7 hectares and is centred around three great courtyards. The dominant building within, and the most recognisable landmark in the city, is St. Vitus Cathedral.

Prague’s oldest bridge, the Charles Bridge, connects Old Town with Malá Strana. Dating to 1347, it was originally called the Stone Bridge, or Prague Bridge, before being named Charles Bridge in 1870, after its founder King Charles IV. Charles Bridge is adorned with 30 stone statues of saints and personages, added between 1683 and 1928.

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Loket Castle

Loket is a small town in Western Bohemia region. The town is surrounded by river Ohře from three sides, the shape of the river reminds the shape of an elbow, thus the name of the town (in czech the word “loket” means an elbow). In the town centre there is Loket Castle which was built in the 12th century. 26m high tower in back of the castle of a square conceals the Loket Dragon. It looks like a winged lizard and it was supposed to be “good” dragon as it helped to start fire in stoves so the food for all the villagers can be prepared.

These photo were taken from a bridge across the river Ohře.
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Signpost at the town square.
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Colourful houses in the shadow cast by the castle tower.
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The entrance to the castle quadrangle.
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