Author: Klára Thomasová (CESNET)
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic, and it stretches over the Vltava River. Prague is the political and cultural centre of the country, having evolved from the progressive and revolutionary ideas that are at the core of the Czech nation. Nick-named ‘the mother of all cities’, Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. In the streets you can witness relics of a rich past, an abundancy of rare and unique monuments of Romanesque architecture, Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance nd Baroque palaces, neoclassical houses, and modern buildings. Everything blends into a singular artistic whole, a charming and beautiful blend of nature, artists and architects. The City of a Hundred Spires at the heart of Europe – welcome to Prague!
Try to find some time off from the busy TNC16 programme to visit some of the city’s many historical monuments and places of interest. Here’s a useful (walking tour) suggestion, taking about one hour to complete (excluding the time you’ll be standing still admiring all the eye candy the town has to offer, that is…).
Walk the Royal Path
A popular and interesting route is ‘the Royal Path’. For centuries Czech kings have passed along here, on the way to their coronations in St. Vít Catedral. On this walk you’ll see the most famous landmarks of Prague. Beginning at the Municipal House (the most famous art nouveau building in Prague), head to the Powder Tower, which is just a few steps away. Continue to Celetná street through the Old Town Square, where the Astronomical Clock is located. Follow the direction of Charles avenue to the Charles Bridge (the first foundation stone was laid by Charles IV.), which includes 16 arches and 30 Baroque statues of religious figures. From here you’ll get a beautiful view over Prague. After crossing the bridge you come to the Lesser Town. One of the eye catchers in that area is the famous St. Nicholas church.
The walk continues along Neruda street to Prague Castle. From Hradcany Square (before the castle) you get a beautiful overview of the Golden City. Now continue through the castle passes, heading towards St. Vitus Cathedral. From here it’s easy to find Golden Lane, St. George’s Basilica and the Royal Summer Palace.
Charles IV 700 year anniversary
This year, Prague and the Czech Republic as a whole celebrate an important anniversary: 2016 marks the 700th birth year of Charles IV, one of the greatest Czech kings and European rulers – Holy Roman Emperor. If you want more information about Charles IV, see this brochure (downloadable pdf).
Prague Museum Night
Just before the start of the conference the thirteenth Prague Museum Night will take place. It’s a great opportunity to visit one or more of the numerous museums and galleries that Prague is known for, for example the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace, the Convent of St. Agnes Czech or the Maisel Synagogue… The main information point about Museum Night will be located on Wenceslas Square. Admission and transport are free. More information on the Prague Museum Night website.
Useful Android/iOs apps – Prague guide