Prague’s allure lies in its beautiful ability to be at the same time both historic and modern. Once the historical capital of Bohemia, Prague is currently the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of Central Europe for decades now. The city has played a historical role throughout the centuries from the Protestant Reformation and Holy Roman Empire to as recently as both World Wars and the post-communist era. Thus, the city’s architecture is a sight to behold, with each building’s facade intricately detailed and a throwback to by-gone eras. In 2015, Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, most of which survived the devastation of both World Wars.
Prague castle is worth every penny
Prague Castle, the biggest ancient castle in the world, sits above the city offering unparalleled views of the city below. A ticket to enter costs 350 CZK (13.50 USD) and is worth every penny, as an entire day can be filled by walking inside this gorgeous castle and the adjacent St. Vitus Cathedral with its lookout tower, the gorgeous Royal Garden and the Castle Picture Gallery. If spending an elongated period of time in the Castle, the changeover of the guards is a must-see; it happens on the hour, every hour.
Charles Bridge’s buskers are a must-see
Located inside Old Town, Prague Castle is near to Charles Bridge, the historically famous bridge that connects Old Town with new Town. It is a bustling place during the day, as creatives from all fields busk in the hopes of selling their paintings, jewellery or their CDs. Advancing into Old Town into Old Town, Charles Bridge is close to the Old Town Square where one can find all sorts of entertainment, which vary depending on the day. A great spot to sit, relax and people watch; it’s also the spot where the cheapest walking tour or segway guide can be found. This historic centre also has the Astronomical Clock and several churches, which have their own individual significance, depending on the church.
Prague’s Jewish Ghetto is rich with history
For such an old city, the transport system is impeccable and very modern with electronic signs displaying the arrival of the next bus or train, which one can take to the Jewish Ghetto. This historic ghetto has several well preserved synagogues, but most of these can only be viewed from the outside, which may be enough as the exterior of all of them are mesmerising. The city also boasts more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas and year-round exhibits in their art galleries.
The nightlife in Prague is unmatched
The night-life and revelry in Prague is world-famous with 24/7 clubs and bars operating near the city centre. If you want the authentic Czech experience, New Town has an abundance of small bars and clubs operating with more locals frequenting these spots.To meet other travellers, or to let loose, Old Town has the best night-time spots that’ll keep you up all night. It’s the go-to place for many foreigners and you’ll find more than a few expats who regularly attend these venues and will have some words of wisdom to share on the city.
Prague is a must-see destination on any Eurotrip
Despite its allure, one must take high caution in Prague at night. The historical aspects of the city and daytime bustling energy masks the high crime rate in the city. Any establishment one stays at ensures that visitors know to travel in groups, not to take valuable possessions with them on the street and to always ensure they take registered cabs when traveling between places.
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