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Things to do in Prague

As the Czech capital, Prague came back to life after the fall of communism. The two parts of the city, on the banks of the Vlatva, are connected by beautiful bridges. Wondering what to do in Prague? The picturesque old town features narrow cobblestone streets, lively squares, more than enough cozy cafés, good restaurants and many beautiful historic buildings and monuments. In addition to strolling through old town and visiting its famous sights, there are plenty more fun and surprising activities in Prague to choose from. Discover the best things to do in Prague!

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Top 9 things to do in Prague

  1. Staré Město, the Old Town of Prague, is a must-visit, of course. It's a beautiful neighbourhood with narrow medieval cobbled streets and Gothic and Baroque buildings, great to stroll through strolling. Be sure to visit the popular and lively Old Town Square which features some of the main attractions, such as the Old Town Hall with the Astronomical Clock and the Baroque St. Nicholas Church, to name but a few
  2. The Malá Strana district is connected to Old Town by the world famous Charles Bridge. In Malá Strana you can walk through beautiful palace gardens, but also explore historical buildings, picturesque streets and squares with plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from. It’s a lot quieter here than in Old Town, making it the ideal place to escape the really busy tourist areas
  3. Always wanted to see Alfons Mucha's famous Jugendstil poster? In the Mucha Museum you’ll discover some of the best work by this Czech artist
  4. The Strahov Monastery is a must-see for anyone who loves books. It features a beautiful Baroque eighteenth-century library, which is the main attraction of this monastery. The monastery has been run by the Premonstratensian Order since 1140
  5. The National Gallery is located in the Prague Castle district on a hill near the Vltava River. Here, in addition to all kinds of government buildings, you can walk through the Golden Lane, the Archbishop's Palace and the beautiful Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral
  6. Modern architecture enthusiast have to visit Frank Gehry's famous Dancing House, located near the Vlatva in New Town.
  7. Visit the Lucerna Passage, part of the Lucerna Palace. Besides shopping you can enjoy the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and visit the famous Lucerna Music Bar.
  8. At Kampa Island you will find the so-called Devils Stream (Čertovka), a picturesque place reminiscent of Venice. Visit Devils stream in the morning or at sunset and take some great pictures.
  9. Throughout the year you can visit great festivals and events, such as the Prague Spring Festival (with lots of classical music) in May and June and Dyzajn market Léto at the end of May, a popular market full of art and design. In December, the various Christmas markets are great to visit.

Information about Prague

Prague is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and it comes as no surprise that the historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You literally walk through history while exploring Prague Old Town. The history of Prague goes back to the Stone Age, and several peoples have lived here: Germanics, Marcomanni and Slavs, to name but a few.

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In the 9th century Prague Castle was built near the Vltava River and Prague starting growing as a city. Charles IV made Prague the official capital of the former Holy Roman Empire. Under his rule, Prague experienced a period of economic, cultural and intellectual prosperity. In 1348, the first university in Central Europe was founded there (the Charles University) and the Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral were also built during this period. The Second World War marked the end of Prague as the largest Jewish population in the world, and around 78,000 of the 92,000 Jews did not survive the terror of the Nazis.

8 facts about Prague

  1. German influences on Prague have always been present. Czechs often felt disadvantaged by the Germans, but this also created a strong nationalistic feeling.
  2. On 28 October 1918, the independence of Czechoslovakia was proclaimed with Prague as its capital.
  3. After the annexation of Sudetenland by Nazi Germany and the separation from Slovakia, the city was liberated by the Soviets and again the capital of Czechoslovakia. During the Second World War hardly any bombs were dropped here, because the Allies did not consider Prague to be a German city.
  4. Visit Prague between April and October, when the weather in Prague is pleasant. But also during Christmas Prague is a nice city to visit.
  5. Unlike its Jewish inhabitants, the Jewish Quarter of Josefov survived the Nazis and the Holocaust. See the old synagogues and the famous Old Jewish cemetery.
  6. The communist regime that came to power after the Second World War was heavily influenced by the powerful Soviet Union. After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Velvet Revolution in 1989, Czechoslovakia became a democratic republic
  7. In 1993, Czechoslovakia was split up and the Czech Republic was born with Prague as its capital
  8. Traveling to Prague can be done easily by plane, car, bus and train, depending on your location of departure. Looking to rent a car in Prague? You can choose from many car rental companies.

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