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AERIAL VIEW photo of Hluboká Castle, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Zámek Hluboká, Česká republika.

Hluboká Castle is situated on a wooded hill overlooking the town of Hluboká nad Vltavou. The current architectural style dates back to the mid-19th century and has the Windsor Castle for inspiration. South Bohemia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a hot-air balloon, Karlštejn Castle, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Balonem, Hrad Karlštejn, Česká republika.

Hot-air balloon drifting in the smooth evening air near the historic castle of Karlštejn. This castle was founded in 1348 by Charles IV Holy Roman Emperor for safekeeping the royal treasures. Like many castles of that era, it underwent several reconstructions. It is one of the most visited castle in the country. Central Bohemia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Bouzov Castle, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Hrad Bouzov, Česká republika.

Bouzov Castle is a medieval fortress from the early 14th century. Its imposing architecture in a natural setting and its interior rich with furniture and art make it worth a visit and has been used regularly as a movie location. Central Moravia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Orlik Castle, Bohemia, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Zámek Orlík, Orlík nad Vltavou, Čechy, Vodní nádrž Orlík, Česká republika.

Orlik Castle (elevation: 360m) dates back to the second half of the 13th century. Once on a cliff high above the Vltava River, and now on the lakeshore of Lake Orvik; a 70-kilometer-long reservoir created by the construction of Orlik Dam (from 1954 to 1962). Orlik nad Vltavou, South Bohemia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Zvikov Castle, Bohemia, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Hrad Zvikov, Čechy, Vodní nádrž Orlík, Česká republika.

Zvikov Castle (elevation: 360m) dates back to the first half of the 13th century. Once a promontory above the confluence of the Vltava and Otava Rivers, and now a peninsula on the lakeshore of Lake Orvik; a 27km2 reservoir created by the construction of Orlik Dam (from 1954 to 1962). Zvíkovské Podhradí, South Bohemia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Trosky Castle, Bohemian Paradise, Bohemia, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Hrad Trosky, Český ráj, Čechy, Česká republika.

The ruins of Trosky Castle are crowning two basaltic peaks in the natural setting of the Bohemian Paradise region. Bohemia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Trosky Castle, Bohemian Paradise, Bohemia, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Hrad Trosky, Český ráj, Čechy, Česká republika.

This geologic curiosity is due to volcanic activity. During an eruption volcanic, the hot lava found its way up to the surface through two underground chimneys. After the eruption, the lava inside the chimney, eventually cooled off and solidified. Then over thousands of years, the surrounding soil, being softer was slowly washed away by erosion, revealing two magnificent volcanic peaks.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Konopiště Castle, Benešov, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Zámek Konopiště, Čechy, Česká republika.

Konopiště Castle dates back to the late 13th century. In 1887, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the autro-hungarian throne acquired the castle and the estate surrounding it. This was his main residence until June 1914, when he was assassinated on a military reconnaissance trip in Bosnia. This event precipitated World War I. Benešov, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a church, Mariánská Týnice, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Kostel, Česká republika.

Former Cistercian pilgrimage site and regional Museum & Gallery of the Northern Pilsen Region. Mariánská Týnice, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of a church, Zelená hora, Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Kostel, Česká republika.

Pilgrimage Church of Saint John of Nepomuk. Zelená hora, Žďár nad Sázavou, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Loket, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Česká republika.

12th-century Loket castle stands at the hilltop and is surrounded by the medieval town. It is situated within a meander of the Ohře River, hence the name loket which means elbow in Czech. Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Telč, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Česká republika.

The historic center of Telč with St. James' church, the castle and the square. A significant sight in Telč are the colorful well-preserved renaissance and baroque houses of the square, some from the 15th century and others from the following centuries. These houses are listed as a Unesco World Heritage site. Vysočina, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Česká Republika.

The Castle of Český Krumlov is situated on top of a cliff, from there it overlooks the old town within the natural protection of a meander of the Vltava River. The original castle dates back to the early 13th century. Due to its rich architectural heritage, the medieval town near the castle gained the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Český Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Castle Tower, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Zámecká věž, Česká republika.

Castle Tower (height: 54.5m) overlooking the Vltava River. Český Krumlov, South Bohemia, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Terezín - Theresienstadt, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Česká republika.

Terezín (German: Theresienstadt) was a military fortress built in the late 18th century under the reign of the Habsburg emperor Joseph II, he named it Theresienstadt after his mother empress Maria Theresa. This is the main fortress of Terezín, west of the Ohře River. It became a Jewish Ghetto / concentration camp during World War 2. Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Terezín - Theresienstadt, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Česká republika.

The small fortress of Terezín (German: Theresienstadt) is seperated from the main fortress by the Ohře River. It served as the prison of the Prague Gestapo during World War 2. Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Ještěd Tower, Liberec, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Česká republika.

The 94-meter-high Ještěd Tower crowns the summit of Mount Ještěd (elevation: 1012m). This multipurpose conical tower is a television transmitter and a hotel / restaurant. It can be reached either by road or by a cable-car. Liberec, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Karlův most, Praha, Česká republika.

Aerial view of the statues of Saints Cyril and Methodius on the historic Charles Bridge (Czech: Karlův most) over the Vltava River. Prague, Czech Republic.

AERIAL VIEW photo of the Otava River, Lake Orlik, Czech Republic. LETECKÝ POHLED, Wottawa, Vodní nádrž Orlík, Česká republika.

Lake Orlik here on the Otava Valley turn a dazzling green due to the proliferation of algae during the summer. Czech Republic.

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