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Perfection in Prague: A Visitor's Guide to the City

Prague is the capital and the largest city of the Czech Republic.  With a population of well over 2.2 million, it is also one of the most popular cities to visit within Central Europe.  This entire area is also associated with a rich cultural history and thanks to the position of Prague along the shores of the River Vistula, it has been an important trading port for thousands of years.  Countless individuals choose to visit its confines, and for good reason.  There are flavours of both the ancient and the modern to be found here.  Whether you are interest in art history, the culinary arts or you simply are looking for a fun night out on the own, Prague will deliver.  Let's take a quick look at this city in more detail before highlighting its must-see attractions.

Prague Itself: A Melange of the Ancient and the Modern

Many visitors have compared Prague to other major European centres such as Amsterdam due to the fact that modern structures and burgeoning enterprises are found directly alongside truly magnificent buildings.  Examples here include the Old Town Hall, Charles Bridge, a church known as Mala Strana and St. Vitus Cathedral.  

What Does Amsterdam Have in Store?  Prague is also famous for being one of the most artistic cities within Europe and there are literally hundreds of concert halls and theatres to explore.  This brings us to our next important point.

The Main Attractions in Prague

As mentioned in the last city, fans of music and the opera will be pleased with what this city has to offer.  A handful of world-class concert halls are found only moments away from the city centre.  Examples include The National Theatre, Estates Theatre, the Rudolfiniun (home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) and Smetana Theatre.

However, arriving here with children is also a great idea.  There are a number of open-air parks and outdoor areas to explore; particularly around the Old Town Square (in the centre of the city).  Another great idea is to visit Prague Zoo; rated as one of the top zoos in the world by travel site TripAdvisor.

Anyone who is a fan of live music should definitely include Prague within their travel plans.  There are dozens of festivals to choose during the warmer months of the year.  While their dates will naturally vary, most tend to be held between early May and early October.  Some notable venues to experience include the Prague Autumn International Music Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Music Festival and the Prague Fringe Festival. 

When to Visit Prague

Due to its location within Central Europe, Prague is known for its continental climate.  To put this another way, summers tend to be warm and dry while winters can become quite cold; sometimes well below zero during January and February.  This is why anyone who is looking to participate in outdoor events is recommended to arrive between early spring and early fall.  Still, keep in mind that the city itself can be rife with tourists during this window.  Hotel rates and similar prices for accommodation will often rise.  If you are on a budget, consider arriving here during off-peak times.  Planning a holiday in late autumn or early spring could be an excellent idea, as common costs such as airfare will likely be significantly lower.

Steps to Take Before Travelling

As with other major European cities, Prague utilises the euro.  Although some of the larger venues may accept the pound, it is best to exchange your money well in advance.  Also, keep in mind that exchange rates will fluctuate on a daily basis.  It is normally wise to speak to your bank in order to obtain the most for your money.  Prague is an English-speaking city and as opposed to other locations such as Barcelona, learning their language is normally not necessary.  Of course, is still could not hurt to speak a few basic phrases. 

Prague is a beautiful and historic city.  By planning ahead and appreciating what is in store, you will be able to take full advantage of what will undoubtedly be a memorable experience.