Have you booked your tickets to Prague? Well, congratulations! I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun in this beautiful city teeming with art and culture.
We do hope you have at least 3 days for Prague. If you come for 4 days, you might get a full impression of what Prague is like. Give it a full week and you’ll be able to slow down and blend in (almost) like a local!
Prague offers a great look into history and it’s easy to be captured by it even for history buffs like myself. Just come to marvel at the architecture and all that’s been left here from previous generations (and preserved in spite of the wars).
Naturally, you’ll want to see the main sightseeing points. You definitely shouldn’t leave out these ten:
The Prague Castle is a must. You haven’t seen Prague if you haven’t caught a glimpse of the Castle. Towering above the city like a majestic symbol, it’s an easy walk from the city centre. You’ll find yourself on the compounds, where you shouldn’t leave out the St. Vitus Cathedral – it’s a breathtaking cathedral that challenges the likes of Notre Dame. Just look up at the elaborate architectural details (gargoyles and more) and you’ll feel a chill going down your spine. Stop by the Golden Lane and have a look at how people used to live here in the past (yes, they must have been much shorter than today’s humans!)
If you’re an early bird, take advantage and go check out the deserted Charles Bridge. Believe me, it’s far from empty for most of the day. Crowded with tourists and occasional street portrait artists and vendors of just about anything, you can experience its mysterious beauty much better when you don’t have other tourists breathing down your neck to touch St. John of Nepomuk’s statue for luck.
Come here for a full hour so that you can experience the astronomical clock in action! Other than that, beautiful houses, pricy restaurants, and exceptional churches and towers surround the square itself. You can even climb up to the astronomical clock tower and see the square from a birds’ eye view. There was history made at this Square – try to find out why there are the 27 crosses on the side of the tower.
St. Wenceslas on a horse oversees this long boulevard that’s the centre of most Prague events. Also this square has been very important from a historical point of view. Most demonstrations throughout history were held right there. You’ll notice a building on the top of the square that stands out – that is the National Museum. It’s currently being reconstructed, but fortunately its expositions can be found in other buildings that belong to the National Museum.
Petřín hill is a great lookout point, especially if you climb up to the very top of the Observation Tower. It looks like a small sister of the Eiffel Tower. Consider also visiting the mirror maze, it’s a great fun!
Strolling on Kampa Island will satisfy all art aficionados. There are several statues by Czech world-famous artist Černý and there’s an exceptional modern art gallery on Kampa. Check out the Lennon Wall too!
National Theatre’s golden roof will catch your eye from any high observation point in the city. Even without going to see a performance in the theatre, you can just marvel at the beautiful architecture. Have a peek at the piazza that’s right behind – there are often free exhibitions in that space. The New Scene of the National Theatre, located in the ice cube-like building, houses a nice café, preserved from the Communist times but renovated nicely.
In this former Jewish quarter, you can find one of the oldest synagogues in Europe – the Old New Synagogue. The Spanish Synagogue, on the other hand, is the newest one in Prague’s Old Town. There are several legends connected to the area, including one with Golem, a moving statue made of clay.
Powder Tower & Municipal House
Named for the gunpowder that was stored there, this Tower dates from the 11th century. The Obecní Dům (=Municipal House) is now where several concerts take place and it houses a restaurant on the ground floor. At least peek into the interior – it’s amazing!
If you’re after some modern design, you should go check out this building that really looks as if it was dancing. Go see for yourself!
Prague indeed is a place where you won’t believe your eyes. The architecture is stunning and you’ll have enough to see and do for several days. Stay tuned for another blog post on the experiences you can have in Prague.
Have you been to Prague yet? What did you like the most about the city? Do you plan to visit it in the future?
You can plan the whole trip yourself, or just let us take care of it. We’ll have you choose the best experiences and based on your selection, you’ll get a little custom made guidebook – serving both as a source of information and subsequently as a reminder of the great times you’ve had.
Have a look at what we think you’d enjoy doing in Prague.