The top ten places to visit in Prague
The mighty Prague Castle, one of the most popular tourist attractions of Prague, stands tall at a vantage point that overlooks the Vltava River. It’s situated in the Hradcany neighborhood, and serves office to the President of Czech Republic.
Not only that, there’s a rich history attached to the castle. The castle buildings have been renovated and restored many times in the past centuries, and it’s said that it was home to the Bohemian Kings earlier.
The Prague Castle itself has a lot of eminent places inside it, some of them being the Powder Tower, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Old Royal Palace, and the Golden Lane.
The castle is lit with vibrant hues at night, and all the reflections make it nothing less than magical.
The Charles Bridge is a stone bridge that crosses the Vltava River, and is one of the most famous bridges in Europe. It connects the Prague Castle and the Old Town, and is decorated with 30 baroque statues and statuaries on both the sides of it.
All the lights mounted on the bridge reflect themselves on the Vltava River miraculously at night. The colors, reflections and the hues make the place very beautiful.
St. Vitus Cathedral
The St. Vitus Cathedral was constructed in honor of Saint Vitus, who is considered as a patron saint of actors, comedians, epileptics and dancers. It has a Gothic architecture and history of this Roman Catholic church dates as back to Prague itself. It’s located inside the Prague Castle and it has the tombs of many Bohemian Kings and Roman emperors.
The Lennon Wall, also known as the John Lennon Wall stands for the singer-songwriter who is a co-founder of Beatles. It all started after he was assassinated in 1980, when the wall got its first decoration. People expressed their grief for him through the wall, in the form of graffiti. The Wall also has lyrics of Beatles written on it. Even now, you can find tourists who visit the place and their sentiments to the wall. The Lennon wall, with its colorful display is definitely a cool place to visit.
The Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
The Old Town Square is situated at the heart of the city and you get a birds eye view of the city from this place. The churches in the town and the marvelous architecture make this place popular. Not to forget the most important , it also has an Astronomical Clock that dates back to the 15th Century. The Astronomical Clock is located at the southern side of the Hall Tower of Old Town. It displays the position of the sun and the moon in the sky, other astronomical details, and the statues of Catholic Saints. Whenever the clock strikes an hour, the motion procession of the twelve apostles begins. Clementium, one of the most famous libraries, is also situated at the Old Town.
The Powder Tower
The Powder Tower gets its name from the 17th centuries in which it served as a gunpowder store. It is one of the original city gates to the old town of Prague. It is also the start of a royal route in the coronation of the Bohemian kings. Starting from the powder tower, the royal route is followed through the Old Town over the Charles bridge and up to the Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral which was where the kings were finally crowned.It stands as a majestic and attractive entrance to the city.
The Strahov Monastery is the second largest in Prague and is a perfect space to relax and seek spirituality. It has two libraries, the Theological hall and the Philosophical Hall. They both have a reading room, and the beauty of the libraries of Prague is such that you can stand and just marvel at them all day.The libraries inside the Strahov Monastery have about 200,000 volumes of books, that includes the manuscripts. It’s a place of interesting history and artwork.
The Prague Zoological Garden is situated near to the Czech capital centre, at the banks of the Vlava River. It has been functional since 1931, and is not only a popular tourist attraction, but also has been rated as the seventh best zoo in the world by Forbes Travel Guide. One interesting face about the Prague Zoo is its contribution to saving the Przewalski’s horse, an endangered species. It has around 700 species and is one of the unique zoos in the world.
Clementium is one of the largest building complexes of Europe. It houses the Czech National Library and offers classical musical concerts. They were built in the mid 16-18th centuries. The Clementium includes copies of every single book published in Chech, and hosts abou 6 million books in it. It has an exquisite Library hall with wonderful ceiling art works. This Old library is one of the most beautiful places you’ll see. It’s a treat, and a must visit place, especially for bibliophiles.
Karlstejn Castle is a Gothic castle built in 348 CE by Charles IV.It has an interesting history to it. It was built to guard and protect the holy relics house coronation jewels of the Roman Empire. It qualifies for a one or a half day trip from Prague, approximately a 40 minute train ride away. The magnificent castle is an excellent choice to spend some peaceful time away from the city buzz. The train journey to and from the Karlstejn Castle offers you some breathtaking countryside views. We hope this guide helped you get a glimpse of some of the most eminent places in Prague 🙂 Have a great trip and most importantly stay safe! Be it a trip to Prague or anywhere else, tactical backpacks can make your life easy as breeze. So if you are looking to buy one, check out some of the best tactical backpacks we have used till now for our trips.
The narrowest street in Prague has traffic lights
The narrow street in Prague is a challenge for tourists who want to sneak through space with a width of only 49 centimeters. Provided, the City Hall lights installed for visitors to enter the place and not in place similar Stada block Rope in Brasov.
Located in the Mala Strana district, street Vinarna Certovka is one of the narrowest in the world, with 49, 6 cm width thanks to which has become one of the tourist attractions in the Czech capital. Tourists queue to sneak in turn through the narrow space, long 9 7 meters, amused that should activate a stoplight to announce the presence of other visitors waiting for their turn, so as not to create situations unpleasant.
It is not known if it is just an urban legend, but it looks like a tourist fatter in Germany remained blocked on the street in Prague and could not be pulled out of the walls until it was soapy well as slip in “trap” .
Despite Vinarna Certovka has a width less than half a meter, do not hold the title of “the narrowest street in the world”. The Guinness Book Spreuerhofstrasse contained in this chapter of Reutlinger, Germany, with a width of only 30.4 centimeters
Rope Street in Brasov has 111 centimeters in the most narrow and 80 meters long. It is documented in the seventeenth century, being used at that time firefighters.
Author’s BIO: Mark Bennett is an American writer and traveler, whose major inspiration has been camping with his father ever since his childhood. He aims to visit 75 countries before he’s 30.