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Prague’s maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards is a paradise for the aimless wanderer. It is always beckoning you to explore a little further. Just a few blocks away from the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, unexpected garden. There are cute cafes and old-fashioned bars with hardly a tourist in sight. Vinohrady and Bubeneč can reward the urban adventurer, to the strains of Dvořák wafting from an open window.

Since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of the world’s finest brews. But the internationally famous brand names, like Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar have been equalled and even surpassed. A number of regional Czech beers and microbreweries, are catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing.

The 1989 Velvet Revolution that freed the Czechs from communism. Walk the historic Charles Bridge a 14th century stone bridge, or a hilltop castle. There is the lovely, lazy river the Vltava, that inspired one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of 19th-century classical music, Smetana’s by composer Moldau.

Prague’s art galleries may not have the allure of the Louvre, but Bohemian art offers much to admire. From the glowing Gothic altarpieces in the Convent of St Agnes, to the luscious art nouveau of Alfons Mucha. There is also the magnificent collection of 20th-century surrealists, cubists and constructivists in the Veletržní Palác.