Prague: your destination.
nicknames: city of hundred spires, the heart of Europe, the mother of cities, the Golden city.
Prague is one of the most beautiful and charming cities on Earth and we are so happy to have the opportunity to welcome you here. The magical atmosphere runs through the cobblestone streets and the omnipresent romance makes it the top spot for those seeking a romantic gateway or only a short escape from the business of everyday life.
We’re highlighting our top picks you shouldn’t miss on your first visit:
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Its construction started in 9th century and the final completion happened in 1929. That’s over 1000 years of building. Quite impressive, innit? Nowadays, it is the official seat of the President of the Czech Republic and it’s also a place where the Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept.
Charles Bridge is the historical bridge that dates back to 1357 and connects Prague’s Old Town with Lesser Town. It is said that egg yalks were used in order to strengthen the construction of the bridge – scientific research has shown this myth is most likely true. Back in the days, the bridge was open for trams and cars. Now it’s a cobblestone, pedestrian bridge that attracts many visitors from around the world. OUR TIP: visit Charles Bridge before the sun goes up or right before the sunrise. That moment when you’re on Charles bridge without presence of other is something to remember.
Old Town Square
One of the most iconic places in Prague – that’s the Old Town Square located in a historic Old Town district. This square has been around for almost 1000 years and it all started as a medieval market. Christmas, Easter and other seasonal markets are held on this square. The square is surrounded by buildings from many different architecture styles – from Gothic to Baroque. It’s also a home of the very famous Astronomical Clock from 1410.
What Times Square is for New York is what Wenceslas Square is for Prague. This busy square looks more like a big boulevard and is home of the National Museum and the huge statue of king Wenceslas, but it’s actually more than that. It’s a one big shopping district, public transportation junction and the centre of the business and different cultural communities of New Town in Prague. The city plans to get rid of cars at some point. When this happens? No one knows.
There are many more sights (National Theatre, Dancing House, Lennon Wall, Petřín Hill, etc.) that deserve attention and districts (Vinohrady, Holešovice, Karlín, Malá Strana, etc.) to be visited. Don’t hesitate to ask us any question you may have!
To sum it up, here are the basic facts about the city we live in:
Name: Praha (derived from práh – threshold – as the Slavic princess Libuše had a vision where she stood on a cliff overlooking the Vltava river, pointed to a forested hill across the river, and proclaimed: “I see a great city whose glory will touch the stars. And because even the great noblemen must bow low before a threshold, you shall give it the name Praha.”
Founded: 8th century
City Proper Population: 1.3 mil
Metro Population: 2.2 mil
Capital City of the Czech Republic
Historic country: Bohemia