Prague could be described as an architect’s idea of Heaven. The first thing you’ll notice is that the city is full of pristine examples of Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Art Nouveau and Cubist architecture that will excite anyone with an interest in architecture. The quality and range of the buildings is so high that short breaks to Prague are a must for many students.
It’s not just all about the buildings though, Prague is also a key destination for music lovers. The city has a rich musical history as both the former capital of Bohemia and an important city in the development of classical music. The music scene is Prague is still one of the strongest in Europe, with musicians and fans flocking to breaks in the city to get closer to the action.
The Prague Astronomical Clock is a type of clock that displays the phases of the sun and moon. The clock in Prague was installed in 1410, making it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest that is still operational to this day.
Along with the historical value, the aesthetic beauty of the clock ensure that it is a must see on the mini breaks to Prague. As well as the clock faces there are also clockwork figures adorning the outside of the clock. On the hour these figures representing the Vanity, Greed, Lust and Death spring into life to entertain passersby.
If the architecture of Prague is what convinced you to take your short break to the city you will be spending a fair amount of your time in the Old Town. The majority of the architecture in the Old Town is of the Medieval style of the time that it was built, however there are a few examples that were replaced in other eras, making a timeless look.
After becoming familiar with the architecture of the Old Town, the best way to see the rest of Prague’s architecture is from the observation deck of the Petrin Tower.
The Petrin Lookout Tower is 63.5m tall tower in the city that was based on the Eiffel Tower when it was constructed in 1891. The tower is complete with an observation deck that has a great view of the city. The observation deck is a great place to plan your what to do next on your city break to Prague.
There is a wealth of music in Prague to please everyone, from classical fans visiting the birthplace of their favourite composer, to clubbers on a weekend break to the city, and everyone in between.
Classical fans will want to try and see a concert at the Klementinum in the Old Town. This beautiful building was founded in the 1200s and features performances in the Mirror Chapel, where Mozart himself used to play piano. Clubbers may want to head to the legendary Roxy, where many world class DJs regularly play. There are countless other venues in the city that cater to all other genres of music.
Here are some useful facts that may come in handy on short breaks to Prague:
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