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Prague: City Guide

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Prague: the capital city of the proud and friendly Czech people, a starling city that blends Old World and contemporary culture, the birthplace of the Bohemian lifestyle, and home to some of the most unique foods, drinks, and architectural spectacles in Europe. The question is often “Why not visit Prague” rather than the trivial “Why visit” because whether you are visiting the city for a day or seven, you are probably headed to your soon-to-be favorite city in the region (if not continent).

Maybe you have a visit to Prague planned or are currently deciding where to spend your next few days off. Well, let our experiences help you see what needs to be seen and make your decision a bit easier! Here are the five absolutely essential places you need to visit and things you need to try.

Old Town

Tyn Church Prague

If you’ve seen a picture of Prague, chances are it was taken in Old Town Square. With notable sights around the square like Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nicholas Church, this historical center of Prague has a lot to offer to visitors. The square is also filled with restaurants, pubs, and people at any time of the day, with smaller roads extending out into some other sights and smaller shops. The Astronomical Clock, though known for its unspectacular clock show involving wooden saints emerging from the tour at the top of each hour, has numerous other beauties in its build and design, as do all of the structures that border Old Town square.

Beer & Cuisine

beef goulash Prague

The Czechs regard their locally produced beers as a national treasure. The most popular beer in Prague is Gambrinus, but other very popular bears include Kozel’s Medium, a pale lager, and Pilsner Urquell, a favorite with the locals. Because of this focus on and love of beer and its craft, Prague is home to a number of bars that specialize in beer, offering a huge variety or a carefully chosen selection of top-notch brews. The same passion exhibited by the Czech people can be said the same for how they feel towards their native dishes. While the foods in Prague are unlike any other food in other regions of the world, the Czech people show excellence in the food that they consider local. Foods like beef goulash with dumplings (Hovezi gulas s knedlikem) and rolled up pastries called Trdelnik will have visitors discovering delicious meals they couldn’t even imagine.

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square Prague

The contemporary version of the Old Town square is the Wenceslas square, which is only a short 5 minute walk away from Old Town. This very popular and modern part of Prague is lined with world-famous clothing brand stores, numerous restaurants, and other smaller shops. At the end of the square is the marvelous National Museum of Prague, which won’t be open to the public for another few years. Wenceslas Square is the perfect place for any traveler wanting the feel of a big city while also wanting to see the architecture that Eastern Europe is known for. Grab a coffee, sit in one of the many seating areas around the square, and enjoy your day surrounded by a lively crowd of locals and travelers alike!

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge Prague

If you appreciate the pure beauty of rivers or the unchanging expressions of statues, then Charles Bridge is another must-see location. Crossing the Vltava River, the bridge supports thousands of people each day crossing over from both sides of Prague. The bridge itself has numerous statues with either religious or historical significance, and between those statues are many street vendors selling anything from souvenirs to caricature drawings. The bridge leads out on both sides to popular areas filled with shops and little eateries. If you enjoy the music of the iconic British rock band, The Beatles, the famed John Lennon Wall in Prague is located near the entrance of the bridge.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

The final must-see location in Prague is one that you actually can see virtually from anywhere in Prague, that is, the Prague Castle. Though somewhat of a walk from the other popular Prague locations listed, the castle is by far the most spectacular. At the center of the royal compound sits St. Vitus’s Cathedral with towers that scrape the sky and architecture that takes your breath away. Also in the compound are the royal Paradise Gardens and Palace where you can take in more regal marvels. The castle sits atop a hill that overlooks Prague, which is both the reasons why it can be seen from almost everywhere in the city and why it provides visitors with the most spectacular view of the city. You cannot visit Prague without taking a stroll through the castle grounds!

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Travelling in Prague by Bike

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Prague Bike Tour

Prague or Praha is one gorgeous city. It is one of Europe’s oldest and most attractive cities.  While many of its landmarks and architectural highlights have yet to become household names, their splendour and beauty are on par with some of their better known cousins.

One of the most interesting ways to see the “city of hundred spires” and its surroundings is by travelling around on a bike. With about 93 kilometres of bicycle trails, the whole city is yours to pedal around. Prague is a very bicycle friendly city, which makes it the ideal mode of sightseeing.

The variety and number of bike trails means that you will get great views, interesting and different perspectives and great accessibility to the marvellous sights of Prague. It is also a quick and convenient mode of getting around and gives you the freedom others don’t.

It is really easy to hire a bicycle and also relatively inexpensive. There are plenty of bike rental shops in Prague. They are generally found in and around the tourist hotspots and information centres. Hiring a bike can cost you between CZK 200 to CZK 500 a day. The price varies depending on the type and sophistication of the bike you want.

To make cycling more popular and encourage people to use this form of transportation bikes can be transported, free of charge, on the metro, ferries and (at specified times) on trams.  Cycles are also transported for free on PID trains. The Czech Railways also offer a bike rental option at select train stations.

You can travel in Prague and its immediate surroundings on a bike by yourself – armed with a map of course. You can pick up good maps from the Information Centres. These maps have colour-coded routes that take you to all the different tourist sites and landmarks in Prague.  They are an excellent reference resource and guide.

The other option is to join up with a guided tour – and there are many operators. The organised tours are not very much more expensive than just hiring a bike. The main advantages to the guided tours are you save a lot of time getting around; you get to see highlights via the easiest routes and avoid many strenuous uphill tracks.

Whichever choice you make or however many days you travel in Prague on a bicycle be sure to take in the famous and interesting sites of this lovely city. Here is a list for you to consider.

•    Municipal House & Powder Gate
•    Estate & National Theatre
•    The Dancing House & Panoramic River Views of Prague
•    Mala Strana or 'Lesser Town'
•    Wenceslas Square
•    John Lennon Wall
•    Kampa Park
•    Charles Bridge
•    Rudolfinum
•    Josefov
•    Astronomical Clock & Old Town
•    Prague Castle
•    Letna Park
•    Along the Vltava River
•    Royal Gardens
•    Petrin Park
•    Jewish Quarter
 

Image credit: Opu Pet

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Cruise Through Europe

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Many cities in Europe are laced with rivers and canals, and some are at the edge of the Atlantic or Mediterranean Oceans. So why not make time for some cruises, featuring gorgeous sights in some of the most beautiful cities in the world?

Prague, Czech Republic

One of my favourite cities in Europe, Prague has a perfect combination of Neo-classical charm and modern attractions. It is one of the few cities that as just as beautiful during the night as it is during the day. This tour takes you through an informative and insightful trip through the city, stopping at some of the most notable places. It then proceeds to a picturesque glide down the Vltava River, giving you a wonderful view of Prague’s skyline by night. Food and drink are provided on the cruise, as well as live entertainment.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

A wonderful combination of a canal and city cruise, this Amsterdam tour takes you past some of the most prominent landmarks of the city, like the Royal Palace and the Skinny Bridge, as well as some of the iconic sights of Amsterdam, such as the windmills and 17th Century Merchant Warehouses. Enchanting and informative, this cruise crosses off two must-do’s in Amsterdam.

Frankfurt, Germany

This activity brings together a tour of the city with a dinner cruise by one of the most scenic parts of the city, the Rhine! The tour begins on an open-top bus, and stops twice: at Romer Square and Sachsenhausen. The cruise takes you through the Rhine Valley, which has inspired many poets and artists. Enjoy dinner with this picturesque backdrop in a charming waterside restaurant.

Venice, Italy

When you think of canals, you think of this Italian city. Out of the many Europeans cities I have visited, Venice is my favourite because of its quaint houses and built-in charm. Venice is famous for its myriad of twisting and connected canals, but that is not all there is to this loveable city. The islands close to Venice are just as remarkable, with unique aspects of their own! Visit Murano to see how its distinctive and beautiful glasswork is made, Burano for the wonderful lacework and Torcello for Venice’s first cathedral.

Budapest, Hungary

A defining aspect of Budapest is the river that runs through the city. The Danube used to separate two separate cities – the Buda side from the Pest side – but history has brought these two cities together into the one we all know. So slide along this historic and beautiful river to the many other towns along its edge. This cruise is extremely lovely and allows you to appreciate the beauty of river outside the bustling city of Budapest.

Whichever cruise you decide to try out, a good time and beautiful scenes are guaranteed!

 

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Picturesque Prague

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Check out our new page of things to do in Prague for the must-sees and can’t-misses of Eastern Europe’s most visited city!

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Prague set to be in fine song this Christmas

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In spite of its now firmly-established reputation for British stag parties sullying its picturesque cobbled streets, Prague still has endless amounts to offer as a city break destinations.

Anyone that has visited Prague will attest to just how beautiful a city it is and there can be few times of the year when it is more enchanting than at Christmas.

From November 28th – 30th, the first advent weekend of the holy season, the city of Prague hosts the 18th annual International Festival of Advent & Christmas Music. Choirs from all over the world will compete for its coveted prize, aiming to display their prowess in recanting much loved examples of festive song.

Named after the Czech classical music luminary, the Petr Eben Award is granted to the choir who best interprets a piece of the composer”s music, should they choose to do so.

There are also a number non-competitive performances taking place all over the city in such venues as the Christmas market in the Andel region and in churches in many other districts.

The captivating architecture and culture of Prague provides the perfect backdrop to such a wonderfully atmospheric occasion – surely one not to be missed this winter.

Prague was founded sometime in the ninth century and is currently home to just over one million people. Prague Castle is widely acknowledged as being the largest surviving ancient castle in the world.

Culture and Sightseeing – City Tours – Whichever city you are in these tours will help to ensure you do not miss a thing.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18832441-ADNFCR

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