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Prague - a Golden City

Prague is one of the best-preserved old cities in Europe. This city is largely a virgin because it was virtually untouched in both the world wars. If you are a first time visitor, then Prague can be revelation to you. Its touch of tradition will definitely make anyone benumbed and overwhelmed with joy. Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Europe. This city is an architectural treasure thorax – its wealth ranging from gothic cathedrals and baroque churches to claim its richness ostentatiously art houses and cubist enclaves.

   

Historic Truth : A large part of Prague's architectural beauty can be traced back to the rule of King Charles Fourth (1326-1378). When he took the throne, being the king of Bohemia, he choose Prague as his capital and in the duration of some years, turned it into one of Europe's most beautiful and developed cities. He established Charles University in 1348, which now stands as being Central Europe’s oldest university.

Favorite Destinations : Old Town square: It is close to a place called Vetrnik. It is here where spring festival is celebrated in the beginning of the month of May. This place is always congested with tourists because of its carnival-like atmosphere all around the year.

One can see Buskers and other street entertainers; they bring extra charm of this place during the summer. The main street leading from the old town square to the Powder Gate, this street is surrounded by picturesque buildings of various architectural styles.

Old Town Orloj: This place is famous for the astronomical Clock and attracts tourists to come & watch `The Walk of the Apostles’, a clockwork hourly displaying of 12 apostles.

Café Montmartre: If you visit Prague, do remember to attend and enjoy this bar. It was one of the favorite places of Franz Kafka.

Charles Bridge: Your next destination should be the Charles Bridge, which is more than 650 years old. This is a 'pedestrian’s only' bridge, widely admired as one of the most outstanding civil gothic style buildings in whole world. You can take a look at enchanting Prague from either sides and you will also capture a series of statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, that decorate both sides of the bridge.

Lesser Town: If you reach here, crossing the bridge, walking past the picturesque red-roofed houses will certainly give freshness and heavenly charm to you.

   

Bank of River Vltava: Vltava divides Prague into two parts and is stretched over about 18 bridges.

Prague Castle: One must visit Prague castle (Prazsky hrad) to revisit the history. Tram No. 22 will take you to this huge castle complex with its gardens, summer houses, moats, cathedrals and art galleries.

St Vitas Cathedral: Your next destination will be St Vitas Cathedral, situated in the third courtyard of the castle complex. It is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and protects the Czech crown jewels. Extremely beautiful murals and majestic stained glass windows decorate its interior façade. The outstanding place in the cathedral is the Chapel St Wenceslas, where relics of the saint are kept with care.

Shopping and Marketing:

Prague is not famous for shopping. Yet one can find various types of souvenir shops selling everything according to demands.

Food and Beverages: The vivid and peculiar curving street Celetna is full of small cafes and restaurants which draw attention. Czech loves their beer; you may be speechless on hearing that they drink more beer per capita than anyone in the world. You should visit a pub you can get a taste of the best known Czech beer- Pilsner Urquell.

 

Access: Prague airport is where you will land after an international flight from any part of the world. Moving around Prague is easy and comfortable. If you have the 15 days transport pass, it is valid for travelling by bus, metro or tram within Prague. The tram-rides will take you to every corner of this golden city. Travelling through Prague will make you fully satisfied. The enchanting time you will spend here will remain with you for many years.

Contributed By:  Partha mondal, a freelance writer. I write short stories, essays, poems, articles whenever I have time. Writing is my passion. coolindian07@indiatimes.com  

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