Almost two months have passed since the city of Prague was making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The very heavy rain in central Europe over a prolonged period had led to many rivers flooding their banks including the River Danube and, in Prague, the Vltava. Pictures of the worst city centre flooding in many years were beamed around the world.
Now, at least for the eyes of visitors to the city, Prague is back to normal. Temperatures are likely to soar up to 30º plus this weekend, with mainly fine weather predicted for the coming week. What can visitors to the city expect to find on offer?
Prague Castle used to be the residence of kings and princes of Bohemia. This fairytale castle looks down upon the VltavaRiver and the city centre, gracing the skyline with its turrets and towers which span a whole range of architectural styles and periods. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens, offering very welcome shade in the hot summer weather. PragueCastle can be reached from the old town by crossing over the CharlesBridge, the oldest bridge in Prague. A favourite haunt of street vendors, artists and musicians, the bridge affords wonderful views of the river and the castle.
Anyone who enjoys art and in particular art nouveau will want to visit the Alfons Mucha exhibition which is taking place until 10th September at the Municipal House, Praha 1. Visitors to the exhibition will see the most comprehensive display of Mucha posters from the private collection of Ivan Lendl. There is also a permanent exhibition on the life and work of this famous Czech artist at the Mucha Museum in Kaunický palác, Panská 7.
Prague is famous for its beautiful churches and many of these are the venues for classical music concerts. You can either book tickets for these or just buy the tickets locally on the day. Popular concert venues are St. Nicholas Church which dominates one corner of the OldTown square, St, SalvatorChurch at CharlesBridge and St. Clement’s Cathedral in the OldTown. These churches offer excellent acoustics and a chance to rest away from the heat of the sun.
Most people have heard of Wenceslas Square but in reality it is more of a boulevard than a square. A vibrant area of hotels, apartments, restaurants, bars and international shops, this is the nightlife and entertainment centre of Prague . Wenceslas Square was originally laid out as the Prague horse market 650 years ago and ever since is has been a parade ground for all kinds of organisations and political parties. If you prefer somewhere a little quieter, head for the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town and sit back in a café in the Old Town Square and enjoy a coffee or cool beer while you soak up the beauty of this square dating back to the 12th Century.