Visiting Prague

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Almost undamaged by WWII, Prague's a great mixture of new and old. The compact medieval centre is made of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires. But Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music, cultural art, fine dining and special events.Prague is renowned as a very walkable city. However, almost all of the streets are cobbled, rendering it very difficult for disabled or elderly travellers to get around effectively. Also, pedestrians should enter crosswalks carefully in Prague, as drivers are not as likely to yield as they are in other European cities. Remember that in the Czech Republic, it is illegal to cross at a pedestrian crossing on a red man, and if caught this incurs a fine of 1000k?. (£35)Lunch is traditionally the main meal. Czech cuisine is typically based around pork or beef with starchy side dishes such as dumplings or fries. To taste traditional Czech recipes, go to FLEURS CAFÉ. It is a romantic café/patisserie in the style of the old times – with its typical music and atmosphere, situated close to the Prague Castle. We heard heir homemade cakes according to traditional old recipes are absolutely delicious. New town vs. Old Town: The Old Town is Prague's historic centre. It includes numerous historical buildings and monuments, most notably the famed Astronomical Clock (Orloj), the pure GothicTýn Church, the mural-covered Storch building, and the Jan Hus monument. Nearby, the Estate Theatre is a neoclassical theatre where Mozart's opera Don Giovanni was first performed. The new town was constructed as an extension of the old town at the 14th Century. The main attraction here is the Wenceslas Square, which has many stalls, shops and restaurants. At the top of the square is the National Museum which is well worth a look. Off the beaten path, you can also find some wonderful panoramic views (Henry Tower), romantic restaurants and the Jubilee Synagogue.If you are looking for some decent souvenirs, try to get off the beaten path. Street vendors can have some unexpected treasures and there are plenty in the Charles Bridge area. Prints of paintings and good quality photos are very popular, and a really good way to remember Prague.

Travel review

I went to Prague with my wife last year to celebrate our 20th anniversary. It was great and we are planning to go back very soon! It is such a romantic city!The city's architecture is marvelous.The food is very good, quite reasonably-priced, and the beer is even better. Private tours are worth the extra money due to the attention and knowledge the tour guides provide instead of being in a crowd of tourists. Here is a hint - visit the Church of the Baby Jesus and have a tour guide ask if they can take you into the catacombs to view the mummies they unearthed a few years ago. Very interesting.It is easy to get around. You must make good use of the very cheap local transport. Save your legs and see it all. My hot tip is you do as we did and purchase a 3-4 day transport ticket as soon as you have landed and picked up your luggage. Head for the information kiosk (they speak good English and are really polite). This ticket cost 2 of us around £11. It was used the whole time including to and from the airport - no need for expensive taxis. You just punch it as soon as you board any transport and keep it safe (like a passport) until you go home.A must is walking over Charles Bridge, seeing the changing of the guards at the castle at midday, going up the observation tower and seeing the town hall clock when it chimes.

Did you know ?

World-renowned writer Franz Kafka is buried at the New Jewish Cemetery in Prague

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Found on the Vltava River in the northwest of the Czech Republic, Prague is the fourteenth largest city in the European Union with a population of about 1.3 million. Prague is home to numerous cultural attractions including the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and more than ten museums making this city a popular destination in Eastern Europe. Prague’s climate is borderline oceanic. Its winters are cold with very little sunshine, and snow is quite common. Temperatures are often below 0°C. Summers are normally sunny with highs around 25°C. Precipitation in the city is quite low with an average of 525mm a year.