Prague: A fairy tale city in the heart of Europe
- Name: Prague;
- Founded: 7th century;
- Population: 1.3 million;
- Area: 298 km2 (115 sq mi);
- Known as: Capital of Czech Republic (Czechia), ‘The City of a Hundred Spires’.
Prague, truly a fairy tale city, is covered in maze like cobbled streets, medieval squares, romantic bridge over Vltava River and grandiose castle on top of the hill, so one doesn’t need much imagination to comprehend life from centuries ago.
Prague was named “the City of a Hundred Spires” in the 19th century, but they are saying now it has more than five hundred. How come? There are many churches, cathedrals, historical buildings and constructions (all worth a visit) that were decorated by spires since they were last counted by Czech mathematician Bernard Bolzano. You are free to count them, and let us know the result!
Enjoy this beautiful city and don’t forget to take a break with nice pint of Czech beer. Cheers!
Main attractions. Prague Castle. Actually a castle complex, with various buildings dating from 9th century. Mix of architecture styles from Roman time, through Gothic and 20th century. Dedicate full day for visit, at least. Charles Bridge. Iconic bridge from 14th century linking Old and New Town of Prague. Lined with ornate statues, offers great views of Prague and hosts many street artists and performers daily. Great for walks and panoramic photos and selfies. Old Town. Locally known as Staré Mesto, medieval cobblestoned old city center with mazelike streets and many landmarks. Astronomical clock. Famous 600 year old mechanical clock on the facade of city hall, displaying time, astronomical data and Zodiac signs. St. Vitus Cathedral. Landmark Roman Catholic Cathedral, hosting remains of several saints including Vitus, Wenceslas and Adalbert, and national treasury.
Malá Strana. Also known as Lesser Town, this medieval part of Prague lies on a hillside area below Prague Castle. Several palaces, churches and museums can be found there. Great for walks. Old Town Square. Landmark square in the old town, dating back from 10th century and lined up by many gothic buildings. Wenceslas Square. Main square in New Town of Prague. It’s a half mile long, dating from 14th century, featuring National Museum, St. Wenceslas statue, many shops, restaurants and hotels. Great for walks, food and shopping.
Top things to do. All the landmarks form above, plus museums and galleries, Jewish quarter with Old Jewish cemetery and the oldest synagogue in Europe, go on a Vltava River cruise, have a traditional dinner with Czech folklore dance, or even go for hot air balloon ride! Everything is possible in Prague.
Festivals and events. International Jazz Festival (October-November), Prague Winter Festival (January), Bohemian Carnevale (Prague Carnival, February-March), Czech Beer Festival (May), Prague Spring Festival (May-June) and several festivals and events during Christmas and New Year days.
Best time to fly to Prague. The peak season for flights to Prague is April, October and December. The low season for purchasing tickets is February, March and July.Prague is served by Vaclav Havel Airport (PRG). Direct flights to Prague are offered by 44 airlines.
Interesting facts about Prague:
- Designed by Frank Gehry, famous Dancing House in Prague was inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
- Prague’s Charles Square was the largest town square in the medieval Europe.
- There is a graffiti covered wall dedicated to John Lennon of The Beatles.