Country: Czech Republic
The low cost of holidays and sheer quantity of beer halls and cafes in Prague are fast making the city one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. However there’s more to the Czech capital than beer and stag do’s. The city that inspired Mozart and Beethoven is littered with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, with its many bridges, churches, and the castle.
Winters can be very cold, so the best time to visit is in spring or autumn. The city has many pedestrian-only areas, therefore it is best explored on foot, and there is a fully functional underground system too. The Charles Bridge, which dates back to the 14th century, is located near the Old Town and is completely devoid of cars. It is also Prague’s most photographed spot - expect to see tourists and buskers aplenty.
The Old Town Square is lined with magnificent buildings and is also home to the Astronomical Clock. Once the main marketplace, it now hosts a Christmas Market and is a popular place to sit outside in the summer. The castle itself (Prazski Hrad) is visible from anywhere in the city. The large complex contains the Czech Republic’s largest cathedral in St Vitus Cathedral, and the Belvedere, a Renaissance building.
The Jewish Quarter is of interest due to the Jewish Museum, the Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery. For a bit of Art Nouveau architecture, visit the Municipal House, where the Prague Symphony Orchestra has its home.
Wenceslas Square is a long boulevard lined with Western shops. There are numerous bars and cafes to cater to the influx of tourists, and this is slowly pushing up the cost of living. Despite this it is still a tourist-friendly city with plenty of charm, and there’s no denying the fairytale quality of the castle, particularly on a snowy winter’s night.