Three decades ago, Prague was a mystery for travelers in Europe. Today the city stands proudly as one of the most popular destinations, drawing about 4 million visitors each year. Staying at a former monastery or palazzo turned five-star hotel or partying the night away at ‘Onetime’ nuclear bunker, you are surely going to understand that in Prague, the unconventional is conventional. Prague is also blessed with century long fascinating history. Art Nouveau, Romanesque and Baroque architecture on top of the scores of churches makes Prague one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern and Central Europe having also a wide array of tourist attractions to suit a wide range of tastes and interests. It is also a truly cosmopolitan city where pleasure seekers and culture buffs mingle happily in Gothic cathedrals and chic cafés. Here is our list of 4 must visit places in Prague that you can’t afford to miss out on.
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Old Town Square
Old town square, along with its world famous astronomical clock is Prague’s most popular sight. Old Town Square’s astronomical clock is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world. It was originally installed in 1410, but the clock has been bettered over the centuries. Old Town Square is located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge and is the hub of the city’s life and culture. It also offers a great selection of restaurants and shops so if you’re lucky or plan ahead you can also catch a seasonal festival on this historic square.
This 600 year-old Bridge connects Old Town and Lesser Town over the Vltava River. It is the top most iconic landmark of Prague. King Charles IV commissioned this bridge in 1357, which was originally a wooden structure and unfortunately got washed away during a bad flood being later replaced with the stone structure it now boasts. Thirty Baroque statues line the sides of the pedestrian bridge (15 on either side). Musicians and performance artists can be seen along with the myriad of vendor stalls. Charles Bridge is a bustling, busy area and you are never going to find the bridge devoid of people. However if you visit this place at dawn or in the evening, you will witness fewer crowd.
Prague Castle is one of the biggest attractions you will see in Prague. The castle buildings span centuries and consist of St. Vitus Church and the Golden Lane. You need several hours if you plan to thoroughly explore this beautiful Castle. It is one of the biggest castles in the world measuring around 570 meters in length and roughly about 130 meters wide.
Municipal House in Old Town Prague, is beautiful both inside and out. It was originally built to be an administrative and cultural centre. Formerly an army barracks, it was demolished as part of the Czech National Revival celebrations. The building began construction in 1906 and Municipal House was opened in 1912.
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With an Eiffel – like tower on top, the Petrin Watchtower is a 63.5 metre high steel framework tower in Prague. Petrin Watchtower offers a stunning 360° view of the city from top and is made from recycled railroad tracks. Set in the grounds of the Petrin Park it looks great all year round.