Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws. Franz Kafka
The capital city of the Czech Republic is poetically considered to be the heart of the European continent. The history is deeply rooted in every building and you can feel the cultural spirit in every step. Different architectural styles have been preserved throughout the wars and years of the communist era so the visitors may compose their own image of Prague. With the Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world on one side, facing the Dancing House representing the contemporary architectural tendencies on the other side, visitors can appreciate the centuries of history embedded in the buildings. Prague is not only a city of historical monuments, but also a city for living, where culture is an integral part of things. It is not surprising to find that it has been a source of inspiration for famous Prague residents and personalities, such as Einstein, Kafka, Mozart, van Beethoven.
At the same time, growing since the Velvet Revolution, Prague, the meeting point of Eastern and Western Europe has quickly become a site to host multiple scientific conferences and cultural events. The same goes for movie makers who just love coming to Prague and making it the scene of their movies. You may have seen Prague in motion pictures such as The Bourne Identity (2002), The Illusionist (2006), Casino Royale (2006), Mission: Impossible (1996), and Amadeus (1984).
Prague isn’t just a city, but an entity of some kind. Sezin Koehler
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The Estates Theatre
Formerly known as the Nostitzsches Nationaltheater, this is the place where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart conducted the premiere performance of his famous opera Don Giovanni in 1787. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of one of the most beautiful historical theatre buildings in Europe.
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The National Theatre
The National Theatre is probably the most famous Czech cultural institution. Construction of the historical building was funded mostly by public donations. Unfortunately, just days before the opening the building was destroyed by fire. Just two years later, in 1883, the theatre was rebuilt and it opened with opera performance Libuše by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.
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Vyšehrad is a historical fort located on a hill over the Vltava River. In the castle, there is Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as the Vyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history, such as Antonín Dvořák, Karel Čapek, and Alfons Mucha.
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St. Vitus Cathedral
The cathedral located within Prague Castle is the biggest and most important church in the country. It is a typical example of Gothic architecture and its dimensions are 124x60 meters, the main tower is over 96 meters high. There are tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors in the Cathedral.
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Old Town Square
Old Town Square is a historic square in the Old Town quarter of Prague. There are many buildings in various architectural styles, the most famous one is the Old Town Hall with the Prague Astronomical Clock, Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, or the Baroque St. Nicholas Church.
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Czech natives call this astronomical clock simply „Orloj“. It is a medieval astronomical clock located on the Old Town Hall. The clock was first installed in 1410 and it is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still in operation.
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Do you know Prague ZOO rated 4th place among the 25 best ZOOs in the world according to TripAdvisor.com. Come and see it for yourself!
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The Dancing House
The Dancing House is a unique building located in the historical center of the city. Thanks to its unusual design which resembles a pair of dancers it has been a subject of controversy since time of build.
Devil’s Channel (Čertovka) is a water channel in Prague city center. Sometimes its nicknamed Little Prague Venice. It takes water from the Vltava river and 900 meters further it on flows to the Vltava again.
Prague Castle was founded in 9th century and currently it is the largest castle complex in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. For centuries, it was the seat of kings and since the foundation of the Czech Republic is the seat of the president. The castle area comprises of many buildings in different architectural styles and it is top destination for tourists from all over the world.
The Old Jewish Cemetery
The Old Jewish Cemetery was founded in the first half of the 15th century and it is one of the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world. You will find here tombstone of the famous rabbi of Prague Judah Loew ben Bezalel, also called Maharal. The National Geographic magazine listed this cemetery in his Top 10 cemeteries to visit around the world.
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The Old New Synagogue
The Old New Synagogue completed in 1270, was one of Prague's first gothic buildings. It is Europe's oldest active synagogue and the oldest surviving medieval synagogue of twin-nave design. The legend says, that the body of Prague Golem, created by Rabbi Judah Loew lies in the attic where the genizah of Prague's community is kept.
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Prague Castle Gardens
There are seven exquisite gardens within the Prague Castle area. While the northern gardens belong to the historically most precious, the southern gardens give the most charming views to the historical part of the city.
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Golden Lane (in Czech Zlatá ulička) is a street situated at the Prague Castle. Its name is connected with 16th century alchemists, who had to look there, according to according to legends, for a reaction to produce gold. Franz Kafka, stayed in the house no. 22 for two years and wrote some short stories for the book “A Country Doctor”.
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Lesser Town (in Czech Malá Strana)
The Lesser Town, also known as the Little Quarter, clusters around the foothills of Prague Castle, across the Vltava River from the Old Town. The Lesser Town (Malá Strana) is almost too picturesque for its own good - with its ancient burgher houses, quaint side streets and St. Nicholas Church, the Lesser Town is a favorite setting for movies and commercials.