What You’ll Discover in the Capital of the Czech Republic
The “City of a Hundred Spires” has beckoned inquisitive travelers for centuries, many of whom did not appreciate its profound charms until they actually wandered among the towering structures, marveled at the sites and monuments of events that shaped history, and tasted the proud heritage of life’s joys for themselves. Prague. The most famous Czech city, but still somewhat underestimated in comparison to other European darlings. It rivals Paris in its breathtaking beauty and artistic integrity, produces beer that aficionados say bests the best brews in Bavaria, and boasts distinctive architecture that gives Gaudí’s Barcelona masterpieces some serious competition.
There are centuries of stories to uncover here, but, like most luxury travelers on European holiday, you don’t have centuries to explore at your leisure. Enter: Crystal River Cruises. Voyages beginning and ending in Basel, Switzerland afford an ideal opportunity for guests aboard Crystal Bach, Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel to extend the adventure. For three captivating days, the “Prague Discovery” pre- and post-cruise program expands your Crystal journey through the Czech capital, with curated experiences that showcase the most intriguing facets of this city’s past and present. From Bohemian and Jewish heritage to a long legacy of innovative design and world-class pilsners, three days in Prague will fulfill your wanderlust and fill your camera roll.
Among the discoveries that await you on your journey are:
Urban paradise calls. “Design Your Time” for a day spent precisely as you wish – Crystal will see to the details. Visit the gallery of intricate glassworks (a time-honored traditional Bohemian art) by artist Antonin Manto Mrnka, and create your own colorful masterpiece. Explore Prague’s Jewish Quarter – one of the oldest in Europe – and see the former Jewish Ghetto, Charles Bridge and pivotal sites of the city’s Jewish history. Trace Mozart’s footsteps, visiting the sites of the master composer’s great performances in the golden city, and enjoying a private mini concert. Venture to Pilsen, the capital of Czech beer, and taste for yourself the renowned brews of Eastern Europe as you learn about the Pilsner Urquell legend and the modern brewing process.
Treasure hunting, with a UNESCO World Heritage twist is found just east of Prague, in Kutná Hora. Known as the city of silver, affectionately referred to as the Czech Republic’s “national treasury,” and famed as the seat of Bohemian King Wenceslas II’s royal mint, Kutná Hora is the epitome of the country’s historic prosperity, and current home to monumentally fascinating gothic and baroque architecture.
What’s a visit to the Czech Republic without a castle? This day takes you to Prague Castle, the largest and most significant palace in the Czech Republic – a profound status in the castle capital of the world, as the country is home to nearly 2,000 castles and chateaux. You’ll walk corridors and galleries not typically open to the public, including Rothmeyer and Spanish Halls, Habsburg and Glass Salons, Golden Lounge and the Throne Hall. The gilded experience is sweetened by coffee and cakes at the Lobkowicz Café.
The “Prague Discovery” is available pre- and post-cruise for guests embarking or disembarking in Basel, with luxury accommodations included at the renowned Augustine Hotel, in the heart of the city near Prague Castle. Expand your Crystal River Experience with three days in Prague, and take your journey further.