…visit St. Vitus Cathedral. This beautiful architectural masterpiece is part of Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Enjoy the fine details of St. Vitus Cathedral as well as its vastness, and discover its links to key figures in the history of Czech Republic.
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…visit Vyšehrad, an enchanting quarter that epitomises the city as a whole and which features the very best Prague has to offer. It is a location that is in fact more popular with the locals than tourists. You’ll experience stunning architecture and breathe in centuries of history with every step you take. The natural setting is magical, and Vyšehrad provides the most spectacular views of the entire city – all this a short 10-minute metro ride from the centre of Prague.
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Whether you’re visiting for the first or 100th time, you’ll be full of admiration for this iconic city that is full of life all year round. We’ll be in Prague just a few weeks before Christmas to enjoy the conference, meet with colleagues and friends, learn new things and have fun with in a uniquely festive atmosphere.
Few cities can claim to have a more picturesque river as the Vltava. It’s spanned by over thirty bridges in Prague alone, and every day dozens of boats of all sizes navigate its waters and ten islands. It’s the soul of the city, and just as the medieval Charles Bridge with its Baroque statues is an inseparable part of the Prague Castle panorama, the silhouette of the railway bridge frames the view of Vyšehrad.
Historic gardens and parks are some of Prague’s greatest treasures. There are over two hundred – some dating back to the Middle Ages. The first were monastic gardens, followed by the private gardens of the Renaissance palaces and townhouses. Prague’s most spectacular gardens were created during the Baroque period, where the monumentality of the architecture was reflected in the external environment.
Although the Czech capital is nicknamed “the city of a hundred spires”, in reality the figure is closer to a thousand. Prague’s views are breath-taking 365 days a year. Admire the ancient heart of the city from the observation deck of the tower of Old Town Hall, and discover the charm of the Lesser Town roofs from the tower of St. Vitus Cathedral. Unforgettable views are also provided by the Petřín lookout tower, from Letná Park or from the ramparts of Vyšehrad. An unusual sight appears for those who climb Vítkov Hill, dominated by the majestic statue of military leader Jan Žižka. You’ll enjoy the illuminated panorama of Prague Castle from here, especially in the early evening.
Prague is like a 3D architecture textbook. Romanesque chapels and cellars, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque palaces and gardens, worldly Art Nouveau buildings, and unique Cubist architecture form cityscape without equal in the world.
The city is home to centuries of diverse culture. Over 50 museums and galleries offer extraordinary journeys through art, technology, literature and history of Prague, all the way to the latest innovations. Music fans are well catered for, with classical concerts at the Rudolfinum [the Municipal House] and churches, or clubs such as Karlovy Lazně where each of the four floors is dedicated to a different genre. Since the sixties, Prague has been world famous for black light theatre, the language-neutral art form with roots in China, while marionette theatre has a long tradition in Czech popular culture.
Last but not least, Prague is the absolute beer lovers’ capital. Who could resist? You can enjoy a great selection of draught and bottled delicacies from small and medium-sized breweries both within the Czech Republic and beyond. Head to districts such as Nulse to check out the classic pubs and bars dating back hundreds of years, where time seemingly stands still.
What a nice coincidence to be in Prague just before Christmas! The unique festive atmosphere at the Christmas market at the Old Town Square makes it the best in the world, according to a 2015 USA Today survey.
The Prague Christmas Market has a more intimate feel than many of its European counterparts, making the whole experience more animating. You’ll mainly find wooden toys, glassware, ironmongery or confectionery here, as well as every sort of Christmas decorations. There’s a huge variety of food and drink to try, such as traditional Czech barbecued pork, blood sausages, muffins, chestnuts, beer, mead and other specialties from Old Czech cuisine.
The market has its own festive entertainment programme to keep visiting in the Christmas mood, with carols sung every day by various performers.
The official language in the Czech Republic is Czech, spoken by 96% of the population. While older generations learned Russian and German, rest assured that you can get by in English among the majority of Czechs. Czech is very closely related to Slovak and Polish. Slovaks and Czechs can generally understand one another.
The Czech language is special because sentences are not necessarily determined by word, but instead by inflection. Part of the West Slavic language group, the term inflection in the Czech language refers to the fact that the endings of words change. It dates to right before the beginning of the 11th century, as it began to separate from its protolanguage of ancient Slavonic. As the Middle Ages progressed, Czech became quite an intricate language with writing in many genres. Soon the language began to spread outside of the national territory and was especially popular in the area of Upper Silesia and Hungary. The language then influenced other languages like Polish.
Learning a few Czech words and phrases will not only make your stay in Prague easier but it will always delight the locals, who will be pleased and impressed with your efforts.
Hello – Dobry den (dobreh den)
Good morning – Dobre rano (dobreh rahno)
Good evening – Dobry vecer (dobreh vehcher)
Good night – Dobrou noc (dobroh nots)
Good bye – Nashledanou (nas-klehdanoh)
Please – Prosim (prossem)
Thank you – Dekuji (Dyekooyi)
Yes / No – Ano / Ne (ano / ne)
Excuse me – Prominte (prominyte)
How are you? – Jak se mate? (yak-se mah-te?)
Where is…? Kde je …? (gde ye)
Can I have a …? Mohl(a) bych dostat …? (mo-hla bikh dostat)
The bill, please. – Prosim, ucet. (pro-seem oo-chet)
Do you speak English? – Mluvite anglicky? (mlu-veete an-glits-ki?)
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