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Prague Travel Information

Medieval cobbled streets, Ornate Baroque facades, tranquil squares, ancient courtyards, dark passages and churches beyond number, Prague is a totally enchanting living museum.

It is as charming now as it was centuries ago. History comes alive as you explore the narrow, medieval cobbled streets and ornate Baroque facades around Staromestske Namesti (Old Town Square). Wander along the restored elegance of Mala Strana’s (Lesser Town) tranquil streets, squares and arcaded buildings where Mozart and Kafka once trod.

Spanning the river between the two quarters is the impressive 14th century Charles Bridge. Join the crowds of busy pedestrians, artists, puppeteers and musicians, ever present on the bridge. Take in the views of monuments and statues up and down the river. Above it all, dominating the skyline, the massive 1100-year-old castle looks down on the stunning panorama of a fascinating city, swept along by the winds of change and yet so wonderfully unspoiled.

Spare some time to visit the Jewish Quarter. The old Jewish quarter contains the remains of the once thriving neighbourhood of Josefov. The half-dozen old synagogues, a ceremonial hall and the powerfully melancholic Old Jewish Cemetery were perversely preserved by Nazi leaders, who declared them to be a ‘museum of an extinct race’. Instead, all have survived as a memorial to seven centuries of oppression.

Kidnapped by communism for 40 years, Prague has now become one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations. Its traditional pubs and eateries have been augmented by a wave of gourmet restaurants, cocktail bars and trendy cafes – but you can still feast on pork and dumplings washed down with a beer. Although veteran travellers complain that their secret treasure has been discovered by the world, the evening sun still shimmers across the city’s domes and spires; the clatter and chatter of Czechs enjoying an after-work drink still spills from the open doors of back street pubs, and from the window of the public recreation centre, Dvorˇák’s folksy symphonies are played on an out-of-tune piano. In some ways, Prague carries on as it always has.