When it comes to planning cheap city breaks, few destinations can beat Prague when it comes to value for money. The capital city of the Czech Republic is the country’s largest and a popular destination for holidaymakers.
As one of the most popular cities in Eastern Europe, Prague has escaped with much less damage than comparable cities during World War II. That’s just one reason why floods of tourists visit the city, taking in the original architecture. The city’s blend of architecture ranges from Art Nouveau to Renaissance, Cubist and Gothic.
One of the must-see attractions is Prague Castle, defined by the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest castle in the world. Its history dates back from the 9th Century, but most recently it housed the offices of the communist Czechoslovak government when the country was liberated. When the country split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic, it became the seat of the head of state to the new Czech Republic.
Music fans should pay a visit to the Lennon Wall. It’s a standard wall that has become a place to air politics since the late 1980s, when young Czechs would write their grievances on the wall. It boasts John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from songs by the Beatles. The Lennon Wall is seen as something that represents youth ideals in the country.
Another popular part of Prague is the Old New Synagogue. It’s Europe’s oldest active synagogue, which was completed back in 1270. It was spared during the Nazi’s destruction of synagogues and was never entered by the Gestapo during the war, which is just one reason why it’s such a fascinating historical building.
Anyone taking cheap city breaks in Prague should also take a trip to the Astronomical Clock. It has three elements: an astronomical dial that represents the position of the sun and moon in the sky; ‘The Walk of the Apostles’ that shows figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures; and a calendar dial with medallions representing months.
There aren’t many other cities that can offer such stunning history for such a low price in Europe.