No one could ever dispute the beauty of Prague. What an amazing city.

The political, cultural and economical centre of the Czech Republic for over 1,000 years, Prague is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, falling behind the cities of London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin as the sixth most visited European city. Prague is a much smaller city than the others though and as a result, the hordes of tourists swelling into the cobbled streets and onto Charles Bridge can be overwhelming, particularly in the peak summer season. The historic centre of Prague, comprising the Old Town (Staré Město), the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana) and the New Town (Nové Město) was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1992.

Prague consists of fifteen districts, numbered from Praha 1 to Praha 15. Praha 1 is the oldest part of the city and the area where more travellers spend their time. Praha 1 can be further divided into the following five areas:

  • Old Town (Staré Město).
  • The Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana).
  • New Town (Nové Město).
  • Jewish Town (Josefov).
  • Castle (Hradčany).

Our personal highlights include:

Astronomical Clock (Orloj) – It was designed and built before it was found out that the earth circles the sun. Thus it is not accurate. Still it does toll every hour with a display of wooden saints “conducted” by the clock’s skeleton. Some Prague schoolchildren are taught how to read this clock, though many have forgotten it by the time they are out of school. It is located in Old Town Square.

Church of Our Lady Victorious (Kostel Panny Marie Vítězné) – This church is the first Baroque church in Prague and home of the Infant of Prague, a small wax statue believed by some to have blessing and healing powers. It is common for devotees to construct intricate garments for the Infant and many of these are on display at the church. Admission is free, unlike many of the churches in Prague.

Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) – Located in Old Town this square was the home of the city’s marketplace during medieval times and still today is the center of much activity.

For the summer and literary lovers, the “Summer Shakespeare Festival” is coming up:

This is often the highlight of the Czech events calendar, a two-month long celebration of arguably the finest playwright who ever lived. From June until September, Prague Castle is home to a series of performances which take place in the stunning Burgrave Palace courtyard.

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