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Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has been the capital of the Bohemian region for ages. It is known to be one of the most charming cities in the Europe and is particularly famous for its swan filled Vltava River, church domes, cathedrals and bridges. After escaping undamaged from the wrath of the World War II, beauty of Prague has become even more popular and is known to attract millions of tourists each year. Its medieval city centre offers a magnificent old world atmosphere and a beautiful mixture of cobblestone streets and old world architectural delights. Moreover, the city has also kept up with the changing times and has evolved into one of the most modern and cosmopolitan cities of central Europe. It is full of music and energy and is known to offer a range of restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs to its visitors.

The city has a population of more than 1.3 million people with the residents being situated on either side of the Vltava River that cuts through the middle of the city. What makes Prague so popular is that its history goes back to centuries, its beer is known to be the best in Europe and its beauty can equal any other city in the world. So when one has the option to experience the best of all worlds in a single city, why go anywhere else?

The city is mostly famous for its extraordinary historic delights and cultural sights along with its cosmopolitan lifestyle. Sure, the Prague Castle lies at the very centre of all tours in the city, but places like the cemetery of the Jewish Quarter, National Museum, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Prague Zoo are also known to be “must sees”. And once you’re done with your daily sightseeing, you can easily mix in one of the many restaurants, trendy clubs, late night cellar bars or sophisticated wine bars.

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Prague holidays - Top Places To Go

1. The Castle District (Hradèany)
What is it? The Castle District stretches across the top of the hill overlooking the city and incorporates the best churches and museums in Prague set around three courtyards, immaculate gardens, fortifications and state apartments. The dominant feature is St Vitus Cathedral occupying most of the third courtyard. The Castle was founded in the 9th century and is still the official residence of the president. The Old Royal Palace was home to the Kings of Bohemia from the 11th to the 17th centuries. The Royal Apartments and Vladislav Hall, where Bohemian knights once jousted, kings were throned and presidents are sworn into office, can be visited, as well as the little chapel next door. Next to the red façade of the Romanesque Basilica of St George, lies the Benedictine Convent, housing the National Gallery's remarkable collection of old Bohemian art. Behind the gallery is the picturesque cobbled alley known as Golden Lane, a row of 16th-century tradesmen's cottages, brightly coloured and built into the fortifications. Visitors can watch the Changing of the Guard on the hour every hour, with the fanfare and flag ceremony included at noon. Hours of Operation: Interiors daily 9am to 5pm (4pm in winter). Castle grounds daily 5am to midnight (April to October) and 6am to 11pm (November to March). Gardens daily from 10am to 6pm, but are closed along with the tower of St Vitus Cathedral, in winter Phone:



2. St Vitus Cathedral
Castle District (Hradèany)
What is it? Situated within the Castle Complex, the spires of St Vitus Cathedral, an elegant but domineering French Gothic structure, soar above the ramparts. It is the county's largest church containing numerous side chapels, frescoes, tombstones and beautiful stained glass windows and it literally sparkles with all the finery inside. The most ornate chapel contains the tomb of St Wenceslas, the 'Good King Wenceslas' of the Christmas carol, which has become something of a pilgrimage site. The Coronation Chamber houses the Bohemian Crown Jewels and the Crypt is where most of the Kings and Queens of Bohemia have their final place of rest. The southern entrance to the cathedral, the Golden Gate, is decorated with a richly gilded coloured mosaic representing the Last Judgement, dated from 1370, and it is one of the artistic treasures found in the Castle District. It is possible to climb the 287 steps of the tower for magnificent views over the city. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm (April to October), 9am to 4pm (November to March) Phone:



3. Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

What is it? The pedestrian Charles Bridge serves as the focal point for tourists and is the most photographed feature of the city. Construction began in 1357 replacing the earlier Judith Bridge of which the only remaining part is one of the towers at the Malá Strana gate that can be climbed for a view of the city. Up until 1841 this was the only bridge in the city. Throngs of people pick their way through the happy congestion caused by buskers, artists and musicians lining the bridge, positioned between the saintly sandstone statues that make this the most picturesque and lively of attractions. Hours of Operation: Phone:



Prague holidays - Top Events


1. Prague Spring International Music Festival

From 2007-05-12

To 2007-06-03

What is it? Prague Spring has become one of the most prestigious classical music festivals in Europe, presenting exceptional artists, orchestras and chamber music ensembles of international acclaim. Every year the festival is traditionally opened and closed by the Prague Symphony Orchestra. The festival also remembers important anniversaries in the music world by including works by the composers concerned. Where is it? Various



2. Prague Autumn Festival

From 2007-09-12

To 2007-10-01

What is it? This international festival of classical music ends the European summer music festival season and has gained renown for its programme of celebrated musicians. Where is it? Prague State Opera Municipal House Rudolfinum



3. Christmas Markets

From 2006-11-25

To 2007-01-01

What is it? Christmas in Prague is a delightful season made special by the traditional Christmas markets that sparkle with lights and colourful decorations, that resound with Christmas music and smell of hot mulled wine, sausages and gingerbread. Brightly decorated wooden huts sell Czech handicrafts such as puppets, candles, wooden toys and jewellery, alongside traditional food and drinks. In Old Town Square, local and international choirs and musical ensembles sing Christmas songs, and a wooden stable recreates the Bethlehem manger scene with live animals. Other festive attractions include an open-air ice rink and the enormous Christmas tree ablaze with colourful lights. Where is it? Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square




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