Czech Republic: Hradec Králové

Hradec Králové – another small Czech town with layers of history in it. It was given as a presence to Queen Elizabeth of Poland in the early 14th centuries who lived there for 30 years while being a wife to two Bohemian kings. Fast forward a few years and it became Königgrätz under Swedish rule and a massive Königgrätz battle happened here demolishing pretty much all the ancient fortification. Today, the historic center is all about the main square Velke Namesti – an elongated irregular shape with many historic buildings, the townhall, Cathedral of Holy Ghost, and the White Tower. Climbing to the top of the bell tower offers an awesome panorama of the square and the town as well as seeing (and almost touching) the massive bells.