5 Important Events in the History of Prague

Prague has a rich and fascinating history. The city has experienced invasions and revolutions. In other words, Prague has seen it all. In this article, we would like to write shortly about five events that has impacted the city and its history greatly. If you want to learn more about the different events, go to Wikipedia or some other source that you trust. You can also join a guided tour in Prague to learn more.

1. Foundation of Prague Castle (9th century)

Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world. It has been the place from which Czech rulers have governed the country for more than thousand years. The construction of the castle started in the 9th century making it one of the oldest castles in Europe.

2. Construction of the Charles Bridge (1357)

Charles Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in Prague. The bridge, which crosses the Vltava River, was built in the 14th century. For a long time it was the only connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town, but if you visit Prague today, it is only one of many bridges. But, the truth is that tourists coming to Prague only remember the name of one bridge as they go home and that is the Charles Bridge.

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3. Defenestration of Prague (1618)

The Defenestration of Prague was a pivotal event in the start of the Thirty Years’ War, a major European conflict that lasted from 1618 to 1648. In 1618, Czech rebels threw Habsburg officials out of a window of the Prague Castle, sparking the conflict.

4. Prague Spring (1968)

The Prague Spring was a period of political liberalization and mass protest in Czechoslovakia. It began on January 5 in 1968, and it ended approximatelz 7 1/2 months later due to the Soviet Union-led invasion on August 21, 1968. The period was characterized by attempts to institute reforms and greater political freedom, but the invasion put an end to these hopes.

5. Velvet Revolution (1989)

The Velvet Revolution was a non-violent political revolution that took place in Czechoslovakia in 1989. The revolution led to the end of 41 years of Communist rule in the country. The Velvet Revolution was highlighted by mass demonstrations and strikes in Prague, as well as other cities throughout the country.

These events have all played a significant role in shaping the history of Prague. By learning about these events, we can gain a better understanding of the city’s rich past and the important role it has played in European history. If you wan to learn more about Prague, join a guided tour, take a look at the other articles in our Prague Guide, and come discover the city for yourself soon!