Prague, also known as the “head of the kingdom” or “the mother of cities”, is the 5th most visited city in Europe. In 2016 it became the 6th best tourist destination in the world according to TripAdvisor.
The capital and largest city of the Czech Republic was founded according to legend on the Vltava River in the 8th century. However, the first archaeological findings indicate the first settlement around 200 BC, later known as the city of Casurgis. The greatest boom of Prague occurred during the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, who made Prague an imperial residence and wanted to make it the capital of the empire. Prague also played an important role in the years to come, when it gradually outlasted the First and Second World War and subsequently the Soviet occupation.
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Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, founded in the 9th century. In one of its four courtyards you will find the Saint Vitus Cathedral. The saint Vitus Cathedral served as a ceremonial place for coronation of Czech kings in the past, and also as a place of their last rest. Alongside the remains of Czech monarchs are deposited the Crown Jewels. Not far from the cathedral is the famous Golden Lane with houses from the 16th century, now serving as a gallery or shops. The castle also includes several important buildings, such as the Prague Castle Riding School, Ball Room of Prague Castle and several magnificent gardens.
Not far from the Prague Castle you can visit the Strahov Monastery (Mons Sion) with its famous library and picture gallery and a little further from there, you can ascend to the Petřín Lookout Tower, the little sister of the Eifel Tower, which offers a much nicer view.
Along the way to the Old Town Square, where you will find the Old Town Hall and the popular Prague Astronomical Clock from the 13th century, you will surely walk across the old Charles Bridge that connects the Old Town and New Town, The historically significant part of the New Town is Josefov district also known as a Prague Jewish Town, where you will be astonished by the beautiful architecture of the original Town Hall and 6 Synagogues.
A very beautiful but neglected sight is Vysehrad, a historic hillfort with a castle in Prague, located on a rock on the right bank of the Vltava River. It is dominated by the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul and from where is beautiful view over the Prague.
Prague Zoo and Botanical Garden
It is a modern garden that shows animals in conditions that are as close as possible to their natural environment. It has contributed to the rescue of many endangered animal species and has made it the 5th best garden in the world! Right next to the Zoo is the Botanical Garden, which presents interesting exhibits on 52 hectares. The most famous exposition is the greenhouse "Fata Morgana".
TIP: For comfortable exploration of Prague, you can rent one of our cars with a chauffeur for only a few hours! You will manage to see more sights, which is definitely a plus, if you are time constrained.
ARRIVING TO PRAGUE?
Book an airport transfer from Václav Havel Airport Prague to the centre of Prague
If you are arriving to or departing from Prague by train, take advantage of the unique possibility of transfer from the hotel to the main station and vice versa.
Are you leaving from Florence bus station? Take advantage of our services, we will take you from the door of your hotel to the bus terminals.