Prague, the capital of Czech Republic
Prague is with a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This capital is often referred to as “The mother of cities” or “a must-see-city”. Not only that, it is one of the few capitals where history takes you back centuries, since Prague was fortunate enough to not be destroyed by the Second World War. In addition it is also a very green city with parks surrounding all sides of the historical Old Town and a very safe city, consistently ranked among the most safe in the world. Walking along the cobblestone streets and enjoying the view of the impressive Prague Castle (the biggest castle complex in Europe) transports you to a fairy tale. Prague is also a comparably cheap city, so you have nothing to worry about, just come and enjoy. Welcome to our capital city. Welcome to Prague!
Fairy Tale City
Prague can best be described as a living, breathing fairy tale. Upon arriving to the capital city of the Czech Republic, you immediately feel transported to a land of wonder and awe. Most people immediately glimpse the Prague Castle, sitting atop a high hill to the west of the city with its tall peaks and large fortress walls.
Once you enter the large gates of the castle, every little boy and girl feels like a real prince or princess. The Golden Lane, a small street towards one end of the castle was once where the local artisans and craftsman would work their magic, mostly creating things from gold from the 16th century onward.
Also, in true fairy tale spirit, there is another castle which sits a bit down river from the Prague Castle. It is black in color and more dark and dangerous looking, creating the arch nemesis to the Prague Castle. This castle, Vyšehrad, is cloaked in mystery as well, adding to its aura and sinister charm. While appearing to play the arch rival to the Prague Castle, it definitely deserves a visit and a look at as well.
Prague is full of culture, both old and new. There has been a long standing tradition of the upmost appreciation and respect for the arts here. Many classical pieces, both symphony and theater acts, have been performed here or written here by some of the world’s greatest composers and writers: Antonín Dvořák, Mozart and Don Giovanni just to name a few. Theater still plays a large part in the daily life here as visitors and locals alike enjoy treating themselves to a night at the theater.
There has also been a love of art and artists throughout the centuries. Alphonse Mucha is a world acclaimed painter whose art work you will see throughout the city. Franz Kafka, one of the Czech Republic’s most celebrated writers is forever memorialized by another famous Czech artist, David Černý, with an 11 meter rotating bust of the writer. He was also the inspiration for another statue in Prague in which one man (presumable Kafka) sitting atop the shoulders of another man who does not have a face or hands.
And it should go without saying that the culture is most evident in the architecture which surrounds you as you walk down the immense Václavské Náměstí (Wenceslas Square) to Staroměstské Náměstí (Old Town Square), over the Charles Bridge to Malostranské Náměstí (Lesser Town Square). Your eyes will jump from one Gothic construction, to one from the Renaissance era before landing on a building built during the Baroque period. Each one is a little piece of history, frozen in time.
How to get to Prague
Prague is situated in central Europe and is a short hop, skip and jump from anywhere on the continent. If you are flying in then you’ll have no trouble finding your way here. There are short flights from neighboring countries like Germany, Austria and Poland and only slightly longer ones from Spain, France, England and Italy.
If you are coming from a bit further away, like from the United States for example, you can get direct flights from most east coast cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami and from Chicago as well, a new addition by American Airlines as of 2019.
For our visitors from eastern Asia, there are direct flights from Seoul, which has allowed the Korean tourism to boom in recent years. And Istanbul is often a chosen stop over from other Asian cities, as is Dubai.
If you are on a European tour and will be coming by road, there are many nearby cities which make for a great connection with Prague. Families and friends traveling from one country to another in Europe, often move from Berlin or Munich over to Prague, or perhaps from Vienna or Budapest north to Prague. All of these cities are less than a day’s drive (whether by car, bus or even train), allowing for an easy transfer from one city to the next.