Romanesque: St. Martin Rotunda, The Basilica of St. George
Gothic: Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral (seen left), Church of our Lady before Tyn, Powder Tower
Renaissance: Royal Summer Palace, Schwarzenberg Palace, The House at the Minute, Ball Game Hall
Baroque: Church of Our Lady of Victory, Strahov Monastery, Troja Chateau, La Loreta
Rococo: Palace of the Archbishop, Kinsky Palace
Cubism: House at the Black Madonna, Kovarovic Villa, Adria Palace
Art Nouveau: Vyšehrad Train Station, Wilsonova Building at the Main Railway Station, Hotel Evropa, Hotel Paris, and Municipal House
Communism: Hotel Crowne Plaza, Zizkov Tower
Prague found itself on many trade routes during the medieval ages and due to that, the city flourished with the constant stream of merchants, artisans and travelers moving north to south and east to west across what is now modern day Europe. Due to that, not only were many products introduced to Prague from far off lands, but local citizens began to produce many products of great value and incredible quality that still last till today.
One of the most famous products currently fabricated in the Czech Republic is traditional Czech glass. There are many glass factories just outside Prague where lovely, priceless glass ornaments, decorations, drinking vessels and other dishware are hand blown and sold. There is the opportunity to see some of these glass factories on several of our tours.
In early 2020, Lasvit, one of the most prominent of these glass-making factories, took the world by storm when it produced 2 large, flying dragon chandeliers which will be displayed in a hotel in Saipan. The chandeliers are the largest and most ornate of their kind, with over 2.5 million crystals and glass fixtures.
Another major Czech produce which is international acclaimed and recognized is Škoda Auto, with an over 100-year history. The cars are sold throughout the world in over 100 countries and are one of the more popular cars within Europe. There is a chance to visit and tour the Škoda Auto factory located just outside of Prague on several of our tours, including one for children and their families.
And of course, it would be remiss to omit one of the Czech Republic’s major exports: beer! The Czech Pilsner has been one of the most loved and preferred beers in the world over the last decades. Pilsner Urquell is brewed and bottled in the town of Pilsen, located less than an hour from Prague. It is possible to taste this Czech classic beer as well as several others on one of our best beer tours in Prague.
Important Information: Prague is located in the Schengen Zone, which is a free-travel zone within the European Union. It includes 26 countries in total. Depending on where you are coming from, you might need to secure a visa for the Schengen Zone before visiting the Czech Republic. Please be sure to consider this fact before making plans to visit Prague so that you do not experience any problems upon arrival. Also be be aware that the Czech Republic uses the Czech Korona (czk) rather than the euro since we are not in the eurozone. We look forward to your visit!