Prague City Guide

Prague boasts a history of over 1000 years and it's plain to see it in the incredible architecture and culture all around the city. This town, with its medieval appearance, is known for its beautiful building, with grand castles, majestic churches and picturesque bridges: the Czech capital, a city that seems to come straight out of a fairy tale.

Prague was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, a federation that counted former German principalities and Austria as part of its sphere of influence, and later, of Czechoslovakia. After occupation during World War Two, the country fell under the Communist sphere of influence until liberation in 1989. A split from Slovakia led to the creation of The Czech Republic as we know it today. Prague is both the capital of the Czech Republic and of the Bohemia region, and has 1.3 million inhabitants. Many of Prague’s inhabitants barely speak English, but most guides do so.

If you've spent a few hours in Prague, you can admire almost all major architectural styles: Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Three of these styles even come together in one building: Our Lady of Tyn (Týnský Chrám). The most famous modern building of the town is the Dancing House (Tančící Dum).

Make sure you pay a visit to the beautiful Charles Bridge (Karlův Most), an attraction in and of itself, as well as the best point to access both sides of the Vltava. The Vltava River separates the historic Old Town (Stare Mesto) from the Lesser (Lesser Town), where the gigantic complex of the Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is located.

Take a trip to Vysehrad Castle to stroll through the lovely gardens and historic fortifications that overlook Prague. The ornate Jewish cemetery is well worth a visit too, as is the exhibition about life in the Middle Ages in the Powder Tower (Prašná Brana).

Prague is pleasantly warm in summer. While it may be cold in winter, the town offers a picturesque sight when it snows. Whatever the weather is, it's always the perfect time to try out the delicious local delicacies and affordable Czech beer.

Take in the view of the spires of the majestic churches that populate the city, such as St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta). Or, even better, climb one of the many yourself and discover why Prague the "City of a Hundred Spires". The medieval walls, the terracotta roofs and chimneys; this historical Central European city really does have a fairytale appearance. And when combined with adding the many art treasures and the nightlife, it is not hard to understand why Prague is such a popular travel destination.

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