7 Most Visited Sites in Prague

    7 Most Visited Sites in Prague

    The Czech Republic’s capital has always been considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, so it comes to no surprise that millions of visitors flock to Prague every year. The city has a great deal of attractions –some more famous than others–  but all equally worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. Here are some of the most visited sites in Prague:

     

    [1] Charles Bridge

    If there is one landmark that visitors will remember Prague for is most likely Charles Bridge. The 600 year-old bridge over the River Vltava was commissioned by King Charles IV in 1357, replacing the Judith Bridge which was destroyed by a flood in 1342. 

    caption of musicians performing on Charles Bridge in Prague
    Musicians performing on Charles Bridge in Prague

    The pedestrian bridge is connecting Old Town and Lesser Town, but that’s not the only reason people flock on it day and night. Thirty Baroque statues line the sides of Charles Bridge along with a multitude of vendors, musicians, street artists and beggars. On each end of the bridge there is a tower that can be climbed for some great view of the area around.The bridge is almost never empty, so if you want to take a good shot at it without the crowds, the best time is at dawn or or late at night. 

     

    [2] Malá Strana

    On the other end of Charles Bridge from Old Town Square lies the Malá Strana or Lesser Town district. The area is home to many old churches, palaces and beautiful gardens, as well as international embassies located in elegant Baroque buildings. Surrounding the Lesser Town Square are pubs, shops, and restaurants with lots of character.

    As you stroll through this historic part of the town, you’ll notice many beautifully decorated building façades, particularly on Nerudova Street up which you can walk to reach the castle district and the Church of St. Nicholas. 

    [3] The Golden Lane

    Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička) is an ancient street within the Prague Castle complex. This picturesque street is named for the goldsmiths who lived here during the 17th century. The street is lined with colorful, tiny houses that look like out of a fairy tale. These houses were occupied until the Second World War. Franz Kafka lived and worked in house number 22 from 1916 to 1917.

    caption of the Golden Lane in Prague with colorful little houses of the craftsmen in the 17th century
    The Golden Lane
    caption of house No. 20 on Golden Lane in Prague
    House #20 on the Golden Lane

     

    [4] Tyn Church

    The emblematic structure of Tyn Church (also known as Our Lady before Tyn) dominates one side of the Old Town Square. Its elegant towers soaring 80 meters into the sky and can be seen from all parts of the city. The present Gothic building was founded in 1385 as the main Old Town church. Tyn Church holds many works of art in Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles. 

    caption of Tyn Church towering the Old Town Square in Prague
    Tyn Church towering the Old Town Square in Prague

     

    [5] Astronomical Clock

    The highlight of the Old Town Square is the Astronomical Clock, a complicated oroloj that attracts huge crowds every time it strikes. The clock strikes every hour, on the hour, and the bells ring while in the upper two windows appear the figures of the Apostles, Death Avarice and Vanity.  The clock was crafted in 1410 by a professor of mathematics and has been working perfectly for the past 600 years. The Astronomical Clock displays time in different variations (Babylonian time, German time and Old Bohemian time). as well as phases of the moon and the sun’s position in the zodiac.

     

     

    caption of the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, Prague
    The Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, Prague

     

    [6] Prague Castle

    Prague Castle is more like a complex than a single building. The castle buildings consist of a royal palace, a cathedral and three churches, a basilica, a monastery, the royal stables and the defensive towers. Initially, in the 9th century, Prague Castle was just a wooden fortress, but by the 11th century it already included a royal palace. The complex is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. Many kings and emperors are buried here.

    caption of Prague Castle
    Prague Castle

    Within the castle walls are a number of Prague’s most popular attractions, including St. Vitus Cathedral, the Powder Tower, the Old Royal Palace, and the Golden Lane. 

    caption of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague
    St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague

     

    [7] Wenceslas Square

    Wenceslas Square is more like a boulevard than a traditional square, but because it’s flanked by buildings on three sides it gives the impression of a square. It is one of the two main squares in Prague and it’s located in New Town. The square is home to many bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and shops, making it the city’s entertainment and commercial district. At the top of the square is the National Museum of Prague and the statue of St. Wenceslas. Wenceslas Square is close to most of Prague’s attractions, such as Old Town Square and Charles Bridge.

     

    , Wenceslas Square is a shopper’s paradise and haven. Set off as Prague’s horse market by Charles IV in 1348,  Located in New Town, the square is home to bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and banks, making it the city’s entertainment, nightlife and commercial district. Much of Czech’s 20th century history happened in Wenceslas Square as political movements and gatherings met at the statue of St. Wenceslas to parade down the square. Wenceslas Square is central to most of Prague, as Old Town Square and Charles Bridge are but a five-minute walk away, and all three metro lines meet in the square. Wenceslas Square is home to the grand National Museum and the Prague State Opera.

     

    caption of wenceslas square in prague
    Wenceslas Square (CanStock photo/anizza)

     

     

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