Prague Travel Guide, Czech Republic
Often called the City of a Hundred Spires because of its many churches and towers, Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic.
Unlike much of central Europe, the city was largely undamaged in World War II (1939-1945) and the cityscape is stunning. Due to this, since the fall of Communism in 1989, Prague has become a major tourist attraction, bolstering the city’s economy.
Prague has two parts: Old Town and New Town, which lie on the eastern bank of the Vltava River. The historic center of the city, Old Town, developed in a valley on the banks of the river. Many bridges link the two parts of the city, the most famous of these being the Charles Bridge, commissioned in the late 14th century by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.
Old Town contains many important architectural and artistic monuments, several concert halls and museums many of them situated on Old Town Square. There’s Hradcany (Prague Castle) that includes several historical buildings and is Prague’s most visible symbol. Zlatá ulicka, or Golden Street, is just inside one of the castle’s walls and includes the tiny shops and small homes of the artisans who once served the castle’s occupants. Other attractions are the 14th-century Týn Church, and the astronomical clock, or Orloj, of Old Town Hall (Staromestská Radnice), which is adorned with statues of the 12 apostles that rotate each hour. Old Town also encompasses Josephov, the city’s Jewish quarter that contains the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is the oldest in Europe.
New Town, which is adjacent to Old Town on the eastern bank of the Vltava, is the commercial centre.
Prague caters for visitors all year round. Many Czechs go on holiday in July and August, during which time the supply of accommodation actually increases, as student hostels are opened to visitors, but you can also go in winter if you can put up with the cold, as hotel space is plentiful (except Christmas and New Year), and Prague is gorgeous under a mantle of snow.
What else? Prague’s many parks and gardens, the large sports and entertainment center, a zoological garden and the low rent and the cheap, exquisite Czech beer has always attracted visitors. The nightclubs, modern bars, discos, and jazz clubs are plentiful and the number and variety of restaurants in the city has also grown dramatically. Prague's past plays a big part in its entertainment scene by providing centuries-old stone cellars for musicians, sculpted facades for beer halls to make noise behind, or grand auditoriums for the staging of classical events.
Emerge yourself in the culture and traditions, get to know the people, taste the cuisine, have fun and enjoy the splendors of Prague!
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- Prague for every taste
review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
The city itself isn't very nice, besides the city center, what is pretty beautiful. There you have the place of Wenzel, where a lot of historic buildings are located. There you can also go shopping or just enjoy one of the restaurants or bars. In the night it's very interesting walking around in...
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review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
That trip was really long ago, but interesting. We have rent a whole loft for just nothing. So we could enjoy the trip by spending money only for going out at night. The city offered us great views and she still doing that. The Wenzels place and the bars and retaurants around it was the place we...
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- Dox Center for Contemporary Art
travel tip by erato posted more then 30 days ago
A combination of very large and very small spaces characterises Dox Center for Contemporary Art best. The main hall is 7000 square feet large and its walls 100 m tall. This gives home to major exhibitions. In the tower of the building...
- Strahov Monastery and Library
travel tip by welt-raiser posted more then 30 days ago
In 1143 Vladislav II founded Strahov Monastery, the second oldest of its kind in Prague. It is the home of Premonstratensian monks and a wonderful library with an exceptional collection of theological and philosophical works.The quarters...
- Famous city of the Fenstersturz
travel tip by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
Take a look at the Karls bridge and the city palace Hradschin. There the 30years war begun, when the people threw the officers of the emperor out of an window.
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