About Prague

Since the 9th century, when the first settlements began to expand from Hradcany Castle and Vysehrad Fortress, Prague has been an architectural jewel in progress. No other European city possesses such a heady concentration of styles - Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, and Czech Modern. In recent years, foreigners have flocked to Prague, lending to it the rightful title as the "sleeper" of Europe's post Cold War cities.

Prague's magnificent profile, silhouetted against a bright morning or twilight sky, is something of a vast fairy tale panorama. Opulence, as a standard architectural ideal, commenced in Prague as early as the 13th century when the city was the capital of medieval Bohemia. By the 14th century, Prague was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and was the third largest city in Europe after Rome and Constantinople. The following century began close to 400 years of Prague's existence under Hapsburg rule. Prague's Renaissance and Baroque architectural masterpieces, such as the Wallenstein Palace, Charles Bridge and the Belvedere Summer Palace, date from this period.

Modern Prague, existing side by side with the historic city, is fast creating a dynamic commercial and artistic culture. Attracting worldwide participation for its multi-dimensional growth, Prague has attracted a large, energetic American community - both bohemians interested in the arts and entrepreneurs interested in licensing Pizza Huts. Nevertheless, amidst all this hubbub, Prague remains one of the most beautiful of all European capitals.

Having re-emerged after the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Prague is today one of Europe's most visited attractions. The city is compact and easy to navigate, from the Old Town Square where classical concerts and traditional marionette theatre shows are regularly held to the two citadels from which the modern-day city has grown. Philosophers read Kafka in Bohemia whilst history enthusiasts feast upon castles and cathedrals, dating back to medieval times. In summer visitors can take advantage of boat-rides down the river, under the spectacularly adorned Charles Bridge.