PRAGUE, the city of 100 spires, is one of Europe’s most beguiling destinations. Here are five essential tips for a culture filled city break.
Stroll the cobbled streets of the old town, visit the John Lennon wall – a colourful tribute to the singer and activist – and stroll across the Charles Bridge.
Discover other architectural gems such as the medieval astronomical clock and tower.
2. Visit the old town’s House of the Black Madonna (czkubismus.cz) which houses a gallery chronicling the Cubist movement, with chairs, grand staircases and striking iron grilles at the windows.
The Grand Cafe Orient has the only surviving Cubist interior in the world. Even the doughnuts are square, with a square hole.
The Czech designer’s posters depicting nature and the female form are on display, as well as jewellery and banknote designs.
Mucha’s work can be found throughout the city too, with a stained glass window in St Vitus Cathedral and on the interior and exterior of the Municipal Building.
4 No visit to Prague would be complete without crossing the Charles Bridge.
Named after Emperor Charles, who ruled Bohemia in the mid-1300s, the cobbled edifice spans the Vltava river and is adorned with 30 baroque statues of saints.
It is best experienced in the soft early morning light.
Don’t miss the stark but moving exhibition, where the names of every one of more than 77,000 Czech Jews killed in Nazi extermination camps have been written on the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue (jewishmuseum.cz).