Its great history has made the city of Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world and today tourism is a major force. Many ancient buildings have been transformed into fine restaurants and stylish hotels,
Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe and the ancient seat of Czech kings throughout the ages. It is Prague's premier tourist attraction. with the changing of the guard at the front gates taking place every hour. At noon the ceremony includes a fanfare, is a must for a visitors.
For Czech people, the National Theatre is one of the most important cultural institutions in Prague. Since its inception the theatre has played an important role in the development of the Czech language, Czech music and the dramatic arts.This rich artistic tradition continues with a fine repertoire of opera and ballet, plus Czech drama and advent concerts.
Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti) is one of two main squares in the city centre (the Old Town Square is the other, 5 minutes walk away), and as such is a very popular place to stay.
Visitors are drawn to the nightlife and entertainment all around, plus the international shops which make this Prague's main shopping area. Wenceslas Square also offers easy walking access to all Prague's sights & attractions. From here you can reach anywhere in the city centre.
At the top of Wenceslas Square, the statue of St. Wenceslas on his horse cuts a striking figure. This is good King Wenceslas (Vaclav), murdered over a thousand years ago by his brother, and now a Czech national.
The Old Town Square is the other main square in Prague here you can journey back in time, 600 or 700 years. As you stand in awe, the dramatic history of Prague permeates the air. The Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti) With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe.
And if you fancy a stroll out of the main squares you should head for the Mala Strana (the Lesser Town or Little Quarter) this clusters around the foothills of Prague Castle, on the opposite side of the river to the Old Town. Almost too picturesque for its own good - with its ancient burgher houses, quaint side streets and St. Nicholas Church - Mala Strana is a favourite setting for films and commercials.
Not forgetting the Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) this is a 14th century stone bridge linking the two sides of Prague. This magnificent structure is one of the city's finest attractions, and is the main pedestrian route connecting the Old Town with Mala Strana and Prague Castle From Charles Bridge visitors enjoy fairytale views of the Prague skyline. The wide expanse of the river flows beneath it, flanked on both sides by elegant buildings. Prague Castle towers above in its eminent position. Here you are truly in the centre of the city.
Charles Bridge throngs with people during the day. Street artists sketch and musicians play; look out for the jazz band, who are particularly entertaining. But for a truly romantic and less crowded stroll, try early morning or any time in the evening.There are now 75 statues on Charles Bridge, but most are copies, as floods and catastrophes over the centuries damaged the originals. Perhaps the most interesting, as well as the oldest, is that of John of Nepomuk (8th from the right as you cross towards Prague Castle.