Prague offers the perfect blend of history, culture and entertainment and it is no surprise that it is one of central Europe’s most popular travel destinations. Prague’s Old Town dates back to the ninth century and has UNESCO World Heritage status. An entire day can easily disappear exploring Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world.
Prague: The River to the Old Town
The Vltava River runs through the centre of Prague, and is as much a part of the city’s culture and personality as the Thames or Seine are to London and Paris. It is hard to imagine a more romantic view than that from the centre of the famous Charles Bridge, watching the city’s swans float silently over the reflected lights of the medieval architecture. From the bridge, get lost in the winding streets of the Old Town, with its gothic and baroque buildings crammed with cafes and shops. Make sure to pass by the Astronomical Clock, which has been entertaining visitors since 1410 with its clockwork figures. Just to the north is the old Jewish Town and worth visiting for its 13th Century Old-New Synagogue (named to differentiate it from an even older synagogue), and the ancient Old Jewish Cemetery which has graves dating from the 1300s.