Discover the Sights and Sounds of Prague Posted January 12 2016 by MHG Insurance Travel Insurance Almost 25 years ago, protestors in Prague, Czech Republic staged the “Velvet Revolution” which helped bring down the communist regime. Since the transition, Prague has become a top destination for those looking to experience a part of Europe that is truly one of a kind. Today, the capital of the Czech Republic is a cosmopolitan city with cozy and chic cafes serving delicious Czech foods like dumplings or fried cheese, Gothic cathedrals with architecture dating back thousands of years, and plenty of museums showcasing the incredible history of the region. Prague also is home to world famous nightlife. There are bars all around the city that you can pop into for an authentic Czech beer, or go clubbing at some of the various spots such as Cross Club or Bunkr Parukarka. For those that don’t remember, the end of last year we wrote a blog, “The Top 5 Places to Visit in 2015.” Number five on that list was Prague, Czech Republic! Prague Castle One of the largest castles in the world, Prague Castle can take days to fully explore and appreciate everything it has to offer. Easily the top tourist destination of Prague, it was once the seat of power for the Kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors, and is still the home of the Crown Jewels of Bohemia. Today it is the seat of power for the President of the Czech Republic. The Castle and grounds are made up of a plethora of different buildings varying in architectural styles ranging from the 10th to the 14th century. Walking through the grounds will put you right into the medieval times as you surround yourself by ancient buildings and walk along cobblestone streets. Some of the world famous buildings and attractions that make up the castle include St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, and St. George's Basilica. Many of the attractions warrant a visit, so plan accordingly when developing your itinerary in order to make the most of your time. Old Town Square Old Town square is a historic area located in the heart of Prague. The square is lined with gothic style buildings such as the Church of Our Lady before Tyn and the Church of St. Nicholas and statues such as the one of Jan Hus. A common theme throughout Prague is the historic feel from the older buildings and roads, which there are no shortage of here. One of the truly amazing attractions in the Old Town Square is Prague Orloj, an astronomical clock that was built in 1410. It is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world, and the oldest one that is still operating. Charles Bridge Charles Bridge is a famous bridge in Prague that crosses the Vltava River. Construction began in 1357 under the order of King Charles IV. The bridge is lined with 30 Baroque statues of religious figures, totals 16 arches and is 1,700 feet long! Take a stroll along the cobblestone and experience the amazing culture of Prague, as vendors line the bridge selling hot dogs, making jewelry, and painting beautiful scenes that you will surely want to hang up on your wall at home to forever capture a breathtaking site. Museums Prague is a very historic city, with much of its history dating back thousands of years, which is music to the ears of culture buffs looking for new experiences. With so much historic relevance from the area, it’s no wonder Prague is home to a variety of museums that should be on your itinerary. Visit the Prague Jewish Museum and learn about the Jewish heritage of the area and see some priceless artifacts of the Jewish community. If you’re looking for something unique to do, you can visit the Prague Beer Museum to do some tasting of Czech Republic Lagers. Other museums you may want to consider visiting include the National Museum, the Museum of Communism, and the Prague National Gallery. Dancing House If you are looking for a break from the historic buildings and museums around the city, make sure you visit the Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger. This quirky, and unique piece of architecture has gotten a lot of attention since its construction completed in 1996. Much of it because it doesn't match or blend in to the surrounding Gothic and Baroque architecture. The building was built by Vlado Milunic and Frank Ghery, and was given the nickname Fred and Ginger by Ghery after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers because the house resembles a pair of dancers. Now that you know where your next trip will be, don’t forget to protect yourself by getting Travel Insurance. 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