If you are planning to visit Prague, bear in mind that one day is not enough! Prague – considered the “City of a Hundred Spires” attracts thousands of tourists and becomes along the way a top destination. The capital city of the Czech Republic embodies a big variety of styles and this way creates a refined atmosphere with a unique charm. Let’s get to know more about this fabulous destination!
Prague has a very rich history, resulting in an abundance of monuments, buildings, museums, bridges, towers, and squares that embellish the place. The local landmarks of Prague are calling visitors to discover the history of this place. No wonder that it has been included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1992! Prague represents a very dynamic destination. It continuously changes and opens more and more attractions for tourists from all around the world.
For an unforgettable weekend in Prague, we suggest you visit:
Prague Castle & Saint Vitus Cathedral (TIP! Visit it at a fixed hour)
Prague Castle represents an ancient symbol of the Czech Republic and one of the most significant cultural institutions. It was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world. The castle was initially the official residence of the kings of Bohemia. Nowadays, it is the office of the Czech Republic’s President. We recommend visiting this complex at a fixed hour to catch the well-known ritual of changing of the guard representing another specific which attracts the tourists.
Located within Prague Castle, the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Vitus is the largest and the most important church from the entire country. It represents an example of Gothic style architecture. The cathedral contains the tombs of many Bohemian Kings and Roman Emperors. The building is under the ownership of the Czech government but is daily open to the public.
Charles Bridge with a length of 516 meters represents a direct connection between the Prague Castle and Old Town of Prague. The Old Town Bridge Tower is one of the most impressive Gothic structures. It was conceived as a symbolic triumphal arch through which Bohemian kings marched on their coronation process to St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. The entire bridge is decorated with 30 sculptures illustrating different Saints and you will usually meet a lot of tourists strolling across it.
TIP! For a good picture, we recommend visiting Charles Bridge very early in the morning or late at night!
The Old Town Square. The Astronomical Clock & Týn Church
Five minutes walking distance from Klementinum is located in the Old Town Square. Here, you can find the majestic 15th-century Astronomical Clock and the Tyn Church.
The Astronomical Clock has been considered a city treasure for longer than 600 years. Nowadays, hundreds of tourists are gathering to capture the spectacular moment when the apostles’ statues rotate at each fixed hour.
The Church of Our Lady before Týn represents an unmistakable piece of art with its 80-meters-tall twin spires. The Church was built in the 14th century in a Gothic style. Situated in the Old Town Square, many tourists observed that the towers are not symmetrical. One, Adam, is larger than the other, Eve. This representation of the masculine and feminine sides of the world is characteristic of the Gothic architecture of the period. The legend says the Týn Church towers inspired Walt Disney to create their logo.
The Klementinum Library
Klementinum is one of the largest building complexes in Europe. The most attractive parts for the tourists are the Astronomical Tower, the Mirror Chapel, and the Baroque Library Hall.
The Baroque Library Hall comprises a set of foreign-language theological literature that has been deposited in the Klementinum since the 1600s. Also here, there are many geographical and astronomical globes dating those times.
Until the early 1930s, the 68-meter-tall Astronomical Tower was used for astronomical observations. Nowadays, not long ago the tower interior was thoroughly renovated and opened to the public, together with the Baroque Library Hall which is on the same sight-seeing tour. The balcony of the Tower provides an astonishing view of the cities’ multitude of spires and the brownish rooftops of Prague.
TIP! The tours are organized each hour from 10 AM and allow the entrance of groups of a maximum of 25 people. The entry tickets can be bought online on the Klementinum official site or directly at the entrance.
The Lennon’s Wall is a unique piece of street art embodying the lyrics and wall paintings inspired by the Beatles. Despite being repainted multiple times, the wall is always full of designs relating to local and global causes. It all began in 1980 as a symbol of John Lennon’s assassination and it became a place for fans to demonstrate their grief attributed to the star. This liberalization movement, started by students, is known as “Lennonism”.
Saint Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church is considered one of Prague‘s newest churches. It was built in the 18th century as an example of a fine Baroque style. The 75-meter high dome makes the church one of the most striking buildings in the district.
The church is considered one of the most interesting Baroque monuments in Europe. The interior has statues and decorations in marble and gold and frescoes and is daily open to the public.
Franz Kafka’s Head
A rotating 42-layer sculpture of Franz Kafka’s head brilliantly represents the artists’ personality and unrelenting self-doubt that haunted him his entire life. The 11-meters-tall construction was placed in the Quadrio shopping center courtyard in 2014. This and many other representative sculptures located around Prague were created by the famous sculptor David Černý.
Beside all these tourist attractions, there are many other places we recommend to visit during your trip to Prague:
- Petrin Tower (TIP! If you get a daily public transport ticket you can use the funicular which brings you up to the tower);
- The Dancing House;
- The Municipality House;
- The National Museum;
- The National Theatre;
- The Jewish Quarter;
- Wenceslas Square;
Prague represents one of the top tourist destinations which attracts each and every one with its elegant style and refined architecture. If you decide to relocate to the Czech Republic, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We have an office in Prague!
Photo credit: Jakob Bartošík