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Overview to Prague: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge

Ever since it stumbled blinking from out behind the Iron Curtain in 1989, travelers have been flocking to Prague. And with good reason, too: a city of fine, stately buildings, elaborately ornate churches and striking squares – it’s a ravishingly beautiful place.

Although the entire city is studded with exceptional architecture, its spiritual center is undoubtedly the Stare Mesto – the Old Town. In the middle of this maze of narrow streets lies the Old Town Square, arguably the most striking to be found anywhere in Europe.

Over to the west of the town center runs the River Vltava, which is crossed by the handsome Charles Bridge. Hordes of locals and tourists cram onto the narrow bridge, braving the glares of a host of statues as they stop to gawp at them.

The Mala Strana district is arguably even more romantic, however, than the Stare Mesto.  Dotted with a series of terraced walled gardens, each street is seemingly more beautiful than the last.

The area’s main square is overlooked by the green dome that sits atop the tower of the stunning baroque church of sv Mikulas. Nearby, looming over the city on the left bank of the river, is the striking Prague Castle - another of the city's fine historical monuments.

Also within the Old Town is the former Jewish ghetto, Josefov. Held within this fascinating warren of alleyways is the ‘Jewish Museum’, the collective name for the Jewish Town Hall, the medieval cemetery and one of the oldest functioning synagogues in Europe.

If you wander up to the very top of the wooded parkland of Petrin, you manage to escape the buzz of the city below. From here, a beautiful cityscape of red tiled roofs stretches out before you; the very model of an Eastern European view.

But a city isn’t defined by its churches, its castles or its parks; rather, it's the feeling that runs through its streets. And in very few other parts of Europe is there such a tangible sense of hope and excitement for what the future might bring than in Prague.

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