PRAGUE: THE CITY OF SPIRALS
The modern-day Czech Republic was the heartbeat of the Bohemia region. It was a kingdom in the Holy Roman Empire, and subsequently a part of the Habsburg Monarchy and the Austrian Empire. Afterwards, it became one of the wealthiest regions in Europe and the cradle of democracy. During its history, the capital Prague was thus the political, cultural, and economic torpedo of Central Europe. Prague is nicknamed the 'City of Spirals' for the preponderance of ancient cathedrals dating back to the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras. Its skyline hence stands as a backdrop to the epic tale of its grandeur past. The city has an artery of medieval crowded alleyways falling in the shadow of architecturally stunning rooftops. It adds a mystical silhouette to the overall urban composition.
And for centuries, Prague's poetic façades have accentuated the city's individuality because it is among a handful of places where such a plethora of ornamental architectural heritage could be found. The Vltava River is the vital artery of the Czech capital, which made it possible to trade with the outside world. Fed by the river, man-made canals flow into town with houses rising to face the waterfront making Prague one of the most scenic places in the globe. Recently, Prague was classified as a "Beta+" global city meaning it is a fundamental node in the international economic ecosystem. Hence, it is a symbolic accolade for one of the powerhouses that spurred a cultural renaissance across Europe.