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Prague – the city of a hundred spires – is no shrinking violet. She displays her beauty graciously and is much admired for it. From the gently curving arches of her many bridges as they span the river, to the elegant silhouettes of her ancient architecture, visitors are entranced from the moment they arrive in Prague. Airport shuttles that take you to your accommodation are more than just a service – they will give you your first taste of the Gothic spires and Baroque domes of the city skyline and whet your appetite for more.
Your Prague airport shuttle will take about 45 minutes to cover the 20km to the city. The driver will more often than not give you a running commentary on the city, and it is a great way to get some insider tips. As you weave around the sometimes narrow, cobbled streets to your hotel you will catch your first glimpses of Prague’s most famous sights.
The most famous attraction of all – Prague Castle – is the largest ancient castle in the world. In fact it is more than a simple castle – it actually looks like a small town. On your ride from Prague airport to the city you will not pass directly by the Castle, but you will be able to see the elegant outline as it overlooks the river below, and be inspired to visit. The castle was built in the 9th century and added to in later times. In the 14th century it was almost completely rebuilt in the Gothic style we see today. Within the gates of the Castle is the magnificent St Vitus Cathedral – spiritual symbol of the Czech State. The interior of this beautiful cathedral leads off to numerous side chapels, one of which houses the Crown Jewels and the tomb of Good King Wenceslas. On the outside of the Castle walls is Golden Lane. You can walk along and admire the houses (now shops) built right into the castle fortification. The lane leads to the dungeons and the original castle walls, and was once home to the famous writer Franz Kafka.