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Prague continues as tourist hotspot

IMG_0160It’s not hard to see why Prague is now the fifth most popular tourist drawcard in Europe.

The capital and biggest city of the Czech Republic boasts a heady mix of history, architecture, scenery, culture and vibrancy.

Latest figures from Euromonitors show that Prague has risen another spot on the list of most-visited European cities.

Only London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome draw more tourists.

Prague is now the 21st most-visited city in the world – at list that is headed by Asian giant, Hong Kong.

There’s plenty of history

Wrapped around the Vltava River, Prague has about 1.3 million people, while a further 700,000 live in the surrounds.

Prague is believed to have been founded in the 8th Century, but settlement in the general area apparently dates to the Paleolithic age.IMG_0177

The various styles of city buildings illustrate this rich history and the old heart of Prague is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

And wonderful culture

Famous cultural attractions include Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall and Petřín hill.

The city has become so popular with travellers that these attractions often attract big crowds, especially during Prague’s traditionally dry and sunny summers.

IMG_0164At that time of year, it’s advisable and extremely rewarding to hit the streets early when visiting the city’s ‘hot spots’.

Also popular are the city’s 10 or more major museums, along with theatres, galleries, cinemas, restaurants and a thriving bar scene.

The 45 hectare (111 acre) Prague Zoo, in the city’s northern suburbs, has a world-wide reputation and is well worth a visit. The zoo contains more than 4,000 animals.

Shop till you drop

The influx of visitors and the development of a consumer economy has made Prague a shopper’s delight.

IMG_0153Shopping malls abound, containing most of the big name stores.

If you want something distinctly Czech, you can find some of the world’s best crystal and glass and a huge range of garnets for jewellery hunters.

Paintings can be purchased from street artists and from the many galleries.

Try the amber liquid

After a busy day of sight-seeing or shopping, there are few better places than Prague to relax with a fine ale.  Czech beer is up there with the best and there is certainly no shortage of it in the capital city.

City transport is easyIMG_0175

Getting around Prague is relatively easy.

The city has a modern metro, complemented by a tramway system, buses and a furnicular railway to Petrin hill.

Arriving by train or plane

International flights  arrive and leave from Vaclav Havel Prague Airport, about 17 kilometres or 30 minutes north of the city.

The airport is serviced by public buses, a shuttle and taxis.

IMG_0158There are good train links between Prague and neighbouring capitals.

A trip from Berlin or Vienna is said to take about five hours and there is an overnight train link with Paris.

A grand city

All in all, Prague is a wonderful blend of romantic history and contemporary buzz – a grand city of spires that will live long in the memory.

About Ian Roberts (255 Articles)
Ian Roberts is a veteran Australian journalist, PR man and writer/reviewer on accommodation and travel. Over many decades, Ian has travelled widely reporting and recording his experiences. His newsy columns - including Memorable Destination - have gained a big following among people seeking suggestions and objective information about accommodation, travel and destinations world-wide. Along with wife, Sue and her camera, Ian has taken up a particular challenge to help budget conscious seniors 50 and upward with travel and accommodation ideas - including suggestions for holding family reunions. Readers in Ian's home city of Newcastle Australia may also be aware of his travel and accommodation column in a local newspaper.

1 Comment on Prague continues as tourist hotspot

  1. Prague is one of our favourite cities in Central Europe! It’s beautiful, friendly and it has a positive and cosmopolitan vibe!
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