||When you arrive in Prague, you drive past acres of dilapidated government housing projects and other buildings from the cheap cement era of Communist, to the worse ideas, but once in Prague, you are enchanted.
Here, amid Gothic cathedrals, ancient palaces, and cobblestoned streets, it is easy to believe that this is the place where Mozart and Einstein were born. As an added bonus, it is easily one of cheapest beautiful cities you will ever visit.
The Old Town Square is the heart of the city. Sit here and bask in the architectural history of Prague, and have a coffee for a dollar. At night,the golden lights flicker on in the black turrets of the Gothic Cathedral. Fire-dancers, jugglers, and musicians entertain you.
From the old town square, a labyrinth of tiny lanes and alleys wind through the Old City, swallowing up visitors, confusing even those with the most astute sense of direction.
Making your way to the river, you’ll find the Charles Bridge, a medieval structure framed with Gothic statues, which loom above you like frozen ghosts, haunting and black with the soot of centuries. Over the bridge you’ll see the colorfully lit castle sitting on the hill.
Concerts every night for $5
After a half a century of suppression—and now with Vaclav Havel, one of the Czech Republic’s leading dramatists and writers, as the current President—culture and amusements are bursting forth. A walk in the historical center will net you about 20 flyers by the end of the day, inviting you to an opera, a ballet, a jazz club, a classical concert, or even a musical. Jesus Christ Superstar ran here for several years to critical acclaim, and now the same company is currently running Evita.
There’s no shortage of classical concerts. You can hear Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Dvorack, Schubert, or Tchaikovsky every night in medieval churches, concert halls, and theatres in the historical center.