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Monday, December 2, 2013

Hidden Travel Gems Around the World!

Prague’s Hidden Gems

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe boasting a myriad of architectural styles that give the Czech capital a unique and truly distinct character. One of the tourist capitals of the world, last year the city welcomed 5.4 million visitors who came to sample the many beautiful sights to behold including the breath-taking St Vitus Cathedral, the world-renowned Jewish Museum, and, of course, the centre of the city: Charles Bridge. But if you’re looking to escape the tourists and sample a different Prague then here is a taste of some of the capital’s hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered.

Sapa Vietnamese Market

Known as Little Hanoi, you may be forgiven for thinking you've landed in the Vietnamese capital, but in the southeast corner of Prague lies a hub for the third largest group of immigrants in the city. With an authentic market, you can sample the sights, sounds and sumptuous food offerings including pho, bun cha or the delightful banh mi. Just a short ride away from the city, the market is a different world from the tourist droves; a fine opportunity to embrace authentic Czech culture.

Lennon Wall

Following his murder in 1980, John Lennon became a pacifist hero for many young Czechs. On a wall just outside the Old Town, an image of the Beatle was painted and has since become a major political symbol for the Prague youth. Post-1989, the wall has become a mural representing peace and love; with tourists and Czechs alike decorating the wall in homage to Lennon with lyrics and images; a must-visit for any music fan or Beatles buff.

Vysehrad Cemetery

There are few cemeteries in the world that people go out of their way to visit. However, Vyeshrad Cemetery defies that trend. The cemetery is located on the grounds of the national monument of Vysehrad and is one of the calmest places in the town with incredible sculptures paying tribute to the deceased. As well as being the resting place for many Czech greats, the historical fort is also the birthplace of the city.

Golden Prague Poker Room

If you’re wanting to get away from sightseeing all together then there’s no better way to spend a weekend than playing the tables and picking up a little spending money. The Golden Prague Poker Room is located in the lavish Hilton Casino. Home to a host of major tournaments, including the Eureka Poker Tour, you can follow in the footsteps of the professionals. So relax, enjoy some fine dining via the excellent bars and restaurant the venue has to offer and then hit those felts!

Discover Cerny

David Cerny is one of the Czech Republic’s most celebrated yet controversial sculptors. Born in the city, his identifiable works are splashed across Prague; including most notably the ‘London Boosted’ piece that was made in honour of the 2012 UK Olympics and the ‘Pistole NY’ work that serves as a metaphor for violence. Cerny combines sensational art and poignant social messages so it’s well-worth checking out the sculpture tour on your visit.

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