”Mother Prague has clutches,” Franz Kafka wrote nearly one hundred years ago. Prague’s convoluted streets may keep you in those clutches loving every second of it. Anyone who has wandered around the city's cobbled streets and Gothic alleyways and seen the moon hover behind the towers and pinnacles of Europe’s most beautiful capital will definitely come back.

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Old Wastewater Treatment Plant

National cultural monument of the Czech Republic Anchor point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage UNESCO candidate of the Czech Republic The compound of the former mechanical wastewater treatment plant was in operation between 1906 -1967. Today, it illustrates the history of architecture, technology, and water management – specifically the treatment of wastewater in connection to the drainage of an urban area. The plant was built as a part of the Prague modern sewer system at the turn of the 19th century into the 20th. Wastewater was collected by a gravitational sewage system from all over Prague and treated before its outflow into the Vltava river. The sewage system improved the development of the city of Prague and its industry, and saved the population from water-borne diseases, as treatment ensured an ecological approach to nature. Prague became one of the technically best-equipped European cities in the early 20th century. The manager of the site (Tovarna z.ú. company) organises exhibitions, concerts, and themed programs involving operating steam engines. The importance of the original purpose, the extraordinary authenticity of the preserved original machinery, underground spaces, steam engines still in operation, precise work and craftsmanship of masons of this compound make the site a prime water industrial heritage site.

Papírenská 6, Prague
Staronová Synagoga (Old-New Synagogue)

Staronová Synagoga is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. This is where Rabbi Löw, who created Golem — the clay figure which was to protect Prague’s Jewish population from persecution — preached. It has been an important centre for Czech Jews for centuries.

Maiselova 18, Prague

Kolkovna serves great and tasty Czech cuisine. Enjoy thick soups, grilled meat, and fish with a side of original unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell or other beers.

V Celnici 1031/4, Prague

Cantina serves very good Mexican food at reasonable prices and stocks a decent selection of tequila. Always full, so if you want a table in the evening it is best to book early.

Újezd 38, Prague
Designer Clothes

Even though there are no exact shopping areas for smaller shops with designer clothing, you will encounter a small concentration of them on Karoliny Světlé and Bartolomějská streets, in New Town. Boutiques such as Leeda and Alice Abraham are a good starting point.

Bartolomějská St., Prague
Main Shopping Areas

Prague’s main shopping areas are situated in New Town: on Václavské námesti (Wenceslas Square), and, immediately below, on the pedestrian mall Na Příkopě. There are large individual shops and chain stores such as H&M, Zara, and Marks & Spencers, as well as several large department stores.

Václavské námesti, Prague

Passport / Visa

The Czech Republic can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

Prague is appealing in any season and has lots to offer throughout the year. The city is at its busiest during the summer months of July and August. Late spring and early fall are a little less crowded, whereas the slowest times are during the cold months of November, January, February, and March, so if you don't mind the cold and prefer fewer tourists, this would be a good time for you to travel to Prague. If you are thinking of coming to Prague in early spring, try to schedule your trip around Easter when Prague is decorated and Easter markets are open.

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