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WHY VISIT PRAGUE
Prague is a spell, a “Magic City” placed at the center of Europe. The whole history of the Czech capital can be told through legends: the name itself (Praha) “threshold” recalls the foundation of the city desired by Princess Libuše, a wise woman of great beauty who is attributed to mysterious magical powers. The threshold was that of a house under construction, where the Castle stands today.
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Thus begins the magical history of Prague, with great and small legends, among which the most famous is that of Rabbi Loew and his Golem, terrible monster of clay created to defend the Jews of Prague from persecution. Then there is the legend of the statues of the Charles Bridge and the Kampa Children, but it would give only an esoteric and partial impression of Prague.
In addition to these legendary and magical stories (for those who believe), Prague offers many more solid reasons to visit it: it is a welcoming, safe, well-preserved capital, with monuments rich in history and beauty, cultural events and never-ending nightlife. Prague hotel prices are still affordable, as is the cost of living.
WHAT TO SEE IN PRAGUE
Top attractions not to be missed are:
- Old Town
- St. Vitus Cathedral
- Charles Bridge
- Prague Castle
- Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock
- Mala Strana
- Lobkowicz Palace
- Basilica of St Peter and St Paul
- Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem (Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem)
- Municipal House Hall
- Church of Our Lady Victorious (Kostel Prazskeho Jezulatka)
- Spanish Synagogue
- Jewish Museum in Prague
- Jerusalem Synagogue
- Old Town Bridge Tower
- St. Nicholas Church
- The Powder Tower (Prašná brána)
- Ungelt Square
- Old Jewish Cemetery
- Dancing House
Following instead some hidden spots of the city that only locals know!
- Head of Franz Kafka (Hlava Franze Kafky)
- Nerudova Street
- Malostranske namesti
- Hunger Wall
- Nový svět
- The Prague Loreto
- Pražský Semmering train
- Letná Park
- John Lennon Wall
- Baroque Library (Clementinum)
- Františkánská zahrada
- Prague Main Railway Station (Praha hlavní nádraží)
WHEN TO GO TO PRAGUE
The best period to visit Prague is from May to September.
Following a list of main events and typical festivals and celebrations of Prague.
HOW TO REACH AND MOVE IN PRAGUE
The main airport is the Prague International Airport
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WHAT TO DO IN PRAGUE
typical dishes of Prague are:
- Vepřo-knedlo-zelo: This omnipresent Czech classic consists of roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut.
- Goulash: A thick beef stew with a rich onion base, usually served with bread dumplings.
- Svíčková na smetaně: This strangely-satisfying sweet-savory mash-up consists of pot-roasted beef tenderloin and vegetables with a sweet cream sauce, topped with cranberries.
- Smažený sýr: Edam-style cheese covered in breadcrumbs, deep-fried, then served with a side of French fries and tangy tartar sauce.
- Česneková polévka: A water-based garlic soup with melted cheese and croutons.
- Bramborák: Pancake of grated potato with egg, breadcrumbs, and garlic.
- Tatarský biftek: A Czech take on steak tartare, this dish is made with seasoned raw beef and egg yolk.
- Budweiser Budvar: A world-famous Czech beer, the fight for naming rights with the US brand is still brewing, but this is the victor where taste is concerned.
- Vánoční kapr: Slices of carp covered in breadcrumbs and deep-fried – a Christmas staple.
- Ovocné knedlíky: A sweet dumpling filled with fresh strawberries, plum, apricot, or fruit preserves, typically topped with melting butter and a dusting of sugar.
- Pilsner Urquell: This popular beer brand spawned a beer style named after it (pilsner), and is still served in most Czech drinking establishments.
- Wine: Moravian wine available in white (such as Mopr, Pálava, and Hibernal) red (Cabernet Moravia and Neronet) as well as rose and sparkling.
- Becherovka: A herbal bitters spirit with a cinnamon-like taste from Karlovy Vary.
- Slivovice: A potent plum brandy, though other fruit varieties are also available.
- Fernet: A bitter and aromatic, licorice-like spirit usually served as a digestif.
typical souvenirs of Prague are:
- Puppets manufactured in different materials
- Wooden toys
- Bohemian crystals
- Glass or crystal items
- Wrought-iron items
The main theatre in Prague is the National Theatre.
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