Day Tour

Charles IV and the Making of Prague (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Prague, Czech Republic

Valid for Travel Now Through: 20 Mar 2019

Charles IV and the Making of Prague (3 Hours )

Prague, Czech Republic

Tour Features


  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing



Recommended Ages

12 and Above

Activity Level



In the course of this three-hour walk we’ll focus on the figure of Charles IV (1346 - 1378), the 14th century Holy Roman Emperor who centered his empire in Prague and re-made it as a Paris-style cultural capital. We start up at Prague Castle, which overlooks the river and the rest of the city. Although predating Charles, much of this structure was reworked by him, including St. Vitus Chapel, a masterwork of Gothic architecture.

We'll zoom in on Prague as we walk down from the castle, as our course takes us across the Charles Bridge, a Gothic masterpiece that was central to Charles’ re-building of Prague. We’ll use this as an opportunity to look at Charles’ plan for the city, which resulted in the construction of New Town and continues to guide the shape and energy of the city today. We’ll also look at how the era of Charles IV was seen later as a “Golden Age” of Bohemian self-rule in opposition to the flaunted opulence of Prague’s Baroque churches and palaces erected by the Hapsburg Dynasty centuries later.

On to the winding streets of the Old Town we'll see how the city looked before Charles’ arrival and focus on the political, social, and economic complexities of the city’s multicultural past. We’ll pass by the Carolinum, the university founded by Charles IV in the 1370s and visit some of its extant structures from that period, including the lovely Gothic “Oriel” window. We’ll look at how Charles envisioned Prague as a city of learning and attracted intellectuals from all over Europe, establishing a tradition that would extend over centuries and encompassing the likes of Mozart, Nazi resistance, and the Velvet Revolution.

By the end of the walk, you will come away with a clear sense of how Prague flourished under the reign of Charles, providing a great base from which to explore later time periods in the city's history.

About Us

The Context vision is to create an atmosphere—a context, if you will—for curious travelers to engage with local experts; to give them access to places and cultures that might otherwise remain out of sight to the casual visitor; to invite them off the tourist track and into the real life of the people, history, and heritage that make these cultural capitals amazing. With no more than six people, you'll participate in an intimate, hands-on, conversational experience. No Tour Guides - Our docents are first and foremost scholars or specialists, with MAs, Ph.D.s, or other terminal degrees in their fields of study.

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Terms & Conditions

Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late for your meeting with our docent, we ask that you call to alert us so that we can relay the message to the docent. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within three business days need to be made by phone to the emergency number provided in your confirmation email. Cancellations within three business days made via email or by calling our U.S. 800 number may not be honored. Other terms and conditions may apply.

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Reviewed on: 14 Aug 2018

The trip was our first experience with Context and it was amazing!
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By: Shari

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

The 6 person maximum of Context tours really made for an intimate learning experience. The docents they get to lead the groups were top notch!
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