And feel catapulted into another century. Travel tips from the market guide
There are many good reasons to choose Prague as a first destination. First of all for the unique beauty of the city, which makes us feel like we were catapulted into another century. Or the fact has passed from all Italian airports a bit, although hardly with super-cheap flights. Not least, because it is an absolutely low-cost destination: if not for air travel itself, certainly for the cost of accommodation and restaurants. To complete the picture, because it has beautiful places like the city itself. But let's go with order.
The historic center of the city is divided from the Vltava river by one of the symbolic monuments, the Charles Bridge, which owes its name to the emperor Charles IV of Bohemia. The two towers at its ends are a unique vision, as well as a welcome break from the crowding of the streets. Staré Mesto, the Old City, which with its square is the true heart. Here you will find the beautiful astronomical clock, the town hall and its tower, the Týn cathedral, the church of St. Nicholas, the monument to Jan Hus. From Staromestské námestí (Old Town Square) large streets branch off: to the east the Celetná, which leads to the Powder Tower and the municipal house, an excellent example of art nouveau; a Parížská north, which leads into the heart of the Jewish quarter (Josevof); to the south the Melantrichova, to reach Wenceslas Square, one of the most frequented areas of the city; finally to the Karlova, through which one arrives first at the Klementinum complex (library and astronomical tower) and then at the Charles Bridge.
On the left side of the river there are instead Malà Strana, the small neighborhood, and Hradcany, where the castle is located. Take some time to lose yourself in the alleys of Kampa and browse through the ever-new murals depicted on the Lennon Wall. Or get in line to cross one of the narrowest pedestrian alleys in the world, even regulated by a traffic light! Enter the castle complex, enter the Guinness as the largest in the world, through the steep but very characteristic Nerudova street, or with a walk from the Petrin hill, reachable through the funicular and on which stands a miniature Eiffel tower. The ticket can be accessed more easily; I recommend you don't miss the Cathedral of San Vito, the Vicolo d'Oro and the Basilica of San Giorgio. Not far away, you can also admire the Sanctuary of Loreto and the Strahov Monastery, with its very famous library. If to the more classic favorite instead an alternative tour, why not go in search of the very original works of the famous Czech sculptor David Cerný around the city? One in particular is very easy to find, right in front of the Museum dedicated to Franz Kafka.
Finally dispel a myth: 4-5 days in Prague are not too many. There is so much to do both in the city and its surroundings. The ideal is to get on board one of the highly efficient and cheap trains / buses and visit one of the wonders that lie a short distance from the capital. Some examples? The Karlštejn castle, Kutná Hora, Karlovy Vary, the Terezín concentration camp, Plzen and the Urquell brewery, Ceský Krumlov and why not, even Dresden. You are spoiled for choice!