Magnificent baroque palaces, countless spires, elegant bridges and winding streets make Prague a place dripping in some sort of fairy tale magic. Whether visiting during the winter months to see a city serenely veiled in white snow, or maybe in the spring when the flowers begin to bloom, the City of a Hundred Spires makes for the perfect shortbreak.
Check out Charles Bridge
One of the most celebrated landmarks of the city is the magnificent Charles Bridge. Built under the jurisdiction of Charles IV in the 14th century, many many feet have scuttled across this ornate overpass since it was built. It's romantic views across the city make it a popular spot for artists to paint and sell their wares.
Soak up Some Culture the City's Squares
Prague's Old Town Square is a fusion of historical periods. Here you can stand amidst Gothic, Baroque and Roman style architecture all blended into an instant of time. It was once the city's centre of trade with its bustling markets, and in time buildings such as the Old Town Hall Tower (Astronomical Clock), and the St. Nicholas and Tyn Churches were built around the square which are major features today.
The city's other notable square is Wenceslas Square, which is really more of a boulevard in shape. It has paid host to all manner of events over the years from political uprisings to national sporting celebrations. With the capacity to hold 400,000 people, Wenceslas Square is a hub of activity when it comes to events of national importance.
Go gothic in St Vitus Cathedral and Chapels Within
It would be difficult to miss the Gothic masterpiece which is St Vitus Cathedral standing fortress like in the city's castle complex. Its rather imposing nature bespeaks of its status as the most important church in the country. It contains within it the tombs of numerous Bohemian kings along with Holy Roman Emperors such as Maximilian II.
The interior houses a number of smaller chapels, the most notable of which is the St Wenceslas Chapel of the 14th century. Exhibited here are some resplendently decorated wall features bejewelled in innumerable semi-precious stones. You'll notice in the south west corner a small door secured by seven locks. It's tightly secured for good reason as on the other side lies the Czech Crown Jewels!
Beer: Sightseeing is thirsty work
No visit to Prague would be complete without mentioning the city's most famous export, its beer. There are many breweries throughout the capital where you can sample some truly world-class concoctions that you might not find any place else. The city's tradition of brewing goes back centuries meaning they have the process down to a fine art. Light or dark beer, or a host of seasonal brews are all on offer here and well worth a sample.
Eyesore or Eccentric Masterpiece?
For something a little different head for the rather bizarre looking Dancing House. At first glance you may wonder if you've been adversely affected by a particularly strong Czech beer you've sampled, but the skew-whiff architecture is very much a design feature. Somewhat controversial when it was built in the mid 90s due to its stark and obvious contrast with the traditional architecture of the city, the building found a supporter in the form of the Czech president and so the unconventional building remains an eccentric attraction. Eyesore or masterpiece? You decide.
With low cost airlines offering some great deals on flights to Prague and with plenty of cheap hotels from which to choose, a weekend break to Prague is the perfect choice. The city has plenty of luxury accommodation too should you want to make your stay just that bit extra special. Check A1 Travel for all the best deals to the Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires.
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