PRAGUE – @odetteslens
“IF European cities were a necklace, Prague would be a diamond among the pearls.”
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and has become one of the most popular city breaks in Europe. It is also an exciting city that offers a mix of art, music, dance, film, and theatre. This gem of European architecture is a beautiful and romantic city with breathtaking views, quiet garden, rides on riverboats, and relaxing strolls along narrow cobblestone lanes. Even with its history dating back more than a thousand year, the Czech capital is still a thriving modern city with luxury hotels, excellent restaurants offering traditional Czech and international cuisine, trendy clubs, and enchanting pubs.
Prague has epic history has created a city brimming with excellence, of dazzling Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque time structures, and of lofty squares. The 1989 Velvet Revolution that freed the Czechs from communism bequeathed to Europe a gem of a city to stand beside stalwarts such as Rome, Paris, and London. Not surprisingly, visitors from around the world have come in droves, and on a hot summer’s day, it can feel like you’re sharing Charles Bridge with half of humanity. But even the crowds can’t take away from the spectacle of a 14th-century stone bridge, a hilltop castle, and a lovely, lazy river – the Vltava – that inspired one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of 19th-century classical music, Smetana’s Moldau symphony.
WHERE BEER IS GOD:
The best beer on the planet just got better. Since the creation of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been renowned for delivering a portion of the world’s best blends. Yet, the universally celebrated brand names – Urquell, Staropramen, and Budvar – have been equaled, and even outperformed, by a lot of local Czech beers and microbreweries that are obliging a reestablished enthusiasm for conventional blending. At no other time have Czech bars offered such a wide scope of blends – names you’ll presently need to get your head around incorporate Kout na Šumavě, Primátor, Únětice, and Matuška.
ART ALL AROUND:
Prague’s craft displays might not have the appeal of the Louver, yet Bohemian craftsmanship offers a lot to appreciate, from the sparkling Gothic altarpieces in the Convent of St Agnes to the delicious workmanship nouveau of Alfons Mucha, and the brilliant assortment of twentieth-century surrealists, cubists, and constructivists in the Veletržní Palác. The odd and clever model of David Černý accentuates Prague’s open spaces, and the city itself offers a buffet of shocking engineering, from the taking off verticals of Gothic and the extravagance of elaborate to the sexy style of workmanship nouveau and the etched cheekbones of cubist veneers.
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