The magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, whose image has been mirrored in the surface of the Vltava river for more than ten centuries. Prague is also a modern European metropolis full of energy, music, and art.
It's a city of contrasts: Serene green isles in the river and peaceful parks draping the city's seven hills are just steps away from the architectural treasures and bustling street life of the city center. Prague's atmosphere is both intimate and romantic, and quite impossible to forget once you visit.
During a walk through the city, you will quickly discover that the history of European architecture has left behind splendid representatives of its various periods and styles. There are Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classicist buildings, as well as various neo-historic styles and Art Nouveau.
Prague is also a verdant city. The hills below the Prague Castle, for example, have been shaped by Baroque architects who combined splendid palatial buildings with beautiful formal gardens full of pavilions and arbors.
Fifteen large bridges accent the panorama of Prague. Fourteen span the river Vltava, one bridges the vast Nusle valley. The oldest and the most valuable bridge was built in 1357 and bears the name of its founder, the Emperor Charles IV. You cannot miss it when strolling along the Royal Way, the famous coronation route of Czech kings connecting the Old Town with the Prague Castle.
One of the most breath-taking, as well as photogenic, views of the Castle opens up from the very head of Charles Bridge. The Castle panorama features just about all the historic architectural styles; it’s not an exaggeration to say that you are looking at a thousand years’ worth of European architecture.
The islands in the Vltava offer entirely different views of the city. Although these small islands are not very remarkable geographically, their greenery plays an important part in city life. Amidst the urban bustle of the centre, these islands are welcome oases of calm, perfect for impromptu relaxation.
The Czech metropolis abounds in theatres, concert and exhibition halls, museums and galleries. Prague truly offers something for everyone, and each of its many faces has its own special charm.