The city of Prague, with its gothic design and beautiful scenery, acts as a starting or stopping point on many river cruise itineraries and proves to be one of the more popular cities with river cruisers.
Prague itself has a troubled history especially over the course of the 20th century however it has buildings, artefacts and attractions that date back much further than this and the city lives and breathes history and culture.
Probably two of the most well-known sights in the city are the Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle. The Prague Castle, a hilltop fortress, provides some stunning views of the city not to mention being a tourist attraction in its own right. It dates back to the 9th century and has a history littered with war, conquest and empires.
One fantastic facet of the castle is its architecture. It has pretty much every architectural period over the past 1000 years all joined together; including gothic and renaissance.
The Charles Bridge is another iconic sight in Prague; flanked by 31 statues running along the bridge it is a very popular spot especially if you can get there around dusk to truly appreciate its magnificence.
The Old Town as well, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the famous square and astronomical clock surrounded by cafes and restaurants is very popular at all times of the day however evening time offers the best opportunity to visit.
The Czech’s love their beer and there are many breweries and micro-breweries around the city for you to visit, so look out for the Staropramen brewery and the micro-brewery Novomestsky Pivovar.
The city has also been home to many famous residents including the 20th century author Franz Kafka. Revered in the Czech Capital, Kafka has his own museum dedicated to him and fans can visit his grave in the New Jewish cemetery which is only located a short metro ride away from the famous Wenceslas Square.
In fact, getting around Prague if you are not going on a tour or tailored excursion provided by the cruise line is easy.
From Wenceslas Square most attractions including the Old Town and National Museum can be reached easily and the metro system is highly efficient, covers the whole city and is cheap as well.
Paris to Prague is a well-known cruise itinerary and you can take in Luxemburg, Koblenz, Rüdesheim and Nuremberg on your travels between the two cities.
The Czech capital is well positioned to visit many other cities and towns in Europe especially along the Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers. Prague is a pretty unique city given the different styles of architecture that can be found all around; from old gothic to 20th century communist buildings, it has it all.