Coronation route of Czech kings
Golden Prague, the city of a hundred spires, was the place of the coronation of Czech Kings for many centuries, and under the reign of Charles IV it was also the Emperor’s residence. Take a walk through Prague, UNESCO world heritage site, following the Royal Route that will lead you around ancient churches and palaces up to the unique Prague Castle.
When Charles IV became the Czech King after the death of his father John of Luxembourg, he commissioned the production of a new set of crown jewels and established new coronation rules. In 1347, Prague saw a spectacular coronation ceremony with a magnificent parade, which for the first time travelled up the Royal Way. This tradition was established by the great Emperor Charles IV. He was the first to take this route and the last was Ferdinand V in 1836.
Today, the Royal Way, crossing the historical quarters of Prague, is one of the most beautiful sightseeing routes in Prague. Take a walk from the Powder Tower through the lanes of the Old Town and feel like a nobleman in a royal procession. Stop in front of the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn and the Stone Bell House, once the home of Charles IV’s parents John of Luxembourg and Elizabeth of Bohemia. Admire the unique Old Town Clock, whose construction was completed under the reign of Wenceslas IV, the son of Charles IV. Just a few steps away, you can see the mysterious bay window of the Gothic Carolinum building, the oldest part of Charles University, the centre of European scholars. On the world-famous Charles Bridge, you will be captivated by the view of the picturesque roofs of the Lesser Town, then you can walk past them up to Prague Castle, with the monumental Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, the construction of which was also initiated by the pious and purposeful Emperor, who is buried here in the Royal Crypt, along with many other Czech Kings. From Prague Castle you will have a magnificent view of the entire city which will leave you in no doubt that Prague is the real heart of Europe.