Prague | Czech Republic
The Czech capital of Prague is a winning combination of Bohemian history, artistic charm and some of the world’s best beer. A city ripe for urban adventure, from across the bridges of the Vltava River and Prague’s commanding castle, to a meander through cobbled streets and medieval squares. Unlike other European counterparts, Prague’s historical buildings survived WWII relatively intact, making it a unique place to explore the legacy of centuries. There's the oldest astronomical clock in the world watching over the city's Old Town Square, and for some local tourism with a twist, why not explore a nuclear bunker or stop off in a cajovna (tea shop) for tea?
Petrin Hill and Castle District
Old Town Square and Charles Bridge
You are in expert hands if you travel with Nick or his wife Simona, both experienced APT Tour Directors living in Prague. Relaxing on a boat on the Vltava river and attending the regular classical concerts are both local favourites according to Nick: "Music is very dear to the hearts of the Czechs, hence the Czech saying 'So Czech so musician'," he says. He shares with us some Prague highlights, as well as cultural, dining or everyday experiences you'll only come across if you know the ins and outs of this city.
"Within the Petrin Hill and the Castle District you'll find the Strahov Monastery, from the 12th century, with its own St Norbert brewery, fantastic libraries and collections of curiosities."
"The Cafe Imperial, opened in 1911 by two keen travellers, is famous for its art deco style and typical Czech and international cuisine. The chef himself, Zdenek Polreich, lived and worked in Australia and hence Aussies are always welcome."
Country: Czech Republic
Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
International Dialling Code: +420
Local Time: GMT +1
Czech cuisine: "The national dish is duck, red cabbage and dumplings but guests might want to try the pork knuckle if they have an appetite."
Fascinating fact: "Prague was the centre of the Holy Roman Empire (and hence Europe) in the 14th century with Charles IV and Rudolph 2nd both being Holy Roman Emperors."
Seasonal Prague markets:
(Words by Nick Durston)
You might also like to try a chimney cake, which is a donut-shaped cone filled with Nutella or ice cream, from one of the many food carts surrounding the Old Town streets.