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Prague Mini Guide
Prague is one of the most enchanting European cities you could possibly visit and its entire centre has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Prague has an extremely rich culture and history having been involved in two world wars, and ruled by the Habsburg Empire and Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI. Despite being involved in World War II Prague was hardly damaged. One reason why it has become the sixth most popular city to visit in Europe is because you will not find architecture to rival Prague’s anywhere else. This includes stunning examples of Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, Neo Classical and Art Noveau buildings. The beautiful architecture of the city has made it a favourite destination for the weekend city break and has also become popular for stag and hen parties due to the low prices of Prague. However the influx of tourists has gradually led to the prices being increased.
This capital city of the Czech Republic was built along the banks of the River Vltava in the centre of Bohemia and houses more than a million people. A good way to see Prague is to walk along the beautiful river bank which has many exquisite bridges, among them the 14th century Charles Bridge. Charles Bridge is decorated by some amazing statues as well as towers. One of the towers is considered to be among the foremost examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
You can admire the beauty of the bridge in relative peace at night or go there during the day to hunt for gifts and souvenirs as there are many traders and painters working there. Among the incredible sights to see in Prague are the castles, one of which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as being the largest ancient castle in the world.
Give yourself plenty of time to walk around the old city and see the impressive Jewish Synagogue, the Lennon Wall (in honour of the famous Beatle), the national museum and the astounding dancing house, otherwise known as Fred (Astaire) and Ginger (Rogers) because it resembles a couple dancing.
You will struggle to find anywhere more dramatically picturesque than Prague and it is because of this that the city has been used in many Hollywood movies. Collect your Rhino hire car from Ruzyne International Airport, which has routes with low cost carriers like SkyEurope and Smart Wings, and make the short journey into the city.
- It may be a little way off but one of the most charming events in Prague's calendar is St Nicholas Day, the 5th December. On that day, someone dressed as St Nicholas walks around the city giving gifts to children and young women. On the day, listen out on local radio to where 'St Nicholas' will be.