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5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU EXPLORE PRAGUE

Prague Castle

Spend 4 Days Exploring the City of a Thousand Spires

By far the largest city in the Czech Republic (or Czechia, if you’re feeling casually contemporary) and the 15th largest in Europe, immense in its architectural and artistic significance and infinite in its beauty, Prague is simply a treasure trove for travelers. Gaze across the red rooftops of the city’s skyline and see the prominently pointed towers that give the city its nickname of “City of a Thousand Spires.” Look deeper, and you’ll be treated to numerous other fascinating wonders and delights of the city and culture. Here are just a few of the many charms that Prague holds.

1) Beer is not only a thing here, it’s the thing. The fact that it’s less expensive that water on many restaurant menus is a testament to the central role “liquid bread” plays in everyday life in Prague. Beer has been produced in the Czech Republic for more than 1,000 years, including Pilsener, which was invented here, and more is consumed here annually than anywhere else in the world.

2) The John Lennon Wall is an artistic sight to behold, found on Malá Strana near the French Embassy. It is an enduring symbol of color and creativity and peace, covered in ever-evolving graffiti inspired by the singer’s lyrics and Beatles songs.

3) The Czech Republic is home to more than 1,200 castles, and Prague Castle is by far the largest of them all. In fact, the 1,100 year-old castle complex of palaces, cathedrals and gardens laid out on more than 753,000 square feet of land is the largest in the world and is a highlight of any visit to the city.

4) The famed Charles Bridge is a jewel in the crown of gothic architecture in Prague, spanning more than 2,300 feet across the Vltava River and adorned with baroque statues and carvings. Its first stone was laid by King Charles IV in 1357, who was a superstitious man deeply invested in astrology and numerology and laid the stone at a precise time and date to ensure fortune.

5) Prague is said to rival Paris in artistic heritage, and it also does so in the tower department. Some of the best views in the city can be found atop Petrin Tower on the outskirts of the Malá It’s a challenging 299 steps to the peak, but the sprawling city views beyond are most certainly worth the climb.

What do all of these intriguing delights have in common? They can all be found near the five-star Mandarin Hotel Prague, which will be your home for three nights when you extend your 2020 Crystal River Cruises vacation with the “Prague Discovery” Extended land Program.

Enjoy plush luxury and proximity to some of Prague’s most treasured sites, along with a curated itinerary of highlights beyond, with this newly enhanced program from Regensburg. Inclusive exploration of Prague Castle and Kutná Hora – as well as optional discoveries of the city of Pilsner, Prague’s Jewish heritage, Bohemia and sites favored by Mozart – will immerse you in the fascinating culture of the Czech capital.

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