On my first Founder’s Tour travelling this Christmas, we have organised an extension to Prague, and here are some of the reasons why we’ve done this, given this is a tailor made group tour, that I’ve created myself.
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Founded in the sixth century, it is the 14th largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava River, the city is home to about 1.3 million people. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters.
Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing and waning fortunes during its history. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia and the main residence of several Holy Roman Emperors, most notably of Charles IV, who ruled between 1346 and 1378. It was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in 20th century history as the capital of Czechoslovakia, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.
Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th century Europe. The main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
The city has more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city. It is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including Charles University in Prague, the oldest university in Central Europe, founded in 1348.
Prague ranked sixth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2016. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 6.4 million international visitors annually. Prague is the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome. Make sure you include Prague in your holiday plans, and find out for yourself just why so many people are visiting.
Ensure you visit Prague Castle, including the Royal Garden, Charles Bridge, Dancing House, Star Villa, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Wallenstein Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral and Municipal House.
If you enjoy markets, make sure you time your visit to include a weekend. You can organise a day trip to beautiful Cesky Krumlov from Prague. There are at least seven bridges in a row in Prague, a great photo opportunity.
Prague Castle dates from 870, and is now the largest ancient castle in the world, 570 metres long and 130 metres wide. At 70,000 square metres, it’s about 28 acres in area; so make sure you allow plenty of time to visit!
With so much history and power over so many centuries, Prague has some wonderful history, architecture, art on the side of buildings, art deco and renaissance buildings to enjoy.
Prague is a great place to buy Bohemian crystal, made in the Czech Republic.
The Prague astronomical clock is a medieval astronomical clock, which was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating. It is absolutely fascinating, and well worth a visit. Make sure you get there in time to get a good position for your photos!
If you are planning a Europe River Cruise, the most popular ones for Australians spend a wonderful, relaxing fortnight travelling between Amsterdam and Budapest, and many offer a three night extension to Prague, well worth considering, while you are “in the neighbourhood”.
If you are interested in joining my family and I on our first Founder’s Tour, where you’ll enjoy a White Christmas, with time in Zermatt (right under the Matterhorn), a trip on the Glacier Express right across Switzerland, some time in Salzburg (Sound of Music country) and eleven nights on a Europe River Cruise, before an optional extension to Cesky Krumlov and Prague, click here for details of this tour, as we still have a couple of cabins available, at the moment.