Prague Travel Guide
What to Expect: The two best Vanocni trh (Christmas markets) are on the long slope of Wenceslas Square and in the medieval movie set of the Old Town Square formed around a giant Christmas tree, manger scene, and small petting zoo.
Janek Jaros has, for almost a decade, been championing Czech Cubism from his downtown gallery Modernista. Set somewhat incongruously among the treacly gift boutiques and garnet sellers along Celetná, a popular tourist road in Old Town, Modernista is Prague’s original Czech design emporium.
Housed in a century-old building with 30-foot vaulted ceilings, the Globe opened in 1993 as the city’s first English language bookstore.
Built as a Romanesque basilica in 1143, the Strahov Monastery sits about a mile from Prague Castle and is home to a Roman Catholic order of monks called the Premonstratensians.
Letna Beer Garden is one of the most popular places in Prague to drink beer in the summers. With the gorgeous view over Prague, being located in Letna park, and the short distance to the center, makes this spot a perfect place for warm spring/summer/fall days.
The first Cubist building in Europe, the House of the Black Madonna is located in Old Town, its stark façade and geometric windows contrasting with the surrounding Baroque structures. Designed in 1912 by Josef Gočár, the building was named for a nearby polychrome statue of the Madonna and Child.
Prague Castle dominates the city skyline as it has since the year 880. The national symbol is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest castle complex in the world encompassing 18 acres.
Ideal for visitors seeking high-quality souvenirs, Ungelt Courtyard is home to a number of small shops, including this fine antique store.
Rising from the summit of 1,043-foot Petrin Hill, this steel-framed monument closely resembles the Eiffel Tower (although it’s one-fifth the size).
Selling Bohemian glass, ARTĚL is a luxury crystal design shop in Old Town. The crystal creations in the vaulted ceilinged showroom are mouth-blown and hand-engraved by skilled Czech artisans.
The 16th-century Lobkowicz Palace underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration ending in 2007, returning the palace's 60 rooms, including a handsome music salon that hosts daily concerts to their Baroque and Rococo opulence.
The warmly lit and cheery space stocks traditional craft techniques made thought-provoking with healthy doses of irony.
One of the world’s most significant examples of functionalist architecture, Villa Müller is a severe, white cubic structure located in the village-like neighborhood of Strešoviče.
P.A.T.H. FINDERS is a family business, started by Tom & Marie Zahn in 1994. With the help of several skilled associates, we assist families to trace their roots throughout Central Europe.
The buzzy contemporary-arts center that opened in October 2008. One of the first exhibits in this sprawling 1920’s metal factory (redesigned by the contemporary Czech architect Ivan Kroupá) was the enormous installation called Entropa, by Czech artist David Cerný.