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Prague and Surroundings
The vibrant city of Prague is best known for its historic castles, medieval architecture, and the famous Vlata river, which runs directly through the center of the city. It is surrounded by low mountains – the Sudetes and Krkonoše – from which, you can glance over the 1,100-year-old skyline and admire the many church towers that are scattered about the city, giving Prague its nickname as the “city of a hundred spires”.
It is the perfect place for walking, exploring, and getting lost in the city’s narrow streets, while taking in and appreciating its unique beauty. The renowned historic quarter is filled with small, cozy taverns and restaurants where you can try a typical Czech beer, such as Pilsner Urquell. Prague’s rich cultural heritage offers its visitors a wide variety of artistic and architectural styles, from Gothic and Baroque, to Renaissance and Art Nouveau, explaining why the historic city center was added to the UNESCO world heritage list in 1992.
7 Best Things to do in Prague
1) Visit Prague Old Town
If you’re visiting Prague, the Old Town is a must-see spot. It is steeped in history, with one of its main attractions being the Astronomical Clock, dating back to the 15th Century. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the oldest operating clock in the world and can be found on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall. The Old Town Square is a great spot to take in and appreciate Prague’s stunning architecture, either from a near-by coffee shop or restaurant.
2) The Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s most visited attractions due to its rich history and cultural significance. It is the oldest bridge standing over the Vltava river and connects the Old Town to the Lesser Town (Malá Strana). The Bridge was commissioned by the Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV after the previous bridge – the Judith Bridge – was destroyed by floods in 1342. It is particularly famous for the 30 statues that line both sides of the bridge, among which, the most famous is the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV himself. Take a stroll across the famous Charles Bridge and be transported back to the Middle Ages.
3) Prague Castle
Built in the 9th Century, this castle combines gothic ecclesiastical buildings with Romanesque-style architecture to form a historic and artistic masterpiece. It is the number 1 tourist spot in Prague and the largest castle complex in the whole world, explaining its recognition by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The castle is even used today as the official office of the President of the Czech Republic! Explore this famous castle and admire its many architectural styles from the last millennium.
4) Wenceslas Square
This square is named after patron saint of Bohemia and is situated in Prague’s New Town district (Nové Mesto). There, you can find Prague’s famous National Museum. It was constructed in the 14th century during Charles IV’s reign and today is one Prague’s most prominent public spaces, not to mention that visiting this touristic spot is totally free! Go for a coffee or lunch in one of the many cafes and restaurants that line the square and take in the historic scenery that goes back centuries.
5) The National Museum
Being the oldest museum in the Czech Republic, Prague’s National Museum receives thousands of visitors every year. It displays millions of items covering mineralogy, zoology, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as the arts and music, all of which are spread across several different locations in and around the city. Due to Prague’s extensive Roman influence, the archaeology exhibition is a must-see, displaying 1st and 2nd century Roman artifacts as well as findings from the Bronze and Early Iron ages.
6) St Vitus Cathedral
Found in the heart of the palace grounds, St Vitus Cathedral is the largest Christian church in the Czech Republic. Construction of the cathedral started in 1344 and overall, it took more than 525 years to complete. Due to this, the architectural styles vary from Neo-gothic, to Baroque and Renaissance. Keep an eye out for the stunning stained-glass windows depicting the Holy Trinity, a definite highlight of the interior architecture!
7) The Dancing House
The Dancing House is the Nationale-Nederlanden building, situated on the Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín Embankment). Positioned among Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings, The Dancing House is the perfect example of how modern and traditional architecture unite in Prague, although a controversial matter at the time of its construction in 1992. Its unusual shape appears to be ‘dancing’, a style which is today referred to as ‘deconstructivist’ or ‘new baroque’. This touristic attraction is a must-see when visiting Prague, for its asymmetric and contemporary style.
Our Cultural Activities
The following free-time activities are included in the price of our courses in Prague:
- one guided tour of Prague
- one full-day excursion
About the Training Centre in Prague
All our courses in Prague will take place either in the Morning (9:00 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45) depending on classroom and trainer availability.