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Vltava River

Prague, Czech Republic

The Vltava is 270 miles long, making it the longest river in the Czech Republic. Crossed by 18 bridges within Prague, including the famous Charles Bridge, the river is a relaxing, uncrowded way to explore the city. River cruises include hourly sightseeing tours or longer lunch, tea, dinner and jazz options.


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Corvinesti Castle
Corvinesti Castle

Corvinesti Castle

One of the most stunning Gothic-style castles in Romania, Corvinesti Castle was built on the site of a former Roman camp. With a drawbridge, 100-foot well, towering buttresses and more than 50 rooms filled with medieval art, this is one of the must-see castles in Transylvania. 960 1280

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Peles Castle

Peles Castle

Located near the scenic mountain town of Sinai, Peles Castle’s architecture reflects both Neo-Renaissance and Gothic Revival style. Peles Castle was the first European castle to be powered by electricity and has over 160 rooms filled with paintings, sculptures and medieval arms. 960 1280

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Peles Castle Arms Room

Peles Castle Arms Room

Once the summer home to Romania’s first king, Carol I, Peles Castle’s “Great Hall of Arms” consists of a collection of roughly 16,000 pieces of weaponry and armor that date between the 15th and 19th century. 960 1280

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Bran Castle

Bran Castle

Romania’s most notorious castle? None other than Bran Castle, legendary home to Bram Stocker’s mythical Count Dracula. Vampire fan or not, you can’t help but feel the aura of mystery that surrounds this castle hovering high atop a 200-foot rock with its foreboding towers. 960 1280

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Bran Castle Interior

Bran Castle Interior

Inside Bran Castle, the mysterious atmosphere continues with narrow, winding stairways, 60 odd rooms filled with medieval weapons and armor, and dark underground passages. 960 1280

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Biertan Fortified Church

Biertan Fortified Church

Take a trip back to the medieval age with a visit to the quaint village of Biertan, a Unesco World Heritage Site. High on a hill in the village lies a 15th-century fortified church protected by 35-foot-high defensive walls. The inside of this medieval church is equally impressive with the largest Transylvanian multi-paneled wooden altar and a church organ with over 1,290 pipes. 960 1280

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Rasanov Fortress

Rasanov Fortress

Built around the 13th century by the Tetonic Knights, this citadel’s ancient ruins are a popular tourist attraction today. Visitors can get in the medieval spirit with a tour of Rasnov’s Feudal Art Museum that displays medieval artifacts and even a skeleton locked in a dungeon. 960 1280

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Calnic Fortified Church

Calnic Fortified Church

What makes this fortified church unique is its combination of Saxon noble and peasant community contributions. When the Saxon noble family sold the fortress to the peasants of Calnic in 1430, the village community built a new wall and a chapel in the courtyard. Inside the chapel, visitors today can see fragments of a 16th-century fresco. 960 1280

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Viscri Fortified Church

Viscri Fortified Church

Built in the 12th century, Viscri’s fortified church is considered to be the oldest church in Transylvania. Make your way to the top of the church tower for panoramic views of Viscri’s picturesque countryside and village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 960 1280

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Fagaras Fortress

Fagaras Fortress

This Transylvania stronghold withstood sieges and attacks in medieval times due to impenetrable brick walls and a deep, wide moat that surrounds the citadel. Today, visitors can tour the well-preserved fortress, which houses the Fagaras County Museum, with its collection of medieval weapons and folk crafts. 960 1280

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Bethlen-Haller Castle

Bethlen-Haller Castle

If you ever wanted to spend a night in a castle, this is your chance. With a mix of French Renaissance and Baroque style, Bethlen-Haller Castle offers history and wine lovers 14 guest rooms and 4 luxurious suites on a historic site with one of the largest vineyards in the country. 960 1280

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Physical medium Amy Allan and retired NYPD detective Steve Di Schiavi intrigued viewers this year with their new series, The Dead Files. In each episode, they explore the scene of a crime separately and only convene at the end to compare notes -- often to shocking result. 960 1280

  

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