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Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic – Part 2

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic.

Overview of Prague

• In Central Europe, Prague is considered a political, cultural, and economic centre.
• It has waxing and waning fortunes in its 1,100-year existence.
• The city was founded through the Romanesque era.
• It is flourishing with the Gothic and Renaissance eras.

Some Major Places to see in Prague

1. Prague Castle
• This is the largest ancient castle on earth.
• It is recorded in Guinness World Records.
• It rises wonderfully above the town.
• It offers beautiful views in the areas below.
• Also, on-site would be the St. Vitus Cathedral.
• This cathedral also has its lookout tower.
The other sites include:
– Castle Art gallery
– Several palaces
– Museums
– Beautiful Royal Garden
– Others
• It’s also possible to watch the Presidential Guard.
• Watch the changeover with the guards working on the hour.
• Ticket to Prague castle is 350 CZK.
• An audio guide costs an extra 350 CZK.
• Charles Bridge connects Old Town with Lesser Town.
• Its construction of the 14th century is certainly one of Prague’s best structures.
• Throughout the day, it’s a bustling host to trade and entertainment.
• Here, musicians busk and artists sell their paintings and jewelery.

2. Old Town
Old Town is Prague’s historic centre. This includes:
• Numerous historic buildings
• Monuments
• Famed Astronomical Clock
• Pure GothicTyn Church
• Mural-covered Storch building
• Jan Hus monument
• The Estate Theatre, a neoclassical theatre
• Many historical churches
• St. James Church
• Other interesting historical buildings such as the Old Town Hall.

3. Josefov
• This is a historic Jewish ghetto.
• The existing New Synagogue is Europe’s oldest active synagogue.
• It is rumored being the resting host to the famed Prague Golem.
• Another interesting synagogue may be the Spanish Synagogue.
• This is a very ornamental building of Moorish style.
Other attractions include:
– Old Jewish Cemetery – the oldest in Europe
– Kafka’s house
• The earlier New Synagogue is just not part of the Jewish museum.
• There is a combined pass to any or all in the Jewish attractions for about 480 CZK.

4. New Town
• New Town was established just as one of the extension of Old Town inside the 14th century.
• Most of the region has now been reconstructed.
• The leading attraction is Wenceslas Square.
• This is a rectangular commercial square.
• It has many stalls, shops and restaurants.
• The National Museum is near the top of the square.
• Midway down this historic boulevard, there are trendy discos and Art Nouveau hotels.
• There are also quaint parks and arcades.
• There are handful of wonderful panoramic views like that of Henry Tower, romantic restaurants and the Disney-colored Jubilee Synagogue.

5. Lesser Town
• This part of the town is along the Vltava River from the central city.
• It leads to the castle.
• This part of the quarter offers beautiful streets and churches.
• The Lennon Wall was earlier an origin of irritation for the communist regime is found here.
• This is near Venetian-like canal with waterwheel and near to the Charles Bridge.

6. Infant of Prague
• This is a popular statue of Christ.
• It is well known as the Holy Infant of Prague and is one of the most widespread religious images on this planet.
• The main statue shows up in the Church individuals Lady Victorious in Lesser Town.

7. Loreta
This is an attractive Baroque convent in the Lesser Town.

8. Strahov Monastery
• This is a monastery within the mountain.
• It is worth a try for both its art gallery and Renaissance library.

Best time to visit / climate

• The town of Prague has borderline oceanic climate.
• The winters are relatively cold with almost no sunshine.
• Snow cover is common between mid-November to late March.
• Summers are high being around 25 degrees.
• Nights can be quite cool even in summer, though.
• Precipitation in Prague is very low.
• This is because of the shadow on the Ore Mountains along with the Czech Central Highlands.
• The driest season is usually winter.
• The summers may bring quite heavy rain in type of violent storms and showers.
• Temperature inversions are relatively common between mid-October and mid-March.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

By plane
• Vaclav Havel Airport
• +420 220 111 111, +420 296 661 111
• Located 20 km (12 mi) northwest on the central city
• It generally takes about 30 min to realize town centre by car.
Edinburgh airport is served by way of a variety of airlines:
• Czech Airlines could be the national carrier operating too many European and international destinations.
• Wizz Air is an affordable airline.
• It has its base in Prague.
It operates to European destinations which include:
– London
– Barcelona
– Milan
– Others
• Easy Jet operates low cost services to European destinations.
• BMI baby low priced services in the UK only.
• low priced services from Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds/Bradford & Edinburgh
• Smart Wings to Europe & Turkey.
• Swiss International flies to Zurich, Basel and Geneva.
• Aer Lingus through the Irish cities of Dublin & Cork.
• Norwegian from Scandinavia.
• Delta Air Lines from Nyc.
• Aegean Airlines from Greece
• KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has 5 direct flights on a daily basis from Amsterdam.
• British Airways has 4 direct flights from London Heathrow daily.
• Brussels Airlines offers 3 flights per day to Brussels.
• Lufthansa offers 6 flights per day from Frankfurt and 4 from Munich.
• TAP offers daily direct flights from Lisbon and Oporto.
• Iberia offers 3 flights daily from Madrid.
• German wings offer daily flights from Cologne/Bonn.
• Air One from Milan-Malpensa

By Bus
Airport Express (bus operated by Czech Railways):
• These buses leave Edinburgh airport every half an hour
• The first bus is at 05:46 while the last bus is at 21:16.
• The cost come to about 60 CZK per person.
• Tickets can be obtained from the driver.
• They shall take the buyer to the railway and subway station.
• The final stop will be Prague’s main place.

By Train
• Prague is well connected to European EC train network.
• Berlin: 4½hours and EC trains every two hours
• Munich: 6 hours and four regional expresses daily.
• Vienna: 4¾hours and EC train roughly every two hours
• Linz: 5hours and two REX trains per day
• Bratislava: 4hours and EC train every a couple of hours and also one night train Metropol
• Budapest: 7 hours and five EC trains a day with one night train Metropol
• Warsaw: 8 hours and EC Praha with one night train Sirava
Direct night trains connect Prague with:
– Cologne
– Frankfurt
– Amsterdam
– Copenhagen
– Zurich
– Basel
– Krakow
– Moscow
– Kiev
– Saint Petersburg
– Odessa

Some Travel Books about Czech Republic

Rick Steves’ Prague and the Czech Republic Fodor’s Prague & the Best of the Czech Republic DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Czech and Slovak Republics

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Videos about Czech Republic

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