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Places to Visit in Prague | Czech Republic

In this article, I will share with you all the must-see places in Prague. I will also share with you some amazing experiences you can't miss out on.

Let's dive into the best places to visit in Prague!

  1. Prague Castle

  2. Charles Bridge

  3. Prague Old Town

  4. Astronomical Clock

  5. Wenceslas Square

  6. Lesser Town

  7. Vyšehrad Fortress

  8. Petřín Hill and the Lookout Tower

  9. Dancing House

  10. Pilsner Beer Tasting

  11. River Cruise via Vltava River

Prague Castle 

Prague Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the Vltava River, is the largest ancient castle complex in the world. It spans over 70,000 square meters and dates back to the 9th century. It has been the seat of Czech kings, emperors, and presidents for over a millennium, making it a symbol of the country's political and cultural history.

The crown jewel of Prague Castle is the St. Vitus Cathedral. It features stunning stained glass windows and an observation tower offering panoramic views of Prague. Another important part of the castle territory is the Golden Lane. A quaint, narrow street lined with colorful houses. Formerly home to castle guards and goldsmiths, now houses historical exhibits and souvenir shops. And of course, the Castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Another important part of the castle territory is the Powder Tower. A Gothic tower dating back to the 11th century that was originally used for storing gunpowder. Now you can climb to the top for to enjoy amazing views of Prague's Old Town.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is one of Prague’s most iconic landmarks, which crosses the Vltava River and connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town. Lined with 30 baroque statues, the bridge is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

According to legend, construction began on Charles Bridge at a precise moment determined by astrologers to ensure its longevity.

Prague Old Town 

Like any other European capital, Prague also features a wonderful old town where get lost back in time.

Prague's Old Town dates back to the 9th century, growing into a significant medieval marketplace. Here you will see a blend of Gothic, Baroque, and Romanesque architecture, reflecting its long and varied history. These days, the old town is full of cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops. During the festive season in winter, Prague Old Town also offers an amazing Christmas Market!

Consider a guided walking tour to uncover hidden gems and learn about the rich history of the area.

In the old town, you will also find the Astronomical Clock.

Astronomical Clock

Located in the Old Town Hall, it is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still operating. The clock was first installed in 1410 and underwent significant enhancements in 1490. The clock reflects the medieval understanding of the universe, blending astronomical knowledge with mythological and religious symbolism.

It shows the position of the sun and moon in the sky, showing astronomical details such as the phases of the moon and the sun's journey through the zodiac. It also displays the day of the year, along with the names of the saints associated with each day.

A must-see is the hourly show with the procession of the Twelve Apostles. It occurs between 9 AM and 11 PM. At the top of each hour, two small doors above the clock’s main dial open, and figures of the Twelve Apostles move across the openings in a sequence. Each Apostle makes a brief appearance, holding symbolic items such as a cross or a book.

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square, located in the New Town of Prague, is a bustling commercial and cultural hub. Approximately 750 meters long and 60 meters wide, it is more of a boulevard than a traditional square. Transformed over the centuries from a medieval market to a vibrant modern square, reflecting Prague’s economic and social changes.

In this square, you will find the National Museum, St. Wenceslas Statue, numerous shops, restaurants, and bars.

Definitely check the schedule for any public events or cultural activities happening there during your visit. It will be a great way how to immerse yourself into the local life!

Lesser Town

Lesser Town is one of Prague's most picturesque and historic districts filled with cobbled streets, baroque buildings, and charming gardens.

Some of the main attractions in this area are the St. Nicholas Church which is considered one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Europe, Lesser Town Square, Wallenstein Palace with its Gardens, and Church of Our Lady Victorious, home to the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague.

It even has its own little island - Kampa Island!

This area is perfect for sampling local dishes, with numerous restaurants offering traditional cuisine.

Best Viewpoints in Prague

Fort Vyšehrad

For stunning panoramic views of the city, you have to visit Fort Vyšehrad!

Petřín Hill and the Lookout Tower

This place not only offers an amazing lookout tower but also a large park with gardens, a miniature Eiffel Tower, and the Strahov Monastery.

Dancing House

The Dancing House, also known as "Fred and Ginger," is a modern architectural landmark designed in 1996. It stands out with its unique, deconstructivist design amidst the city's traditional Baroque, Gothic, and Art Nouveau buildings. The building’s design resembles a pair of dancers, with the "Ginger" side featuring flowing, curved lines and the "Fred" side composed of a rigid, vertical structure, symbolizing movement and stability.

The best part is the rooftop terrace and restaurant. It offers fine dining with a 360-degree view of Prague.

Pilsner Urquell Experience & Beer Tasting

Talking about experiences, if you are a beer lover, a Pilsner Beer Tasting will be a perfect choice for you. Located on Wenceslas Square, this engaging exhibition tells the story of the world's first golden beer. Discover the brewing process with interactive audio guides and impressive video displays, revealing the secrets of Pilsner Urquell, which has influenced 70% of all beers worldwide. During the tour, enjoy your first beer in the charming 1842 bar and learn how to toast in Czech. The experience continues with a beer-tasting session, where you can sample the unique flavors of Pilsner Urquell.

River Cruise via Vltava River

Experience the charm of Prague from a new perspective with a cruise along the Vltava River. Sail beneath the iconic Charles Bridge and enjoy breathtaking views of the historical city center and the majestic Prague Castle. Depending on the weather, you can choose between comfortable indoor seating or enjoying the fresh air and scenic beauty from the outdoor deck.

If you are planning to visit and do most of the above in Prague, I recommend you get the Prague Pass which will allow you to save some money during your trip! Included with your pass is also the Prague Hop-on-hop-off bus, which helps you save time by quickly transporting you around the city.


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