Prague, Czech Republic
Charming, elegant, beautiful. Prague’s majesty spills from the mighty medieval castle at its peak down to the swan-filled Vltava River which sweeps through its centre. Its old town is over 1000 years old, and contains the stunning Týn Church whose twin gothic spires loom over the Old Town Square, Prague’s main marketplace for a millennium. This marketplace is home to the famous Astronomical Clock, which draws thousands at every turning of the hour to witness the short but symbolic performance on the remarkable clock face. Tiny cobbled streets stretch outwards into the city in no particular order, allowing visitors to simply be led around the various courtyards, cathedrals and churches. There are several bridges crossing the huge Vltava River, the most impressive of which is Charles Bridge. Begun in 1357 by King Charles IV, the 600 year old bridge is flanked on either side by 30 different saints. Wherever you are in the city, St Vitus Cathedral peers over you from the highest point with its incredible gothic towers visible from almost everywhere. Inside the temple are several chapels and halls, all of which contain the gothic beauty synonymous with the city.
Where is it?
Prague is located in the north west of the country, which itself is in central Europe to the west of Germany.
What is it?
The capital city of the Czech Republic was the historical capital of Bohemia and was founded during the Romanesque era. It flourished during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, and the historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Site’s since 1992.
Best time to visit?
For the warmest weather and the least tourists, travel in May or June. Prague has a certain je ne sais quoi at Christmas time though, and visiting in December gives the chance of snow and also far less tourists than the summer months.
Prague is famous for its beer, and a visit to the Prague Beer Museum is a great place to start to see why. More of a pub than a museum, it hosts 30 delectable Czech beers and is often filled with as many locals as it is tourists.