Prague or Praha (Czech) is the capital of the Czech Republic. The former Bohemian capital is home to some of the stunning historic monuments, gothic churches, and several wonderful bridges. The city skyline offers a magnificent vista of a legion of spires rising high into the sky giving the city the moniker of “the City of a Hundred Spires”. The city of Prague is more aptly an open-air art district set to cast its magic with the old worldly charm. Are you planning to visit Prague for the first time and wondering what to do in Prague here we list you the top things to do and see, read on:
The castle complex of Prague has some of the notable Prague points of interest. We started with the Prague Castle early morning when the castle grounds exuded tranquility and medieval charm minus the tourist crowd. The Old Castle Stairs of the castle are close to the Malostranska metro stop connected to Metro line A (green). The climb up to the entrance offers beautiful views over the red-tiled rooftops of the Lesser Quarter or Mala Strana all along and is dotted with street musicians dispersing melody into the aura.
Prague Castle tickets and the tourist map can be bought from the information centers for different combinations of palaces and museums from castle complex with a two-day validity works best if you are looking to spend 2 days in Prague.
The castle guard changing ceremony takes place at 12 noon in the first courtyard, known as the Courtyard of Honor. The second courtyard has a stunning Baroque Kohl’s Fountain, Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Prague Castle Picture Gallery with an amazing collection of paintings.
St Vitus Cathedral
The third courtyard houses the remarkable St Vitus Cathedral an exemplary gothic architecture, which is the burial place of many Bohemian Kings and their wives. The Cathedral interior has breathtaking windows with amazing stained glasses.
Visitors can climb 297 steps to view the largest church bell and the magnificent views over the Prague city.
Old Royal Palace Museum
The Vladislav Hall in Royal Palace museum has a large arched hall with an ornate roof with airy patterns lightened by five bronze chandeliers.
St. George’s Basilica
The well-preserved Romanesque church that stands out visually because of its red color facade in St George square is the St George Basilica. It houses the tomb of the Premyslid dynasty and small chapels.
The cobblestone street next to the basilica leads to the charming narrow lane of Golden Lane lined with tiny and vibrant dwellings. The preserved houses exhibit medieval armory and textiles.
Beyond the Golden Lane, is the Daliborka prison tower, which holds a small display of prison and torture techniques of ancient times.
We finally walked back to the first courtyard into the Hradcanske Square which houses the main gate to the castle with two massive statues of the fighting stone giants.
View over Lesser Quarter from Hradcanske Square
John Lennon Wall
The Lennon Wall is a wall in Lesser Town, Prague with colorful graffiti. The graffiti on the wall is inspired by John Lennon’s and also has pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs which gives it the name John Lennon Wall.
Charles Bridge Prague
We descended the castle hill and sauntered through the quaint houses, restaurants and the souvenir shops of the Lesser town to the iconic Charles Bridge, one of the busiest Prague attractions.
The wonderful bridge running over the Vltava River is lined with exquisite statues and is jam packed with the tourists, artists, musicians and souvenir vendors.
We continued onto the Karlova Street (Karluv Most) where we savored on the Prague specialty Chimney cakes topped with cream, chocolates, and strawberries. It was just yum. A visit to Prague is incomplete without experiencing its culinary delights read on how to eat like a local when in Czech. Prague city center can easily be explored on foot or you can join one of the Prague tours guiding you through the best places to visit in Prague.
Prague Old Town Square
We walked into a large lively Old Town Square with a picturesque vista of Church of Our Lady Before Tyn with its exquisite towers, the Old Town Hall and a statue of religious reformer Jan Hus in the center.
The town square was crammed with tourists taking pictures and street performers entertaining the tourists. A lady was blowing giant soap bubbles and the kids including our darling Chhavi enjoyed bursting it. A sight to behold!
The town square also houses the famed medieval astronomical clock popular for the ‘The Walk of the Apostles’, the parade of figures when the Clock strikes the hour which is one of the best things to do in Prague.
Jewish Museum and Jewish Quarter Prague
The Jewish Museum in Prague mirrors the Jewish heritage and comprises of synagogues and an old cemetery in the Jewish quarter. When we visited the Jewish quarter including the old Jewish cemetery was closed due to a Jewish holiday falling on the same day. The cemetery is believed to have around 12,000 tombstones which are still uncertain due to the layering of the tombs.
The fairytale features of the Czech capital Prague make it a perfect destination for culture and architecture lovers and camping too. Prague Zoological Garden or the Prague Zoo are amongst the fun things to do in Prague you don’t want to miss if traveling with kids. Book your tickets here.
And if you have more time in the Prague definitely consider visiting Cesky Krumlov yet another gem of a city in the Czech Republic and one of the best day trips from Prague.
Have you been to Prague? What is your favorite part of this wonderful city? Do share with us in comments.
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