The capital Prague is the most attractive tourist and meeting destination in the Czech Republic. The City of a Hundred Spires on the Vltava River is known to people from all over the world and ranks among the most beautiful cities in Europe.
It is one of the most popular destinations on the continent, drawing about 4 million visitors each year. Prague offers a compact city center, with breathtaking examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture, numerous palaces, churches, parks and squares, delicious local Czech beer and food and reasonable prices.
We’ve compiled 10 of the Top Attractions that you absolutely ‘Muse See’
1. OLD TOWN (STARE MESTO)
Located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge the Old Town of Prague is a medieval settlement of Prague, Czech Republic. It was separated from the outside by a semi-circular moat and wall, connected to the Vltava river at both of its ends. The moat is now covered up by the streets. Romanesque, Baroque, Rococo, Gothic and Renaissance are all represented in the superb buildings around the square. You could easily spend hours wandering through the cobbled streets admiring the pastel buildings and the rich history.
2. CHARLES BRIDGE
Connecting Old Town and Lesser Town over the River Vltava is the 600 year-old Charles Bridge, Prague’s most iconic landmark. It is a famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. Thirty Baroque statues line the sides of the pedestrian bridge along with myriad vendor’s stalls, musicians, performance artists and beggars. On each end of the Charles Bridge rests a tower that offers a great view of the bridge to those who climb the steps.
3. PRAGUE CASTLE
Prague Castle is a castle complex in Prague, Czech Republic, dating from the 9th century and the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept within a hidden room inside it. The castle buildings span centuries and consists of a royal palace, a cathedral and three churches, a basilica, a monastery, defensive towers, royal stables, a tiny lane where craftsmen worked and magnificent gardens. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world.
4. PRAGUE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK
Crafted in 1410 by a clockmaker and a professor of mathematics, the clock has been repaired and maintained for over 600 years, making it the third oldest clock in the world. The highlight of the Old Town Square, it is an ancient “orloj” that reveals Babylonian time, Old Bohemian time, German time and sidereal time, as well as sunrise and sunset, phases of the moon and the sun’s position in the zodiac. To see the clock in all it’s splendour and to experience the most fanfare, catch the display at noon or at midnight.
5. WENCESLAS SQUARE
Wenceslas Square, colloquially Václavák is one of the main city squares and the centre of the business and cultural communities in the New Town of Prague. Many historical events occurred there, and it is a traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations, and other public gatherings. The square is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. It is part of the historic centre of Prague, a World Heritage Site. It is also a shopper’s paradise and haven. Located in New Town, the square is home to bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and banks, making it the city’s entertainment, nightlife and commercial district.
7. MALA STRANA
Malá Strana or Lesser Town district hosts palaces, churches, squares, parks, gardens and many other attractions. Surrounding Lesser Town Square are pubs, shops, restaurants and international embassies, housed in grand old Baroque buildings. Towering over Malá Strana is Prague Castle
8. TYN CHURCH
The Church of Mother of God before Týn , often translated as Church of Our Lady before Týn, is a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague, and has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. The church’s towers are 80m high and topped by four small spires and can be seen from all parts of the city
9. DANCING HOUSE
Dancing House was constructed between 1992-1996. It has daring, curvy outlines, which led its architects Vlado Milunic and the American Frank Owen Gehry to initially name it the “Fred and Ginger Building”, after the legendary dance duo. The top floor of Dancing House is the only part of the building open to the public, and is home to one of the city’s leading restaurants: the Ginger & Fred Restaurant.
10. POWDER TOWER
The Powder Tower or Powder Gate is a Gothic tower in Prague. It is one of the original city gates, dating back to the 11th century. It separates the Old Town from the New Town. During the 17th century, the tower was used for storing gunpowder, which is where it gets its name.