July 02, 2019 3 min read
The “City of a Thousand Spires” is one of the architectural gems of this earth. Prague offers phenomenal examples of Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance and Art Nouveau styles across the city. Discover some of the best places to visit in the enchanting city of Prague.
Found in the Hradčany neighborhood, Prague Castle was once home to Bohemia’s kings. Today it is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic and is also one of the most visited tourist attractions in the city. It was originally built as a walled fortress, but has transformed over the years and now contains many examples of leading architectural styles that have spanned across the last millennium. You can see St. George’s Basilica, the Old Royal Palace, the Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Powder Tower within the walls of the castle.
It takes a while to tour this castle complex, being the largest in the world. Sneak some fantastic shots over the Vltava River with its gorgeous spires in the background of the old town. Be sure to see the Old Royal Palace’s main hall, the Vladislav Hall, which has massive staircases and is so huge it could be used for jousting tournaments! Also see the Royal Garden, which dates back to 1534 and houses many gorgeous old buildings, including the Royal Summer House and its Singing Fountain.
Wenceslas Square is home to the National Museum and other architectural gems. Named after Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia (who you can see a statue of in the area), this square was created in the 14th century during Charles IV’s reign. It was originally a horse market but is now one of the most important public spaces in the city. This is a fun place to visit and as an added bonus, it is free to get in. You can enjoy some of the best dining and shopping here and is home to the city’s largest Christmas market in December!
Charles Bridge is one of the most recognizable ancient bridges in Europe. It features 32 unique points of interest across its span of 2,037 feet. It has been the subject of much superstition, including the idea that builders who laid the initial bridge stone on the 9th of July at 5:31 am (a specific set of numbers – 135797531) gave the structure added strength. It is famous for many fine old statues, including those of John of Nepomuk, the country’s most revered saint, and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Here you can experience breathtaking views over the River Vltava – which is especially recommended after sunset.
Old Town, which is the historic center of Prague, is the place to find the famous Old Town Square. This is one of the best places to start exploring the city. You can find the Clementinum and Tyn Church as well as many other fine old churches. The Jewish Quarter, Josefov, is only a short distance north.
One highlight of the Old Town Hall is the gorgeous 15th century Astronomical Clock (orloj). It springs to life each hour as the 12 Apostles and other figures move in procession across the face of the clock. Experience other Old Town Hall highlights, including the Gothic doorway that leads to its art exhibits and displays on the other side as well as an old prison. Head up to the top of Old Town Hall Tower for a wonderful view over the city.
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