If you somehow manage to tire of the fantastic views and amazing architecture, visit one of the many art galleries and museums, and younger visitors should check out the zoo. Or, you can try some traditional and very hearty Bohemian cuisine at one of the local restaurants.
Since 1989's Velvet Revolution and the fall of Communism, Prague's popularity among tourists has soared at an exponential rate. Visitors come from all over the world to marvel at the city's impressive architecture and sophisticated cultural scene. Prague's central location also makes it a great base for exploring the rest of Europe.
The Jewish Quarter is a grim reminder of the oppression Prague's Jewish community suffered in the past, particularly from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Today, the area's synagogues and museums draw crowds of people who are moved by their tragic history. The Old Jewish Cemetery is an especially emotional site. Over 12,000 gravestones stand, huddled together, within this small, walled area, but an estimated 100,000 people are buried here, one on top of the other.
The Charles Bridge, Prague's most recognized icon, stretches across the Vltava River from Old Town to the Little Quarter. Dramatic, blackened sculptures line the bridge, and all along it musicians play accordions, puppeteers put on impromptu shows, and vendors sell handmade crafts, jewelry, and landscape prints.
The Little Quarter is perhaps the city's most well-preserved section; hardly any modern buildings mar its quaint and cobbled facade. Notable Prague attractions include the main Little Quarter Square; the Church of St. Nicholas (not to be confused with the Old Town church of the same name); and Wallenstein Palace, Prague's first Baroque building, and its lush gardens. The Little Quarter also contains some peaceful green spaces, including Kampa Island and Petrin Park, whose observation tower (built to resemble the Eiffel Tower in Paris) offers stunning views of the city.
The historic Nerudova Street winds from the Little Quarter up to Prague Castle, located in the Hradcany district. The castle complex, dominated by St. Vitus's Cathedral, is Prague's crown jewel. From the castle gardens, visitors can gaze out at the red rooftops and hundreds of spires that define the city.
The main center of Prague is easy to travel around foot, but the city is well-connected by a network of buses, trams, and a metro.
The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union, but the official currency is still the Czech Koruna.
Prague is on the River Vlatava. Stare Mesto and Nove Mesto the old and new towns are ont eh east bank and the west bank is Hradcany the Castle District and Mala Strana the lesser town are on the west bank of the Vlatava.
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