Hotel Prague, Prague
The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, is a historical, political, commercial, sporting, cultural, educational and architectural centre. Prague and surroundings of Prague has a very high quality infrastructure, i.e. public transport, countless theatres, cinemas, concert and exhibition halls. Prague also has a very high standard of healthcare with many top-level centres and many secondary schools and universities. Small municipalities, which are worth a visit, can be found near Prague, especially Průhonice, Čestlice, Říčany, Benice, Nupaky, Modletice, Jažlovice, Uhříněves, Prague 4 and Prague 10.
As far back as the Middle Ages, Prague had the reputation of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and was bestowed the attributes “golden” or “city of a hundred spires”. Prague has been paid homage by many eminent personalities over the centuries. W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, P. I. Tchaikovsky, F. M. Dostoyevsky, the British Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II and others have professed to being enchanted by its beauty and sumptuousness. The first mention of Prague dates back to the 9th century (foundation of Prague Castle after 870).
Prague is one of the most popular European destinations for city tourism and offers countless experiences. There are many historical buildings here, i.e. churches, cathedrals, palaces, burgher houses, bridges and theatres etc. Visitors can also look forward to the wealth of cultural and sporting life. Prague is a pulsing big city of European importance. Many important events take place in Prague such as music festivals (Prague Spring), displays, exhibitions, sporting competitions (the Prague Marathon), trade fairs and congresses. Prague has sufficient accommodation and congress capacity. There are many hotels and restaurants here in all categories. One of the most popular is Prague ZOO, which is the 7th best zoo in the world. The monument centre of Prague, including Průhonice Park, is protected by UNESCO.
Prague has been projected into the work of Jan Neruda, Jaroslav Seifert, Franz Kafka and Egon Erwin Kisch. Prague represents a unique complex of monuments, dominated high above the city by Prague Castle. It is an example of all artistic styles and directions. The historical heart of the city spreads out on both banks of the Vltava and is made up of 6 parts, which were once independent towns, combined in the 18th century. These are: Staré Město, Josefov (the preserved part of the former Jewish Town – nowadays part of Staré Město), Nové Město, Malá Strana, Hradčany and Vyšehrad. The greatest number of monument buildings, museums and galleries are also concentrated here.
Wonderful views are for example offered from Smetanovo nábřeží - Novotného lávka, the towers of the City Hall in Staré Město, the bridge tower in Staré Město, the bridge tower in Malá Strana, the towers of the Cathedrals of St. Vitus, Wenceslas and Adalbert, the ascent to Prague Castle on Hradčanské náměstí, the Petřín lookout tower and Vyšehrad.