Considered one of the world's most beautiful cities, Prague's stunning architecture, charming squares, numerous monuments and exciting nightlife make it a must-see city to visit in Europe. The founding of Prague can be traced back to the 9 th century, and its rich history includes being the long time residence of Bohemian kings, the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Nazi occupation, communism and independence. Each specific time in Prague's epic history has left its mark and influenced the city through its architecture, monuments, churches and people.
Prague is an extremely easy city to get around with most sites located in the Historic District. This district is made up of five areas: Hradcany
(Castle Area), Malá Strana
(Lesser Quarter), Staré Mesto
(Old Town), Nové Mesto
(New Town), and Josefov
(Jewish Quarter). The river Vitava
runs through the city, separating the historic centre with Old Town and the Jewish Quarter on the right bank, and Castle Area, Less Quarter and New Town on the left bank. The famous Charles Bridge joins the two sides of the historic district together. Most rental flats are located within the Historic District (Prague 1), within the very heart of the city.
The most famous monument in Prague is the Prazsky hrad
or Prague Castle. The castle is the largest medieval castle complex in Europe and is also the seat of the Prague government. The castle area is set on a hill, offering an unrivalled panoramic view of Prague. It is made up of several buildings including palaces, St. George Basilica, St. Vitrus Cathedral, museums, courtyards and gardens. Due to the many reconstructions over the centuries, the architectural structure is now a mix of Romanesque, Baroque, Gothic and Imperial influences. Down from Hradcany
is Lesser Quarter with its 17 th century mansions and cobblestone streets. Renting a vacation flat in this picturesque area is highly recommended and will provide a taste of how the Bohemian nobility lived in Prague during the 1600 - 1700s.
The Karluv most,
or Charles Bridge, connects Lesser Quarter to Old Town. This crowded stone bridge features 75 statues, lively street performers and stunning views of Prague. The Baroque Old Town Square with its pastel coloured Baroque houses and Gothic churches is one of the major squares in Prague. Renting in this area is very centralized and very popular. Make sure to take time to admire the square from one of its several bustling cafes before visiting one of the many attractions around the square including the Church of our Lady before Tyn, St Nicholas and the famous Astronomical Clock.
To the north of Old Town Square, is the Jewish Quarter. Built in the 13 th century, the Gothic Jewish Ghetto has a cruel history, and features sites such as the Old-New Synagogue with its intricate stonework and the Jewish Cemetery.
New Town is mostly a shopping district and features the city's largest square, Wenceslas
Square. It also is the home of the National Museum and Prague State Opera House. Renting in this vibrant part of Prague will bring you close to high street shops, restaurants and Prague's nightlife.
If you rent a Prague apartment, you will get a true sense of what it's like to live in the city. This will give you a unique experience and many wonderful memories to take home with you.