There are some places in the world that let you down when you actually visit them. And then, there are others that totally live up to their hype. Prague, also known as the “City of a Thousand Spires”, is one of those fairytale cities that are steeped in history and culture and natural beauty. It oozes romance in every corner of every cobblestone street you walk. Read about the most wonderful places in Prague.
Absolutely Must-See Places In Prague
It has been really hard to choose just some of this majestic city’s sights, but we have come up with the ones you should make it your business to see asap. Here they are.
The Prague Castle
Arguably the most popular among Prague sights is the Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad), which once housed Bohemia’s king. Today, it’s the official residence of the Czech Republic’s President. The Castle, the largest ancient one in the world, was originally built as a walled fortress around 970 AD but has undergone serious changes due to invasions, fires, and wars through the years. As a result, today the castle is an exhibition of the most important architectural styles of the past millennium.
When you are there, make sure you also spend some time in the Royal Garden, which is a beautiful sight in its own right. Make sure you leave ample time for your visit to the Castle and the surrounding area because there are so many interesting buildings around and things to see and do that time will fly by before you know it. Luckily, you won’t go starving as there are plenty of cafes and restaurants in the area.
This impressive 15th century bridge, which connects the ‘Lesser Town’ with the Old Town, is ideal for a romantic walk, as it is adorned with 30 statues (among them that of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and that of John of Nepomuk, the country’s most revered saint) and lined with atmospheric lanterns all the way. Be camera ready as the Charles Bridge offers some spectacular views over the River Vltava, and the structure’s Gothic gates are also of great architectural beauty, one of the prettiest places in Prague.
The Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
Located in the historic center of Prague, the Old Town, one of the biggest city spaces in Europe, is where visitors get the chance to see some of the most popular sights in Prague, from the Tyn Church (a beautiful 15th century building) to the Old Town Hall – home to the splendid early 15th-century Astronomical Clock, and a place from which to marvel at the city’s view.
The Clock turns into quite a spectacle every hour, as the wooden doors at its top open and figures of the 12 Apostles appear and parade across the clock’s face. If you walk up the stairs to the top of the Town Hall, the panoramic views of the city will definitely reward your effort.
The National Theatre
For art lovers, the National Theatre is a real must-see. Just a 10-minute walk from the Old Town Square and on the banks of the River Vltava, this is one of the most stunning neo-Renaissance buildings. Dating from 1868-83, the National Theatre is easy to spot on a sunny day, as its golden roof gleams as the sun rays touch it.
It isn’t just the breathtaking outside that makes this such an important landmark, though. The Czech people regard their National Theatre as a very significant part of their history, as it was built to symbolize the Czech National Revival and aims to promote the country’s language and dramatic arts.
Another interesting fact about this building is that it was engulfed in flames just days before it was officially set to open (on the 12th August 1891), but within just 6 weeks the Czechs managed to raise enough money to rebuild it. It eventually opened in 1883 and has ever since housed a varied repertoire of opera, ballet, and Czech drama.
The Hilltop Fortress: Vyšehrad
Last on our list of places to visit in Prague is the Vyšehrad fortress. High above the Vltava River, this beautiful fortress will make you feel like you are the protagonist of a fairy tale, with its unique beauty and magnificent scenery. Dating as far back as the 10th Century, the Fortress has been the subject of myths and legends. Today, it lends itself for beautiful, romantic strolls and picnics, and it offers visitors an amazing view of the city.
This is just a taste of the absolutely wonderful places in Prague. There are plenty more to discover, depending also on a person’s preferences and tastes. One thing is for sure: Prague is a city that commands attention and one that deserves a place on everyone’s bucket list.
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