Prague the Golden City, Prague the City of One Hundred Spires… this legendarily beautiful capital of both the Holy Roman and Habsburg Empires lives up to its reputation. Cross the Charles Bridge over the wide Vltava and discover Prague Castle, with its central St. Vitus Cathedral and surrounded by quaint narrow houses. Wander into the charming historic quarter of Mala Strana or visit romantically gothic Karlstein Castle, built by Charles IV of Bohemia in 1348. From Baroque to Art Nouveau, the city’s architecture lends itself to romance. Try a night out at Prague’s famous opera or enjoy a shopping spree in its exclusive boutiques. Venture farther afield and discover the bucolic perfection of the Czech countryside, with its rolling hills and clear rivers. The Czech Republic also offers a rich cuisine, with delicious meat dishes and dumplings washed down by the country’s liquid gold: some of the world’s best beer, which has been brewed here since the 9th century.