Prague is fondly called the ‘City of 1000 Spires’, and presents a panorama of numerous views of soaring towers and lovely domes. The first glance at the 11 centuries old skyline that has Baroque, Gothic, Art Nouveau and Renaissance styles and elements is guaranteed to blow your mind. Prague is the architectural gem of the continent and is heavily dotted with dramatic buildings and structures, while its narrow laneways open on to spectacular squares. Every nook and corner of the city calls out to the romantics, the history buffs and every other traveller to stop by and explore.
The iconic Charles Bridge
Six hundred years old and considered to be a prominent landmark in the city, the Charles Bridge connects Lesser Town and Old Town over the Vltava river. Built in 1357, the sides of the bridge are lined with 30 Baroque statues, and it is the chosen platform for a variety of musicians, artists, and vendor stalls. On either end lies a tower from where visitors can get a great view of the illuminated Prague Castle at night.
The Royal Prague Castle
Towering over Prague is the sprawling expanse of the Prague Castle, which is more of a complex than just a building. It includes a cathedral, a royal palace, a basilica, three churches, defensive towers, a monastery, royal stables and magnificent gardens. Don’t forget to walk down the tiny lane where artisans and craftsmen used to work.
Czech Republic’s popular St. Vius Cathedral
Located in the Prague Castle grounds and considered to be the architectural feather in the complex’s hat is the St. Vius Cathedral. A Roman Catholic establishment, the church is the largest in the country and is the home of the Archbishop of Prague. It boasts of tombs of 3 Bohemian kings and many saints. The cathedral makes a strong impression on every visitor especially with its stunning stained glass windows that depict the Holy Trinity. Its jewel-encrusted altar and main tower make for timeless memories.
Check the time on the Astronomical Clock
The Prague Old Town Square’s main highlight is the Astronomical Clock, which shows Babylonian time, German time, Bohemian time and the sidereal time. This ancient ‘orloj’ also showcases the sunrise, the sunset, and the phases of the sun and moon in the zodiac. Imagine setting eyes on the world’s 3rd oldest clock while listening to the bells rings every hour, the Gothic Sculptures moving, the apostles walking, the cock crowing and the trumpeter playing. It’s definitely a sight to behold.
Read a book in the Clementinum
Considered to be the largest collection of historical structures in the continent, the Clementinum houses the National Library. Originally part of the Jesuit College, these Baroque structures are now the state’s property and house books that can be accessed by the public. With over 6 million books housed in the Clementinum, it is definitely every bookworm’s paradise. The library hall has impressive ceiling artwork, while the Mirror Chapel is known for its exquisite decor.
The Prague Zoo
While in the city, visit the Prague Zoo that was opened in 1931 and is a 143-acre tourist attraction. Home to over 4800 animals from over 700 species, the zoo is renowned for its efforts in saving the endangered native Przewalski’s horse.
Centuries old Josefov area
The Jewish Quarter of Prague was initially housed in the Castle District, which eventually expanded to the Josefov area. Once a slum, this area slowly transformed into one of the most interesting and important sections of the city. Josefov includes the Jewish Museum and is quite a pleasant location to walk around in.
The gorgeous Tyn Church
The remarkable twin 80-meters high spires on either side of the church make the Tyn Church one of the most recognisable structures in Prague. Each of these spires supports 4 smaller spires. The main entrance is hidden behind a narrow passage of houses, which leads to the worthwhile sight of many fine tombs, Baroquean paintings on the altar, the Gothic portal with the sculpture of the Crucifixion, and the 17th-century European pipe organ. The joy you will experience while exploring and discovering these attractions is priceless.
Gaze upon the artwork in the National Gallery
Spread through Prague’s important architectural structures, the National Gallery plays home to extremely valuable European art collections. Most of these are placed in the Veletrzni Palace. There is much encouragement given to Czech artists and other foreign artists such as Picasso and Monet.
Prague continues to be an important centre for culture, commerce and politics, a role that this city has been playing for centuries since the time of the Holy Roman Empire. Prague’s rich musical and theatrical heritage add to the myriad attractions that lure visitors from near and far. Let GoFro plan your vacation to this wondrous place, while you sit back and enjoy.