Prague’s rise to prominence is not without good reason: The sheer beauty of the city has propelled its status as a world class tourist destination and there is nowhere better to start your tour of the city at the Prague Castle. The stunning arrangement of Romanesque, Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture is enough to assuage the thirst of the most demanding of design seekers. At the castle lies the gothic St Vitus Cathedral, home of the Czech Crown Jewels. The castle is the biggest in the world and its history stretches all the way back to the late 9th-century. Among the grounds there are Churches, palaces, houses, halls and gardens – most of which are open for tourists. Some highlights include: Old Town (Known locally as ‘Stare Mesto’) –
a medieval settlement of Prague that was once separated from the city by a moat which was removed during the 14th-Century during the founding of New Town, and streets which replaced the moat have remained its official boundary. Places of interest include the Old Town Square, the Astronomical Clock and the Old New Synagogue. One thing you’re sure to see is the Procession of the Twelve Apostles’ which occurs every hour on the hour at the Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Hall. Charles Bridge
– A famous and historic bridge that crosses the Vitava River. It was constructed in 1357 under the patronage of King Charles IV. New Town –
A quarter in the city, and it is the largest and youngest of the city’s five independent towns which make up the historic centre of modern Prague. Wenceslas Square –
One of the main city squares, it is the centre of business and culture in the New Town and is a World Heritage Site. It is dominated by the grand neoclassical Czech National Museum.