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St Nicholas Church, Old Town Square, Prague

St Nicholas Church, Old Town Square, Prague

Zdenek Storek, Czech Republic.

Prague is a city of unique and awesome beauty. It is strange to speak about Prague only for a single monument, because IT IS PURE ARCHITECTURE!
The city is divided in two parts by Vltava River (Moldau in German). The two districts of the historic centre, Stare Mesto/Nove Mesto and Mala Strana (in which there is the castle), live an independent life, but their connection is Charles Bridge. The perfect moment to visit it, is the sunset.

The whole city is permeated by a romantic and decadent atmosphere with its ancient legends (Golem: supernatural creature, in argil, made by Rabbi Low to defend the Jewish community). Jewish Quarter is a jewel.

Prague is home to a wealth of incredible buildings, structures and monuments that span several eras. A wealth of architectural forms, ranging from Romanesque and Gothic through Renaissance and Baroque to Art Nouveau, Cubism and Deconstructionist, co-exist in an unusual harmony. The Czech capital was blessed in the sense that the majority of its man-made structures survived the Second World War.
Even the Socialist regime, with its penchant for cold strictly functional architecture, could not put a damper on Prague’s historical glow. In fact, in a jolie-laide way, there are socialist structures that serve to enhance the city’s attractiveness in the same manner as a mole is sometimes a beauty spot.

Seeing the city in all its glory requires several days. The centre alone has plenty of gorgeous and quirky details that can be missed if going strictly by a guidebook. Of course, such structures and locations as Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Lesser Town Square and Petrin Hill are must-sees. But quarters outside the centre, such as Zizkov and Vinohrady, also have plenty to offer to those interested in sightseeing, dining, and drinking some of the world’s best beers and wines. The zoo in Troja is also worth mentioning as its standards, along with its number of attractions, have been increasing on a yearly basis. 

In Prague there is also the base of National Nederlanden or "Fred and Ginger", the Dancing Building (Tančící dům) by Frank Gehry, and a great number of towers that give  you the best view of the whole city.

Prague is far more than just another pretty city. While those who want a restful stay will certainly find what they’re looking for, the city also boasts a rich cultural calendar and lively nightlife. Whether you want to spend a night at the opera, visit an art gallery, participate in open mic poetry performances, listen or dance to your favourite genre of music, chances are that on any given day or night you will find something that interests you.

As the quantity and quality of goods and services continues to rise (though one should still be careful when it comes to taxi and restaurant rip-offs), Prague has become a prime destination not only for tourists, but for expatriates as well. The city’s central location and the Czech Republic’s excellent train and bus connections make it an ideal base for those who wish to see more of the country.

Should you decide to visit Prague, rest assured that you will have to go to great lengths to get bored.

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe especially due to its historical sights such as the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge or the Old Town Square . It is therefore not surprising that the number of tourists visiting Prague is increasing from year to year exponentially. Nowadays Prague is becoming one of the most visited cities in central Europe. Due to the increased incoming tourism activity the number of accommodation providers is increasing as well. You may find a large number of newly renovated hotels, bed and breakfasts, pensions and cheap hostels.

The highest tourism season in Prague is from April to October and during holidays such as Easter, Christmas ( in this period its local street markets are wonderful with many treats to eat such as "staroceske trdlo", sausages and drinks such as mulled wine and warm mead ) or New Year’s. During the busiest season it is highly recommended to book your accommodation at least one month in advance, for the New Year’s even earlier.

The easiest way how to find accommodation is to the search the internet where you will find a lot of travel agents offering various possibilities of accommodation from cheap hostels and pensions to luxury 5 star hotels. You will usually find detail description of the hotel or apartment with pictures and rates. Most of the travel websites are not online connected with the accommodation provides so you will have to wait until the travel agent check the availability of your selected accommodation.

Remember to bring back some Bohemian Crystal!

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