Prague is an amazing place to visit for a city break. Filled with spectacular bohemian and gothic architecture at every turn and picturesque sights a commodity, this is a city worth exploring to the maximum – and you’ll be rewarded for doing so!
Nicknamed the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, based on a count in the 19th Century, Prague now has closer to 500! But it’s not just the spires’ architecture that’s impressive; every building, statue and monument is complete to the finest detail and are all packed into pockets of winding cobbled streets and hidden courtyards.
Prague is a city break option that gives other European cities a run for their money. With so much to cram into your adventure, we thought we’d create a guide of places to visit in Prague so that you can make the most of your city break in the Czech capital.
Old Town Square
It’s not going to be a guide without including the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Old Town Square. This square is the heartbeat of the city and it has been so since the 10th century! Regular street markets, entertainers and cultural events line the square year-round so there’ll always be something happening here during your visit.
The Old Town Square is bordered by many interesting historical buildings including the Old Town Hall, St. Nicholas Church and the Church of Our Lady before Týn. From the Square, narrow cobblestoned lanes span out in every direction in a fashion that allows you to wander at will without really knowing where you’ll end up. Choose a direction and allow yourself to get lost in the beautiful architecture!
Before you do head out from the Old Town Square, make to stop off at the Astronomical Clock, on the side of The Old Town Hall. This is the oldest astronomical clock in the world that is still in operation!
If you can’t find it, just keep an eye out for the large crowd of tourists! Crowds have gathered here on the hour, every hour, for over six centuries to see the clock in action.
The clock shows the sunrise and sunset, the zodiac calendar, phases of the moon and the time! On the strike of the hour, moving statues and visualisations come to life from behind the clock face. The clock is best visited at midday.
You can’t visit Prague without seeing Prague Castle. Literally. The largest ancient castle in the world is visible throughout most of the city!
Although a castle in its own right, it is far from your usual castle. Made up of an abundance of palaces, churches, and gardens surrounded by a fortified wall, there is plenty to explore within the gates.
Particular points of interest are St Vitus Cathedral, a symbol of Prague that has witnessed many historical events over the years, and Golden Lane, a narrow row of colourful houses that were originally built for goldsmiths and servants.
Beer, beer, beer
The Czechs have long been famous for producing some of the world’s finest beers. And no trip to Prague is complete without tasting some of their finest tipples. The Czech’s drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world, and once you’ve tried some of the offerings you won’t be surprised why!
Prague itself is home to a mix of large breweries and micro-breweries, with many within easy reach of the city centre. Internationally famous brand names – Pilsner, Staropramen and Budvar – have been joined by a flurry of regional microbreweries that are catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing.
In the mood for some evening entertainment? Municipal House is a site to cater for all your needs in a grandeur fashion. A restaurant, café and bar are housed in the building alongside Smetana Hall, a beautiful historic venue for classical music.
Municipal House was built in place of the former Royal Court in 1912 and the building is filled with arty splendour and lavish decorations throughout. If you get the opportunity, spend an evening here enjoying the entertainment and fine food and drink options.
Built in the 15th century, Charles Bridge was the only way to cross the city’s Vltava river until the 1840s. It acted as the most important connection for the city for so many years, and its history means that it is now still very much in use, albeit for slightly different reasons.
Charles Bridge boasts perhaps the best view in Prague so take your time walking along the bridge to soak in the history and the scenery. Lined with 30 statues, keep an eye out for Bohemian Saint Jan Nepomucky in particular, touching this statue brings you good fortune!
Each and every Prague experience is different from the next. It can be tempting to cram everything and more into your Prague city break but the best way is to enjoy the magnificence of the city is to leisurely stroll through the winding streets.
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