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About Prague - Prague historical centre

"Praga caput regni": Czech capital and its historical centre belongs to one of the most valuable historical city reserve all around the world. The historical core of the city covering around 866 hectares were inscribed into the list of UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.

Search online on the web to find the cheapest flights available when you plan to visit the historic Czech capital of Prague. This method will allow you to save on your budget and at the same time give you a general idea of the rates and packages offered by tour operators when you book yourself on a tour to Prague. Prague has been, in its over a thousand years of existence, a major center of commerce, politics and education in central Europe.

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What is the most attractive on Prague? Simple question. Simple answer. Its physical face. Prague – once a capital of "Europe" during Emperors Charles IV or Rudolf II – offers fresh combinations of various architectural styles. More than 900 hundred years left its proof in today's appearance. Romanesque rotundas, Gothic cathedrals, Baroque churches and buildings in the style of Art Noveau or linear Cubism and new modern buildings built in the era of Communism. And of course, newly built buildings in after the Velvet Revolution, some of them highly visionary (such as Dancing House) and others just a piece of scrap.

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Historical centre

Prague city centre consist of 5 historical towns – Old Town (Staré Město) with the centre in the Old Town Sqaure, Jewish Town (Josefov) and New Town (Nové Město) with Wenceslas Square, which are located on the right bank, and Castle Area (Hradčany) and Lesser Quarter (Malá strana), both on the left bank of Vltava river. Several bridges, including well known Charles bridge (Karlův most) connects both parts.

All of these parts administratively belong to Prague 1. Historical core of the city covers quite small area and is pedestrian-friendly, most of the historical monuments are concentrated within 3 square kilometres or so.

If your hotel has the address Prague 1, you stay in the very centre and all the sights and attractions are within easy walk. Prague 2, Prague 3 – Zizkov or Prague 5 – Smichov are also quite central locations with easy walk into the centre.

Other places in Prague that worth visiting

There are also many places you should make the trip both in the inner or outer suburbs. Of course, second Prague Castle – Vysehrad, or Troja Castle near ZOO and Biological Gardens are the most known attractions from the outside the very historical centre, but there is more: Holesovice with several museums (such as National Gallery's Centre for Modern and Comtemporary Art or National Technology Museum), Zizkov with its cemeteries or TV tower, Dejvice with its residential and brownstone houses or Brevnov with its large monastery (oldest Benedictine monastery with a thousand year history.

And there is even more: Just some 10 kms from the Wenceslas Square you find nice natural reservations to walk around and relax.

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Prague's Most Beautiful Views

Many places offer excellent views over Prague's roofs. Prague Castle - situated on one of the Prague hills - offers marvellous views over Prague. There are also excellent views from the following sights: Old Town Hall Tower, Petrin Observation Tower on the Petrin Hill, Vysehrad Castle or Letna plain.



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