Tastes to be Shared

When asked which city would offer the greatest architecture fix, if one only had 48 hours to spare, Anya and Macio both offered equally intriguing, wonderfully contrasting answers.

ANYA – PRAGUE
Visit the Old Town

You have to visit the Old Town, specifically the square. This unmissable attraction is home to an astronomical clock, striking on the hour from 8am – 8pm.

Stop at This Local Watering Hole

U Fleků Brewery and Restaurant is the only brewery in Central Europe that has been brewing for over 500 years. If you have time, visit the museum as well.

Baroque Bridge

The gothic-style Charles Bridge must be one of Europe’s most recognisable bridges lined with Baroque statues. Go for a night stroll to enjoy the city lights dancing on the water.

Pause at the Castle

It is the largest coherent castle complex of the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. The highlight: The Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert – a Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral and home of the tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors.

Top of the Tower

Petrin Hill’s replica Eiffel Tower offers amazing views. Climb the 299 steps to the top for an unforgettable vista.

Classical Architecture

If you only visit one church, choose the Church of Saint Nicholas (Kostel svatého Mikuláše), an excellent example of Baroque ecclesiastical architecture.

Secret Art

Seek an interesting modern masterpiece in striated concrete: the world’s only Cubist Lamp Post, designed by local architect Emil Králíček, tucked away in the corner off Wenceslas Square.

MACIO – LAS VEGAS
Crystals at CityCenter

A number of high-profile architects collaborated on building this half a million square feet of luxury retail space that doesn’t have a single right angle under its jagged roofline. Designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind; interior architecture by Rockwell Group.

Lour Ruvo Center for Brain Health

This centre, designed by architect Frank Gehry, specialises in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions. Gehry shaped his 65 000 square feet of steel and glass to give a visual voice to its purpose.

Veer Towers, CityCenter

Helmut Jahn’s provocative Veer Towers is the geographical centrepiece of the CityCenter development. Despite identical floor plans, each tower tilts at a five degree angle away from the other to form a full inhabitable V. A structure you just can’t quite get your head around.

Hoover Dam

A National Historic Landmark considered one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, built ahead of schedule (in 1930), under budget, in less than five years. It’s also the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere.

El Cortez

El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas (once owned by Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel) opened in 1941, underwent renovations and expanded across the street in 2009 (adding the Miami-retro-style Cabana Suites), and received its first repainting in 30 years in 2011. Surprisingly the building’s Spanish style can still be seen today and it has been named to the National Register of Historical Places.