Prague is a city of contrasts: its European heritage and long history combined with its time behind – and emerging from – the Iron Curtain means that Prague is both rich in culture and relatively inexpensive as compared to more western European capitals, meaning that cheap apartments and accommodations are widely available, if you know where to look.
Apartments in Prague
Prague is a city of contrasts: its European heritage and long history combined with its time behind – and emerging from – the Iron Curtain means that Prague is both rich in culture and relatively inexpensive as compared to more western European capitals, meaning that cheap apartments and accommodations are widely available, if you know where to look. Prague is above all an excellent holiday choice for history buffs, music fans, and nightlife lovers.
Prague boasts a host of historic sights, most of which are located along a main tourist artery through the city center and along the river Vltava. The Prague Castle is one of the biggest draws to Prague, located above the city with extraordinary views below. You can visit the St. Vitus Cathedral within and also witness the changing of the guard. The 14th century Charles Bridge boasts an extremely distinctive style, and it's a favorite for purchasing trinkets, paintings, and jewelry. It connects Old Town with Lesser Town, the two most central neighborhoods in Prague, both of which are great for apartments in Prague so that you stay very central. The Old Town is fun to peruse for shopping, particularly for souvenirs. Don't miss the astronomical clock show on the side of Old Town City Hall; the figures in the clock perform their mechanical show every hour on the hour. In Lesser Town, be sure to visit the emblematic Infant of Prague in the Church of Our Lady Victorious.
Music in Prague
Prague has long had a history linked to music. Its classical venues are famed the world over, from the Art Nouveau Smetana Concert Hall to the Neo-Renaissance Rudolfinum. The best time for fans of classical music to seek out vacation rentals in Prague is most definitely during the spring, when the Prague Spring music festival is on. But Prague's history is also connected to rock music. In the 1980s, the Peaceful Revolution was largely spurred by contraband rock music and local rock groups, and today, the Lennon Wall in Lesser Town remains a reminder of the influence of the Beatles and John Lennon in particular in the development of this peaceful mindset.
Food and drink in Prague
Much of the food in Prague is quite heavy, but there are a few local specialties you should definitely save room for: koleno or roast pork knuckle and knedliky or dumplings are just two of them; street food offerings include trdelnik, a sweet specialty of dough wrapped around a stick and roasted over an open flame, then dusted with cinnamon and sugar. After a traditional meal in Prague, you might be tempted to head straight back to your house or guesthouse, but be sure to stay out at least a little bit -- you will definitely want to try out the local beer scene. While traditionally, only two beers will be on offer – dark and light – the craft beer scene has arrived in Prague, and you will find some bars offering great quality beers. Buy a few bottles, and you can try them in your vacation homes in Prague or back home when you return.