About Prague

The Czech metropolis Prague is located in the western part of the country at the Vlatava river. Already in the 6th century the town was settled by the Slavs. In the 13th century, Prague had the reputation as the Bohemian residential city. Today, 1.3 million people live in the “golden city”. In the town center of Prague numerous Gothic and Baroque buildings are still well preserved. Highlight of a city tour is Prague Castle with the Veit Cathedral located on the Hradschin. In the old town you find many churches and a labyrinth of narrow alleys which makes you feel like being back in medieval times. The Vlatava river shapes the cityscape. It is spanned by 13 bridges, the most famous bridge in Prague is the Karl’s bridge (Karlsbrücke).

The lively center of Prague is the Wenzel square (Wenzelsplatz). Posh restaurants and shopping promenades attract the visitors. Everyone who wants to learn more about the history of Prague should go to the National Museum. There is no way getting past the Old Town Square where the Prague Town Hall with the famous astrologic clock is located. If you are interested in the modern Prague, pay a visit to the television tower and the Werkbund Settlement. A quiet place within the metropolis Prague is the Kaisergarden and the Volksgarden. Important exhibitions show the life and work of the famous composers like Smetana, Mozart or Dvorak.

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Prague Sights

Prague Castle
No visit of the Czech capital would be complete without seeing the Prague Castle. With 1.4 million visitors per year it is the most popular sight in Prague and its symbol. Since its creation in the 9th century, the castle had changed its appearance several times. Today, the residence of the Bohemian Kings and Emperors consists of museums, courtyards, palaces and the residence of the Czech president. Do not miss to visit the glorious Veit Cathedral and the “Golden Lane” that snakes picturesquely along the castle area.

Karl’s Bridge (Karlsbrücke)
The Karl’s bridge was built over the Vlatava river as a connection between the old town and the Prague Mála Strana (Small Town). Since the 14th century it had been used as coronation path for the Bohemian Kings and is now attracting visitors from all over the world who want to see the numerous statues, artists and musicians. Take a look at the bridge-towers that offer a great view of the 500-meter-long Karl’s bridge and the urban panorama. If you touch the bronze statue of the Holy Johannes of Nepomuk, you will be provided with great fortune. In the early morning hours you have the best light conditions for taking beautiful pictures.

Wenzel Square (Wenzelsplatz)
The Wenzel square in the town center of Prague is one of the biggest urban squares in Europe. Until the year 1848 it had the function and the name as Ross square (Rossplatz), then it was named by the Holy Wenzel of Bohemia. His memorial thrones at the head of the square since 1912. The Wenzel square had experiences many important historic occasions, like the demonstrations in the year 1969 and 1989. Today it is a popular meeting point and always busy, during day and night. On a length of 700 meters there is much to do and see, for example restaurants, cafés and department stores where you can spend many hours.

Prag Vyšehrad
The stronghold of Prague sprawls along a picturesque hill south of the town center on the bank of the Vlatava river. It is one of the most famous fortresses in Bohemia and has been the first residence of the monarchs, so Vyšehrad can be seen as the town’s root. On the castle ground you find the romantic St. Martin rotunda, as well as the St. Peter- and Paul’s Church, both founded in the year 1070. If you have some time left, pay a visit to the Vyšehrad cemetery where numerous Czech artists like the composer Antonín Dvořák have found their final resting place.

Veit Cathedral (Veitsdom)
The largest building with a religious background is the Veit Cathedral on the ground of the Prague Castle. Scale the staircases of the 100-meter-high tower and enjoy a great view of the city. In the inner part of the church you can gaze at the pompous interior and the church bell weighing 17 tons. Do not miss the Wenzel Chapel, decorated with semiprecious stones and lots of golden sticking. Through a small door you enter the chamber of the Czech coronation insignia which are locked away, of course.

Town Hall and Astrologic Clock
At every full hour, a large crowd urges to the southern part of Prague town hall. The twelve apostles appear out of the building to the bell strike and announce the time. The clock has already been constructed in the year 1410 by the master Hanuš. To prevent him from copying his master piece secondly, the watchmaker is said to be blinded. Not only time and date can be read, but also the current zodiac sign with location of the heavenly body. During summer, a video-installation shows the most important facts of the Czech history.

Church St. Nicholas (St. Nikolauskirche)
In Prague Malá Strana the St. Nicholas Church towers above the townscape, where it is an indispensable element. It is one of the most important Baroque buildings in the Czech Republic. The giant dome and the pompous interior astonish the visitors. The organ has already been played by no one less than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Keep a lookout for the curious monk who once tiptoed into the locked room where the ceiling fresco was painted. He is said to be eternalized in the picture.

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