With it's beautiful architecture, rich cultural history and excellent gastronomy and shopping options, there is something for everyone in this gorgeous city on the Vltava River.
In winter, Prague is especially beautiful. Buildings covered with snow evoke a fairy-tale like atmosphere. Though the weather is chilly, visitors can warm up in pubs, cafes, galleries, museums or concert halls.
Winter is the best time to taste Czech cuisine. Dumplings, pork and cabbage or sirloin with cream sauce provide sufficient energy to explore all of the monuments. Do not forget to try some soup and something for your sweet tooth!
You may be surprised to hear it, but it really is possible to go skating or skiing right in the city. You don’t even need your own equipment, some of the rinks (or trails) let you borrow it.
The Grandior Hotel Prague offers the ideal location for you to discover The City of One Hundred Spires. Many of the palaces in the local area have been restored to their former splendour, offering an authentic medieval glimpse into the past. Experience a sampling of the cultural, religious, and historical sites.
Some of the delights that Prague has to offer include:
- Old Town Square - The oldest and most historically important of Prague's squares. It is surrounded by buildings of historical importance such as the Old Town City hall with the famous Astronomical Clock with it's twelve apostles.
- Municipal House Symphony Hall - A national treasure hosting concerts, exhibitions, fashion shows and balls.
- Kampa Park - Prague's finest dining establishment with stylish dining rooms and a riverside terrace (heated and covered in winter).
- Josefov (The Old Jewish Quarter and Jewish Cemetery) - An area of huge historical significance and also the birthplace of the celebrated writer Franz Kafka, who is commemorated with a statue on Dusni Street.
- Charles Bridge - Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) during its first several centuries. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IVand began in 1357. In charge of the construction was architect Petr Parléř whose other works include the St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge.
- Prague Castle - Prague Castle, founded around 880 AD, is the largest medieval castle in Europe and was once the seat of the Kings of Bohemia. Today, the President of the Czech Republic rules from the castle, and it is Prague's premier tourist attractions. The changing of the guard takes place daily at noon.
- Lesser Town - Unlike Old Town, steep streets, stairways and beautiful palace gardens await you in Lesser Town inPrague. The diversity of the Baroque façades gives Lesser Town the atmosphere of a storybook setting, but it is also a residential neighbourhood, and home to the government and offices, embassies and foreign diplomats.
- St. Nicholas Church - The Church of St Nicholas, the most famous Baroque church in Prague, stands along with the former Jesuit college in the centre of the Lesser Town Square.
- Wallenstein Palace - (Valdštejnský palác)s a Baroque palace located in the Malá Strana area, close to Prague Castle. It is currently the home of the Czech Senate. Whilst in the area don't forget to visit the famous John Lennon wall, the wall that was formerly an ordinary wall in Prague has been called Lennon´s since the 1980s, when people have filled it with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs. The Lennon Wall represented not only a memorial to John Lennon and his ideas for peace, but also a monument to free speech and the non-violent rebellion of Czech youth against the regime. It was a small war of Czech people against the communist police who cleaned the wall.
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