Prague – Czech Republic

21st Aug 2017

Prague

Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. This has much to do with the fact that it is replete with a huge amount of culture, with its skyline of gothic spires, narrow cobbled streets, castles, churches, museums and art galleries.
The architecture ranges from Gothic, Renaissance and baroque to neoclassical, art nouveau and cubist, but there is also an entire other cosmopolitan city to explore with riverside parks and beer gardens

Prague quite rightly ranks among the most popular city breaks in Europe. Short breaks in Prague will whisk you into one of the most beautiful of European cities, a veritable living museum of picturesque medieval cobblestone streets, Gothic church spires, beautiful bridges and gorgeous squares. The undiminished popularity of Prague weekend breaks is down to the sheer beauty and range of its architecture heritage. The entire old town exudes a wonderfully romantic atmosphere.

Prague has a mild climate with warm summers and colder winters. Average summer temperatures are 75-79 F (24-26C). In winter daytime temperatures hover around freezing. May to September are the most popular months to visit the city.

Czech cuisine is principally Bohemian and closely attached to that of southern Germany and Austria. Traditionally using a lot of fried and roasted meat, usually pork or beef. On special occasions, game and fish are served with dumplings, potatoes or rice. View Prague Tour

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge over the river Vltava is definitely one of the most beautiful and romantic places in Prague. It is the oldest bridge in the city, built between the 14 th and 15 th century, and it spans the river with 16 pillars. It is lined with statues and lamps and this scenery together with the Gothic bridge towers on both ends makes the Charles Bridge a breathtaking historical monument. There is no better place in Prague for a walk in the evening.

Astronomical Clock

Built in 1490 this clock in Old Town Square needs to be seen between 8am to 8pm, as every hour on the hour, wooden saints march by, visible through a window that opens on the hour above the clock face, below them, a lesson in medieval morality is enacted by Greed, Vanity, Death and the Turk.

The Old Jewish Cemetery

The Old Jewish Cemetery was established in the 15th century and today contains some 12,000 tombstones.
Wandering amidst ancient sandstone and marble tombstones is eerie but is a must see even if it brings up not so lighthearted subjects, the tiny patch of ground contains around 100,000 bodies. Forbidden to enlarge the burial ground, the Jews were forced to bury their dead on top of one another up to 12 layers deep.

Old Town Hall

Built in 1338, this is the only building in Prague to suffer Nazi gunfire, now superbly restored with it’s historic Gothic frontage and Baroque church bells.

Prague Castle

One of the most popular sites in the city thanks to it’s dominating skyline. The buildings enclosed by the castle walls and houses many treasures inside, including the Old Royal Palace, an art gallery, three churches, Kafka’s house and a monastery.

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