This is in regard to our recent visit to Prague.With its castle, the bridges along the Vltava river and the romantic streets in the Old Town, Prague had always been an attractive destination for travelers. But after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 it became one of the most visited and talked about cities in Europe. Partly because it was cheaper than traditional, overrated destinations, but mostly because of its special charm from past centuries.
This charm didn't get lost during World War II and the following communist period and it had been exposed to the modernization of the 1950s and 1960s less than in many other European cities. Many buildings, though, were in bad shape. In 1992, the UNESCO included the historic center of Prague in its list of World Heritage Sites, which is now almost perfectly restored.
Nevertheless, as amazing, unique and fairytale-like Prague might be, hopefully the city will not rely exclusively on its old charm in the future. It has already made tremendeous progress since our last visit a few years ago. The Vinohrdy district seems to become the stylish quarter of Prague. Also, if you are tired of the uninspired and heavy Czech cuisine and the gastronomical tourist's traps in the Old Town, this is the district to go for dining out.