Day Tour

Charles IV and the Making of Prague (3 Hours)

Context Travel

Prague, Czech Republic

Valid for Travel Now Through: 01 Feb 2021

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.

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Context Travel offers cultural and historical tours and activities led by deep subject-matter experts in over 50 cities around the world. With coverage of lesser known locales as well as main city sites, our experts take clients through in-depth, thematic topics to help them get to know a city more deeply. The tours are designed to be the ideal environment for learning – they are conversation-driven private experiences that are structured, but never scripted.

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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: 17 Nov 2018

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Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2019

We had two tours, one entitled "Intro to HK: Colony to Financial Powerhouse" and the other "Kowloon Street Food Tour". The first had an architectural as well as historical framework, which was worthwhile, and our guide was very earnest and enthusiastic. We liked her very much. Our second tour, ostensibly a "Kowloon Street Food" got a little off track onto some political topics (reference is made in the description to discussing "local issues") but we made clear to our guide that we much preferred to spend our limited time checking out the street food and markets, and leaving politics and history aside. (Every guide prior to this had given us a similar capsule history of HK.) In fairness to our review of the guide, my wife and I were extremely tired by the time of our evening tour, and had to conclude the tour early, and we do not fault our guide in any way for our "running out of steam". Our guide was nice, though he made a couple of comments that might have been better left unsaid.
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Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2019

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