Today we release a new destination in TravelEchoes. Prague is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is the capital of the historic region of Bohemia and is famous for its unique medieval architecture. The historical centre of Prague is inscribed in the World Heritage List. The city is crossed by the Vltava River. Prague’s medieval centre – the part you will be interested in visiting – remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of its majestic 9th century castle.
Prague Castle is the biggest ancient castle in the world, and rises above the city offering beautiful views of the areas below. Also on site is the St. Vitus Cathedral with its lookout tower, several palaces and museums and the beautiful Royal Garden, among others. Close to the castle, Strahov Monastery (Strahovský klášter) is a monastery which is worth a visit for both its picture gallery and its notable Renaissance library. Across the Vltava River from the city centre and leading to the castle, Malá strana also offers beautiful streets and churches (of which St. Nicholas Church is the most renowned).
Charles Bridge (Karlův most) connects Old Town with Malá strana. It is one of Prague’s most beautiful structures. During the day, it is a bustling place as musicians busk and artists sell their paintings and jewelry. On the other side of the bridge, facing the castle we find the Old Town (Staré město). It includes numerous historic buildings and monuments, most notably the famed Astronomical Clock (Orloj), the amazing Gothic Týn Church and the mural-covered Storch building. Old Town features many historical churches (St. James Church, Church of Our Lady before Týn among others) and some other interesting historical buildings like the Old Town Hall with superb views. Josefov is the historic Jewish ghetto, interesting for its well preserved synagogues. The Old New Synagogue (Staronová synagoga) is Europe’s oldest active synagogue. Another interesting synagogue is the Spanish Synagogue. Other attractions include the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is the oldest in Europe, and Kafka’s house.
New Town was established as an extension of Old Town and the main attraction here is Wenceslas Square, a rectangular commercial square with many stalls. At the top of the square is the National Museum. Midway down this historic boulevard, one finds Art Nouveau hotels, as well as quaint parks and arcades. Prague Dancing House (Tančící dům) also known as “Fred and Ginger”, the fortified area of Vyšehrad, a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower on the top of Petrin Hill overlooking Prague and the Prague Giant Metronome— a huge monument with amazing views – are another interesting points.
Central Bohemia is the region surrounded Prague. It is a region with splendid castles and chateaux. The valleys of several rivers, mining museums, silver mines and enchanting countryside complete the area, a mere hour’s journey from Prague. Two of the most popular destinations are the castle of Emperor Charles IV Karlštejn and Kutná Hora, a town that is listed as a UNESCO monument. Konopiště Chateau is also a great destination. Enjoy all of these destinations and many more tips on the app!