Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has served as a political, economic, and cultural center of Europe for more than 1,000 years. The “city of a hundred spires” on the river Volta is also home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the extraordinary war-wrought destruction of 20th century Europe. Popular sites include: the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, and the Lennon Wall. With a growing and diverse population of more than 2.3 million, an extensive and lively history, and relatively easy access to the rest of Europe, Prague is, without a doubt, one of a kind.
“The programs in Prague offer students the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective,” says Kristina Zvinakis, Prague International Accounting professor. “In their courses, students have the chance to discuss topics that may be familiar to them with faculty whose cultural background and worldview often differs from their own. Living abroad in an unfamiliar environment affords countless opportunities to step outside everyday comfort zones, to think about core beliefs, and to gain an appreciation for differences that impact how we, as citizens of a global community, work and interact. I think participation in these “global classroom” experiences provide a learning experience that is difficult to replicate in a traditional classroom setting.”
The 13th century Charles Bridge throngs with people, but is none-the-less a top priority on the list of Prague attractions to visit. Try early morning for a less crowded walk, or go at night for a truly romantic stroll, with fairytale views of the Prague skyline, dominated by magnificent Prague Castle. Charles Bridge is not just a tourist attraction. This is the main pedestrian route linking the Old Town with the Lesser Town (Mala Strana), and then onto Prague Castle itself. During the day, souvenir stands and street musicians line the bridge; look out for the jazz band, who can be particularly entertaining.
Old Town Square
To step into the Old Town Square in Prague is to step back in time, 600 or 700 years. As you stand in awe, the dramatic history of Prague permeates the atmosphere. Dating back to the late 12th century, with its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, this is one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe.
The Jewish Quarter, known as Josefov, is located between the Old Town Square & the Vltava River. Its torrid history dates back to the 13th century. Entrance fees apply at several of the sights.
Wenceslas Square is Prague’s main boulevard. It is a centre for bars, restaurants, shops, banks, casinos, hotels and apartments. Wenceslas Square is one of the most popular places to stay in Prague, with tourists attracted by the nightlife and shopping. Most of Prague’s sights and attractions lie within easy walking distance.
Hlavni Nadrazi is the biggest and busiest railway station in Prague, an Art Nouveau structure that represents Prague as the Mother of Cities. It is only a 5 minute walk from Wenceslas Square and has many convenient facilities to accommodate visitors.