Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s nicknamed “The Golden City” or “The City of Hundreds Spires” because of its many cathedrals with their pointy spires. Take a stroll through the Old Part and let its history take you back in time. The city has become more and more popular, so many tourists come and go every year to enjoy the romantic atmosphere of Prague.
And once won’t be enough, you’ll want to come back to this unique part of Europe. Are you soon heading to Prague or is the city on your wish list? Make sure to not miss the following sights – though most of them literally can’t be missed.
Old Town is the most famous district of Prague and it’s the place where the most popular sights can be found. At first the medieval settlement was closed off from the rest of the city. But it started to develop as the center of Prague. On the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) you’ll find the Astronomical Clock (Staromestska Radnice) which is adherent to the Old Town Hall. The clock is known for the Apostles that show up through the two little doors that open every hour. There are also some great galleries here.
The Charles Bridge – by natives called the Karlův most, is a bridge that crosses the Vltava river. It connects the Old Town with Malá Strana – the oldest district of Prague. During the day you’ll find many artists and street sellers on the bridge. But I recommend you come back at night for a magnificent view. I promise you won’t regret it.
Cross the bridge and follow the Malá Strana. You can take public transportation or walk about twenty minutes to the Prague Castle. Prague Castle is situated on a hill, known as Castle Hill. While walking through the castle complex , you’ll come across other churches, gardens, residences and more. Lobkowicz Palace can also be found behind these walls. Lobkowicz is the only privately owned building. Almost on the top, you’ll find the greatest and most important church of the city: Saint Vitus Cathedral.
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus stands at the top of the Hradcany – the Castle District surrounding the Prague Castle – and consists of different parts. It dates back to the beginning of the 9th century when construction started. It took over 600 years to finish, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Buy a ticket to enter the cathedral and see for yourself.
Fun fact: this Roman Catholic cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague.
If you are wondering what to do in your spare time, how about spending the day in the zoo? I know what you are thinking “I’m in Prague, why would I go to the Zoo?”. Simple, its one of the best zoos in the world. Zoo Praha is known for saving the Przewalski horse that was endangered and it has almost 5,000 animals, many of which are considered close to extinction. A visit is especially fun when you’re traveling with kids.
The Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
Josefov is located between Old Town and the river. This was Prague’s Jewish Quarter in the 13th century. All Jewish people were forced to live in this little district – at one point more than 18.000 inhabitants. Most of the buildings were destroyed in the 19th century but some of the synagogues are still in perfect state. Visit the synagogues, Town Hall and Ceremonial Hall to learn more about that time.
Other tips for your trip to Prague:
- Go and see the Dancing House
The house is constructed in such a way that is seems like the building is dancing.
- Visit the Hemingway Bar
The bar is inspired by the famous author and specialized in cocktails.
- Dine at the Hard Rock Cafe
In the Old Town you’ll find a Hard Rock Cafe where you can enjoy the best burgers.
- Go to the State Opera
The State Opera is located near the station. Not sure how to spend your evening? Last minute tickets for opera or ballet are quite affordable.
- Purchase a Prague Card
Visit attractions (including Prague Castle) and get unlimited access to the City Public Transport.
- Take a prepaid phone with you
When you are traveling a lot, it could be wise to take a (cheap) prepaid phone with you. You can easily top up your prepaid credit online at Recharge.com.
Jessie is an enthusiastic copywriter and travel enthusiast. Currently living in the Netherlands, she uses her spare time planning her next adventure.