The Czech Republic located in Central Europe is one of Europe’s newest countries becoming an independent state in 1993 after a peaceful split with the now independent Slovakia and joined the European Union in the 2004 round of new member states. Before the collapse of the communist regime in 1989 the then Czechoslovakia came under the auspices of the old USSR. Completely landlocked this small nation of about eleven million people has its capital and also its largest city in Prague – or as it is famously known as – the Çity of a Hundred Spires’.
The town, split by the Vitava River, is probably most famous for its eclectic architecture but there are other things to see and do in Prague which makes this place a popular tourist destination. Perhaps one of the most iconic landmarks in the city is the Charles Bridge. Completed in 1390 this attraction is fully pedestrianized allowing young couples to take a romantic evening stroll through to the main tourist areas.
Another spectacle is the Astronomical clock which can be found in the Old Town Square. Every hour this medieval mechanical clock puts on quite a show every time it hits the hour. Never fails to entertain the tourists who will gather there to watch the performance. The Old Town Square is also the perfect place to sit outside in one of the many eateries that line the square and watch the many street performers that congregate in the square. Perfect also to try the famous Czech pilsner lager.
There are literally dozens of gothic and baroque churches and buildings in the city and one site that attracts the faithful in their hundreds is the statue of the infant Jesus believed to date back to the 16th century although the actual origin of it is unknown. Seen from all around the city and located in the grounds of Prague Castle the Cathedral of St Vitus is also worth checking out to see the Chapel of St. Wenceslas and the tomb of St. John of Nepomunk.
For those interested in the more recent Soviet era, a small KGB museum has been set up by a local collector. Here you can find all the usual spy equipment the secret police used and also a collection of photographs relating to the 1968 Prague Uprising put down so brutally by the Soviets.
The best way to explore the city is on foot so take your time and stroll around, you are sure to have a great experience.