The magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, whose image has been mirrored in the surface of the Vltava river for more than ten centuries. Prague is also a modern European metropolis full of energy, music, and art.
It's a city of contrasts: Serene green isles in the river and peaceful parks draping the city's seven hills are just steps away from the architectural treasures and bustling street life of the city center. Prague's atmosphere is both intimate and romantic, and quite impossible to forget once you visit.
During a walk through the city, you will quickly discover that the history of European architecture has left behind splendid representatives of its various periods and styles. There are Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classicist buildings, as well as various neo-historic styles and Art Nouveau.
Prague is also a verdant city. The hills below the Prague Castle, for example, have been shaped by Baroque architects who combined splendid palatial buildings with beautiful formal gardens full of pavilions and arbors.
Fifteen large bridges accent the panorama of Prague. Fourteen span the river Vltava, one bridges the vast Nusle valley. The oldest and the most valuable bridge was built in 1357 and bears the name of its founder, the Emperor Charles IV. You cannot miss it when strolling along the Royal Way, the famous coronation route of Czech kings connecting the Old Town with the Prague Castle.
One of the most breath-taking, as well as photogenic, views of the Castle opens up from the very head of Charles Bridge. The Castle panorama features just about all the historic architectural styles; it's not an exaggeration to say that you are looking at a thousand years' worth of European architecture.
The islands in the Vltava offer entirely different views of the city. Although these small islands are not very remarkable geographically, their greenery plays an important part in city life. Amidst the urban bustle of the centre, these islands are welcome oases of calm, perfect for impromptu relaxation.
The Czech metropolis abounds in theatres, concert and exhibition halls, museums and galleries. Prague truly offers something for everyone, and each of its many faces has its own special charm.
There are numerous mineral springs on the Czech territory which have been used for medicinal purposes since the early 15th century. Located in picturesque natural landscapes, Czech spa towns are attractive for both their urbanistic layout and their unique spa architecture. Some spa houses even boast elaborate original furnishings.
The magic of castles and chateaux
The Czech lands boast an extraordinarily high number of cultural monuments. Over 2,000 preserved castles and chateaux represent an important part of the national cultural heritage, both in terms of their number and in terms of their historical and artistic value; their significance transcends national borders, and more than a few of these structures are important even in the global cultural context.
Religious sites and places of pilgrimage are a great part of architectural heritage of the Czech Republic. Although most of the churches, monasteries, chapels and pilgrimage places are Roman-Catholic, there also are many Jewish and Orthodox Christian sights. Religious architecture has gone through more than a thousand years' development.
The Czech Republic is an ideal country for active holiday, where you can relax as well as improve your physical condition. In case you decide for relaxation, you have a choice of various wellness offers. Lovers of "adrenaline" sports will be pleased by wide possibilities of bungee jumping.
The Czech Republic enjoys remarkable popularity among tourists from all over the world. Thanks to its position in the very heart of the continent as well as its rich cultural and natural heritage, it has become a sought-after destination also among conference and meeting planners and incentive companies. Text taken from www.czechtourism