Taking a Break in Everyday Prague
In the heart of the Czech Republic, Prague is “the golden city of a hundred spires.” This vibrant Baroque capital escaped the bombs of last century’s wars, so it remains one of Europe’s best-preserved cities. It’s the ideal springboard for travelers new to eastern Europe – an accessible city with a story to tell and plenty to experience.
When anyone needs a break from history-heavy sightseeing, you can stroll through its local markets, enjoy an outdoor concert, sip a Czech brew on a vista terrace, or take a leisurely paddleboat ride on the Vltava River.
Wedged in the bend of the river, Old Town Square is my favorite place to start exploring Prague’s treasures. The vast square is ringed with colorful buildings; dotted with Baroque towers, steeples, and statues; and alive with people. Street performers provide a constant soundtrack. Horse-drawn carriages and Segways zip through constantly – a reminder that Prague is as much a city of yesterday as a city of today.
At the top of the hour, locals gather around the towering astronomical clock to see a mechanical show of moving figures.
More … Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. Follow his blog on Facebook.