Prague-The City Of Hundred Spires
Prague the capital of Czech Republic is a beautiful city that boasts of many cathedrals, gold tipped towers, bridges and church domes. The city lies on the banks of river Vltava and has been a witness to Czech history for centuries. The city has remained untouched during the fierce World War 2 and it still maintains its many cobbled streets, church spires, cathedrals and walled courtyards by retaining its old charm and beauty. The other face of Prague is that of a modern and vibrant city that is full of energy, music, cultural art, fine dining and special events catering to the requirement of every independent traveler.
The Prague Castle is very beautiful which has been witness to the ancient history. It is considered to be the largest medieval castle in the world and has recorded its name in the Guinness Book. In this huge castle, one can stroll around the museums, the palaces, gardens, the squares and surely get amazed by the beauty of the castle which has been a witness to the era of many emperors, kings and presidents of the country. The view of the majestic vault supported by huge pillars and the colorfully decorated stained glasses that allow natural light to illuminate the interiors is amazing. The cathedral also has several tombs of kings, archbishops and saints. You can enjoy the panoramic and beautiful view of Prague city from the top of the cathedral which is equally rewarding. The Romanesque St. George Basilica is the oldest church inside the castle. The ceiling is beautifully made up of dark wood and the tall walls have decorated windows that allow natural light inside the church.
The Prague Castle Picture gallery has an excellent collection of art work since the rule of Rudolph II, who was an art lover. The permanent exhibition holds 107 beautiful paintings, and 3 statues which are the best of all the art work inside the Prague Castle picture gallery.
The Palace Gardens in Prague are some of the most beautiful the city of a hundred spires has to offer. You can smell the fragrance of bushes in bloom, listen to the rustling of branches in the wind and view the elegant architecture, fountains, winding stairways, proud peacocks enjoying the sun and breathtaking views.
The Petrin hill, that used to be King Charles’ vineyards, presents wonderful view of Prague. An enthusiastic trekker can walk to reach the hilltop or take a funicular. The hill is famous for its TV tower considered to be a miniature of the Eiffel Tower. One has to climb the 299 steps to reach the top of the tower and get rewarded by the magnificent view of the city. On a clear day one can see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, the Snezka, which is 150 kms away. Next to the tower is the mirror maze which is a great entertainment option for children as well as adults and this will certainly make you laugh. Just nearby, from the Petrin observatory one can reach out to the stars and increase your knowledge on the heavenly bodies. The world famous Child of Prague in the Church of Our Lady Victorious in the Lesser Quarter at the foot of Petrin Hill which is said to have sensational powers.
A few minutes’ walk from the castle, the Old Town Square in Prague is one of the most beautiful squares in the world. The graceful Town hall tower proudly holds the world renowned astronomical clock which shows the time, date, positions of the sun, phases of the moon, the astronomical cycles and the moving statues on its edges. Moving further ahead, the Charles Bridge is also a fascinating place to be at sunrise when the rays touch the cold cobblestones and illuminate the artistic towers at both ends. A truly great experience is the local battlements on the River Vltava from where you can enjoy the sensational sunset over the outline of Prague Castle lying just opposite.
Not only is Prague rich in its cultural, architectural and historical heritage, it also boasts of its modern amenities making the tour more convenient for the millions of tourists that arrive every year. So pack on your bags and head for one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in Europe.