Little Cozy Prague

“Prague never lets you go… this dear little mother has sharp claws” – Franz Kafka.

As the great writer who was born and lived in Prague said, the city has its special spirit, which embraces and doesn’t let you go.

My journey from Dubai to the capital of Czech republic starter with FlyDubai Airline flight, which had a hard-to-resist offer on a business class ticket. The price for it was competing with the price of an economy class ticket Dubai-Prague-Dubai on other regular airlines. Plus Flydubai started the wifi service on board, so I was very happy staying online during the 7-hours flight.

The Prague airport clearance was quite fast and the Uber driver took me to my pre-booked  hotel apartment nearby Prague Old Town.

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10 facts about Prague

1. The history of the Czech Republic`s capital started with the establishment of the Prague Castle approximately at the year 885, which is the oldest castle in the world and  one of the main sights of the city.

Prague Castle over Vltava river

Prague Castle over Vltava river

Night view to the Prague Castle and the swans at the Vltava river

Night view to the Prague Castle and the swans at the Vltava river

2. The astronomical clock at the Old Town Hall was established in 1410 and is the oldest astronomical clock existing nowadays.

Prague Old Town Hall

Prague Old Town Hall

Prague Old Town Square

Prague Old Town Square

3. The construction of Charles Bridge started under the rule of King Charles IV in 1357 and was completed in 15th century. Till 1841 it was the only way to cross the Vltava river.  There are 30 baroque statues of saints at the both sides of the bridge. It is packed with tourist all year round.

Gate to the Charles Bridge

Gate to the Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

4. City proudly holds a name of a museum under the open sky. It has a precious heritage of buildings of varied architecture styles such as  Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-Renaissance, Neo-Gothic, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Neo-Classical and Modern.

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5. The Dancing House is a residence of the Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company. It was was built in 1996 and makes a sharp contrast with the historical architecture of the city.

 

 

Dancing House Prague

Dancing House Prague

6. The population of the city is approximately 1 267 000 residents.

Streets of Prague

Streets of Prague

7. Prague is #19 in the rank of the most visited cities in the world, having 5.47 millions of visitors in year 2015.

Prague Old Town Streets

Prague Old Town Streets

8. The city is a true beer brewing capital. It has an enormous number of breweries and a Museum of beer. The Czech Beer festival is held in May during 17 days.

Traditional Czech food and beer

9. There are a lot of concert halls and music clubs in the city. Prague Spring International Music festival is an important annual cultural event, showcasing symphonic orchestras performances and chamber music artist. It takes place at the Rudolfinum concert hall and the Municipal House.

Rudolfinum

Rudolfinum

10. Number of Hollywood movies were filmed at Prague. Among them Van Helsing, XXX, Mission Impossible, Hellboy, Cronicles of Narnia.

One of the places i was totally fascinated with was the monastery of St. Agnes. The construction of the monastery started in 1231 for the younger daughter of the King  Ottokar I of Bohemia – Agnes. Nowadays the complex of buildings building belongs to the National Gallery and displays Medieval Arts of Bohemia and Central Europe.

 

Monastery of St Agnes Prague

Monastery of St Agnes Prague

Monastery of St Agnes Prague

Monastery of St Agnes Prague

It was amazing time to discover the city`s historical sights. By the way the total area Prague is quite small, so it is possible to see all the sights at the central part of the city by walk in one day.

Though Prague is not the most glamorous capital of Europe, I can recommend the luxury hotels, worth to stay.

1. The Four Seasons Hotel is located in the Old Town at the Vltava river, offering amazing view to the Charles Bridge and the Castle.

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

Four Seasons Hotel Prague

2. The Intercontinental Hotel Prague is also located at the Vltava river bank, few blocks away from the Old Town square. It has a beautiful rooftop restaurant Zlata Praga.

3. The Buddha-Bar Hotel in the Old Town offers luxurious asian-themed 5* suites.

Streets of Prague

All pictures are made by this blog owners.

In my next posts I will share my impressions about the Czech cuisine and the nightlife in the city. Stay tuned!

2 Responses
  • Svitlana Jaroudi
    November 8, 2016

    Thank you so much, Julia!! Your overview and pictures made me already to check the flights to Chech Republic 🙂 Im sure my husband and I would enjoy this city!!
    Waiting for your next posts 🙂 Keep ut up 🙂
    And thank you again!

    • Yulia
      November 13, 2016

      Svitlana, thank you for you comment! This is a beautiful city and wish you to visit it and enjoy it as I did.

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