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Prague travel: Fascinating architectural journey

Posted on December 31, 2010 | Fascinating Cities , Historic DestinationNo Comment

If you want to explore some of the most heroic pages of Europe’s history book, then Prague travel is a must! Especially, those who love exhilarating history as well as gorgeous architectural feats, Prague is just ideal for them. It is certainly not something to be surprised that why Prague is among the premier tourist destinations in Europe, which does not know to look back in terms of tourism and attractions. At first, you might be obscured by congested traffic as well as crowd of tourists; but this will be soon replaced by stunning sights to see and thrilling things to do. And yes, you’ll be ensured of cheaper spends and local ambience. Prague enjoys warm, but showery summers and snowy winters. A pleasant Prague travel is recommended from May to September.

Start your trip by visiting the fascinating Prague Castle that is regarded as the biggest old castle on Earth offering breathtaking vistas of the city side. On the same site, also look for the St. Vitus Cathedral featuring an observation tower, palaces and museums, the Castle Picture Gallery, and the Royal Garden. A visit to the St. Vitus Cathedral will charge you nothing, but expect a long queue (1 hour). Entrance to the castle costs 350 CZK.

Do explore the Old Town that is the city’s historic hub. This is where you can explore a number of monuments of which the most remarkable is the Astronomical Clock, historical buildings, sacred GothicTýn Church, the Storch building of murals, the Estate Theatre, St. James Church, Old Town Hall, and Church of Our Lady.

The Lesser Town leading to the castle from the downtown across the Vltava is the home of many wonderful streets as well as churches. Do take some time to discover the renowned St. Nicholas Church, the Lennon Wall that was a source of annoyance to the communist rule, Charles Bridge linking the Lesser and Old Town, and Venetian-like canal along with its water wheel. Above all, the main attraction here is ‘Child Jesus of Prague’, which is the popular statue of Christ known to the whole world. It is also called the Holy Infant of Prague, whose original statue is visible in the Church of Our Lady Victorious here.

Some more worth visiting monuments and structures are Loreta as the stunning convent in Baroque at the Lesser Town, Strahov Monastery on hillside offering remarkable picture gallery as well as Renaissance library, Frank Gehry’s Dancing House revealing a fascinating architecture and reachable from Karlovo náměstí metro station, Vyšehrad as a cool castle, Petřínská rozhledna replicating the Eiffel Tower atop a hill where an ascent costs 100 CZK, and Prague Giant Metronome.

Do not miss a trip to the Czech National Gallery for it houses the some of the most vital collections in the St George Convent, Sternberg Palace, and Veletržní Palace (19th century). Yes, you need to visit these three sites. Other worth visiting museums here are Museum of Communism, Prague City Museum, Prague City Gallery, Museum of Decorative Arts, National Technical Museum, Military Museum, and Jewish Museum.

Did you know that Prague is popular as a city of pedestrians? Yes, this is the city for all those who love explore things on foot. Walking here acts as a natural rejuvenator. So, here, enjoy exploring the old and new parts of the city on foot from Wenceslas Square to the Old Town Square. You can also amble from the Old Town to Charles Bridge as well as to the Castle District. But, this stroll might not be that easy for a senior citizen as nearly all the streets are paved. A warning is also necessary for the young pedestrians: crosswalks should be stepped on carefully.

Consider cruising on the popular Vltava River either for an hour or for an entire evening with music and dinner. For this, contact Prague river cruises. If you want to enjoy Jazz, then opt for a Jazz boat. If you want to shop, be at the luxurious Palladium in the downtown or at Metropole Zlicin near the Zlicin station. These malls are also among the good options for meals. Your Prague travel is incomplete without tasting its desserts – fruit dumplings and crepes. For western style food, the Wenceslas Square is ideal.

Coming to accommodation, I would suggest living in a fun ‘Botel’ offering stunning vistas within the range of €20 to €120 per person per night. Check out for the reasonable Botel Florentina providing castle views.

Many go for buying the Prague Card that includes entry into all top attractions. This is valid for 4 days and is meant to explore more than 50 top attractions in Prague for free. In addition, you will get a book providing all necessary tourist information regarding the free attractions. And yes, the most fascinating part of this one is that you are entitled to several discounts (airport transfer, Prague Walks excursions, shopping, and museums) along with a voucher. A valid card along with the site voucher is necessary for free admission. However, public transport cost is not included in the total cost of 790 Kč. I recommend not buying this as it is not that huge money savior. Instead, go for the Prague Pass that ensures free trips to several Prague attractions. It is valid for a year and offers discounts along with 72 hours of public transport (any medium) for 860 Kč.

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