Car rental in Prague
By car around Prague: where to go, what to see, where to have funPrague is one of the largest cities in Europe, which combines a centuries-old historical heritage with a developed modern infrastructure and a lot of entertainment forms for tourists. Therefore, if you make up your mind to visit this city, try to spend here more than one day and book a car at least a week beforehand. The city is situated on the hills and is washed by the river Vltalva, which gives the city not only beautiful nature, but also a mild climate.
Historical attractionsThe foundation of the capital of the Czech state goes back to the 6th century. And after a couple of centuries, Prague became the most prosperous city in Europe, its main cultural capital, which certainly influenced the rich architecture of the city.
This is the main symbol of the city and the Czech Republic as well. Initially built as a defensive fortification, the castle later became the residence of kings. The castle is a complex of different buildings: the Royal Palace, the Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička), the Powder Tower, the Rožmberg Palace, the Deer Moat, the Royal Garden and the main element of the architectural ensemble – the St. Vitus Cathedral, the largest Catholic cathedral in the Gothic style.
An interesting feature of the Prague Castle is the changing of the guard near the entrance to the presidential residence. The guard changes every hour, and the solemn shift is held once a day at 12:00 local time.
Built in the 14th century across the river Vltalva, the bridge connects the Prague Castle with the Old Town. A little later, in the 17th and the 18th century, 30 religious sculptures were added to the bridge.
Old town (Old place)
This is the historical district of the city, located on the right bank of the river. It includes:
- Old Town Square. In the Middle Ages it was Prague's main shopping place, it was here where all the shops and markets were located. The square is surrounded by ancient houses of different architectural styles (Gothic, Baroque, Rococo, and Renaissance).
- Jan Hus Memorial, located in the center of the square. The Art Nouveau style construction was created at the beginning of the 20th century by Ladislav Šaloun and pays tribute to Jan Hus, a national hero of the country.
- Klimentinium - a historical Baroque complex, which includes the Mathematics Museum, a weather station, observatory and the Mirror Chapel. In the 18th century it housed the Jesuit collegium and now there is the National Library of the Czech Republic here.
- The Bedřich Smetana Museum, dedicated to the famous Czech artist, pianist and conductor Bedřich Smetana. The building was built in the first half of the 20th century in the Art Nouveau style.
The Petřín Lookout Tower
This is a 55-meter high observation tower built in the late 19th century. Located on a hill, it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the whole city.
Entertainment for children and parentsThe Barrandov film studio is a European Hollywood, a Czech film studio, founded in the 1930s. It was here where they made movies which are so famous in Russia, for example, ‘Boris Godunov’ by Sergei Bondarchuk, the second part of Timur Bekmambetov's ‘Irony of Fate’, as well as such well-known movies as ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, ‘Casino Royale’, and ‘The Bourne Identification’. The film studio is still working and offers excursions: from the filming locations, where some iconic movies were made, to a huge collection of outfits. You can book such tours in any travel agency in the city.
The National Theater is a drama and opera house of Prague, the largest in the entire Czech Republic and one of the largest in Europe. Every year it hosts the world’s famous troupes and ensembles.
The Prague breweries deserve special attention. Czech beer is known all over the world, and small local factories do not only sell exclusive types of craft beer, but also offer excursions for a small fee, which show the beer making process and offer beer tasting. However, do not forget that you are driving - fines for driving a car in a state of alcohol intoxication are high and inevitable.
The main attraction of Prague, which is ideal for families, is the local zoo, one of the largest in Europe. It consists of open and closed pavilions, which contain the rarest animals from around the world. Special attention should be given to the ‘Indonesian jungle’ complex, which models tropical forests with their inhabitants.
Even a short stay in this unique old city with its stunning architecture, unique history and unusual nature will give tourists unforgettable memories.