Prague has been called the most beautiful city in the world and is renowned for its stunning architecture and cityscapes. The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is located in the country’s north-west and on the Vltava River. Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic hub of central Europe throughout the ages. Founded during the Romanesque era, the city flourished during the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods giving the city a distinct cultural identity. As the capital of the kingdom of Bohemia, Prague housed several Holy Roman Emperors and was an important city to the Hapsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian empire. As the capital of former Czechoslovakia, the city played an important role during both World Wars and post-war Communism.
Prague boasts a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which were left largely intact after the destruction of the World Wars, unlike many European cities. Popular tourist attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. In 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prague’s labyrinth of cobblestoned lanes and courtyards beg to be explored. Just a few blocks away from the Old Town Square, you’ll discover ancient chapels, hidden gardens, quaint cafes and antiquated bars. Neighbourhoods like Vinohrady and Bubeneč provide ample opportunity to explore, rewarding visitors with stunning sights and memorable experiences.
Prague Castle is the city’s foremost attraction with its spires, towers and palaces dominating the city centre’s skyline. Within its walls, guests are greeted to a diverse collection of historic buildings, museums and galleries that are home to some of the Czech Republic’s greatest artistic and cultural treasures. According to Guinness World Records, it’s the largest ancient castle in the world, covering a total area bigger than seven football fields. The castle has always been the seat of Czech monarchs as well as the official residence of the head of state. It was built in the 9th century and has seen four major reconstructions since, resulting in an eclectic mix of architectural styles.
Prague’s art galleries may not have the international esteem of heavy-hitters like the Louvre, but Bohemian art still offers appeal. Collections include the highly recognizable art nouveau of Alphonse Mucha and 20th century surrealist works, while David Černý’s strange sculptures decorate a number of Prague’s public spaces. After a stroll through the city’s meandering lanes, quench your thirst with a local beer, arguably the best in the world. The Czechs have been famous for their brews, with regional Czech beers and microbreweries catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing techniques.
No trip to Prague is complete without a stroll across the Charles Bridge. Commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV and completed in 1390, the bridge is dotted with symbolic statues. The most famous figure is the monument to St John of Nepomuk, and legend says that those who rub the statue’s bronze plaque are destined to return to the city one day. A hub for pickpockets, most suggest visiting the Bridge in the early morning to avoid the swarm of tourists and the sticky fingers of passers-by.
Overlooking the Vltava River, the Destination M residence is located in a superbly maintained turn-of-the-century apartment block and is the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of exploration. A ten-minute walk from Charles Bridge, Destination M members will revel in Prague’s energy, history and culture.