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Prague, also known as "Golden Prague" or "the City of a Thousand Towers" is so versatile that your eyes, ears and time will be too short to take it all in. It is best to explore Prague on foot with the aid of public transport. - On a list of sites that should not be missed: Hradčany (Prague Castle) and the Presidential Palace; St. Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane No. 22 where Franz Kafka once worked; Strahov Monastery and Petrin Hill, with a magnificent view of the city. In Mala Strana (Lesser Town), the baroque St. Nicholas Church and the Waldstein Palace are wonderful as are all the other palaces, gardens and churches. Here you will also find many small shops, antique shops and restaurants. Crossing the Vltava (Moldau) River via the pedestrianized Charles Bridge you will encounter painters, souvenir vendors and buskers. In the Josefov (Jewish Quarter) district you can visit the Old-New Synagogue, the impressive Old Jewish Cemetery and St. Agnes convent. In Stare Mesto (Old Town) walk around the square and admire the Jan Hus monument, the Tyn and St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall with its famous astronomical clock. Then it's on to Wenceslas Square, the entertainment and shopping center of Prague, with its memorial to Jan Palach, statue of St. Wenceslas and the National Museum. - Some ideas for day trips: the impregnable castle of Karlstejn Beroun (35 km); the well-preserved 15th century castle of Křivoklát (40 km); the Slapy reservoir on the Vltava (25 km); Castle Konopiště of Franz Ferdinand of Austria (40 km); the medieval castle of Český Šternberk (40 km); stalactite caves in the Bohemian karst at Koněprusy; the royal city of Kutna Hora (55 km) where silver was once mined; the Gothic Barbora's Cathedral with its three remarkable steeples; and finally Terezin, a former concentration camp (55 km).