Heart of Europe
The capital city of the Czech Republic is considered the heart of the European continent. Its history is deeply rooted in every building and you can feel the city’s cultural spirit in every step. Different architectural styles have been preserved throughout wars and years of the communist era, providing visitors with a valuable insight into past images of Prague. As visitors travel along the Vltava River, they are taken on a historical rollercoaster; ranging from the Prague Castle, being the largest historical complex, to the Dancing House representing the city’s modern contemporary architecture on the opposite side of the river. However, Prague is not only a city of historical monuments but also a city for living, where culture is an integral part of all things. It is not surprising to find that it has been a source of inspiration for many famous Prague residents and personalities, such as Einstein, Kafka, Mozart and van Beethoven.
Today, many years on from the Velvet Revolution, Prague has established itself as the meeting point of the East and West. The city is now host to multiple scientific conferences and cultural events and is in the top 10 of event destinations worldwide. The same goes for movie makers who simply love coming to Prague to enhance the scene and backdrop of their movies. You may have seen Prague in films such as The Bourne Identity (2002), The Illusionist (2006), Casino Royale (2006), Mission: Impossible (1996) and Amadeus (1984).
Prague isn’t just a city, but an entity of some kind.
5 things not to miss in Prague
Be Enchanted by the Old Town Square
It's like stepping inside a fairy-tale picture book. The square seems especially huge because of the contrast with the narrow streets leading into it. But size alone is not what makes the square so impressive is not just its size: it is also the remarkable architecture enclosing the space which delight the visitor. Highlights are the Old Town Hall, with the world's oldest working Astronomical Clock on its tower and the Týn and St. Nicholas Churches.
Hike up to Prague Castle
From its hilltop perch the Prague Castle looms over the city. It has been home to Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of both Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic since the first fortress was constructed here in the year 870. Prague Castle remains the seat of government of the Czech Republic.
Taste the local food
The weekly markets all over the city are the ideal place to stroll on a Saturday morning, to enjoy a wide variety of street foods cooked up by some of the city's best restaurants. Farmers offer local products, all fresh and tasty. The Rašínovo nábřeží embankment along the Vltava has become one of the city's hotspots in recent years. It is also well worth a visit at night, with live music adding to a wonderful atmosphere.
Cross the Charles Bridge
More than just a bridge, it's a history lesson, a performance venue,and a shopping centre. From the earliest days of Prague this bridge, across the Vltava River has been the focal point of the city. King Vladislaus II built the first bridge in 1170. In 1342, when the original structure was washed away in a flood, King Charles IV replaced it with the version that stands today.
Prague from the boat
There are quite a few river cruises you can choose from, apart from the regular ones such as one-hour or two-hour trips (heading to Prague Zoo for example) or lunch and dinner cruises. There are other possibilities, for instance a private trip on a rented boat or taking a sightseeing cruise round Devil's Stream (Čertovka) in Italian gondolas. It is also a unique opportunity to take fantastic pictures of Prague at night.
For more information, visit www.prague.eu