Once known as the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, Prague is as exotic and mythical as its former title suggests. Now standing as a perfect synopsis to the modern day Czech Republic, both its historic corners and progressive pockets offer travel delight. Wandering around Prague will offer a lesson in medieval architecture, from the extravagant hourly display of the Astronomical Clock to the picturesque Charles Bridge. The portrait of Prague's more recent history has also been painted into the city, found most hauntingly in the 6 synagogues and cemetery of 12,000 tombstones in the Jewish Ghetto, or more upliftingly in The Lennon Wall scribed with odes of love and peace. The brightly coloured former houses of Golden Lane need to be on any Prague bucket list, as do the city's countless museums. From the Sex Machines Museum to the KGB Museum, and even the Prague Jewish Museum, which was once a hospital and later a Spanish Synagogue., there's no shortage of amazement to be found here in the Czech capital, and not all of it revolves around history. If your trip to Prague has flexibility, you best time it with a festival; the city's boutique beer celebrations put a sophisticated spin on Oktoberfest. There is also a Prague Dragon Boat Festival held in the name of charity, not to mention the Prague Fringe Festival celebrating cabaret, comedy, and all manner of theatrics, and the contemporary circus of Letní Letná held during August. Wash all your sightseeing down with a serve of Řízek schnitzel or Guláš beef stew. Prague is not a place you will soon forget.
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This hearty and traditional Czech dish is a staple of Prague restaurants. A delicious stew of beef and onions, it's gently simmered until tender, and served with delicious Czech-style knedlíky (steamed and sliced dumplings).
This outsized chunk of roasted pork knuckle is a Prague food classic. With crispy skin and wonderfully succulent meat, it's typically served with mustard and horseradish and pairs excellently with an ice-cold Czech beer.
This Czech-style schnitzel consists of a piece of meat - normally pork or chicken - beaten out until thin and tender, then coated in breadcrumbs and fried until crisp and golden. It's usually served with dumplings or potato salad.