The Living Legend that is Prague

As a world traveler, Patrick Imbardelli has visited many beautiful cities and nations throughout Europe. One city that remains vivid in his memory and heart is Prague in the Czech Republic.

Prague in the Czech Republic has often been tagged as the heart of Europe. When you see where Prague is located on a map of Europe, it is clearly in the center of continent. However, the people and their customs, along with an incredibly deep and rich history of kings and artists, better explains why Prague is indeed the heart of Europe; due to the emotional and inviting sense that more than a dozen centuries of civilization has made Prague a very special place indeed for the first-time traveler to Europe.

While the history of the Czech Republic begins in 1990, when Czechoslovakia was split into the Czech Republic and the Slovakian Republic, the history of Prague dates back as far as the Paleolithic Age; most historians and Czech citizen consider the beginning of Prague to have occurred in the 8th century, when the legendary duchess and prophetess, Libuše along with her husband, Přemysl, stood upon a high rocky cliff towering above the Vltava river and proclaimed her vision of a great city whose glory would ultimately touch the stars. She then pointed to the area where Prague Castle was then founded and constructed.

One of the greatest attractions of Prague are the many old buildings and landmarks that have remained even through two World Wars that ravaged and destroyed most of the rest of Europe’s great old cities. In particular, due to the German occupation of Czechoslovakia during World War II, Prague was protected from the incessant bombing and damage that occurred in most other great cities of Europe during this turbulent and trying period in the long history of Europe. The Allies saw Prague and its surroundings as a captive ally and was consequently order to be excluded from the many raids against Germany.

Today, a visitor to Prague will be delighted to wander down old cobblestone streets and discover hidden passageways and beautiful structures on nearly every street in this beautiful town. In addition to Prague Castle, over a million tourists annually enjoy Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square), Old Town, the Jewish Cemetery, and such unusual sites as the Astronomical Clock and their National Opera House, with the National Museum within walking distance.

If you are entranced by the idea of experiencing Europe and steeping yourself in its wondrous and vast history, there is no better place to begin than with Prague in the Czech Republic.