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About Prague

by SmarterTravel Staff
Prague at Dusk (Photo: Philippe Colombi)

Visitors to Prague are likely to get caught up in the majesty of the City of 100 Spires. Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, Romanesque, Art Nouveau, and Neo-classical buildings line the cobblestone streets that wind through the city's distinct neighborhoods. The Castle District claims one of the most popular sights, Prague Castle, which has three courtyards. St. Vitus' Cathedral is also located here, and guests can marvel at the Gothic gargoyles or pay tribute to "good" King Wenceslas. The Lesser Quarter's Petrin Hill offers panoramic views of the city of Prague, and the pedestrian Charles Bridge connects this district to Old Town. The Old Town area is home to the cubist House of the Black Madonna, which now holds the Museum of Czech Cubism. And Old Town Square, the heart of Prague, is surrounded by historic buildings like St. Nicholas Church and the 15th century astronomical clock.

The center of modern Prague tourism is located around New Town's Wenceslas Square. Here visitors will find shops, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy. This neighborhood was planned in 1348, and there are plenty of Gothic churches to explore. More history can be found in the Jewish Quarter, where the Old-New Synagogue is located. Legend has it that a rabbi created the Prague Golem in the 16th century to protect the Jewish people, and that the golem still sleeps in the synagogue.

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Flights to Prague land at Prague Airport, about 15 miles from the city center. The airport is easily accessible by metro lines A and B.

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