Across the river, on Castle Hill, the gorgeous Prague castle looks like something straight out of a fairytale. From the two Titans framing the entrance, to St. George’s Basilica and the Cathedral within its walls, the Castle has many sights for the curious traveler. Golden Lane is situated in the walls of Prague Castle and is very popular for its appearance and historical personalities who lived there so as Franz Kafka etc. Below the castle walls are a series of stepped gardens full of trees and quiet benches for looking out over the city.
The most famous and oldest bridge on the River Vlatva is without doubt one of the most romantic places in the city. Re-built many times the present bridge dates back to the 14th century and founded by Charles IV in 1357. Charles Bridge is flanked by a series of giant stone statues, representing religious figures and icons. One of these statues is said to bring luck to whoever touches it. Thirty sculptures adorn the bridge and today tourists cross from the old town to the lesser town and enjoy the entertainments taking place.
Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock
This is the most significant square of historical Prague. It dates back to the 12th century and is home to many historical buildings including the Old Town City Hall, the church of Lady of Tyn and the baroque St Nicholas Church. Old Town Square is also lined with a wide variety of cafes, bars, and restaurants, featuring traditional Czech food and beer. The medieval Astronomical Clock – The Prague Orloj – mounted on the southern wall of the Old Town City Hall, Built in 1410, this ancient clock still functions, and provides accurate data on a number of astrological events. Each hour, the clock chimes, and a series of moving wooden puppets come out for the entertainment of the visitors.
The old fortress, where Prague was founded, is still a great location to walk around and get a sense of the history of the city. Vysehrad Castle is situated on the hill upon river Vltava offers unforgettable view. Except of Castle you can see there a cemetery where are graves of famous people from the Czech history or a very nice park with many statues. A beautiful church is next to the cemetery, with colorful doors representative of the ancient splendor of the city.
The largest square in the city, Wenceslas Square was home to much of Prague’s history, including the Nazi Occupation and the Communist Takeover, as well has having been the starting point of the Velvet Revolution. Now a trendy place full of shopping stores and cafes, it is still a great place to get a feel for the city. You can also try one of Prague’s traditional fried cheese sandwiches at one of the many all-night stands dotting the square. Wenceslas Square is named after Czech patron the saint what is St. Wencels who has got also a statue on the upper end of the square.
A hidden gem, these gardens are considered the most beautiful in the city. Wallenstein Gardens and Palace were commissioned by one of the most powerful and wealthiest Czech noblemen at the beginning of the 17th century, Albrecht of Wallenstein. The Palace was to be his residence and to overshadow all the other palaces including Prague Castle. Tourists often don’t find this venue hidden behind walls under Prague Castle.
The views of Prague from here are spectacular and can be reached by a funicular railway constructed for the Jubilee Exhibition in 1891. The Petrin Lookout tower was inspired by the Paris Eiffel tower and was constructed in only five months. Petrin is situated on the hill surrounded by wonderful parks and gardens, around the tower there is also a mirror maze for children or Strahov sanctuary. Nice experience is to go up by the furnicular and down through the parks on your own.
Troja Chateau and Prague ZOO with botanic gardens
Visiting Troja what is a Prague district could be a tip for more than one day trip. Prague ZOO is a very modern and extensive zoo which will for sure hold not only an interest of children but also of adults. The Botanical Gardens were built in the 1960′s and have a huge selection of well labelled plants and flowers. The Tropical Greenhouse has 3 sections with different temperatures and humidity. Third place is the Troja Chateau surrounded by gardens, vine-yards and fontains. The Chateau is a grand 17th century summer palace with french style formal gardens and situated next to the river and a deer park. All 3 venues can be visited in a day with one ticket or individually.
A masterpiece of modern architecture, the Dancing Building was modeled after the dancers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair. A beautiful mix of glass and steel that seems to move on its own, this is a wonderful site right next to the Vltava river. On the roof is a French restaurant with views of the city.
Prague’s music hall, and the base of the Prague National Orchestra, the Rudolfinum is a beautifully preserved classical building, with wonderful artchitecture and incredible acoustics. The Orchestra performs here frequently, with a changing lineup of soloists and visiting musicians from around the world.