A dominating feature of the city (for good reason, it’s stunning) the Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world and the seat and official residence of Czech power. Originally, a wooden fortress constructed in the 9th century by Prince Bořivoj, subsequent rulers have left their marks transforming the castle into the impressive sight it is today. Also within the castle walls is the breathtaking St. Vitus Cathedral.
Known as The steel framework tower in Prague is a 63.5 meter high, and strongly resembles the Eiffel Tower. The top is actually at a higher altitude than that of the Eiffel Tower. The Petřínská rozhledna was built in 1891 and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. Today it is a tourist attraction. If you go up the hard way, the hill is roughly a half-hour walk up paths that get quite slippery when it snows, and the tower is a shorter but fairly tiring climb; however, the hill is served by a frequent funicular and the tower has an elevator for disabled persons. There is a gift shop and a small cafeteria on the main level. On the lowest level is a small museum of Jára Cimrman.
The Vltava River is home to many bridges in Prague, but the most celebrated is the Charles Bridge. Named after King Charles IV, who started construction in the 14th century, it is today one of Prague’s finest attractions connecting Old Town (Staré Město) with the Lesser Quarter (Malá Strana). By day, Charles Bridge is bustling with artists, local vendors and tourists from around the world. Catch its more quiet and peaceful moments at night or sunrise.
On the Old Town side of Charles Bridge, this Gothic tower built in 1373 is flanked by sculptures of St. Vitus and Charles IV. Open to the public, it offers excellent views of the Old Town and the Vltava River to visitors who climb the narrow staircase. The tower once displayed the heads of twelve Protestant leaders executed in 1621, and was also the site of the final conflict of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648).
Find gritty and colorful history amidst the romance of Malá Strana. The Lennon Wall’s expressive origins date back to the 1970s when it was known as the Wailing Wall and covered with the chalk-scribbled poetry of Czech people. Following Lennon’s assassination in 1980, the wall’s chalk was replaced by Lennon-inspired graffiti of lyrics and rallies for peace, love and freedom. Today, the wall remains a haven of creative expression with its messages and colors ever-changing like water in the Vltava.
All you need is love
Walking to or from the Lennon Wall, find the love locks cluttered on the gate over the small canal. The keys had been cast away into the canal’s waters by those pronouncing everlasting love.
From U Prince’s rooftop, sit in the heart of Old Town Square (literally). Enjoy a cool cocktail, mulled wine, or splurge on traditional or international fare while taking in the incredible panoramic views and sounds from the bustling square below.
With medieval charm, rich history, and fascinating mix of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic architecture, stepping into Old Town Square feels like an enchanted fairytale. Once Prague’s main marketplace in the 12th century, Old Town Square today remains the heart of the city bustling with tourists, restaurants and shops, decorated with such wonders as the Astronomical Clock, Týn Church and Jan Hus’ statue in the center of the square.
Dating from 1475, the Powder Tower was built as one of 13 gates to the city of Prague. The Powder Tower remained important to the Bohemian kings - until 1836, the Bohemian monarchs would pass through the Powder Tower on their way to St. Vitus Cathedral for their coronation.
The Powder Tower was designed by master builder Matěj Rejsek based on plans by Peter Parler for the Old Town Bridge Tower at the foot of Charles Bridge. It is now one of the few remnants of the fortifications that once surrounded the city.
The Jewish Quarter, dating back to the 13th century, is one of the most well-preserved Jewish historical monuments in Europe. Once home to as many as 18,000 inhabitants, what remains of the Ghetto today is its impressive six synagogues, the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery. Most of the quarter’s sights are accessible with Jewish Museum entrance ticket with the Old-New Synagogue requiring a separate ticket.
Experience unlimited views of the city, enjoy a drink, observe 10 crawling babies, and interact uniquely with the city from above. For a rich sensory experience beyond the incredible views, visitors can relax in “bubbles” and listen to “echoes” of the city such as the flowing Vltava River or chimes of the Astronomical Clock, plus learn about the country’s history, architecture and art-all in a very cool environment.
Municipal House is one of Prague’s most famous and beautiful concert halls decorated in fascinating Art Nouveau style. Visit the grandiose café and relish in the extravagant and rich décor with its impressive windows overlooking the Republic Square. Discover more Art Nouveau and famous Czech-born artist, Alfons Mucha’s work at the Art Nouveau Museum of Jewelry and Paintings inside the Municipal House or visit the Mucha Museum in Old Town Square or the National Gallery in Holešovice.
A gathering place for Czech demonstrations, celebrations and remembrances, the square has been eyewitness to the country’s most important historical events including The Prague Spring of 1968, The Velvet Revolution, and recently, Václav Havel’s memorial. The dominant feature is the statue of St. Wenceslas sitting atop his horse, accompanied by Czech patrons, Saint Ludmila, Saint Anežka, Saint Prokop and Saint Vojtěch. Behind the statue lies the magnificent National Museum. Lining both sides of the strip are shops, clubs, cafes and restaurants.
Well known by Czechs and tourists alike by its glimmering golden rooftop, The National Theatre embodies the will of the Czech people, their national identity and fight for independence. Just before the opening in 1881, a fire broke out destroying much of the theatre. The fire was deemed a national catastrophe and great determination to collect new funds and rebuild followed. Within 6 weeks’ time, enough money was raised and two years later in 1883, it opened with a performance of Libuše by Bedřich Smetana. Today, the theatre remains a wonderful place to see ballet, concerts and Czech drama.
Just five minutes from MOSAIC HOUSE, find Fred sweeping Ginger off her feet at The Dancing House. More contemporary building than house, the “new baroque” structure was designed by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, constructed in 1996. Best view of this one-of-a-kind architecture and Fred and Ginger’s timeless romance is from across the street along the Vltava River.
With 360 views of the golden city, the Vltava River and its surrounding valleys, Vyšehrad is a fascinating place to visit (and also ideal for finding your bearings). Once inside the stone-walled castle complex, there’s much to explore including the Capitular Church of Saint Peter and Paul, the Vyšehrad cemetery where many famous Czechs were laid to rest (Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Karel Čapek, and Alphonse Mucha to name a few), green parks, restaurants and cafes and the outdoor beer garden (a local’s hangout).