It’s quaint winding roads, riverside and the Old Town square create the perfect setting for a romantic holiday.
Romance lives in Prague. Whether it’s in the words of Milan Kundera
’s works echoing through the city’s streets, or the recent memories of the Velvet Revolution’s bravery in overthrowing communist rule, this gem of a European city leaves departing visitors with a longing to return to its riverside beauty.
The Charles Bridge
– a Gothic masterpiece – joins the two halves of this city, divided by the Vltava River
. Crossing this ancient, stone bridge, is part of one of the most picturesque walks in all of old Europe, culminating in the grand Prague Castle, the largest castle in the world with an area of over 70,000 square meters.
This castle’s unique architecture is influenced by almost every major style since its beginnings over 1000 years ago and it remains one of the most important cultural symbols for the whole of the Czech Republic. Entrance to the castle is free, but the multitude of fascinating exhibits within each have their own entrance fee.
A visit to Prague isn’t complete without sampling some of the famous pilsner on offer; after all, this is the land where the famous nectar originates from.
The locals are devoted to the drink, and consume copious amounts of it served in tall glasses. Possibly the best place to relax with a glass or two is in the Old Town Square, east of the Charles Bridge.
This wide open space is in stark contrast to the city’s narrow, winding roads, and offers weary walkers a chance to relax and take in the architectural beauty of the gothic and baroque buildings.
Prague’s famous Astronomical Clock is also located in the Old Town Square. This fascinating monument dates back to the 15th century, making it the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. City-goers have been treated to its quaint hourly chimes for centuries.
For the art lovers, Prague doesn’t disappoint. The city’s National Theatre is a centuries old institution that features three disciplines: drama, ballet and opera. The Rudolfinum
is a musical auditorium and home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
. This neo-classical building features the Dvořák Hall
, one of the oldest concert halls in Europe.