When visiting Prague, the gorgeous capital of Czech Republic, you will learn that the city is known as the City of Thousand Spires. Indeed Prague offers historical splendor and multiple visual delights to its visitors at every turn.
The city is popular for its extraordinary historic aspect; seen through its Gothic churches, Charles Bridge, Renaissance architecture, gorgeous parks and squares, with not-to-be missed its delicious cuisine and beer! So if you are visiting Prague anytime soon take note of these amazing places to visit in Prague.
Visiting Prague, 10 Amazing Destinations
The capital city draws around 4 million visitors annually, from across the globe. Whether it’s the worlds best beer at the old-fashioned bars or the mysterious cobbled stone streets taking you back to the long-gone era or the enticing Bohemian art, Prague is the city not-to-be missed for nomads.
While there is plenty to see and do in this breathtaking city, here we have 10 must-see astonishing sites to make your Prague visit, well worth remembering.
Check out the must-see attraction, Charles Bridge, connecting the lesser town and old town. The bridge is fringed with Baroque statues, placed in the 17th century with one of the 72 statues of John of Nepomunk, a Czech Martyr saint.
The statue brings good luck to you and ensures you return to Prague when you touch it. The best time to visit the bridge is when the Sun is going down and you can observe the spectacular views of the gorgeous Prague Castle, fully lit against the evening sky backdrop.
Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock
Take yourself back to 700 years as soon as you hit the Old Town Square. The square is popular for its historical grandeur, housing Tyn and St. Nicholas churches, the famous Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock, and many other buildings, showcasing Gothic, Romanesque, and Baroque architecture. Observe all this and more while sitting at one of the cafes, over beer or coffee.
Prague Astronomical clock is one of the attractions of the old town square, which was built in the 15th century, and is the third oldest clock in the world. It shows Babylonian time, Gothic time, sunrise and sunset timings and also position of the stars in the zodiac. You must get a glimpse of the clock when it strikes every hour and specially so, at noon and midnight.
You cannot miss the world’s largest castle complex that equals seven football fields! Prague Castle is an expansive complex with a cathedral and three churches, gardens, monastery, a basilica, royal stables, and royal palace. If you want to see how a fairytale fortress stands with pride, make a way to the Prague castle.
It’s history began in the 9th century and since then the complex has seen four major reconstructions offering diverse formations and styles of architecture. The city view from the observation deck of the south tower of the castle is breath- taking.
Initially established as the horse market in the 14th century, the Wenceslas Square is another astonishing area with hotels, cafes, nightclubs, and local shops. The square is the second popular area after the old square amongst travelers, which is only a 5 minutes away from the Wencelsas Square.
Wenceslas Square in Prague houses many must-see sites like the National Museum, Prague State Opera, and two popular statues of St.John of Nepomuk and St. Wenceslas. The square is well connected by public transport as all three metro lines cross at the square with plenty of trams running throughout the square.
The large square has many walking tours for you to check out the monuments at your pace, while enjoying the delicious European cuisine at the restaurants.
Mala Strana is the Czech name for a “Little Quarter”, a must-see site to observe the Baroque architecture. The quarter is situated between the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle, housing many attractions to experience the historical culture of the city.
The notable attraction is the Church of St. Nicholas with green dome, making it the most beautiful baroque church in Prague. For some peaceful time amid the lush green surroundings, visit the free entry Gardens – Vojonavy Sady and Wallenstein Garden. To check out some gorgeous views, the Vrtbovska Garden has a paid entry.
One of the oldest functional theatres in Europe, the Estate Theatre is another must-see on your itinerary. The theatre initially started staging the German plays and then soon after Czechs took the stage with Czech national anthem to be first played here.
As soon as you enter the theatre, you will be enthralled by its architecture and the delightful aura of artists, musicians, and directors who have showcased their talent over the past many decades. You can see some great operas by Don Giovanni and Mozart, staged all through the year.
The National Gallery
Showcasing the largest collection of art in the country, the National Gallery in Prague dates back to 18th century. If you are an art lover, you will be mesmerized by the gorgeous works by famous artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, Miro, Monet, Klimit, and Munch to name a few.
The Municipal House
Opened in 1912, the Municipal House is a striking attraction, not to be missed! Located on the public square, the house is a few minutes away from the Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square.
The house is famous as the jewel in Prague’s architecture for the structural design is a mix of neo-Renaissance, neo-Baroque, and Czech Art Nouveau Style with influences from the Asian and oriental cultures. At the house, you will see exhibitions, events, a popular French restaurant, American bar, and café.
The Dancing House
Amidst all the period architecture of Prague, stands the Dancing House, a quirky architectural marvel of modern art. The building is almost convoluted and looks like a girl dancing with her partner. The Dancing House is used by a private office.
Museum of Decorative Arts
It is a must see, as the museum itself is a great work of art. Built in late 19th century, in the neo –Renaissance form, the museum features exquisitely painted and decorated halls, with intricate moldings, mosaics, frescoes and stained glass windows.
It has a huge collection of paintings, tapestry, furniture, books, and clocks along with the pottery, porcelain, ceramics and glassware. These articles, which are a part of the permanent collection, date back in time, while the current exhibits keep changing.