Prague is a city that bewitches and intrigues, inspires and romances, surprises and entertains. That the Czech capital is variously referred to as the 'Golden City,' the 'City of Love' and the 'City of a Hundred Spires' speaks volumes, especially when you consider that there actually thought to be well over 500 spires, not 100. These towers and turrets, together with the cobbled lanes and courtyards of the Old Town and its surrounding streets, are part of what make the city so magical and such a great spot for aimless wandering. Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock, and Charles Bridge only add to the magical factor, and while beer could rarely be described as 'magical,' the city's brewing heritage is nevertheless impressive; Staropramen, Budvar and Pilsner Urquell all originate in Prague.
There is much more to Prague's appeal than its rich history and drinking culture, however. The squares and crooked lanes are punctuated by David Černý's witty sculptures and art installations and Art Nouveau and Cubist buildings compliment their historic counterparts. The city's renowned art galleries, alternative theaters, and music venues that range from the most stately of classical concert halls to swinging jazz clubs and rock-fuelled dive bars combine to make Prague one of the most culturally vibrant cities in Europe.