It has been said of the city, 'Prague never lets you go... this dear little mother has sharp claws.' One of Prague's greatest literary figures, Franz Kafka said this of his city, and those who spend any amount of time here quickly realize why.
Frequently called Golden Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic retains much of its medieval glory and charm. While large portions of Europe were heavily scarred by war, Prague remained comparatively untouched and the stunning cityscape proves it. One of the most popular destinations is Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. It was constructed by Prince Boøivoj in the 9th century and has seen many improvements, expansions, and changes since then. The castle is the centerpiece of Prague, the seat of the government, and a depository of artistic accomplishments and architectural marvels.
In addition to the stunning architecture of Prague Castle and many of the city's other historical buildings, Prague also has a more mystical and mysterious side to some of its buildings and decorations. One of the best-known statues in Prague is the Golem in the Jewish quarter. There is an old story related to the Golem that it was created by Rabbi Löw in the 16th century in order to protect his people. According to the legend, the Golem may still be protecting Prague today and the statue stands as a reminder of this famous figure.