Introduction to Prague
If you go by looks alone, Prague is a fairy tale town if ever there was one. It’s amazing architecture spans a wide range of styles including Romanesque, Gothic, Neo-Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, Renaissance, Neo-Renaissance, Cubist, Art Nouveau and Neo-Classical. Phew!
And it’s not just the buildings that are fantasy-like; Prague has a maze of romantic cobbled lanes, lined with hidden gardens, old-fashioned bars and sweet little cafes. It’s a place for the curious wanderer, the romanticist and purveyor of all things beauty.
Founded in the Romanesque era, Prague flourished in the Renaissance and Gothic eras and unlike most of Europe, many of the buildings and cultural attractions survived the destruction of the 20th century. You’ll find many old buildings and monuments of architectural significance like the Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, the Lennon Wall and the Jewish Quarter. The city and its architecture is of such historical significance, an area covering 866 hectares was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Since the fall of Communism, Prague has become a popular tourist destination, listed as one of the most visited European cities. And it’s no surprise really. Not only does it have dreamy architecture, it’s also home to many theatres, cinemas, galleries, mind-blowing historical exhibits and fine places to eat and drink Czech beer. Often referred to as the Rome of the North, Prague is a cultural delight.