The Golden City, the City of 100 Spires, the Mother of Cities: Prague, the Czech Republic, has many nicknames, and even more reasons to visit. The cobblestone streets of Old Town are dark and atmospheric, while the royal halls of Prague Castle have a regal charm. Of course, you can’t visit the city without stopping in one of the bustling pubs, where locals trade stories over mugs of golden lager. It’s hard not to have fun here.
All the Right Notes: The Prague Spring Festival
Prague is a place with a deep love and respect for classical music. That’s not surprising, considering how many famous composers have called the city home. The Prague Spring Festival is a major highlight of the cultural calendar. Each spring, the city’s prestigious opera houses and concert halls host the world’s most celebrated conductors, composers and musicians. This is the best opportunity to hear a wonderfully rich variety of music in a short period of time. 19th century Czech symphonies alternate with new works from daring composers and some of the most famous pieces of music in history.
Cobblestones and River Views: Vysehrad
Vysehrad literally means ‘high castle’, and indeed, you’ll find this beautiful complex perched high on a rocky cliff overlooking the Vltava river. While there is no longer a proper castle here, you can see ample evidence of the original settlement in the well-preserved fortifications, and the monuments that populate the grassy knolls and picnic areas. The Basilica of St Peter and St Paul is the centrepiece of the complex, and next to it you can stroll through one of the most famous cemeteries in the country, to admire the ornate tombstones of Czech cultural luminaries.
Hippie History: The Lennon Wall
The Lennon Wall is one of Prague’s newer icons, as many of the city’s tourist attractions date back centuries. This wall, which is covered in an ever-changing palimpsest of graffiti, originated as a place where rebellious young Czechs would scrawl anti-communist slogans. When John Lennon died, the wall became the site of impromptu memorials. Located on a quiet street near Charles Bridge, the wall is one of the most vibrant spots in the city, constantly attracting visitors from around the world who come to admire the graffiti and listen to the music of local buskers.