This informative guide to the fast-changing land of the Czech Republic and its beautiful capital city, Prague, takes readers through Prague's Castle District and Little Quarter, the Old Town, and the New Town and the suburbs. It explores the Czech Republic heartland with chapters on Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern Bohemia, finishing up in Southern and Northern Moravia. Subsequent chapters include contemporary editorial features and experiential sidebars that highlight every aspect of Czech life and offer a wide range of activities for the traveler to seek out: Take a walk around the Little Quarter; enjoy a stroll around Old Town; learn about Mozart and Kafka, two of the city's most famous residents; visit Prague pubs; learn about the Prague Spring; drive through the land of castles; visit Jewish Moravia; and catch the Strážnice Folk Festival. The guide offers practical advice on planning your trip and explains the country in the context of its tumultuous history, art and culture, landscape, and food and drink. The extensive Travelwise section tells visitors the best places to stay and eat and the best shopping and entertainment in Prague and the Czech Republic.
STEPHEN BROOK first visited Prague in the mid-1980s, and it was one of the central European cities featured in his book The Double Eagle (1988). When he returned in 1991, the days of communist rule were over, and the city was enjoying a new lease on life, as reflected in his next book about the city, Prague (1992). Brook grew up in London, studied at Cambridge, and worked as an editor in the United States and in London before becoming a full-time writer in 1982. Since then he has written 30 books on a wide range of subjects including travel, wine, opera, dreams, and infidelity. He has also contributed numerous articles to Vogue, The Times, Cigar Aficionado, Condé Nast Traveller, Decanter, and other publications. Brook currently takes every opportunity to travel and explore the world. He retains a special affection for Prague, where some of his forebears lived, as there are few other cities that combine such dramatic beauty with such a vigorous cultural life.
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