Tag Archives: Central Europe

Walking Tours: Prague In The Czech Republic (4K)

Tourister (November 2022) Prague, Czech Praha, city, capital of the Czech Republic. Lying at the heart of Europe, it is one of the continent’s finest cities and the major Czech economic and cultural centre. The city has a rich architectural heritage that reflects both the uncertain currents of history in Bohemia and an urban life extending back more than 1,000 years.

The physical attractions and landmarks of Prague are many. Among the finest is the Charles Bridge (Karlův most), which stands astride the Vltava River. The winding course of the Vltava, with its succession of bridges and changing vistas, contrasts with the ever-present backdrop of the great castle of Hradčany (Prague Castle), which dominates the left-bank region of the city from behind massive walls set high on a hill.

The narrow streets and little taverns and restaurants of the older quarters contrast with the broad sweep of Wenceslas Square and modern parks and housing developments, while the great 18th-century Baroque palaces have their own elegance and splendour. Seen from the surrounding hills, the many church towers make up a unique perspective, giving Prague its description as the “city of a hundred spires.”

This architectural harmony was enhanced by post-1945 planning, which preserved the ancient core of the city as a major monument and carefully supervised all modern building. In 1992 the historic city centre was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

City Walking Tours: Brno In The Czech Republic (4K)

Brno is a city in the Czech Republic. It’s known for its modernist buildings, like the restored Villa Tugendhat, completed in 1930 by architect Mies van der Rohe. The medieval Špilberk Castle houses a city museum, gardens and a former prison with vaulted tunnels. The Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul has baroque altars, a 14th-century statue of the Madonna and Child, and city views from its steeple.

Filmed in November 2022.

Travel: Touring Central And Eastern Europe (DW)

From Germany via Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary to Rumania – that’s the route our two DW reporters Shabnam Surita and Laila Abdalla took. They travelled all the way through Central and Eastern Europe to find out how the Russian war against Ukraine is affecting tourism in its neighboring countries.

Cities visited: Wroclaw, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest and Timisoara.

Cinematic Travel Tour: The Beauty Of Slovenia

Filmed and edited by: Tim Roosjen

List of places filmed: Lake Bled – Church of St. Tomaz (Jamnik) – Church of St. Primož and Felicijan – Kranjska gora – Velika Planina – Vintgar gorge – Julian Alps (Visevnik) – Savica Waterfall – Soča River

Sloveniacountry in central Europe that was part of Yugoslavia for most of the 20th century. Slovenia is a small but topographically  diverse  country made up of portions of four major European geographic landscapes—the European Alps, the karstic Dinaric Alps, the Pannonian and Danubian lowlands and hills, and the Mediterranean coast. Easily accessible mountain passes (now superseded by tunnels) through Slovenia’s present-day territory have long served as routes for those crossing the Mediterranean and transalpine regions of Europe.

Slovenia
Slovenia

The Slovenes are a South Slavic people with a unique language. For most of its history, Slovenia was largely controlled by the  Habsburgs  of  Austria, who ruled the Holy Roman Empire and its successor states, the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary; in addition, coastal portions were held for a time by Venice. As part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia came under communist rule for the bulk of the post-World War II period. With the dissolution of the Yugoslav federation in 1991, a multiparty democratic  political system emerged. Slovenia’s economic prosperity in the late 20th century attracted hundreds of thousands of migrants from elsewhere in the Balkans. In the early 21st century, Slovenia integrated economically and politically with western Europe, joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as well as the European Union in 2004. Slovenia’s capital and most important city is Ljubljana.

Summer Walks: Košice In Eastern Slovakia (4K)

Košice is a city in eastern Slovakia, close to the Hungarian border. Its origins go back to the medieval period, and the central Lower Gate archaeological complex preserves fortifications from the 13th century. Hlavné námestie, the main square, is home to 2 Gothic churches: the huge St. Elisabeth Cathedral and the 14th-century St. Michael Chapel. Nearby, St. Urban’s Tower contains a museum of wax figurines. 

Filmed in September 2022.

Walking Tour: Maribor In Northeast Slovenia (4K)

Maribor is a Slovenian city set amid wine-region hills on the Drava River. On Glavni Trg, the old town’s main square, the Renaissance-style Town Hall (Mariborski rotovž) dates from 1515. On nearby Grajski Trg square, 15th-century Maribor Castle houses a frescoed Knights’ Hall and the Regional Museum of Maribor, with extensive displays of local artifacts. To the southwest, Mariborsko Pohorje is a prominent ski resort.

Walking Tour: Szeged In Southern Hungary (4K)

Szegedcity with county status and seat of Csongrád megye (county), southeastern Hungary. It lies on the Tisza River, west (downstream) of its confluence with the Maros and a few miles from the intersection of Hungary, Romania, and Serbia.

Szeged was a military stronghold and trade centre in the time of the Árpád kings (10th–15th century) and was sacked by the Tatars and the Turks. Flourishing as a centre of commerce, it was one of Hungary’s largest cities in the early 16th century, though it suffered under Turkish rule in the late 16th century and under Austrian rule from the late 17th century. 

8K Views: The Landmarks & Landscapes Of Poland

Polandcountry of central Europe. Poland is located at a geographic  crossroads that links the forested lands of northwestern Europe to the sea lanes of the Atlantic Ocean and the fertile plains of the Eurasian frontier.

Video timeline: 0:00 intro 0:15 Green field in Sułoszowa 0:23 Wooden house cover by the ice 0:34 Tatra mountains 0:40 Odra river 0:45 Krakow Traffic 0:50 Warsaw at night 1:29 Castle ruins 1:33 Rocky mountain 1:43 Field in Sułoszowa 1:51 Stare miasto 2:02 Castle ruins 2:13 Krzyżtopór Castle 2:23 Turbines 2:30 Warsaw at night 2:44 Castle ruins 2:58 Pieskowa skala 3:06 Wawel castle 2:14 Green mountain 3:18 Old castle 3:28 warsaw time-lapse 3:33 Culture and Science 3:44 Nowy castle 3:53 Krakow 4:08 Poland warsaw 4:34 Odra river 4:51 Night warsaw 4:55 Tatra mountain 5:04 Zakopane 5:15 Turbine 5:26 Kazimierz Dolny 5:36 Old castle 5:46 Clock Tower 5:56 Wawel royal castle 6:06 Renaissance castle 6:17 Stare miasto 6:27 Stare miasto 6:43 Capital of poland 6:55 Modern downtown 7:05 Clock Tower 7:17 Krakow 7:27 Krakow 7:37 Aerial View 7:47 Skyscrapers 7:58 Clock Tower 8:07 Turbine 8:19 Nowy wisnicz 8:29 Castle 8:40 Wroclaw 8:52 Poland at night 9:13 Royal castle 9:32 Clock Tower 9:52 Skyscraper 10:04 Clock Tower

Now bounded by seven nations, Poland has waxed and waned over the centuries, buffeted by the forces of regional history. In the early Middle Ages, Poland’s small principalities and townships were subjugated by successive waves of invaders, from Germans and Balts to Mongols.

In the mid-1500s, united Poland was the largest state in Europe and perhaps the continent’s most powerful nation. Yet two and a half centuries later, during the Partitions of Poland (1772–1918), it disappeared, parceled out among the contending empires of RussiaPrussia, and Austria.

Aerial Views: Bratislava – Capital Of Slovakia (8K)

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River by the border with Austria and Hungary. It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails. The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube. 

Slovakia, officially the Slovak Republic, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east, Hungary to the south, Austria to the southwest, and the Czech Republic to the northwest. 

Winter Views: Cities And Landscapes Of Poland (4K)

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative provinces called voivodeships, covering an area of 312,696 km². Poland has a population of over 38 million, and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union.