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    The European Quartet

    Travel Weekly contributor Nadine Godwin recently participated in a press tour sponsored by the European Quartet joint marketing group comprising the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The buildings in Prague's Old Town Square are irresistible to tourists carrying cameras, and the Storch House, seen here, illustrates the point. That is King Wenceslas on horseback riding across the front of the house.

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    The European Quartet

    Prague's Old Town Square with the iconic Tyn Church in the background and some of the square's many cafes in the foreground.

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    The European Quartet

    These seemingly unrelated buildings are all part of Prague's Old Town Hall. The city's famed astronomical clock can be seen near the bottom of the tower at far right.

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    The European Quartet

    Striking sgraffito work adorns the Minute House, the Czech writer Franz Kafka's childhood home, seen on Prague's Old Town Square.

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    The European Quartet

    Golden Lane on Prague's Castle Hill. Kafka lived in many places, including the blue house here, No. 22.

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    The European Quartet

    Prague's Castle Hill seen from the Charles Bridge. One of the bridge's famous statues is visible in the foreground.

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    The European Quartet

    Prague's Castle Hill seen under early-morning light.

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    The European Quartet

    Prague's popular Charles Bridge and the Vltava River.

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    The European Quartet

    The Fishermen's Bastion on Buda hill, an ideal place for viewing the Pest half the city of Budapest, Hungary's capital.

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    The European Quartet

    Hungary's Parliament building seen under late-afternoon light from the Fishermen's Bastion.

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    The European Quartet

    Budapest's famous Chain Bridge. The steeples of St. Stephen's Basilica are visible in the background.

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    The European Quartet

    Mathias Church, Hungary's traditional coronation church.

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    The European Quartet

    Budapest's Liberation Monument, erected to commemorate Hungary's liberation by the Soviets at the end of World War II.

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    The European Quartet

    Another memorial in Budapest, but erected to remember the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and subsequent Soviet invasion of the country.

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    The European Quartet

    Gypsy entertainers, often a part of planned tours in Hungary.

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    The European Quartet

    Hungarian horsemen are famous for stunts like this, where one man drives five horses while standing on the backs of two. This horseman displays his skill for tourists during a regular show at Lazar Equestrian Park outside of Budapest.

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    The European Quartet

    A cyclist crosses in front of the Cloth Hall, at the center of Krakow's Market Square. The building, now housing small shops, recalls the city's importance as a medieval trading center, when Krakow also was Poland's capital.

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    The European Quartet

    Outdoor cafes and St. Mary's Basilica are hallmarks of Krakow's central Market Square.

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    The European Quartet

    Krakow's St. Mary's Basilica is well known for its altarpiece but is almost as astonishing for all the color throughout its interior.

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    The European Quartet

    Outdoor cafes bring life to Krakow's historic Market Square, but they are complemented by the scores of eateries and clubs that exist below the square's environs in centuries-old cellars.

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    The European Quartet

    The underground interior of the Pod Aniolami Restaurant, one of the many below-the-surface spots in Krakow.

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    The European Quartet

    The hilltop Wawel Castle, once home to Polish royalty. The figures in the foreground indicate the scale of the retaining walls.

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    The European Quartet

    Wawel Cathedral, or formally, the Archcathedral of St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslas, coronation and burial site for most of Poland's kings.

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    The European Quartet

    A salt bas-relief depicting Mary and Joseph escaping into Egypt with the infant Jesus. The work is seen in St. Kinga's Chapel inside the Wieliczka Salt Mine outside of Krakow.

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    The European Quartet

    Barracks at the Auschwitz concentration camp outside of Krakow look innocuous here, but the guard tower and barbed wire in the foreground tell another story.

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    The European Quartet

    An eatery inside the Aphrodite hotel and spa complex, in Rajecke Teplice, Slovakia.

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    The European Quartet

    View of Slovakia's Tatras Mountains, with a German World War II cemetery in the foreground.

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    The European Quartet

    The Bratislava Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia's capital, seen from the Danube River.

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    The European Quartet

    A close-up view of the Bratislava Castle, which overlooks the city's Old Town as well as the Danube.

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    The European Quartet

    The main square in the heart of Bratislava's Old Town.

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    The European Quartet

    Bratislava's Old Town Hall, seen at night.

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    The European Quartet

    View of the Bratislava Castle from inside the city's historic Old Town.

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    The European Quartet

    Outdoor cafes line the recently redeveloped Danube riverside in Bratislava, the Slovak capital.

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