One of Europe’s best-preserved cities, Prague sits along the Vltava River and with it's fairy-tale architecture, vibrant culture and Haunting castles it is very easy to see why Prague charms everyone who visits. Although beautiful in every season, Prague is always busiest over the Christmas and Easter holidays and during the summer months. Spring generally offers good weather, with less tourists providing a more relaxed expereince. All the historic sites that you want to visit are still open for business, plus the flowers are in full bloom and the Prague Spring International Music Festival is in full swing.
Things to do:
It is impossible to see all that Prague has to offer in one or two days, but if you have a limited time to explore then you must not miss the stunning Charles Bridge, of course, which will also link your walk from Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock to the wonders of the Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. The Art Nouveau wonders of the Municipal House are right by the Powder Tower, and nearby Wenceslas Square has the statue of the sainted man himself and the golden domed National Museum, on the steps of which Jan Palah burned himself alive. We also suggest a visit to the Jewish area with it's various synagogues and cemetery.
Charles Bridge (Karlův most)
One of the world's most beautiful bridges it was built in 1357, and the figures of saints were added during the 17th century. They symbolise the confidence of the Catholic Austrian's triumph over the Protestant Hussites. The bridge is full of tourists throughout the day and at night you can see wonderful views of the illuminated Prague castle and Old Town.
Church of Mother of God before Týn (Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem)
The Týn Church, in Prague's Old Town, is one of the most impressive gothic buildings remaining today. The interior is a showpiece to gothic, renaissance and early baroque religious works.
Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička)
After a lengthy reconstruction, this picturesque street reopened to feature displays on how past residents of the street used to live. Legend has it, that 16th-century alchemists laboured to discover the Philosopher's Stone to make gold from lead.
Old Royal Palace (Starý královský palác)
One of the oldest and most impressive parts of the castle, the Old Royal Palace dates from 1135 and was the seat of Bohemian princes.
Prague Castle is open from 6am to 10pm but the historical buildings are open only from 9am to 5pm and 9am to 4pm during November to March.
Types of tickets
Prague Castle – Circuit A
St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, The Story of Prague Castle exhibition, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, Powder Tower
Prague Castle – Circuit B
St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower
Prague Castle – Circuit C
'The Treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral' exhibition, Prague Castle Picture Gallery
The Story of Prague Castle exhibition
The Treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral' exhibition
Prague Castle Picture Gallery
Powder Tower – Castle Guard exhibition
Great South Tower with a View Gallery
Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)
The heart of Prague, the Old Town is a vast open space that is flanked by a beautiful blend of carefully restored architectural styles including Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and neo-styles. There is always a constant hum of activity, day and night, around the square and offers a long history at the centre stage of many of the city's defining moments, from the execution of preacher J. Želivský in 1422, to the attacks on Soviet tanks with Molotov cocktails in 1968.
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