Prague is one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Europe. The beauty of the city and the romance it bestows is seen everywhere. The changing architectural designs covering a thousand years of history makes Prague known for its towers, winding streets, and buildings from nearly every period of architecture. From Romanesque rotundas and Gothic Cathedrals to Baroque and Renaissance palaces, to a progressive and global award-winning modern architecture. The numerous gardens with fountains, the cobblestone streets, and the women in wedding dresses seen almost daily add to its captivating ambience. It’s no wonder why Prague has been in the top 5 cities to visit in Europe for over five years.
1. Tremendous history
Where else could you find a thousand years of beautiful European architectural history in just a few square kilometers? Because the city survived the World Wars almost unscathed, it’s easy to imagine how things looked hundreds of years ago. Let yourself be carried back to the time of knights, alchemists, artisans, and ancient royalty. The historic center of Prague became the largest UNESCO municipal heritage site with an area of 8.66 km² (3.34 mi²). There are a total of 26 national cultural monuments located in the territory of the Prague Heritage Site, as well as 1,348 other cultural monuments. Surround yourself with the atmosphere of the past.
The inspirational contemporary atmosphere of Prague has undoubtedly imprinted itself onto its cultural life. People of all professions and opinions meet here, which creates a unique culture and spirit. The City of a Hundred Spires has always been an inspiration. Mozart wrote Don Giovanni in Prague; French poet Apollinaire celebrated it in his work, and Franz Kafka and Vaclav Havel wrote in its cafes and pubs. Even today, Prague is a centre for many forms of artistic talent, from music and fine art to modern theatre and dance, enjoy a multitude of galleries, rare museums exhibitions, operatic arias, and jazz evenings.
Visit royal gardens with fountains, parks in both the romantic English styles and orderly French, urban orchards sprinkled with benches and colorful fish, and scenic viewpoints from Prague’s hills. These parks and gardens are scattered throughout Prague, where locals and visitors come here to play sports, read a book on a beautiful bench, have a picnic, walk their dog, fall in love, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery.
4. A mosaic of tastes and aromas
Many peoples, many tastes. Throughout history, a variety of cultures have made their mark on the Czech lands. Since the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1867-1918), Czech cuisine has taken on aspects of Viennese, Bavarian, and Hungarian cooking, such as a passion for wild mushrooms and game, dumplings (both sweet and savory), thick sauces, and wonderful pastries with poppy seeds, quark, or jam. Don’t forget about the beer; Czechs are known for brewing some of the best beer in the world.
5. The Vltava River
The Vltava is to Prague as the Seine is to Paris or the Thames is to London. On the right bank is the Old Town, and on the left bank you’ll find Prague Castle. Connecting them is the famous Charles Bridge. Slovanský Island is the only fully landscaped island on the Vltava River. It is dominated by a spectacular neo-Renaissance palace. Head down to the river, stroll the bustling riverbank and stop for coffee in one of the many cafes. Feed the swans or watch the houses and buildings go by from the deck of a steamship or boat cruise. You can also rent a rowboat or pedal boat and float over to one of the islands.
6. A city of romance
Prague is the most romantic city in Europe. It is full of magical spots just made for love: the islands and banks of the Vltava River, gardens, an intimate candle lit dinner, picturesque alleys in the historical center, a cozy box at the Opera or theater, a ride in a classic car or horse-drawn carriage, and the Charles Bridge at dawn. Prague offers countless places to fall in love, declare your love, or even propose marriage.
7. It’s never the same
With four distinct seasons, you can visit Prague several times and have a completely different experience.
Prague in spring: Blossoming plants, flowering trees, warming temperatures, and the tangible energy of a city awakening from its winter sleep.
Prague summers: Life is outdoors. Patios are open and the beer gardens serve up pints of their golden nectar. The Vltava River is full of life with peddle boats and rowboats and the streets are thriving with people and festivals.
Autumn in Prague: As the green leaves turn to brilliant yellows and oranges, Prague looks majestic and is very romantic. It is the Prague you know from black and white photos, sunlight piercing the fog and smoke, wrapped in a light mist. This is one the most stunning times to see Prague.
Prague winters: Christmas markets on Prague squares are magical places. Walking in the crisp air with a light dust of white snow on the ground, drinking hot mulled wine while looking at all the Christmas items, and listening to Christmas carols is spectacular. Get cozy in pubs where you can enjoy warm soup. See glittering icicles hanging from the leaves and take evening walks through the park in the quiet dusk. Prague is a winter wonderland.
The magnificence of Prague
No matter what time of year you visit Prague, you will be enchanted with the splendor of the city. A solo trip, with friends, family, or a romantic getaway, Prague has a vast amount of activities to please everybody’s passions and desires.
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