Beautiful and Historic Prague - Travel Guide
The city of Prague was under communism for over 40 years and as such was rarely visited until the "Velvet Revolution" of the 17 November 1989. Since then its popularity as a visitor destination has grown enormously as seasoned travellers look further afield for their holiday destinations. Anyone with an interest in travel, architecture, history and culture will eventually find their way to Prague. It has been called the City of a Hundred Spires; Someone else will refer to it as The Golden City; The Mother of Cities is a title that will be hard to beat and The Heart of Europe are all accolades which pay tribute to the many facets of this beautiful city. Prague has an aura of fascination which these titles attempt to describe but don't quite manage to encapsulate its beauty and enchantment.
the Holy Roman Empire, Prague is steeped in history including The Habsburg
Empire, the first Czechoslovak Republic of 1918, the Nazi Protectorate of
Bohemia and Moravia, the Communist Republic of Czechoslovakia and now the
present Czech Republic. Where else will you find that amount of history in one
city? Prague was unaffected by damage during World War II which blighted many
other cities across Europe. The result is a city of unsurpassed beauty and tranquility.
Prague is now a busy city all year round and because of this demand you will find that your accommodation in the city is your most expensive outlay. The busy periods are Christmas, Easter and July and August. During these times it is best to book your accommodation well in advance. Prices can rise by 20% to 50% during peak times. The star rating of hotels may not be in line with international standards because hotel owners sometimes class the business themselves.
Prague is of a size that is manageable on a three or four day visit. Many of the tourist sites are located in pedestrianised areas which make it easy to stroll around at your leisure. There are many walking tours which are an excellent way of finding your way around the city. You can then go back to sites that were of particular interest to you.
Although Prague is steeped in history it is also a very popular destination for young people. There is a vibrant nightlife for a fun packed time for those who have the energy to use it. Prague caters well for the tourist with many airlines flying into the city. There are an excellent range of hotels and hostels and public transport is very good for getting around.