A truly Bohemian city
There’s nowhere else on earth quite like Prague. A majestic assortment of cobbled lanes, high church spires, medieval bridges and meandering rivers – all watched over by a magnificent, fairytale castle – combine to make up one of Europe’s most charming and magical cities.
Founded in the 9th century and renowned as the home of the powerful Bohemian kings, Prague has had a troubled recent history. During the 20th century it was ruled by Austro-Hungary, annexed by Nazi Germany and absorbed by the Soviet Union; but following the bloodless Velvet Revolution of 1989, the Czech capital has emerged once again as the heart and soul of Central Europe.
Today, Prague offers a unique blend of the old and new. The city’s architecture varies from Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque to Neo-classical, Art Nouveau and Cubist. You’ll find medieval clock towers alongside futuristic office buildings, historic opera houses beside heavy metal clubs, time-honoured beer halls next to cool cocktail bars and traditional handicrafts together with tacky tourist trinkets.
Most of all, you’ll find the historic and the modern carefully combined in the Pilsner beer that Czechs are so famous for. So sit back, order a brew and then drink in the ambience of this remarkable city.
Fascinating mementoes of Prague's lost community