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Attractions/What to See

Attractions which you have to visit are: Charles Bridge, Old Town Square including Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle and possibly Jewish Quarter. Also worth consideration is the wonderful art nouveau confection, Municipal House with the largest concert hall in Prague. If you don’t visit them, you can’t honestly say you have been in Prague! All the other possible tourist sights can be considered based on your personal preference and time.

For those who want to spend some time outside Prague we recommend you visit Kutná Hora or Karlovy Vary, or some of the dozens of castles and medieval farmhouses. These places can be easy reached and visited in one-day tours.

See Prague with a guide: guided walking tour.

Our pick: a cruise on the Vltava River. The view of Prague from the river is a unique experience, as the historical centre is visible from a different perspective, presenting unusual prospects to the watcher.

Romance: the second most romantic spot after Charles Bridge is Vysehrad. It is the place to relax. It is quiet; you don’t see many tourists there because it is not in the centre. You can visit the cemetery or the church or just walk in the park and enjoy the views. For a romantic evening you must attend a show at the Estates’ Theatre — it is so beautiful and well-preserved! And because it’s relatively small, you’ll feel as if you’re inside the most amazing music box.

Tip: Krizikova fountain – great water and light show, or attend some great Mozart Operas.

Here we list some of the attractions and sights of Prague. The list is certainly not complete, and it’s simply not possible to see everything, even if you stay a week.

Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. This is the largest medieval castle in the world – the jewel of the Czech capital – and an enchanting large Cathedral. The castle contains an exhibition of Czech history and a collection of Bohemian art; the Prague Castle Gallery, Toy Museum, Powder Tower and Golden Lane are some of the places to see. Allow at least half a day.

Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock – in the heart of the Old Town surrounded by charming baroque, Gothic and rococo architecture, Old Town Square is a great place to hang around, have lunch at one of its many cafes, hire a horse or buggy, browse at market stalls or just look at the Astronomical Clock.

Male namesti just a few steps away from Old Town Square was once home to Franz Kafka. Don’t miss the Church of Our Lady Before Týn, the rococo Kinsky Palace, the medieval House at the Stone Bell and the baroque St. Nicholas Church.

Charles Bridge – dating back to 1357 this bridge was built to replace Judith’s Bridge from the 12th century; now it is one of the most popular tourist spots in Prague, vibrant by day or night, scattered with vendors and entertainers. It offers some magnificent views especially early in the morning and around sunset.

The Jewish Quarter Josefov – the oldest Jewish settlement in Europe, named after Emperor Josef II, consists of beautiful historic buildings comprising six synagogues. Discover the tragic part of Jewish history at the Jewish Museum.

Municipal House – art nouveau palace built between 1905 and 1912 and the biggest concert hall in town (Smetanova Hall). Also don’t miss coffee at the fabulous Municipal House Kavárna.

Lesser Quarter – this beautiful area was developed in the 13th century by merchants who set up shops at the base of the castle. Today the area is filled with restaurants, shops and foreign embassies. Visit St. Nicholas Church, which dates from the baroque period, or attend a concert, which usually starts at 17:00.

Petřín Hill and Funicular – escape to the green, peaceful grounds of Petrin; visit the Petrin Observation Tower, the Observatory or just enjoy great views of the city.

Wenceslas Square – symbol of modern Prague, shopping, art nouveau Cafe Evropa, St. Wenceslas Monument.

Strahov Monastery – this imposing monastery was established in 1140 for the Premonstratensians. Visit the library, the baroque double-storey Philosophy Hall and Strahov Gallery. The Loreta is nearby – a pilgrimage site established by B.B. Katherina von Lobkwicz in 1626 (see replica of Santa Casa).

Church of Our Lady Before Týn – fascinating interior with Gothic touches from the 14th century located at Old Town Square.

Vyšehrad – once it was a forbidding fortress and now it is a popular place for locals during weekends. Visit the city’s oldest Romanesque rotunda, St. Martin, the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Enjoy a peaceful walk in the gardens.

National Museum – the oldest museum in the Czech Republic has been hosting a vast natural history collection since 1891; exquisite interior. Don’t miss great views of Wenceslas Square from the upper floors.

Rudolfinum – an imposing neo-Renaissance Czech concert hall hosting various programmes and festivals (Czech Philharmonic Orchestra). 

The Church of Saint Paul And Peter In Vyšehrad

Once he began to construct his seat in Vyšehrad facing Prague’s Castle, Vratislaus the second from Bohemia founded the original parish church and chapter as soon as the second half of the eleventh century based on the design of Saint Paul and Peter’s Rome Church. Legend has it that the …

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Ungelt (Týn)

By integration of several houses arisen complex of buildings with large courtyard where since 13th century markets were held. Gothic and Renaissance houses offer pleasant sitting in many restaurants, bars and clubs.  Ungelt is the name of an old mercantile centre dating back to the end of the 12th century. …

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Daliborka Tower

Daliborka tower was used as a prison and was named after its first prisoner Dalibor of Kozojedy, who was imprisoned for supporting serfs of another squire. According to the legend he learnt to play the violin there and this legend gave rise to the Czech proverb “Nouze naučila Dalibora housti”, …

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Charles Bridge Statues

The alley of 30 mostly Baroque statues and statuaries situated on the balustrade forms a unique collection of artistic styles with the underlying gothic bridge. Most sculptures were erected between 1683 and 1714. They depict various saints and patron saints worshipped at that time. The most prominent Bohemian sculptors of …

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Klementinum

When the Emperor Ferdinand I invited the Jesuits to Prague in 1556 to spearhead the Counter-Reformation, they moved into the former monastery of St. Clement. In the 17th century the Karolinum merged with the Klementinum and they undertook a building programme which lasted over 150 years. When the Jesuit Order …

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Old Town Bridge Tower

Heralding the entrance to the Charles Bridge, and guarding any approach from either side is the blackened and aged looking Bridge Tower. The smaller tower, a Romanesque structure, dates back to the 12th century, while its current Renaissance shape is from 1591. The higher tower is from 1464 and its …

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Nebozizek Restaurant

Nebozizek Restaurant, Lesser Town, Prague 1 One of the first and most noticeable things about the Nebozizek restaurant, situated on Petrin Hill, is that it provides amazing views of Prague. If you are lucky enough to be present in the restaurant as the night time starts to fall, the opportunity …

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Kinsky Garden

This 22-hectare garden is located on the southern and south-eastern slope of Petřín and is separated by the Gothic Hunger Wall from the other gardens. The wall was built during the reign of Charles IV. Originally, there was a forest here, which was replaced by vineyards in the Middle Ages. …

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