Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taste the Beauty of Prague

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Taste the Beauty of Prague

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You don't have to be madly attracted to the person that you take to Prague, but it probably helps.

For the past few years it has been vying with Paris as Europe's most popular romantic destination. So, if you don't want to feel left out, it's best take someone you quite like.

It's not hard to understand why Prague, once the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, has become such a strong rival for the City of Dreams. With its elegant spires, beautiful medieval buildings and sweeping river it is the perfect backdrop if you are feeling amorous. Add to that its cheap prices, atmosphere and excellent beers and it makes an ideal weekend getaway.

We were ideally placed to explore as were staying in the city centre in the famous Wenceslas Square, a long tree-lined boulevard. It has been the focus of political protest in Prague in the last 150 years, most recently it was here in late November 1989 that tens of thousands crammed nightly to demand free elections, bringing down 40 years of Communist rule.

Today the name is more likely to be associated with Good King Wenceslas from the Christmas carol. He was based on Vaclav, a ninth-century prince who was murdered and became the country's patron saint.

Now at the hub of modern Prague, Wenceslas Square is full of hotels, bars and shops. We were staying in the large and ornate Ambassador Hotel.

The bedrooms are large and comfortable and there is a pleasant bar and dining area on the ground floor with large windows looking out on to Wenceslas Square. Other facilities include a spa, casino and nightclub.

Night life is an important part of Prague which, as well as attracting couples in recent years, has also become a Mecca for stag parties. There are plenty of pubs and clubs concentrated on one street off Wenceslas Square.

We were more interested in soaking up the beauty of the city. Straddling the winding River Vltava, Prague retains much of its medieval layout and the street facades are smothered in a rich mantle of baroque, rococo and art nouveau. …

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