Very few cities in the world efficiently encapsulates the authentic old-world charm as well as Prague does. Living upto it's nickname of 'A city with one hundred spires', this metropolis encompasses over hundreds of spires originating from the myriad historical structures and monuments housed in the city. Even with it's illustrious history as deeply engraved and entrenched, the cosmopolitan hub is a bustling center brimming with pubs and bars with a foot-tapping night-life that is sure to put other urban cities to shame.
A trip to the Czech Republic capital is incomplete without heading over to the historic Prague Castle which dominates the city's skyline. The sprawling castle comprises of a vast complex which includes a royal palace, a cathedral and three churches, a basilica, a monastery, looming towers, royal stables, exquisite gardens and a small path where craftsmen used to work. Head over to the most significant landmark of the city by stopping by at the 600-year-old Charles Bridge that connects Old Town and Lesser Town over River Vltava.
A major sightseeing point that draws tourists is the Old Town Square that is brimming with several Gothic and Renaissance buildings. One of the imposing and majestic structure that is dominating the city's skyline is the Church of our Lady before Tyn that resides in Old Town Square and stands tall at 80m and is topped by four small spires. Another highlight in the Square is the the Astronomical Clock, third oldest clock in the planet. This unique structure puts on a tourist-friendly show when the time-piece strikes the hour that makes the visit worth it.
Take a stroll around Mala Strana (Lesser Town) to view the delicious blending of the old with the new as the street is lined with an array of pubs, restaurants, shops and international embassies accommodated in huge Baroque-style buildings. To witness avant-grade contemporary architecture, be sure to visit the Dancing House that encompasses two adjoining towers whose magnificent curves replicate two dancing figures with the female dancer swaying in the arms of her male partner.
Museum lovers have several choices to choose from such as National Museum housing the oldest and most massive collection of antiquities. The Museum of Communism, Mucha Museum and the Jewish Museum are other options to visit as well. Be sure to visit the Obecni Dum (Municipal House) that features the majestic Lord Mayor's Room that showcases murals by Alphonse Mucha. Music enthusiasts can note that the focal point of the building is the Smetana Hall which accommodates the Prague Symphony Orchestra and is one of the main sites for concerts during the Prague Spring Festival.
When it comes to urban shopping, Prague houses a plethora of shopping complexes such as Cerna ruze (Black rose) and Palac Myslbek lined up in Na Prikope street - a posh locality which is one of the most expensive roads in the globe. Tourists looking for souvenir shops will find plenty of them around the city's historical center - usually in and out of Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and Prague Castle.
Any trip to Prague is incomplete without trying out the delicious, appetizing and scrumptious Czech cuisine. Be sure to dig into Dumplings ( knedliky), a traditional side delicacy prepared from wheat or potato flour, boiled in water as a roll and then sliced and served piping hot. Those with sweet tooth can gorge on the popular Czech Pancakes that is packed with ice-cream, jam or fruits and glazed with whipped-cream, almonds or sugar. A tea connoisseur should head over to the many tearooms ( ?ajovna) to rejuvenate themselves with the diverse varieties of teas from all over the planet. Prague has a shimmering night-life for pubs are part of the local culture. Be sure to sip on any of the locally-brewed beers or internationally branded ones that is sure to be available in any of the bars and pubs housed in the metropolis.
Prague houses a plethora of stay options that will cater to the luxury-craving tourists seeking the best luxury hotels as well as to budget travellers looking for modest accommodations and apartments that are cheap and easy on the pocket.
Prague straddles between oceanic climate and humid continental climate. The city is just as beautiful and breathtaking to visit any time of the year. The ideal time to holiday would be during the spring and autumn months as the temperatures are pleasant but winter is just as spectacular with the stunning snowy scenery.