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Prague - Capital of the Czech Republic

Prague is a wondrous city steeped in history and culture.

Despite being a large city, spread out over two sides of the Vltava River, most of the main tourist sights are in easy walk of the city centre and with the plentiful street cafes and bars dotted along the way you probably won't notice the walking anyway.

There's something about Prague which gives it a romantic feeling. Perhaps it's the grand baroque styled buildings and the connecting small cobbled side streets. The people are friendly and the atmosphere relaxed.

Take a Jazz cruise down the Vltava or discover the streets at night with a city walking tour, there's so much to see and do in Prague.

If you are looking for one of those memento holiday shots and are feeling rather active, climbing to the top of Petrin Hill will give you a fantastic panoramic view over the red-roofed city below.

For families, there is Prague SeaWorld ,located a short distance from the city centre, with its exhibition of sea and freshwater fish as well as various other species of animals.

If you're still not sold, check out the live Prague webcams from various sites over the city and see what Prague has to offer.

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Prague Castle

Prague castle is the largest castle complex in the world covering an immense 70,000m2.

The castle history stretches back to the 9th century although it wasn't until 1918 when the castle became the seat of the president of the newly formed Czechoslovak Republic.

The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept here but unfortunately are rarely on public display.

Within the castle complex are a number of churches, palaces halls and other buildings intermixed with a series of different themes and well kept gardens.

If you are visiting the castle, make sure you're at the entrance gates for the hourly changing of the guard ceremony.

Prague castle is open daily from approximately 6am until 11pm. The grounds are free to enter but access to the complex buildings is by ticket only.

The best views of the castle are from the opposite bank of the Vltava River. The castle is lit up at night and reflects across the river making for a great holiday photo memento.

Old Town

The central part of Prague is the oldest part of the city and possibly its busiest area.

The Old Town Square is a focal point for tourists and locals alike with some of Prague's top attractions within easy walking distance from here. Most of the city walking tours will start and end here.

Along the south side of the square you will find the famous Prague Astronomical Clock. Fascinating to watch, especially with its hourly show of moving figures of the Apostles.

The west and north sides of the square are lined with the most fantastic assortment of restaurants, cafes and bars most having al fresco areas extending well into the square.

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge is the most historic and famous crossing of the Vltava River in Prague.

Its construction was started in 1357 by King Charles IV and it was the only river crossing between the two parts of the city until 1841.

Originally called the Stone Bridge and Prague Bridge, it was renamed to Charles Bridge in 1870 in honour of its founder, the king.

Guard towers sit at either side of the bridge with the Old Town bridge tower often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world.

A total of 30 baroque statues line the bridge on either side the most famous of which is the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr.

The plaque on the statue has been polished to a shine by countless people having touched it over the centuries. Touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.

You will often see stalls along the bridge belonging to local artists selling their paintings and crafts.

Wenceslas Square

Located in the New Town, Wenceslas Square is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. It is part of the historic centre of Prague and a World Heritage Site.

It's the traditional setting for celebrations, and other public gatherings throughout the year.

More of a long rectangular boulevard, the 'square' slopes upwards towards the prominent Czech National Museum at the end of the strip with its Wenceslas Monument sitting proudly in front of the building.

The square has a fun atmosphere and is lined with local restaurants, hotels. shops, cafes and bars on either side.

National Museum

The Czech National Museum is located at the very top of the Wenceslas Square boulevard.

Founded in 1818, it currently houses almost 14 million items from the area of natural history, history, arts, music and librarianship.

The main hall of the museum itself is a work of art with its dual staircase and ornately decorated hall archways.

As well as the long-term exhibits, the museum displays temporary exhibits covering a wide range of historical world interests. It's always worthwhile checking the website to see if there are any events being held at the museum such as their Folklore Evenings.

The museum is open daily from 10am until approximately 6pm.

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