Europe

Emerging Destinations: Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic

Given our natural curiosity, our ease with different cultures, and a willingness to trust, Canadians have been known to venture off-the-beaten-track in search of the most authentic travel experiences.

Such adventures, say vacation pundits, are readily found in “emerging destinations”, a reference to the undiscovered up-and-coming places now emerging into the global spotlight.

As one example, surveys often show that Egypt is both off the beaten track, and on it. A good number of Canadians have already witnessed first-hand the eye-popping antiquities of the Nile River valley, yet so many of us still want to do so, or to return and see and do more.

Similarly, other rising stars include Brazil, India, China, South Africa, East Africa, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, plus many cities in Eastern Europe such as Prague, St. Petersburg and Berlin.

It is, in places like these, where authenticity is found in simple happenstance:

Happenstance: The ancient splendour and beauty of Prague, a city that is beyond compare, left an impression on my imagination that will never fade – Richard Wagner (1826)

A landlocked country in Europe, the Czech Republic’s most famous tourist ‘attraction’ is Prague, a city of unusual beauty. Prague is often likened to Rome, in the sense that both cities are timeless. Much has been written about this truly beautiful city and the reasons why Prague remains so popular are quite simple – when you visit you will know!

This capital city and the largest city of the Czech Republic is situated along the Vltava river.

Prague has been a political, cultural and economic centre of Europe and particularly central Europe during its 1,100 year existence. Many of the most significant attractions include Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall and Petrin Hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Did you know …

  • The actual King Wenceslas, (not to be confused with the one who “looked out on the feast of Stephen”) lies buried in Prague, and was the King of Bohemia until 1253. He was a great and ambitious King of the region, finding many cities and fending off many invasions from the likes of the Mongolians.
  • Many writers and academics have claimed to have felt strange and disturbing tremors coming from under the ground in Prague. Dark alleys and desolate squares have been known to produce eerie sounds and have spooked many writers, including those such as Kafka and his friends, into thinking ghouls were beating drums underground.

The Czech Republic

From the cosmopolitan capital of Prague to the back-in-time villages of Moravia, the Czech Republic offers a great cultural variety.

Prague is one of the most dynamic and trendy cities in Europe, showcasing an array of architectural styles, museums and galleries, new design boutique hotels, trendy restaurants and shops.

In order to plan your visit in advance, and ensure that you do not miss whatever may interest you, visit our website at usa.czechtourism.com where you can explore 12 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, world-renowned Spa towns and over 2000 castles! You will find suggested itineraries, an events calendar, upcoming trade events, press releases and newsletters.

For travel specials to the Czech Republic you can visit traveldeals.czechtourism.com where you will find tours and packages that fit any budget and comfort level.

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