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Prague's Royal Route
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Interesting details abound along the route followed by Czech kings on the “Royal Route,” Prague’s famous coronation path.

Visitors planning to tour Prague will want to read the April 2007 edition of National Geographic Traveler. The “City Life” section outlines a 13-stop walking route that includes both major sites such as Prague Castle (“a complex that includes gardens and the Old Royal Palace, now the seat of the Czech head of state”) and less well-known sites like the “House of the Black Madonna’s Czech Cubism exhibits.”

Tour

The tour starts at the Powder Tower, “just near Republic Square and its convenient tram and metro stop. You can climb the tower or simply admire the neo-Gothic spires from below (though these are 19th-century additions.)”

The fourth stop is “the Kinsky Palace at no. 12, and is among the [Old Town—Staromestske Namesti] square’s most ostentatious buildings. It will also strike a chord with fans of Czech novelist Milan Kundera. From the balcony in 1948, Czech Communist leader Klement Gottwald announced a coup d’etat by Soviet-backed Communists—a scene famously and humorously recounted in Kundera’s novel ‘The Book of Laughter and Forgetting.’

“The focal point of the square is the #5 stop—old Town Hall. Most visitors scurry straight to the medieval Astronomical Clock to see its mechanical clockwork figures parading at the top of the hour.”

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