THE ROUGH GUIDE to Prague

THE ROUGH GUIDE to Prague

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First things first: Prague is a very beautiful city. With some six hundred years of architecture virtually untouched by natural disaster or war, few other cities, anywhere in Europe, look as good. Straddling the winding River Vltava, with a steep wooded hill to one side, the city retains much of its medieval layout and the street facades remain smothered in a rich mantle of Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau, all of which successfully escaped the vanities and excesses of twentieth-century redevelopment. For forty years the city lay hidden behind the Iron Curtain, seldom visited by Westerners. All that changed in the 1990s, and now Prague is one of the most popular citybreak destinations in Europe, with a highly developed tourist industry and a large expat population who, if nothing else, help to boost the city’s nightlife.



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