Prague City Guide

Prague City Guide

What to​ do and see in​ and around Prague

Prague Castle
Former residence of​ the Princes and Kings of​ Bohemia and now the seat of​ the President, Prague Castle is​ an​ intrinsic part of​ Prague and a​ wonderful place to​ explore, with its Crown Jewels, St. Vitus Cathedral and changing of​ the guards at​ the Castle gates. Any literary fans will also be interested to​ visit Golden Lane in​ the castle grounds where Franz Kafka once lived.

Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is​ a​ hive of​ activity day and night and is​ an​ important part of​ this vibrant city, not least because it​ is​ the main thoroughfare linking the Old Town with Mala Strana on the opposite side of​ the river. Lined with souvenir stands and talented artists and musicians this 13th century bridge always makes for an​ entertaining stroll.

Astronomical Clock
Prague’s Astronomical Clock can be found on the side of​ the Old Town Hall. Dating back to​ the 15th century this magnificent time piece is​ easy to​ spot as​ typically a​ crowd gathers in​ front of​ it​ every hour on the hour in​ time for the procession of​ the Twelve Apostles, during which a​ small trap door opens and Christ leads the way ahead of​ his disciples.

Josefov – Prague Ghetto
Prague’s Jewish quarter is​ home to​ some of​ the cities most colourful and wonderful buildings such as​ the bright Jubilee Synagogue and the gothic style Old-New Synagogue dating back to​ the 13th century. it​ is​ also home to​ the New Jewish cemetery where Franz Kafka was buried.

Powder Tower
Dating back to​ 1475 Powder Tower is​ the gothic entrance to​ the Old Town. Once a​ gunpowder depot (hence the name), the Tower currently serves as​ a​ museum with displays on life in​ medieval Prague, the history of​ the city and the history of​ the tower itself.

St Nicholas Church
This baroque church dates back to​ 1735 and stands on the site of​ an​ earlier church. With its pure white frontage this beautiful building is​ an​ admirable asset to​ the Old Town Square and has an​ equally breathtaking interior with stunning frescos. it​ is​ no wonder that classical concerts are held in​ this majestic setting throughout the year.

Estates Theatre
Officially opened in​ 1783, this wonderful theatre exudes elegance and beauty inside and out and is​ famed as​ the setting for the premier of​ Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Previously privately owned the theatre was brought by the Czech Estates in​ 1798, hence the name.

Wenceslas Square
Formerly the main Prague horse market, Wenceslas Square now serves as​ the main shopping street with the unofficial title of​ Prague’s parade ground for times of​ national celebration or​ demonstration (as in​ the time of​ anti-communist uprisings). The square is​ presided over by a​ statue of​ St. Wenceslas astride his horse, Prague’s national hero and the Good King Wenceslas of​ Christmas carol fame.

Museum Kampa
Prague’s Museum Kampa houses the art collection of​ collectors Meda and Jan Mládek. The museum, a​ mill in​ the heart of​ the city, showcases Central European Modern Art including sculptures by Otto Gutfreund and paintings by František Kupka.

Petrin View Tower
Built in​ 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition, the Petrin View Tower is​ a​ smaller version of​ the Eiffel Tower and stands at​ a​ height of​ 60m with 299 steps leading up to​ the top platform. The Tower was reopened in​ 2018 after a​ period of​ reconstruction, head to​ the top of​ Petrin View Tower for stunning views over Prague.

Old Town Square
This historic square is​ a​ popular tourist destination with sights such as​ the Astronomical clock and also serves as​ a​ popular meeting place. it​ is​ also the site of​ Prague’s annual Christmas Market. in​ the centre of​ the square stands the Jan Hus Memorial erected in​ 1915 to​ mark 500 years since his death by burning due to​ his religious beliefs.

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