Prague is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The capital of the Czech Republic has it all - ancient castles, impressive cathedrals and romantic bridges. People seeking a fairytale destination would be hard-pressed to find anything to beat Prague, resulting in more than 4.1 million tourists travelling to the city each year. Not only is Prague picturesque and steeped in history, but it is also highly affordable compared with other top European destinations. Those staying in holiday apartments in Prague will certainly find their travel money stretches further than in other popular cities.
Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic, with approximately 1.3 million inhabitants. Located in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, the city dates back more than 1,100 years and is now one of the most in-demand tourist destinations in Europe.
Since the growth of budget airlines, Prague too has grown in popularity, with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy the history, architecture and culture of the Czech capital. Those visiting the city will find affordable accommodation, a reliable public transport system and friendly hosts.
Prague has everything from stunning buildings and historic town squares to museums and theatres. It would be impossible to mention all of the attractions that are worth seeing, but here are a few ideas for those taking a short break to the city:
Old Town Square (Staroměstské Náměstí) - Dating back to the 11th century, this historic marketplace is well worth a visit. Crowds wait to witness the hourly show of the medieval astronomical clock, which is the oldest such timepiece in the world to still be in working order. The square is also home to the gothic Týn Church and baroque St Nicholas Church.
Prague Castle - This is without doubt one of the most popular attractions in Prague. Thought to date back to the year 880, this ancient castle features Renaissance and Gothic architecture and covers a 45-hectare area overlooking the city and the Vltava River. The castle complex is a UNESCO world heritage site and features palaces, religious buildings, exhibitions and gardens.
Charles Bridge - This fairytale bridge was built between 1357 and the beginning of the 15th century and was the principle way of crossing the river until the mid-19th century. As visitors walk across the bridge they pass 30 statues, all of which are replicas of originals erected at the start of the 18th century.
Josefov - Jews are thought to have lived in Prague as far back as the tenth century and were soon concentrated within a walled ghetto. The area was preserved during the second world war after the Nazis decided to create a museum of artefacts there. While most of the current buildings were constructed in the 20th century, visitors can still get a feel for the place and the cramped conditions that its inhabitants endured.
Prague is served by Prague Ruzyne Airport, from which visitors typically travel by bus, private minibus or taxi. The airport is located approximately 12km from the city centre. Once in Prague itself, tourists can easily travel around by Metro or tram.
The weather in Prague is best in late spring and early autumn. The summer months can be hot - and busy - while winter in the Czech Republic is cold with a paucity of sunlight. However, many people choose to visit Prague in December, when the cold only adds to the festive spirit created by the city's magical Christmas markets and lights.
If you're planning a trip to the Czech Republic, why not take a look at our holiday apartments in Prague? We offer high quality accommodation in key central locations that is often much more affordable than staying in a hotel.
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