The Czech capital Prague is rightly one of the most popular metropolises in Europe. In addition to the more than 1.3 million inhabitants, about six million tourists walk through the many small streets of the picturesque old town every year. At the foot of Prague Castle, which is of great historical importance, there are impressive buildings from the Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau periods. Prague, the 'golden' city on the banks of the Vltava River, combines history, romantic flair and treasures of art and architecture with youthful charm, innovation of modern creativity. It is not uncommon to find galleries for modern art in historic walls or stylish bars in medieval vaults. The castle hill Hradčany is a wonderful starting point for a city tour through gardens and alleys towards Charles Bridge and the Old Town district.
Prague is also famous for locally brewed beers and good live music - both of which can be enjoyed in abundance in the numerous bars. Jazz in particular has a history in the Czech capital, which is why various events and festivals fall into this category. Two major local music festivals are Prague Spring in May/June, one of the most important classical music events, and the Autumn Festival from September to November, where internationally renowned classical, jazz and world music stars perform.