Ancient capital of Charles IV's Bohemian Kingdom, Prague has played a pivotal role in the development of Central Europe since the Middle Ages. An epic history has made Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, Prague is also a modern European metropolis full of energy, music, and art. Serene green isles in the river and peaceful parks draping the city's seven hills are just steps away from the architectural treasures and bustling street life of the city center. Prague's atmosphere is both intimate and romantic, and quite impossible to forget.
Streets teeming with smiling faces, cameras and backpacks, lively cafés, and busy bars all testify to Prague's powers of attraction for the young at heart. The main tourist routes are dotted with Czech and international restaurants; but do try something new: leave the hustle and bustle of the main streets behind and immerse yourself in the quiet side streets, which will be happy to welcome the chance visitor in their restaurants, pubs, bars and tearooms. You might be pleasantly surprised once you leave the beaten track.
During a walk through the city, you will quickly discover that the history of European architecture has left behind splendid representatives of its various periods and styles. There are Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classicist buildings, as well as various neo-historic styles and Art Nouveau.
Mozart reportedly shocked the Viennese when he once scoffed at his Austrian patrons, claiming, "Praguers understand me." This statement placed Prague in the center of the musical world and entrenched the city in musical folklore. With one of the most diverse performing arts communities on the Continent, Prague offers concerts, theater and opera to suit any taste. Be sure to dress up - evening performances are the one time not to dress "bohemian", even in Bohemia!
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