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Prague

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums and Castles

The city of a thousand spires is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Its stunning skyline and architecture give many clues to its fascinating history.

How do you get to Prague?

Visitors can’t help fall under Prague’s old world charm. It is the capital of the Czech Republic, and until the late 1980’s, was under communist rule. These days, it is also known as the ‘heart of Europe’ and is one of Europe’s leading cities. It also has some of the best beer in the continent.

Prague is compact enough to see on foot, but wear good walking shoes to avoid the pain of cobbled streets. Take a camera to capture the surroundings and some Czech crowns (czk) to sample the famous Pilsner (local beer). ‘Pivo, prosím’means ‘one beer, please’.

The city is divided by the River Vltava, responsible for another moniker, ‘mini Venice.’ Linked by the medieval Charles Bridge; on one side lies the castle district, and opposite, the sprawling Old Town (Staré Město) and New Town (Nové Město). The city’s Old Town lies at the heart of the historical district. Here you’ll find the timeless Old Town Square and its famous Astronomical Clock.

Staying here has its advantages. There are many excellent hotels and restaurants, beautiful baroque buildings, and charming cobbled streets around you, and easy routes to the top sights.

From the Old Town, follow the Royal Way, to majestic Prague Castle, which dates back to around AD 870. Spend the day exploring its vast grounds and attractions such as St Vitus’s Cathedral and the Golden Lane. Go early for the changing of the Guard at 12:00.

The historical former Jewish Quarter (Josefov), in the Old Town, has some of the most beautiful Moorish architecture and synagogues. The Spanish Synagogue is one of the most striking with an accompanying cemetery. Synagogues are normally closed on Jewish holidays, including Saturdays.

Prague’s New Town, is the city’s commercial centre. Don’t be fooled by the name, as it was founded in the early 14th century. This is the livelier side of Prague, with Wenceslas Square at its core. Here you’ll find many bars, restaurants, shops, hotels and main transport links. The sites of the New Town are best seen by day. Like many modern capital cities, it is less charming at night.

The Square has been the location for much of Prague’s political upheaval. Here in 1989, the Velvet Revolution took place, leading to the downfall of the communist regime. Above the Square sits a statue of Prague’s ancient national hero, King Wenceslas, and in the backdrop, sit two other national treasures, the National Museum and Prague State Opera.

When tired of touring on foot, negotiate the winding streets with a tram ride through the city, or see Prague from yet another viewpoint with a magical boat trip along the Vltava River.

However you do it, you won’t forget the sights of this postcard city.

Things to do in Prague

This public space is as important to the people of Prague today as it was a thousand years ago.

Witness the changing of the guard ceremony at this medieval fortified complex that is now the seat of the President of the Czech Republic and also houses the huge St. Vitus Cathedral.

Prague’s busiest boulevard is great for both shopping and nightlife and has a history as a gathering point for local uprisings and celebrations.

This iconic structure with sculptures spans the Vltava River and connects the historic Lesser Town on the west bank with the Old Town on the east bank.

The hourly show put on by this early 15th-century masterpiece on the Old Town Hall is a must-see event that draws the crowds.

This modern building, which houses a bar and restaurant, stands out from Prague’s traditional cityscape.

Within the grounds of the Prague Castle lies this highly revered church, home of the Czech crown jewels and seat of the archbishop of Prague.

Walk beneath this imposing structure and imagine life during the time when Prague was a walled city.

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Are you ready for an evening of fun and merriment. Then welcome to a fascinating journey to the past! Once you reach the historical tavern, which is located right in the middle of the Old Town, take a steep stairway which leads deep into the darkness of old gothic cellars and – for this one night – also deep into the past.

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Combine boat, tram, and walking to fully discover the highlights of this beautiful city. Eat a delectable lunch at a 17th-century tavern. Embrace all the wonders Prague has to offer with a knowledgeable guide and be enlightened about the area's rich cultural tradition.

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Feel like a rock star at the centrally located Hard Rock Cafe Prague and move straight to the front of the line for an upbeat, modern experience with high-energy music and an included multi-course meal. Opened in 2009, this iconic hot spot is one of the largest Hard Rock Cafes in Europe.

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Prague may be known for its beauty, but a darker side of the city lurks deep underneath its pretty streets. Discover the underground architecture of tunnels and medieval passages once used as dungeons and learn about the paranormal activity that is reportedly very active in these passages.

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The Devil's Stream, separating Kampa Island from the Lesser Town, is one of the most delightful areas in the Czech capital. Hop on an Italian-designed wooden boat and cruise the calm waters lined by enchanting houses and leafy walkways.

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Explore the dark side of Prague's history as you step back in time and visit a former 18th-century Austrian fortress with a shocking past. Terezín became a place of grief during the blood-filled years of WWII.

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