The City of a Thousand Spires, as often called, has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its 1,100year existence.
Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was not only the capital of the Czech state, but also the seat of two Holy Roman Emperors and thus also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its AustroHungarian Empire, and after World War I, it became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20thcentury history, during both World Wars and the postwar Communist era. This important historical aspect created one of Europe’s most romantic and beautiful skylines.
Stroll in the streets of Prague and enjoy the memorable 14th century the Charles Bridge at dusk, get lost in a labyrinth of picturesque medieval, cobbled streets in the Old City or row a boat down the Vltava River to discover what makes this Baroque jewel so alluring.
Even if you don’t have the chance to understand Czech, you will enjoy the magical performances at the National Marionette Theatre. The music of the beloved Mozart (the feeling was mutual) and hometown musician Dvorak make regular appearances at concerts across town. Buy inexpensive tickets to performances in glorious Old Town chapels or spring for an unforgettable evening at Smetana Hall.