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Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and it has 1.2 million inhabitants, reaching 2 million in the metropolitan area. Prague’s history has provided the city with an astonishing historic city centre, which is currently the tourist driving force of this great city, the twentieth most visited city in the world.

During the 8th and 9th centuries, Prague lived its moments of greatest glory, when it was considered as one of the main cities in the world. The First and Second World Wars took a toll on Prague and limited its progress but those wars did not prevent its magnificent cultural heritage to survive to the present day.

Some of the main monuments and tourist attractions in Prague are:

Old Town Square

Since the 11th century, when the square became a meeting point thanks to a large market located in it, Prague’s Old Town Square has steadily grown in importance for the city, currently being the most common meeting point.

The main attractions of the square are located on the narrow side streets and emblematic buildings such as the City Hall, with its Astronomical Clock, the Týn Church or the St. Nicholas Church.

Astronomical Clock

This huge and complex clock is the main icon of Prague, together with the Charles Bridge and it is one of the most famous clocks in the world, maybe surpassed only by the London’s Big Ben. This clock dates back to 1949 and it has been considered a wonder right from its creation; so much so that, according to the legend, the master clockmaker who made it, whose name was Hanus, was blinded so he could not make a copy of his own clock. The most striking characteristic of this clock is the “twelve apostles’ parade”, consisting in several figures appearing every hour on the hour.

Týn Church

This church located in the Old Town Square is one of the most well known churches in Prague. It was built in a late gothic style and its most characteristic feature is its two twin 80m towers. Prague is also known as the “City of 100 Spires” and the Týn Church has two of the most representative ones.

Charles Bridge

Visiting Prague is almost a synonym of crossing the Charles Bridge. This bridge is possibly the most recognisable monument in the city. It was built over the Moldava River, connecting the Old Town and Malá Strana (Lesser Quarter). The bridge is usually very busy and packed with people, from passers-by, musicians and other artists to small souvenir stands, etc.; this crazy activity is indeed one of main attractions of this bridge, together with the 30 statues placed on its sides.

Powder Tower

Other the main monuments in Prague is the blackened Powder Tower. The reason of the colour of this large gothic tower is that it was used as a powder warehouse. It is also called the Powder Gate, since the tower has a large opening in its lower part to pass through it and play its role as one of the thirteenth original entrances to the Old Town.

Prague Castle

It is the largest castle in the world. Maybe it is not the most famous monument in Prague, but it is certainly the most important one not only in Prague but also in the whole Czech Republic. Inside the fortification, there are lots of small streets where several buildings of great historical value are located, such as the black Tower, the Powder Tower, the Basilica of St. George or the St. Vitus Cathedral.

The Jewish Quarter

The Jewish quarter has several interesting points such as the Jewish Cemetery, with over 500 years of history or the Synagogues, Pinkas, Maisel, High, Spanish, Klausen and Old-New, all of them known together as the six synagogues and which are one of the most visited attractions in Prague.

Prague Museums

The rich historical and cultural heritage of Prague is reflected in its museums, many of them containing interesting exhibitions. The most important museums are the National Museum, the Museum of Communism and the Mucha Museum.

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Royal Road Residence

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Karlova, 20, 11000 - Prague

Royal Road Residence is located in the centre of Prague, a few steps away from all the tourist attractions. The Apartments are large and they have modern conveniences such as WI-FI Internet access.

Hotel Aurus

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Karlova 3, 11000 - Prague

The Hotel Aurus is located in the centre of Prague, very near the historical area and a few steps away from the main tourist attractions. The rooms have a very attractive decoration and they all have a private bathroom.

Hotel Kampa Garden

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U Sovovych Mlynu 9, 118 00 - Prague

The Hotel Kampa Garden is located in the centre of Prague, a few steps away from the most important monuments in the city. The rooms are large and they offer city views.

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