Boasting a long and varied history, the former Eastern Bloc city of Prague is a delightful maze of cobbled streets, baroque churches and Gothic architecture. With such a rich heritage, it is perhaps not surprising that Prague is home to many museums, galleries and theatres, making it the perfect destination for culture enthusiasts.
Many of the most popular attractions in Prague are within a relatively short distance of each other, making it an inspired choice for short breaks. As the city has grown substantially as a tourist destination over recent years, many Prague hotels are owned by some of the world's most famous chains, including Clarion, Best Western, Crowne Plaza, NH Hotels, Kempinski and Holiday Inn. A number of these, as well as a selection of delightful local hotels and boutiques, are conveniently located near to the city centre where many places of historic interest can be discovered. The narrow streets of Stare Mesto and Male Strana are also worth exploring.
Lined with pastel-coloured mansions and charming pavement cafes where you can enjoy a cool beer, Old Town Square is often filled with tourists, although it never manages to lose its unique charm and appeal. Here you will find the famous St. Nicholas Church, which has often been described as one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture in Europe. Leading from Old Town Square, the historic Charles Bridge was once the only way of crossing the mighty Vltava River to reach the imposing Prague Castle.
This mighty 9th-century building has a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world. Looming high over the city, Prague Castle is a stunning sight which should not be missed. As well as this magnificent structure, Prague boasts many other wonderful places of historic value such as St. Vitus Cathedral and Wenceslas Square. With so much history crammed into this beautiful city, it is no wonder that it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are a number of festivals held throughout the year in this most cultural of cities. During these times, hotels in Prague obviously get very busy, so it is best to book well in advance if your stay coincides with one of these celebrations. April 30th is the time for the traditional Witches' Night festival, while the month of May sees the Prague Spring Festival take place. The famous Prague Proms are usually held throughout July and August. December is the time to come to experience the winter delights of the Prague Christmas Market. Why not visit Brno which is just two hours South of Prague for cheaper food and drink.
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