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Prague is the most beautiful city in the world! It has existed for more than a thousand years. Its rich historical and cultural inheritance attracts international visitors from all over the world. It has been ranked sixth in the world list of best destinations in 2016. According to a survey in 2014 Prague received 6.4 million international visitors annually. Prague is the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome. Prague is the capital of Czech Republic and is situated in the north west of the country along the Vltava River. It is the largest city in Czech Republic and the 14th largest in the European Union.
Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe since ancient times. It has been the seat of the Roman Empire, Habsburg Monarchy, Austro-Hungarian Empire, World-War 1, Bohemian and Protestant Reformation. Prague has survived the many violence and destruction of 20th century Europe. Today it boasts of many world famous cultural and historical attractions. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The city has more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city. Prague is classified as an “Alpha-” global city comparable to Vienna, Seoul and Washington, D.C.
Prague is deeply shrouded in Myths and Legends of its long past. Streets paved with cobblestones, long shadows stretching from glowing lanterns, the wind playing with the coloured leaves and the dark outlines of the Gothic cathedrals. This is magical Prague with its many unusual creatures and inhabitants playing their stories in a city along the Vltava River. There is a famous story about the romantic park at Petrin. It is believed that there was once a sacrificial altar here in which beautiful virgins were sacrificed by pagan priests to the pagan gods. During the reign of Prince Boleslav, the altar was destroyed and the Church of St. Lawrence, which still stands today, built there. Legend tells us to this very day that the pagan gods appear here in the form of mysterious fires. But, these fires allegedly have magical power and are even able to cure rheumatism. Another famed and popularly believed fable is that of a huge treasure that is hidden in the Prague Baroque Cathedrals. The key to this is hidden in the picture of the Death of St. Xaveria in the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in the Lesser Quarter (also known as the Lesser Town). Look at this picture carefully and you may be able to take much more than just lovely memories away with you from Prague! Further, legends say that one of the world’s most important astronomers died of a burst bladder when etiquette forbade him to get up from the table before the emperor. His tomb lies in the Týn Church on the Old Town Square.
Which is the largest castle in the world? The Prague Castle of course! You can wander around its courtyards, palaces, museums and garden all day long and whilst doing so, admire the overwhelming beauty of a place which has been the seat of Czech kings, emperors and presidents for a thousand years. The whole castle grounds are dominated by the monumental St. Vitus Cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Discover the secret of this symbol of the Czech Republic and a place which makes Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Sample wine from the famous vineyards of Prague! While in the Middle Ages they surrounded Prague on all sides, nowadays they are romantic, out-of-the-way corners, hidden from the bustle of everyday city life. Similarly to other towns, Prague has, in the last few decades, returned to the ancient traditions of wine-making, and vines are once again cultivated in revived vineyards.
Besides the history, myths and legends in Prague there are a number of interesting restaurants and cafes that one can visit. For example, the original Café B Braun on Sokolovská Street, where alongside a scrumptious quiche or crispy croissant you can enjoy the world-class design by renowned Czech architect Eva Jiřičná. How about trying one of a number of top Prague restaurants that have won Michelin stars? The first of those is the restaurant at Alcron Hotel Radisson. Their baked St. Jacob’s mussels and chocolate fondant will have your taste buds in seventh heaven. The second Prague restaurant with a Michelin star is La Degustation Bohême, where you can try Czech delicacies such as straw soup with pheasant or Třeboň carp.
A beautiful interior with high ceilings and huge windows, polished tables and a broad breakfast menu, professional service and above all a place where breakfasting quickly is not an option. That’s Café Savoy on Vítězná St. It’s French, English and American – but also healthy – breakfasts will simply convince you that you’ve got to come back some day.
Treat yourself to a lunch with an exquisite view of the city of a hundred spires; the excellent French restaurant La Perle de Prague, on the seventh floor of the Dancing House, is a great choice. For outstanding coffee and even better desserts you could cross the Vltava to the stylish Café Lounge in the Lesser Quarter. Another great option is the legendary Myšák confectioner’s, which has been a very popular spot since the 1930s.
For a fun place to spend the evening check out one of the city’s many famous clubs, such as the popular SaSaZu, where a good time is guaranteed, the exclusive Duplex, or Karlovy lázně, Central Europe’s biggest nightclub.
Prague presents itself to you as a changeable city, which likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern, but above all it is a city that is cosmopolitan through and through, and is used to welcoming foreigners and making them feel at home.
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