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Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic – Part 3

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

9. Vlado Milunic’s and Frank Gehry’s Dancing House
• Prague Dancing House also known as Fred and Ginger Building is one of the most fascinating architectural expressions of Prague.
• It was co-created by Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry.
• It is accessible from Karlovo Namesti metro station.

10. Cross Club
• DOX gallery
• Artbanka Museum of Young Art

11. Vysehrad
• This is a great castle.

12. Petrinska Rozhledna
• This is an attempted version of the Eiffel Tower in the top of Petrin Hill that overlooks Prague.
• Climbing the tower costs 105 CZK which is a cost of standard ticket and 55 CZK for discounts.
• Paid lift is available.

13. Prague Giant Metronome
• This is a substantial monument erected to interchange the Stalinist monument that preceded it.
• This is a memorial for the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
• This is a fairly easy brass plaque at 20 Narodni.
• From Cafe Louvre, walk towards the river.
• You may enter an archway.

14. Prague Zoo
• Take Metro C to Nadrazi Holesovice.
• Then bus 112 which terminates at the Zoo.
• Nearby, would be the Troja Chateau.

15. Trojsky Zamek
• This employs a large garden displaying various sculptures along with a Botanic Garden.
• It develops a tropical greenhouse.

Museums and Galleries In Prague

1. Czech National Gallery
Its most important collections are found in:
– The Sternberg Palace.
– St George Convent
– Veletrzni Palace

2. Czech National Museum
• The principle building is usually the Wenceslas Square.
• This focuses on natural history.
Other branches include:
– Museums in the Czech composers Dvorak and Smetana
– Czech Music Museum
– Historical Pharmacy Museum
– Prince Lobkovicz’ Collection while using the Prague Castle
– Czech Ethnographical Museum
– Naprstek Anthropological Museum.

3. Prague City Gallery
• This is a museum of contemporary Czech arts.
• This is divided between several sites.
• Many of these were in old town.
• Its main building will be the House for the Golden Ring.
• Old Town Square features 20th Century Czech art.
• 19th Century Czech art is exhibited in the Troja Castle.

4. Czech Museum of Fine Arts
• It is 20th Century Czech art.
• There are changing exhibitions.

5. Museum of Decorative Arts
• This is a 17th century palazzo-style building.
• It houses samples of historical and contemporary crafts.
• There are also applied arts and design.

6. National Technical Museum
There are:
• Amazing motorcycles
• Cars
• Aircraft and commercial vehicles
• Many examples of communist-era technological engineering.

7. Military Museum
It showcases
• The uniforms
• Artifacts
• Maps of these particular Czechoslovak armed services during World Wars I and II.

8. Jewish Museum
• This covers six separate places.
• The existing-New Synagogue is pricey.
• The Memorial Hall has many exhibits with the writings of youngsters in death camps.

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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Images and photos about Czech Republic

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Videos about Czech Republic

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