Prague merits the superlative words that are showered upon it - it is indeed supremely beautiful, exquisitely lovely and deliciously baroque, few visitors leave the city without having fallen for its graceful majesty.
It was its position at the crossroads of Central Europe, and the presence of silver mines, that brought Prague wealth throughout the centuries. An early golden era in the 14th century gave it prestige and medieval institutions as the city grew to be bigger than Paris and London, but it was the over 400 year rule by the Austrian Habsburgs that gave the city its greatest glory – initially with fine Renaissance buildings but most spectacularly with a wealth of Baroque buildings of quite spectacular beauty as the Roman church furiously repulsed the Protestant heresy.
Just for its glorious buildings alone Prague would merit a visit but the magic of the place, the charm and that seductive allure that so enchants visitors is the way the city seems to almost repose on the banks of the River Vltava. On the one side, the gorgeous Mala Strana section, featuring the richest of the baroque monuments, rises up to a castle that seems to float high above the city. This in turn is linked by the supremely beautiful Charles V to the Old Town with its narrow lanes clustered around the attractive main square and rich in period town mansions.
Restored after the ravages of Communism had left the city to crumble, Prague today has re-found its former glory, enhanced by the lively spirit of the people - for this is the capital of Bohemia after all!
Take a day trip outside of the city to explore the surrounding areas.
Wander the narrow streets of Kutna Hora, a medieval city found an hour outside of Prague. It is richly decorated due to the vast wealth generated by its silver mines.
Also venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cesky Krumlov. This attractive rural town is home to grand period houses, the river Vlatava and a 13th century castle.
Dating from the 9th century, the Prague castle complex is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic.
Perhaps the most well-known historic building in the complex is St. Vitus Cathedral. This gothic structure stands tall and dominates the grounds.
Classical concerts are often held in St. George’s Basilica. Here you can enjoy the works of Vivaldi, Handel, Shubert and many others whilst sat in the oldest church in the complex.
Known as ‘The City of a Thousand Spires’ Prague has plenty of beautiful churches to visit.
St. Martin in the Wall Church is beautifully preserved and found in the winding back streets of the Old Town. Also found in the area is St. Jilji Church, a larger and high-ceilinged building that has a regular programme of classical music concerts.
An amazing example of flamboyant baroque architecture is St. Nicholas Church Lesser Town Square. This is the largest church in Prague, and visitors can climb the tower to have beautiful views over the city.
Prague has an array of different styles of theatres to experience. For the more traditional performance, you can visit the National Theatre. This 19th century stage helps maintain the Czech language in dramatic arts.
For a production closer to the style of Cirque du Soleil, Laterna Magika theatre is globally unique in that it uses an interesting mix of film and live action for its performances.
The Prague Black Light Theatre uses illusions and altered reality in order to transform the art of mime and modern dance.
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Prague has a moderately continental climate, with cold winters, in which the temperature is often below freezing, and pleasantly warm summers, reaching over 20 degrees C from June to August. Read More
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