Considered by some to be the most beautiful city in Europe, Prague is without question one of the most visited and talked about capitals on the continent. While the city’s attractiveness is debatable, its role as the administrative capital of the Czech Republic is not. Whether referring to architecture, alcohol, music or theater, it seems everyone has an anecdote about this unique place.
The snaking Vlatva River divides the city in two, with the posh Mala Strana district and the famous Prague Castle to the west and the old town of Stare Mesto and the historic Jewish quarter to the east. No less than four bridges connect the two sides, but for the first-time visitors, there is only one: the Charles Bridge. The vistas from the bridge at dusk are romantic to say the least, but a stroll across the bridge is rewarding at any time of day.
Prague’s focal point is the Old Town square, a place that leaves no guesswork as to why Prague was placed on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites. Nearby is the Jewish quarter, where you can stroll through the same cobbled alleys and vaulted archways that Franz Kakfa surely did. This area is also a good place to search out the many live music venues available.
Prague Castle: this 9th century castle, reputed to be the biggest in the world, has been home to kings, emperors and heads of state, and sees hundreds of visitors pass through every day.
Charles Bridge: the main element to one of the most picturesque spots in Europe is the Charles Bridge, lined with musicians, artists and hawkers.
Old Town square: witness the best and the worst of what popularity can do to a town in the shadows of the daunting Tyn Cathedral, Town Hall Tower and St Nicolas’ Church.
Franz Kakfa Museum: explore the life and works of Prague’s most famous writer through various photos and displays of personal memorabilia.
National Museum: this majestic building gives an appropriate sense of prestige and prepares you for the massive variety of displays inside dealing with everything from zoology and biology to archaeology and anthropology.