With Emirates Airlines launching flights to Prague in July this year, it’s added another way for South Africans to get to the historic Czech capital. If you’re temped to visit this exquisite city, which is said to be the least war-damaged city in Europe and is known to be good value for money, here’s what you can look forward to seeing when there.
Visit the Old Town
Known as Staré Město in Czech, here you’ll find the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, the fairytale looking building with black spires and across the busy square is the old town hall who’s spire tower you can climb for a view of the square. The famous mechanical “Astronomical Clock” on the side of the town hall is a must-see for its intricacy – legend has it that its creator has his eyes burnt out after its completion so that he could not replicate his work elsewhere!
Stroll through the Jewish quarter
Not far from the old town is historic Josefov, the Jewish ghetto created in the 13th century. While most of the Czech republic’s Jews were killed when neighbouring Nazi Germany invaded in the 1930’s, the area retains a rich history and has seen a resurgence of Jewish culture in subsequent years. There are many striking synagogues like medieval looking Klaus synagogue and the Mediterranean looking Spanish Synagogue.
Cross the Charles Bridge
Probably Prague’s most famous sight, the Charles Bridge traverses the Vlatva river and is best crossed early in the morning or late at night to avoid tourists and to experience it at its most picturesque. Look out for the 30 baroque statues and make sure you rub the bronze plate under the statue of St John of Nepomuk, if you do so, according to legend, you’ll one day return to Prague.
Climb the hill to Prague Castle
Undoubtedly the most famous building complex in the city, you could spend an entire day here with it’s beautiful gardens, palace and fortifications all with intriguing stories. The spectacular St Vitus Cathedral is hard to miss with it’s Gothic, Baroque & Romanesque architecture, it’s full of magnificent artwork and offers stunning views if you brave the narrow staircase to the tower.
Wander on Wenceslas Square
This enormous square (more a boulevard), is named after the patron saint of Bohemia and, if shopping is your thing, it’s an essential part of your visit to Prague. Wenceslas square is also Prague’s main nightlife area so it’s busy any time of the day or night. To avoid the crowds and for a better view of the buildings, walk along the middle island in the street instead of the side-walks and make a stop at the quiet Franciscan Garden or the Church of Our Lady of Snows.
Good news is that Emirates have started flying daily to magical Prague! That means you get a top quality airline with 30kg’s baggage and the option to stopover in exciting Dubai, all in one trip! Get in touch with a travel consultant to book a package and maybe even include that stopover for a trip of a lifetime. Call on 0861 878 278 (opt 5)