Through the history, the Prague Castle has always been the center of political life of Czech people. Founded in the late 9th century, pillaged and repaired throughout the centuries, the Castle is now the biggest preserved fortress in the whole world.
Here, history can be felt in every corner as almost every significant event in the Czech history had something to do with it. Monarchs of the Habsburg Empire and Bohemia, presidents of Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic and even the Nazi ‘protector’ of Bohemia, Reinhard ‘The Hangman’ Heydrich, chose the castle for their official headquarters.
Prague's Old Town
Prague’s Old Town is a historical settlement founded in the medieval period. This area is today, one of the most visited in Prague as there are dozens of monuments worthy of visiting. The oldest active synagogue in Europe is located in this quarter – The Old New Synagogue. It was built in the 13th century by the Bohemian Jews, and was one of the first Gothic buildings in the city. It was demolished several times throughout ages, but the citizens of Prague rebuilt it every time.
The construction of the Charles Bridge in Prague lasted for almost 150 years making it one of the most impressive buildings of this country. It is made out of stone that has proved as the perfect material as it still stands proudly, linking the Old Town with the Prague Castle, over the river Vltava.
The bridge is used by pedestrians only and because of that there are many stands offering souvenirs along the way. Besides a rich and interesting shopping offer, the tourists are able to enjoy the view from the bridge and its design. The Charles Bridge is embellished with 75 statues and a tower on each end.
Enjoy in the natural side of Prague, far away from the crowd. Petrin Hill is a hill in the city area with many parks ideal for hikers. Standing some three hundred meters above the city, this hill is a popular destination for those who’d like to see the city from different angle. Petrin Hill is exactly the place that gives you that opportunity. In the late ninteteenth century, Prague people were impressed with the Eiffel Tower in Paris and built something similar. The Petrin Lookout Tower is more that 60 meters high observation tower, resembling the much famous Parisian one. From the top of the tower, the view of the city is just indescribable.
Old Jewish Cemetery
If you get excited visiting mysterious and intriguing places, look no further than the Old Jewish Cemetery. Why? Because no one knows how old it is, nor how many graves are there, and because of that, it has always been an inspiration for thrilling stories and conspiracy theories. It gave Umberto Eco an idea for his novel The Prague Cemetery, but unfortunately, it also served as the inspiration for the infamous work ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, which led to spread of anti-Semitism across the Europe.
Built in the late medieval period, the Astronomical Clock was a true masterpiece of science and crafts of that time. The Orloj, as the locals call it, besides showing the time of the day, shows also the positions of the Sun and the Moon. The calendar and the signs of zodiac are also part of the Clock.
Named after the protestant revolutionary Jan Žižka, the Žižkov part of Prague is proud of its rebellious spirit. It has always been the working class area, but many famous Czech artists found their home here. That is why nowadays, it is probably the most bohemian part of Prague, with lots of brothels, pubs and discotheques. More than 300 pubs make Žižkov the number one place for party-goers. Actually, there is no place in Europe with more bars per capita, a fact that make the residents of Žižkov utterly proud.
St. Vitus Cathedral
Several magnificent churches are part of the Prague Castle complex, but St. Vitus Cathedral is definitely the most important one. It is a Roman Catholic place of worship, built in the Middle Ages, when Gothic style was predominate. Almost hundred meters tall and wide, this cathedral is the most famous religious object in Prague and probably in the whole Czech Republic. It is nowadays the seat of the Archbishop of Prague.
U Medvidku is a traditional Czech beer hall style pub dating back to 1466. For over 500 years the building was a brewery, until the malt house was converted into the present day beer hall in the 20th century. Over the years U Medvidku has retained its traditional charm and is still a favourite with Czech locals.
Here, you can enjoy in the taste of world’s strongest beer XBEER-33 made by using historical technology. But perhaps even better experience is making your own brew. The hotel gives you the chance that by using the historical methods and the help of professionals, you can make beer that suits you.
One of the most historic sections of Prague, the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana) is almost too picturesque for its own good - with its ancient burgher houses, baroque palaces, winding narrow lanes and St. Nicholas Church, the Lesser Town is a favourite setting for movies and commercials.
At its heart is the Baroque Lesser Town Square. Here, and all around in the cobbled side streets there are small shops to browse, churches to explore and traditional Czech pubs and restaurants to discover; some of which with fine views over the river.
To feel the true spirit of the Czech capital, you’ll need to taste the proper food. The family restaurant, U Kroka, offers to you specialties from the Czech national cuisine. The atmosphere in the restaurant is outstanding – pleasant and cheerful staff and wonderful interior. Not to mention the area of the city, in which U Kroka is. Located between the river and the historic fort Vyšehrad, this restaurant is a great place to relax and enjoy your Prague moments.