Prague (Praha) is a city steeped in history. The “Heart of Europe” enchants with ancient cathedrals, medieval towers and old spines. Unlike other European capitals, the city was not rebuilt during the 18th or 19th centuries and enchants with countless architectural gems. A visit of Prague takes you on to a unique time journey backwards in history from the medieval ages, to the periods of Renaissance & Barock – until today`s globalized world.
A unique time journey
When the dust rises in the early morning hours above the historical Charles Bridge and the Vltava River, the scenery seem like a site out of medieval ages. Prague`s most famous landmark is only one of over 300 hundred bridges in the city. From here, you can see the outlines of the Prague castle, majestically residing above the city – until today the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. Steep stone stairs lined with beautifully restored house facades and art galleries lead up to the world`s largest ancient castle, unveiling a stunning panorama of the city and the surrounding vicinity.
History & Art
The birthplace of Franz Kafka is studded with numerous ancient sites. Right next to the Charles Bridge, Klementinum, a historic complex of buildings, is located. Via guided tours, visitors can discover the Astronomical Tower and the impressive Baroque Library Hall. With more than 20 000 books, splendid fresco paintings and ancient relicts, the Baroque Library is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world!
At the historic Old Town Square, the oldest astronomical clock is still working and in the surrounding streets of Old Prague, it seems like the time has been standing still. During medieval times, Alchemists and Magicians used to practice the occult arts, adding to the mystery surrounding the unofficial capitol of the dark arts. Today, jugglers, street artists and the one or other pickpocket bustle around crowds of tourists.
During the 80s, the youth of Prague established a powerful symbol of freedom. The John Lennon Wall, a once ordinary wall, was filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and Beatles lyrics to protest against political oppression. After the end of the Communist era, the building of the very non-traditional Dancing House was controversial, but it also marked the beginning of an opening to the western world. Today, the New Town of Prague is crowded with international retail chains, renowned warehouses, shopping malls like in any other western metropolis.
In the course of the rising trendiness of Eastern Europe, Prague has become one of Europe`s most visited cities. Affordable living costs and a vibrant cultural life attract young people and students from all over the world. Former grim areas, like Krymska Street have turned into vibrant hangouts with lively cafés like the popular Café Sladkovsk.
Prague is not just a city,
it is an entity of it `s own kind.
Prague is a unique combination of history and modernity. When darkness breaks and the historic street lamps are lit, the one or other shady character still appears. But it is the edginess, the darkness and imperfections that render Prague it`s unique flair. It is the artistic streets studded with historical house facades that convey the feeling of another era. Prague is not just a city, it is an entity of it`s own kind.
– You will never forget the ancient nostalgia of this place.
” Prague never let`s you go…
This dear little mother has sharp claws.”
– Franz Kafka –