Prague boasts a rich history and cultural diversity. It’s the largest city in the Czech Republic and one of the most visited European destinations. Here you’ll be spoilt for choice as there are more than enough places to visit and activities to fill your vacation itinerary. Besides picturesque architectural landmarks and an abundance of cultural events, you can also make time to enjoy some of the tasty beers for which Prague is famous. Nonetheless, here are a few places you definitely want to visit.
Old Town Square
Most travelers consider this to be the ideal place to start your journey in Prague. It’s quite a popular spot, with tourists and locals alike flocking in droves for the breathtaking architecture, vibrant history, and lively atmosphere. The square is home to some of the city’s most historic attractions, such as the Old Town Hall, an ideal spot to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Established in the 12th Century as the city’s original marketplace, the square has managed to maintain most of its original integrity and style. Sample different cuisines from some of the restaurants that spill out onto the square or enjoy a beer or gourmet coffee. The square lends amazing views of the wonderful architecture Prague has to offer and if that’s not your cup of tea, the various musicians, artists and street performers lining the streets will keep you entertained.
A simple walk through the Charles Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in Europe, is an unmissable part of any trip to Prague. Set at the heart of the Czech capital, visitors come here to enjoy one of the most memorable experiences of visiting Prague. Soak up the aura, purchase a few souvenirs, and take pictures of the striking saint statues that give the bridge an extra dose of charm. The bridge connects the Old Town with Lesser Town and is filled with merchants, musicians, painters and tourists during the summer. It lies low to the river, somewhat seeming to rest upon it rather than rise over it. The Charles Bridge is wonderful during the day and a must-see at night.
Doubling as both a popular tourist destination and the Czech president’s residence, this castle holds the record for the largest coherent castle in the world. With more than seven hundred rooms, the grounds feature a broad range of architectural styles that have gone through extensive renovations and restorations throughout history. The castle towers above the city and is more of a complex than a single building. The buildings span centuries and include the Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, royal stables, magnificent gardens and the Golden Lane – where you can see how artisans worked and lived in their homes that have since been converted. As one of Prague’s premier attractions, the Prague Castle is quite expansive and there’s plenty to see so you might want to grab a drink or something to eat before going for sightseeing. The sheer beauty of the Prague Castle is magical.