The 2019 EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference is going to Prague!
The beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic, Prague is known as “the City of a Hundred Spires,” with lots of historic sights, magnificent churches and colourful baroque buildings. Bisected by the Vlatava River, Prague will enchant you with its Gothic grace and Renaissance architecture. The compact Old Town and adjacent New Town offer world class museums and edgy galleries, as well as interesting street sculpture.
Prague has a lot to see and do and here are some of our top recommendations of must-sees for those coming to the EuroSTAR Conference this November:
1. Visit Prague Castle
Located in Hradcany (the Castle district), this breath-taking castle is the largest ancient castle in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records. Founded in the 9th century, Prague castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia and today it is the official residence of the Czech Republic’s President. Entrance to the castle is free but you will need a ticket to access some buildings such as the St Vitus cathedral, Basillica of St George and Golden Lane.
2. See the Astronomical Clock
Built in 1410 the medieval Astronomical Clock (called Orloj in Czech), is located in the charming Old Town Square and tourists gather for the miniature ‘Walk of the Apostles’ on the hour. Mounted to the southern wall of the Old Town Hall, the clock represents the position of various, important astronomical elements such as the sun and moon and is a work of art. It is also the oldest functioning clock of its kind in the world!
3. Stroll across the Charles Bridge
This walk is one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences of visiting Prague. Completed in 1390, striking statues of Catholic saints were added in the 17th century. The Charles Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in Prague. If you want photos of the bridge without the crowds, be sure to visit for sunrise first thing in the morning.
4. Visit Municipal House
Located on Náměstí Republiky next to the Powder Gate in the center of Prague, the Municipal House was the location of the Czechoslovak declaration of independence. It was built in art noveau style in the early 20th century and stands on what was the site of the Royal Court of Bohemia. The Municipal House also houses Smetana Hall, a celebrated concert and ballroom venue, the American Bar, recognised as the second oldest bar in Europe and the traditional Czech Plzenska restaurant and beer hall, where we will celebrate everything Test Lab at the 2019 Test Lab Party!
5. Admire the Lennon Wall
Just a 5-minute walk south from the Charles Bridge is the Velkopřevorské náměstí, is a wall covered in John Lennon and The Beatles graffiti including lyrics and quotations since the 1980s. IT is a living art gallery that frequently changes with the addition of new murals and graffiti. Very popular with tourists and Beatles fans wishing to pay homage!
6. Take in all things Kafka
Franz Kafka was one of the most important writers of the 20th century, and much to the pride of the people of Bohemia he was born in Prague. When you are at Prague Castle check out Golden Lane where Kafka once had a house or visit the Quadrio shopping centre and take in the 11 metres tall sculpture of Kafka’s head which was created by David Cerny. There is also a museum with first edition Kafka books as well as displays original letters, diaries and drawings created by Kafka.
7. Take a Cruise on the Vltava
Seeing Prague from the river Vltava is a unique experience and offers a way to see the many historical buildings and monuments from a different perspective. Book a EuroSTAR Conference ticket with networking events and choose the Community Dinner which this year will be a cruise on the Vltava – we are looking forward to it already!
8. Explore the Spires
If you like to visit churches, there are so many to choose from in Prague that you won’t get to see them all during the conference but we recommend the Church of Our Lady before Týn in the Old Town Square, St Vitus Cathedral and St George’s Basilica, both at the castle, and the neo-Gothic style Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. There are also five synagogues in Prague which are what remains of the once-thriving Jewish neighbourhood. Definitely worth a visit!
9. Catch a Prague Sunset from Petrin Gardens
The greenest part of Prague, Petrin gardens are on the left of the river and offers gorgeous views of the city. Weather dependent, it is a pleasant 30min walk to the top of the hill or you can take the funicular railway from the lesser quarter all the way to the top. At the summit, you will find the Petrin Lookout Tower with 299 steps or if you prefer there is also a monastery nearby which is famous for the blueberry beer!
10. Find The Dancing House
Also called Fred and Ginger, the Dancing House is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden Building in Prague. Standing right next to the Vltava River on Rašínovo nábřeží, this curious office building was designed by the Czech architect Vlado Milunić with help from Frank Gehry from Canada.
The EuroSTAR Conference will take place in the Prague Congress Centre, adjacent to the Vyšehrad station on Line C of the Prague underground railway network and just 5 minutes from the city centre by Metro.