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
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.
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.
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
If you visit Prague, do remember to
attend and enjoy this bar. It was one of the favorite places of
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.
If you reach here, crossing
the bridge, walking past the picturesque red-roofed houses will
certainly give freshness and heavenly charm to you.
of River Vltava: Vltava
divides Prague into two parts and is stretched over about
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.
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.
Prague is not
famous for shopping. Yet one can find various types of souvenir
shops selling everything according to demands.
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
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.