by Lydia Schrandt for USA TODAY 10Best

Visit Prague on this virtual tour

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The enchanting city of Prague ranks among Europe’s best-preserved capitals. It’s a city of fairy tale architecture, magnificent art and some of the world’s best beer.

The longest river in the Czech Republic, the Vltava River, flows through the heart of Prague. Cruise along the river for some of the best views of the skyline and 17 bridges that span the river.

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) stands above the city as its most eye-catching landmark. The castle holds the Guinness World Record as the largest ancient castle complex.

While 17 bridges cross the river in Prague, none is quite so famous as the Charles Bridge (Karlův most). The bridge was completed in 1390, built by young German architect Peter Parler.

Prague’s Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) was established in the 12th century and has since become one of the most historically significant places in the city.

Wallenstein Garden, a geometrically laid-out Baroque garden built alongside Wallenstein Palace in the 1620s, is a popular spot to soak up some sunshine.

Within Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral towers as one of the most important religious structures in the Czech Republic. It's where kings and queens were coronated and saints and sovereigns were laid to rest.

Another excellent spot for panoramic views over Prague is from the top of Vítkov Hill. It’s hard to miss the National Monument, built here in 1929, featuring a bronze statue of Czech general Jan Žižka atop his horse.

Prague isn’t just known for its historical architecture. Modern architects Vlado Milunić and Frank O. Gehry collaborated on the Nationale Nederlanden building, also called the Dancing House, in 1996.

If you’re meeting someone in Prague, there’s a good chance you’ll meet them at Wenceslas Square. More a boulevard than a typical square, it’s home of the National Museum.

Autumn ranks among the best times of year to visit Prague, thanks to the mild weather, sparser crowds and beautiful fall foliage.

From late November through early January, Prague plays host to several traditional Christmas markets selling handicrafts, ornaments, wooden toys and other goods. These markets are also known for their seasonal treats.

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