The capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague, is a marvel of architecture and culture. Boasting names like “City of a Hundred Spires” and “Mother of All Cities”, Prague has much to offer. In the local language, Czech, it is named “Praha” – meaning “Rapids” (in a river). In a city where old Bohemia meets the modern world, beauty is never lacking. So join me on a short tour of Prague and maybe you’ll get the appetite to visit it yourself someday…
This is the Charles Bridge, the most famous historical bridge in Prague. It spans the Vltava river and is adorned with many statues of Jesus and various saints, and is just a pleasure to cross.
Prague Castle is the official residence and office of the President of the Czech Republic. Located in the Hradčany district of Prague, the castle has been a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. It is also the largest ancient castle in the world. It’s open to the public between 6am and 11pm, and you can see the changing of the guard every hour. The gardens are open to the public as well and are a sight to see!
An Amazing view of Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge at night.
Spanning both banks of the Valtava River, Prague is the home for many bridges – Some old, some new, and are mostly built in the beautiful Bohemian style that is so characteristic to the city.
Wenceslas Square is one of the main city squares and the center of the business and culture in the new part of Prague. Many historical events occurred here, and it is a traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations, and other public gatherings. Named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia, it is part of the historic center of Prague and a World Heritage Site.
The Dancing House (Nicknamed “Fred and Ginger”) houses a Dutch insurance company. This non-traditional design (to say the least) was controversial at the time because it contrasts with the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings of Prague. The shape is supported by 99 concrete panels, each a different shape and dimension and at the top of the building is a large twisted structure nicknamed “Medusa”.