What it is: The central stretch of the city illustrates great periods of Hungarian history via stunning architecture, including such masterpieces as the Parliament (pictured), Opera House, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Market Hall.
What it is: Constructed within one year after the Peace of Westphalia (treaties ending the Thirty Years' War in 1648), these churches—the largest timber-framed religious buildings in Europe—were built by Lutherans in the Roman Catholic parts of Silesia, Poland.
After settling in, we'll take an orientation walk through the Old Town, including the wonderfully pedestrian Charles Bridge, and enjoy dinner together. You'll be free to explore more of the Josefov neighborhood (with your Jewish Museum in Prague pass) before rejoining the group for a guided tour of the classy concert halls and salons of Prague's Municipal House and a visit to the Mucha Museum. This morning we'll hop on a local tram to take us across the Vltava River and up the hill to the most massive castle complex in continental Europe: Prague Castle. You'll have easy connections to home, back to Prague, or on to Budapest and other points in Europe. It's an essential part of the Rick Steves tour experience.
Tonight you'll be free to make your own discoveries in Prague. On our Best of Berlin, Prague & Vienna in 12 Days tour — among other things — you'll need to happily…
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Let's face it: When it comes to a continent as beautiful and diverse as Europe, deciding which landmarks to add to your itinerary can be a daunting task.
From the music of Strauss to the dynasty of the Habsburgs and the idealism of the Velvet Revolution, these remarkable cities have sparked the dangers, hopes, and beauty of Europe — yesterday and today. We'll begin our day with a walking tour through the historic heart of Berlin.
For lunch, a member of Berlin's extensive Turkish immigrant community will introduce us to some traditional Turkish specialties, the city's most popular ethnic cuisine. This morning we'll trace the path of the poignant Berlin Wall Memorial and explore more of ever-changing East Berlin.
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It always helps to do some research before you set out with a backpack and Eurail pass, and luckily, some of that research has already been done for you by UNESCO.
This United Nations agency chooses towns, national parks, and architectural wonders around the world that are invaluable to humanity, and they have designated more than 400 sites in Europe alone.
What it is: One of the most sacred places in Christendom, ruled by the Pope.