#1 Old Town Square
The square is the heartbeat and meeting spot for both Czechs and visitors from abroad, with plenty of restaurants, pubs, shops, entertainment, galleries and museums. Its long history goes back to the 11th century when the square formed the crossroads of several long-distance trade routes and served as a marketplace. Today the square holds large Christmas and Easter markets. In 2016, CNN ranked Prague’s Christmas Markets among the 10 best ones worldwide. Check out the live stream of the square, click here
Notable sights around the square are the Church of our Lady at Týn and the Astronomical Clock Tower. The tower was founded in 1338 while the Astronomical Clock dates from 1410. The clock is a very entertaining tourist attraction – watch twelve apostles appear every hour from 9am to 9pm in its upper section. The Jan Hus statue is the centrepiece of the square. The statue was erected on 6 July 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s death.
#2 Prague Castle
The bridge was named after Emperor Charles IV, designed by Petr Parler and completed in the year 1400. Connecting the Old town with Lesser Town, this popular pedestrian bridge is filled with musicians, painters, vendors and tourists during the summertime. Charles Bridge is best enjoyed early in the morning when tourist crowds are still sleeping, or by lamplight after they have returned to their hotels for dinner. It is worth climbing Old Town Bridge Tower for a splendid view of Prague’s domes and spires and the wayward line of Charles Bridge. The tower is just beside Charles Bridge.
There are 30 statues on the bridge – many of them have been replaced with copies. Perhaps the most excellent statue is by Matthias Braun which shows St. Luitgard kissing Christ’s wounds in a vision. The originals are kept in the National Museum.
#4 Katedrala Svateho Vita (St. Vitus Cathedral)
St. Vitus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral in Prague, the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Until 1997, the cathedral was dedicated only to Saint Vitus, and is still commonly named only as St. Vitus Cathedral.
This cathedral is a prominent example of Gothic architecture and is the largest and most important church in the country. Located within Prague Castle and containing the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors and is the home of the Czech Crown Jewels. The cathedral is under the ownership of the Czech government as part of the Prague Castle complex.
#5 Prague Zoo
Prague Zoo opened in 1931, the zoo occupies 58 hectares (140 acres) with 45 hectares (110 acres) in use for exhibits, and houses around 4,200 animals from just under 650 species, including 132 species listed as threatened. The zoo is rated as the seventh best zoo in the world by Forbes Travel Guide in 2007, and is rated as the fifth best in the world by TripAdvisor 2018.
Tips in Prague
- Few exchange offices will claim “0% commission” but charge an exorbitant “exchange fee” when you exchange with them. Make sure you not only ask the exchange rate but the final amount
- Beware the exchange touts walking around exchange offices to catch hold of tourists. They offer a rate that’s too good to be true but give out old currency that’s not accepted anywhere.
- The easiest and safest way to travel around Prague is to use the metro system. The metro has only 3 lines (Green, Yellow & Red) and will take you anywhere in Prague. A full day ticket is only 110 CZK (around £4).
Prague is a hot spot all year round, but especially for those Spring/Autumn city breaks. Prices are relatively inexpensive, which makes it an attractive option for a romantic couple’s break or for hen & stag parties.
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