Prague Castle is one of the most visited and most important spots in the entire city; undoubtedly the jewel of the Czech capital. The Castle is an ancient symbol of Czech lands and was most likely founded around the year 880 by Prince Borivoj. The Castle itself is like a small town, and according to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the largest coherent castle complex in the world. It covers an area of 70,000 square metres and is still in use today.
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When you are in Prague’s Jewish Quarter (you should be at some point on your trip), you should ensure that you see the Convent of St. Agnes (Anežský klášter). It was founded by Agnes, who was the daughter of Otakar I, in the 1230s, but construction went on for the next 50 years after it was started. Although it fell into decay in the 19th century, it has been partially restored now and two of the churches are often the locations for concerts and other events.
This building at Celetná no. 34 was designed by Josef Gočár between 1911 and 1912 as a multifunctional building with shops on the ground floor and offices, flats and the legendary Orient coffee house with its cubist furniture on the floors above.
This huge grimly palace is now the venue for the National Gallery’s Centre for Modern & Contemporary Art. A seven storey building constructed in 1928 by Oldrich Tyl and Josef Furchs is definitely Prague’s ultimate functionalist masterpiece. Not too obvious when viewing the exterior but clear to see once inside, where is collection of outstanding 19th – 20th century Czech and European Art.
Set high upon a bluff that overlooks the Vltava, under 1 hour to the north of Prague, sits the splendid Renaissance Nelahozeves castle, that houses 1 of the best collections of private art in central Europe. Master works by Canaletto, Velázquez and Bruegel hang inside its historical halls, and these paintings alone should merit the brief trip out of the city.