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Nestled in Bohemia is one of Central Europe's crowning jewels: the "Golden City" of Prague. The city's historic center spans both banks of the Vltava River and is connected by the 14th-century Charles Bridge. On one side of the river: the Old Town with its celebrated Astronomical Clock; the vibrant New Town with Wenceslas Square; and the Jewish Quarter, dating back to the 13th century. On the other side you'll find the picturesque Lesser Town with its ancient burgher houses and St. Nicholas Church; and the Hradcany Castle District with Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Beyond this is a thriving, cosmopolitan city with plenty of riverside parks, lively beer gardens, museums, and art galleries to explore.
Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Prague and learn about fun, insider things to see and do while in Prague. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Simply ask your Local Host® about Prague and you'll be on your way in no time. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Prague insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
My name is Richard, and I was born in Prague. I am keen on European medieval history and began my career working in the medieval section of Prague's metropolitan museum. Being a Local Host allows me to share my love of Prague’s beauty with Monograms’ guests, and I enjoy helping them get to know my city according to their individual interests.
The historic center of Prague, built between the 9th and 19th centuries, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town, the Lesser Town and the New Town speak of the great architectural and cultural influence enjoyed by this city since the Middle Ages. See the many magnificent monuments, including Hradcany Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and numerous churches and palaces, built mostly in the 14th century during the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV. Ask your Local Host for more information.
The Hussites were a Christian movement following the teachings of Czech reformer Jan Hus (c. 1369–1415), who became one of the forerunners of the European Reformation. The massive Jan Hus Monument, completed in 1915 on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death, dominates the Old Town square. Ask your Local Host about a walking route related to the Hussite wars of the 15th century.
Enrich your trip to this historic city with a visit to one of its beautiful churches or cathedrals and enjoy a classical concert while there. Your Local Host will have more details.
Lapidárium contains priceless original sculptures collected from their former locations throughout Prague - from the 11th-19th century - including original statues from the Charles Bridge. Artbanka Museum of Young Art (AMoYA) opened in June 2011and presents its vision to the public by offering a very bold program in the unique atmosphere of a Baroque palace where visitors can familiarize themselves with the world of contemporary Czech and international art. Prague Public Transport Museum (Muzeum mestské hromadné dopravy v Praze) houses a unique collection of exhibits illustrating the history of public transport in Prague, including over 40 historical vehicles and many other exhibits. Mucha Museum (Muchovo muzeum) is dedicated to the life and work of Alphonse Mucha, a Czech-French art nouveau painter. It has over 100 exhibits including paintings, photographs, charcoal drawings, pastels, lithographs and personal memorabilia. Ask your Local Host for more information about museums and galleries to suit your interests.
Before the Age of Enlightenment, monasteries carefully guarded their treasures. Now visitors are may stroll the halls and marvel at the contributions of history's greatest minds. Catch the breathtaking view of the city from the monastery garden.
A restaurant and lovely old wine cellar located in a house built at the end of 16th century with traditional Czech cuisine and a wide selection of steaks.
Enjoy this classic art nouveau mall boasting wonderful shops, theaters, and cafés. Check out the sculpture Wenceslas Riding an Upside Down Horse. Classic Czech souvenirs include Bohemia crystal, Spa Wafers, porcelain with Blue Onion Pattern, Bohemian garnet, beads from Jablonec, classical music CDs, and Czech marionettes.
Local dishes to try include beef sirloin with cream sauce and dumplings, roast pork/duck/goose meat with red or white cabbage and dumplings, as well as Czech beer and the special Becherovka (herbal liquor) or Slivovice (plum brandy).
From traditional beer halls with accordion players to sleek modern dance clubs, Prague nightlife is all encompassing. Ask your Local Host for more information.
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