It may seem as if Prague has been open forever, but in reality, foreign tourists have been visiting Prague for just twenty years. Its time as a closed city is a mere blip, though, in its 1,100 history as one of the most important cultural and trading cities in Europe. Soviet domination from 1945 until 1990 was harsh but short-lived.
Happily it survived much of WWII intact but for several raids by the USAAF in 1945. Thus the Prague of today is rich with heritage; its UNESCO-listed old city draws more than 4 million visitors annually and it is hugely popular for weekend breaks in Europe for people across the continent.
As far as short breaks in Europe go though, you need to have your superman fast trainers on - there's an awful lot to get around and most of it is within walking distance of the old town.
Prague is home to quite spectacular attractions. Among them the Charles Bridge (you'll recognise it from every movie you've even seen set in Prague), Prague castle, Old Town Square, the Lennon Wall (we love a good Beatles fan spot) and the countless galleries and museums.
Food is Czech, wholesome and plentiful. You'll find modern European fusion or traditional fare. There are plenty of international choices too. Prices are moderate, even around Old Town Square and Prague Castle. Beer (this being the Czech Republic) is superb and cheap.
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