The incredible Global Champions Playoffs will be staged in the magical Czech capital, Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, promising a week of unforgettable excitement for millions of equestrian fans worldwide
The magical Czech capital Prague, is one of the world's most beautiful cities and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is also known as "the City of a hundred spires”.
Following the fall of communism, in 1989 the iconic city of Prague was opened up to visitors from Europe and the rest of the world. Proving a very popular destination people have flocked to see the castle, the beautiful fourteenth century Charles Bridge and the wonderful Vltava river and surrounding areas.
An artistic city, Prague has many art galleries and lots of amazing architecture to admire from the Gothic to the Baroque and from Art Nouveau to Cubist. Prague's public spaces and buildings showcase it all.
Also famous for its beer since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been producing some of the world's finest brews for many years. This is a mix of internationally famous brands as well as beers produced by microbreweries catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing and these can be sampled in the many bars and restaurants throughout the city.
Prague’s maze of cobbled streets and hidden courtyards provide an ideal place to wander and just a short walk from the Old Town Square there are ancient chapels, secret gardens, cafes and local bars which are friendly and welcoming. Neighbourhoods such as Vinohardy and Bubeneč are particularly pleasant to relax in and watch the sunset over the many church domes for which the city is famous.
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O2 ARENA – ČESKOMORAVSKÁ 2345/17,190 00 PRAHA
LATIDUDE: 50° 06' 10.28" LONGITUDE: 14° 29' 21.95
Václav Havel Airport: Latitude: 50.1018 Longitude: 14.2632.
The airport is located 15km from the city center, taking approximately 25-30 minutes without traffic.
Be cautious if using taxis- are there is no fixed rate from and to the airport, make sure to only use the licensed taxis or the multiple airport shuttle services, that offer good fixed rate prices.
Alternatively, Uber works very efficiently in Prague and to and from the airport.
Buses- the Airport Express takes you directly to Prague main train station (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi), leaving every 15 minutes from Terminal 1. Although it takes approximately 50 minutes depending on traffic, it only costs 2.50€.
The main train station in Prague offers direct connections to several European cities, such as Berlin. Vienna, Budapest, Frankurt…
Walking is the best way to explore the old town but city public transport network is very efficient and affordable. Tickets areas time based – you can take any form of transport, as many times as needed during the time the ticket is valid for (for example, 30 or 90 minutes, 24 or 72 hours. Children under 6 years old and senior over 70 go free.
Although metros stop running from 00:30 to 04:30- trams and buses run all night throughout
The bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague make it a perfect destination for beach-weary vacationers who want to immerse themselves in culture. You could devote an entire day to exploring Prazsky hrad (Prague Castle), then refueling over a hearty dinner at a classic Czech tavern. Spend some time wandering the Old Town Square before heading over to gape at The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. Prague’s best bars are found in cellars, where historic pubs set the scene for a night of traditional tippling.
STARE MESTO – OLD TOWN: One of the oldest neighborhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
WATCH THE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK STRIKE AN HOUR - Whilst in the Old Town Square, time your visit to the Old Town Hall so that you can watch the spectacle of the mechanical clock marking the turn of an hour. The clock itself is on the south face of the town hall and is the pride of Prague. It was built in the fifteenth century and despite being damaged and repaired during its lifetime, it is widely regarded as the best preserved medieval mechanical clock in the world. The show at the top of the hour never fails to disappoint the many onlookers.
STROLL ACROSS THE CHARLES BRIDGE - Whoever said that “the best things in life are free” may well have been referring to the Charles Bridge in Prague. A simple walk across the 14th Century bridge is one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences of visiting Prague. The bridge was commissioned in 1357 by Charles IV to replace an older bridge that had been washed away by floods. Although completed in 1390, with the striking statues added in the 17th century, the bridge did not take Charles’ name until the 19th century.
VISIT PRAGUE CASTLE- Located in Hradcany (the Castle district), Prague Castle is without a doubt the city’s most popular tourist attraction and it is easy to see why. The breath-taking castle has traditionally been the seat of Czech rulers and is today the official residence of the president. Entry to the grounds of the castle are free although many buildings such as the St Vitus cathedral, Basillica of St George and Golden Lane can be visited with a combined entry ticket.
Golden Lane – Playground for Alchemists Also located within the grounds of the castle is the mysterious Golden Lane, so called because, according to legends, alchemists had to look on this street to find a reaction to turn ordinary materials into gold. Despite the streets name, it is debated whether alchemists ever worked or lived here. Czech-Jewish writer Franz Kafka used a house on the street for around two years as he enjoyed the peaceful environment it provided whilst writing.
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