Prague: Moving up in the World

Prague has become the sixth most visited city in Europe after the collapse of the Communist regime. Prague is lucky in surviving both world wars with some of the most pristine architecture staying intact. Saturated in history and boasting numerous theatres and museums, it is no wonder why people want to visit this amazing city. The location has also been recently featured in Hollywood movies including Mission Impossible, XXX, and Blade II, which were all partially filmed in this eccentric city.

Two of the most visited areas of Prague are Stare Mesto (Old town and Josefov) which has the old Jewish Cemetery and Nove Mesto (New Town) which the Statue of St Wenceslas resides in. Due to having so much to see in each area, it is easy to spend at least a day in these separate regions. Of course Prague has more to offer, like the sections of Vinohrady and Zizhov where you will find the Church of the Most Sacred Heart and the National Memorial, and below will give you a starting point.

Oh Where to Start?                 

Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague Astronomical Clock

In the Stare Mesto area is where you will find the Old Town Square. At the square you can’t miss the two gothic style towers that belong to the Church of our Lady before Tyn or Tyn Church. If you look across the way you will see a different style of church, the Saint Nick Church, built in the Baroque style. This church does double duty for venues that perform classical concerts. Close by is the Town Hall, home of the Astronomical Clock. Crowds gather at the hall almost daily, with the clock giving a small show every hour, unchanged since the 15th century. For a fee you can enter the Town Hall and take either the stairs or the lift for a picturesque view of the square. With all that walking it’s a good thing that the Savic Hotel is just a three minute walk from the clock. The building itself is built in a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles and is featured as a boutique hotel. The hotel holds 27 rooms, all with air conditioning, and is quite the sight itself with exposed dark beams contrasting its lightly colored walls. The friendly staff at the front desk can help you with any of your travel questions and can even assist you with the reservations for shows, restaurants, or excursion tours.

Moving on to the Nove Mestro area you will find the Wenceslas Square which was built as a boulevard for the horse market 650 years ago. With the boulevard design it was an easy conversion to the modern plaza lined with shops and restaurants. Behind the Wenceslas Square is the Nation Museum that is made up of two separate buildings. The older of the two is closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in 2015, but the newer building is currently still open to the public. To the left of the museum is the Prague State Opera where you can find many types of performances, from classical to modern. Going to a show in Prague should be on your must do list, and if you get lost you may find yourself in front of the Faust House. Dr Faust did not live here or even visit Prague, but the naming of the house was due to the eccentric scientists who dwelled there during different periods of time and implied the use of dark arts. The Hotel Rokoko will save your feet from a long walk from Wenceslas Square, and if you’re wearing heels to go see a performance at the State Opera, it’s about a six minute walk. The Rokoko is a local hotel that is easier on the wallet so that you can enjoy more of Prague and the night life that is in the Nove Mestro area.

What about Royalty?

Prague Castle Gate

Prague Castle Gate

Prague Castle is also a must see. This castle site started at the end of the 9th century and construction continued until the 18th century. When touring the castle grounds you can see where one century ends and the other begins with its style of architecture and building materials varying with each time period. Inside the castle walls is the Golden Lane, a collection of houses named after all the goldsmiths who lived there in the 16th century. The houses were used up until WWII and one in particular, number 22, was where famous writer Franz Kafka had lived for a year.

Want a great view of the Vltava River and the St Charles Bridge and still be in walking distance to the Castle? Try the Hotel Archibald. The hotel’s building was built in the 16th century. However, just because the building is old does not mean this hotel hasn’t been updated! With air conditioning in all of the rooms and a private garden to use for some quite time, your stay will certainly provide you with all of the amenities.

With all the things to see and do in Prague another visit might certainly be in order! Whether you’d like to stay in the same hotel or try a different location, Excellent Hotels can help to ensure your next stay is not only affordable and convenient, but provides you will ample opportunity to take in all that this lovely city has to offer!

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