Nestled in Bohemia is one of Central Europe’s crowning jewels: the “Golden City” of Prague. The city’s historic centre spans both banks of the Vltava River and is connected by the 14th century Charles Bridge. On one side of the river: the Old Town with its celebrated Astronomical Clock; the vibrant New Town with Wenceslas Square; and the Jewish Quarter, dating back to the 13th century. On the other side, you’ll find the picturesque Lesser Town with its ancient burgher houses and St Nicholas Church; and the Hradcany Castle District with Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Beyond this is a thriving, cosmopolitan city with plenty of riverside parks, lively beer gardens, museums and art galleries to explore.
Whether you’re planning on taking in all the sights at a leisurely pace, or only have a few days to cram in as much as possible, these are the top 5 sites in Prague that you don’t want to miss!
From the colourful Baroque buildings to Gothic churches and medieval Astronomical Clock that performs every hour, the Old Town is the perfect place to start your Prague sightseeing.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world. It’s believed that it was founded in 880, by Prince Borivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty. An ancient symbol of the Czech State, the Prague Castle is the most significant monument and one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic.
A short walk from the Old Town, Charles Bridge is a Baroque-style that stretches across the Vltava river, connecting the Old Town to Prague Castle. When you make it to the other end of the bridge, you can climb up the narrow steps of the Charles Bridge Tower and enjoy marvellous views of the surrounding area.
If you’re a Beatles fan, you can pay tribute to John Lennon and leave a message at the Lennon Wall. After his assassination, an image of John Lennon was painted on a wall opposite the French embassy, along with political graffiti and Beatles lyrics. Nowadays, the wall is a popular spot for tourists Instagram pics and visitors can add to the wall as well!
Being the birthplace of Pilsner, a trip to Prague is not complete without a beer experience. You can learn all about the drink at the Beer Museum, and then head to the Beer Museum Pub so you can enjoy a variety of beers; from pilsners to ports.
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