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Prague, the capital of Czech Republic and well known as City of Hundred Spires, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This city is an absolute visual delight with its unique medival architecture, expansive bridges, cobbled streets, and red-roofed buildings. Its rich history can be explored by touring museums, visiting art galleries and strolling through the downright dazzling neighborhoods. We have brought you a list of Prague’s top attractions to help you add them to your bucket list.
The best way to see Prague is by walking, as it allows you to soak in the architecture and colour of the city. You can also take guided tours. There are many companies offering free (or rather pay-what-you-want) guided tours of the city. This can be perfect for people with time constraints as the tour will cover most of the major attractions in about three hours. The guided tours are also an excellent way to learn about Prague’s history and culture as the guides are very informative. All the tour companies meet near the astronomical clock in the Old Town Square at 10 a.m. Tourists can approach them to enquire about the tours on the spot.
Prague claims to have one of the best transport systems in Europe consisting of trams, buses and metro/subway. If not walking, taking the public transport is recommended over taking taxis or drIving. For travelers staying for a few days, tourist passes are also available that allows unlimited rides within the valid period. Here’s a good resource you can refer.
A stroll across the Charles Bridge will give you a feel of the medieval Prague. This bridge was completed in 1402 and was a major commercial link between eastern and western Europe. It rests on 16 arches and features an alley of 30 statues depicting saints of the 18th century.
Climb the towers on both sides of the bridge for breathtaking views of the city. Also, if you are staying in Prague for a few days, consider visiting Charles Bridge at different times of the day, especially at dawn and at night to beat the crowds and enjoy unique views of the place.
Prague Castle has the status of the largest castle complex in the world and looms above the left bank of the Vltava River. The castle is so vast that it includes four churches, four palaces, and five gardens. Once the home to kings and Holy Roman Emperors, Prague castle now serves as the official residence of the prime minister of the country. Its rich history and architectural styles earned it a spot on the World heritage list.
No tickets are required to visit the castle grounds, gardens and much of the cathedral. However, 3 different ticketing options are available to visit individual buildings and areas. Check the official page for admission tickets for more information. Tickets are valid for 2 days – the day of the purchase and the following day – so you can plan to visit the castle twice during your stay in Prague. It is recommended to allocate at least 2-3 hours to properly see the Prague Castle. An audio tour will take even longer than that.
St. Vitus Cathedral
Within the castle complex is the St. Vitus Cathedral. The cathedral is a beautiful specimen of Gothic architecture, and having being built for over 500 years, it has a unique mixture of architectural styles – including Neo-Gothic, 14th-century Gothic, and Baroque and Renaissance influences.
While visiting St. Vitus Cathedral, do not forget to visit its masterpiece – the St. Wenceslas Chapel. Housing the relics of St. Wenceslas, this chapel is a treat to the eye, with paintings depicting the Passion of Jesus and the life of St. Wenceslas decorating the walls and a Gothic statue of the saint above the altar.
You can also head over to the south lookout tower and climb to the top to enjoy a very rewarding view of Prague. However, the 300 steps staircase may be daunting to all but the more physically fit individuals.
Old Town Square
The old town square is one of the most beautiful in Europe and definitely one of the most visited places in Prague. The square is sometimes referred to as a gallery of architectures because of its eclectic mix of architectures styles including Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. The square features the Old Town Hall, the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn, the Baroque Church of St. Nicolas and the Astronomical clock. In the middle of the square, there is the famous Jan Hus monument, depicting the famous Czech religious reformer who was burned at the stake as a heretic for his ideas.
Prague Astronomical Clock
Next hotspot of Prague is the Prague Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square where tourists come to synchronize their watches with the world’s oldest functioning astronomical clock. Climb the Gothic tower of the building to see the inner structure of the famous clock which is considered a technical breakthrough. Also, time your visit in order to watch the spectacular hourly show of clock’s decorative figures.
The Strahov monastery is one of the oldest Premonstratensian monasteries in the world and one of the underrated attractions in Prague. It offers one of the best views of Prague as it is perched above the city. Inside, there are beautiful halls, art galleries and the most popular attraction – the monastic library.