One of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Prague was founded in the 9th century and has served over the centuries as the seat of Holy Roman Emperors as well as an important economic, cultural and political center in Central Europe. Playing important roles in the Protestant Reformation and the Thirty Years’ War, the city became the capital of Czechoslovakia after World War I. Following Czechoslovakia’s 1993 division into two separate governments, Prague became the capital of the Czech Republic.
Today, Prague is a magical city of stunning cathedrals, medieval architecture, vibrant culture, fine dining and energetic atmosphere, making it one of the most visited cities in Europe. There is no shortage of exciting things to see and do in Prague. Not to be missed is the Prague Castle, the world’s largest ancient castle. The city’s Old Town is packed with historic landmarks such as the Astronomical Clock and gorgeous churches like the Church of Our Lady before Týn. Outside the historic district are must-see sites like the beautiful Charles Bridge, and Wenceslas Square.
Prague’s culture scene is one of Europe’s best. The city is overflowing in art galleries, museums, theaters and cinemas. Souvenir shops and markets all offer a wide selection of choices from name brand items to local arts and handicrafts. Restaurants are plentiful, offering a range of cuisine from international to local dishes such as Czech dumplings and meat. An important part of Prague culture, bars abound in variety.
While much of Prague is easily explored on foot, trams and the excellent subway make getting around convenient.