At the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic has always been the object of much attention as it never seemed to lean much to any of the world’s main political cardinal points. Czech is Czech, and nowhere can this be seen but in its verdant valleys, imposing mountains, and medieval as well as classical architecture, some of the finest in the world.
Divided by the legendary Vltava (the inspiration for Smetana’s grandiose music), Prague is home to imposing palaces and castles, the most recognizable being Prague Castle perched over a hill overlooking the city and river. It is the official residence of the Czech President, and by far, the largest ancient castle in the world. Rich in history and classified as an Alpha global city, Prague is full of imposing cathedrals and cobbled streets flanked by an immense number of well-preserved medieval buildings, pubs, restaurants and trendy shops. Notable places include Wenceslas Square, the Gothic Powder Tower, and one of the most remarkable modern buildings in the whole of Europe—the Dancing House, which actually appears to be frozen in a sensuous silhouette of glass, steel and concrete. The Old Town Square, the Charles Bridge and the incredible National Theatre are just a fraction of the impressive stock of beautiful architecture and amusement Prague has to offer.