Recently, I went on a 10 day trip to Europe and it was one of the best trips considering my two year old little one with me. The weather was mild and the streets were comparatively less crowded, and the food was great, highlight being the chimney cake. We started our trip in Prague, then made our way to Budapest, then Venice, and finally Hallstatt. I loved each place for different reasons, Prague standing out for its architecture, romantic streets and the feel. So, covering today are the things which are a must to do in Prague.
The capital and the largest city in Czech Republic, Prague is famous for its architecture and the cultural attractions which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe.
Prague is ranked ninth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2017 and is the fifth most visited city in Europe.
The spring is beautiful in Prague, so the best time to visit is March-May when there are also many events like Czech Beer Festival, Prague Food Festival happening.
The biggest ancient castle in the world, the castle is an official residence of Czech President. As it’s located on the hilltop above the city, the castle offers a great view of the river, bridges and the area below.
Originally called as Stone Bridge, this bridge was constructed in 14th century and used to be the most important connection between Prague Castle and the Old Town. You will find a lot of musicians, artists and jewellers as you cross this 621 meters long bridge.
St. Vitus Cathedral
Located within Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and most important church in the country as it holds the seat of Archbishop of Prague.
Old Town Square
Old Town is home to many of Prague’s historic buildings and monuments like Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, Old Town Hall.
One of the world’s oldest astronomical clocks, Prague orloj dates back to 1410. The clock mechanism has three different components – the astronomical dial, representing the position of Sun and Moon; statues of various Catholic Saints; “The Walk of the Apostles” and various moving sculptures. According to local legend, the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy.
The clock is undergoing reconstruction and should be back in place by end of August, 2018.
Wenceslas Square was formerly known for its periodic accommodation of horse markets during the Middle Ages. One of the main attractions of New Town, Wenceslas Square is a rectangular commercial square with many cafes, shops and restaurants.
Must eat: Chimney cake easily available at the local cafes here.
Powder Tower is one of the original city gates which separates Old Town from the New Town. The tower was used to store gunpowder in the 17th century, hence the name.
Also known as lesser town, it is located on the left bank of the river Vltava and connects to larger town on the right bank of the river through Charles Bridge. It is surrounded by beautiful streets and walk here is beautiful.
Internationally renowned piece of post-1989 Czech architecture, Dancing House resembles and is inspired by two dancers – Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. On the uppermost floor of the house is a restaurant called “Ginger & Fred” .
You might also want to consider visiting for a day tour to Kutna Hora from Prague.
Kutna Hora is famous for the Sedlec Ossuary, also known as “bone church” which displays world’s macabre art in the form of bone chandelier, bone pyramids etc. consisting of 40,000 skeletons. The ossuary is among the most visited tourist attractions of the Czech Republic – attracting over 200,000 visitors annually.