Prague - A favourite destination for a city break
Saturday 22 October 2016
Prague is often described as Europe's most beautiful city. Its unique ambience is rooted in a rich historic past and a vibrant present. Members of our team who have been to Prague have varying interests but each person loved this city due to the diversity of its appeal for all.
With a flight time of 2.5 hours dierct from Dublin and competitive prices for accommodation and food, this is an ideal destination for a city break.
When visitng Prague make sure you bring good walking shoes as it is the best way to experience the city. Visit the Medieval heart of Prague and wander through the traffric-free cobblestone streets and capture the flavour of the city centre. Don't forget to sample the local cuisine such as Czech sausage,crepes and hot spiced wine from the many vendors who line the streets. The Old Town Square has been the focal point of Prague for over 1,000 years and its most obvious feature is its astronomical clock, the largest working one in the world. It is absolutely fascinating and tells the time, predicts the astronomical position of the sun and the moon, and gives other information relating to the signs of the zodiac.
Prague Castle & Charles Bridge
The castle is perched on a cliff towering over the city and is the centre of political power for 1,000 years. You can become engrossed in the history of royal rulers, medieval warfare, and differing religions and politics.
Amongst the many wonderful buildings is the Spanish Hall, with its amazing art featuring Brueghel, Da Vinci, and Titian to name but a few. Look out for Golden Lane, a delightful collection of tiny craftsmen's houses; the Romanesque St George's Basilica, and the stupendous St Vitus' Cathedral with its brillant stained glass. St Nicholas Church, a baroque masterpiece lies at the foot of the castle and get to the top of Petrin Hill where the observation tower at the summit is an exact copy of the Eiffel Tower (although one fifth of its scale) but the view is stunning. The funicular railway is an excellent way to reach the top of Petrin.
Charles Bridge is the most visited attraction in Prague; explore the towers at both ends which are open to the public- again providing spectacular views of the city.
Visit the Jewish section; Josefov was the site of the old Jewish ghetto and the ghetto is now the State Jewish Museum
Nove Mesto - St Wenceslas Square is the main attraction in this neighbourhood. It was here that Vaclav Havel announced the start of the new republic in 1989. Today the square is a lively business centre as well as swinging nightspot.
Now no city break is complete without experiencing the shopping scene ! This area Nove Mesto is good for shopping. Prague is famous for its crystal, porcelain, marionettes and locally mines semi-precious stones. Amber, rubies and Czech garnets set in jewellery are reasonably priced. Seconhand bookshops do a great trade, and most bookshops have a good selection of foreign language books and newspapers.
Czech food is a mix of German, Austrian, Polish and Hungarian influences. The staple meat is pork in all its different forms; ham, frankfurters, saveloys and sausaqges. These are often accompanied by dumplings and sauerkraut. For desserrt, they bake tasty cakes, strudels and pancakes. Beer is the national drink and lagers such as Pilsner and Budvar have gained an international reputation. Restaurants in prominent tourisdt areas like Hradcany and Stare Mesto tend to be more expensive than their less busy counterparts in Nove Mesto and Mala Strana.
Day and night the city is full of buskers and other street performers. For classical music lovers, there are around six perfofrmances per day in venues around the capital.
Large concert halls such as the Rudolfinum and Municipal House are home to critically acclaimed orchestras such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Symphony Orchestra. Opera, rock music, clubs, jazz, folk and country and western music are also available. It is advisable to read the English-language Prague Post and watch out for posters and local advertising. The highlight of the musical year is the Prague Spring Festival, which runs from May 12th to June 2nd every year.
If you would like to visit this fascinating city full of history, fun and culture contact us and a member of our team will be delighted to organise it for you.
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