The capital city of The Czech Republic is like an open-air gallery full of historic monuments and squares, wonderful gardens, museums, cafés and markets known as the "Golden City" and regarded officially as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with many UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Within a thousand years of its initial existence the city grew from a small settlement into a great city which until today has managed to keep hold of its own unique culture and heritage. Walking along the cobble stone streets Prague Castle, Charles bridge, the Astronomical Clock and the Jewish quarter are all within easy reach. In Prague, you constantly are surrounded by it's rich history, stunning architecture, unconventional art and other treasures other locations fall to offer.
MAP OF PRAGUE
The capital city of the Czech republic
REASONS TO COME TO PRAGUE
1. PRAGUE IS A REAL ARCHITECTONICAL TREASURE
Within a day or two romanesque cellars, gothic churches, renaissance paintings on building facades, baroque palaces and beautiful gardens as well as art nouveau/cubist buildings used as functioning museums can all be wonderfully experienced. A city like no other stunning hististoric architecture surrounds you aril times, Charles bridge, St.Vitus Cathedral, Wallenstein garden, Wenceslas Square and Frank Gehry´s Dancing house will amaze and fascinate.
2. PRAGUE IS A MUSICAL CITY
Fans of all types of music can enjoy their favorite tunes in anything from world-renowned uniquely designed clubs to classical music halls, churches, jazz clubs, bars and pubs. Mozart composed Don Giovanni opera for the city of Prague saying: "My Czechs understand me."
3. IN PRAGUE YOU CAN GET THE BEST BEER,
locals of course claim this and Pilsner Urquel is one of the most imported beers in the USA, Staropramen and Budvar are exported by the truckload to the UK and other countries too, so the reputation is sealed… These exported beers however are only the tip of a very large iceberg, and the wealth and richness of the Czech Republic's beer brewing history can only really truly be experienced by a visit - great beer made from medieval recipes found in a monastery for over 500 years. The big brands like Pilsner Urquell or Staropramen are available in every street. The choice of good pubs is staggering, Large beers go for around two dollars! The British are famous for coming to Prague because of the high quality beer at ridiculous prices, the equivalent of just over 1 pound for a half litre of the finest lager.
4. MOLDAU RIVER – THE SOUL OF THE CITY
Thirty bridges over the Moldau enhancing a most beautiful and romantic experience, taking in Prague Castle and other wonderful sights. Have you heard the Vltava symphony by renowned classical music composer Bedrich Smetana? It is one of the many tributes to this scenic watercourse.
5. PRAGUE CAFÉS
An essential part of the city and of cultural life of the locals is the cafe culture adopted from the French in a particular continental European style. Heralding a great tradition of meeting friends and business associates in hundred year old art-nouvea cafés in the city centre drinking espressos and lattés in authentic ceramic cups, sitting on soft luxurious sofas or antique chairs where luminaries such as Albert Einstein or Franz Kafka used to sit! What an amazing opportunity to relax and soak up the historic atmosphere. Just try it!
Several boutiques, antique shops, big fancy department stores and markets provide a wonderful opportunity to shop in unique locations. Most of the shops stay open most of the time throughout the week and also weekends too.
7. HISTORICAL GARDENS AND PARKS
Would you believe there are 200 historical parks and gardens in this lovely city? Some of them abbey gardens, palace / castle gardens and some private. Sample a great June afternoon in one of these gardens. Ruminate on life in Prague in the 17th and 18th centuries when noble families used to walk through the gardens in beautiful clothes etc.
8. PRAGUE AS A CITY OF TECHNICAL MONUMENTS
Apart from the 120 year old tram ways which is just something common for the locals there's the cable car taking you up to the local treasure of Petřín tower – "little Eiffel tower". You can also get to the National technical museum, Křižík fontain or even the old waste water treatment plant where Mission Impossible 1 was filmed.
9. PRAGUE FOR FAMILIES AND KIDS
Let´s go to the Toy Museum in Prague Castle where kings used to live kids! Then let's do the Mirror maze onto one of the most beautiful ZOO´s in the world. Stop for traditional plum strudel with tons of home made whipped cream and hot chocolate. Yum + fun combined in one delicious package.
10. PRAGUE WHEREVER YOU LOOK
You can view the city in many different ways - from climbing a medieval fortification tower to looking over the city from Prague Castle. Climbing 300 stairs up Petřín tower to see the city from an aerial view, also possible from the TV tower in Prague 3 which looks like a communist space rocket. Taking a boat cruise or a romantic walk across Charles bridge in the evening light..