Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, is renowned world over for being a centre point of cultural icons, historical landmarks and colourful local customs and cuisine. Being such a bustling centre of culture, it could take a lifetime to soak in everything that makes Prague so unique.
In no particular order, we’ve compiled a list of eight sights not to miss. A trip to any one of these landmarks is sure to make your holiday to Prague as special and unique as the city itself.
St Vitus Cathedral
Founded in the year 930 and one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe, St Vitus Cathedral is the biggest church in Czech Republic. The Cathedral is located within Prague Castle and contains not only the Czech Crown Jewels and beautifully elaborate vault systems, but the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors. St Vitus is a must see for anyone with an interest in European history.
Prague Astronomical Clock
Mounted on the southern wall of the Old Town Square City Hall, this curious clock is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world, and, more importantly, the oldest that still works.
The clock is a brilliant example of medieval ingenuity; with each part of the delicate mechanisms and ornate decorations can be viewed in all their original majesty due to a restoration project. Keep an eye out on the hour, as the clockwork figures around the façade come to life, as they have done for centuries.
Built across the river Vativa under King Charles IV, Charles Bridge served as the main connecting route between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town area up until 1840. Walking the bridge is quite the experience, with over 30 baroque style statues lining the walkway; each is a depiction of an individual saint and every single one has its own story.
Prague National Theatre
The Theatre’s construction was finished in 1881 and architecturally stands as a visual monument to the past whilst looking to the future, with neo-renaissance and classical structures seamlessly integrated into one breathtaking building. Oh, and did we mention the fantastic range of drama, opera and ballet hosted there?
One of the busiest and most bustling town squares in Prague, Wenceslas Square is full of personality and can be guaranteed to have something going on at any time of the year.
As with many other places in Prague, the square is steeped in history; from its founding in 1348 where it served as a marketplace, to World War Two, for which it was the setting of a tense uprising, all the way up to the modern day where it houses some of the most characteristic hotels in Prague.
Two important landmarks to see around the square include Prague’s National Museum Building and the Statue of Wenceslas, which towers above the south-east of the square.
John Lennon Wall
‘John Lennon Wall’ has become a monument to the changing ideals and cultural shifts of the youth of Prague since the 1980s. Adorned with various graffiti tributes, fantastic street art and thought-provoking political slogans, the wall started its life as a tribute to the deceased Beatles singer and has since been a place for freedom of expression to reign in a pure and focused form.
The wall is certainly worth a look and you’ll most probably have a different experience each time you visit.
Originally acting as a welcoming entrance to the city, the Powder Tower is yet another fascinating glimpse into Prague’s medieval Gothic past. One of 13 gates that were constructed in the 15th century as entry into the Old Town, the tower earned its interesting name after being used to store gunpowder in the 17th century.
Petrin Hill could be an ideal place to visit if you are interested in quieter moments. The hill is in the centre of the city and is home to many parks. The more rural setting is a favourite among Prague locals, from picnics in the summer to snowball fights in the winter. A rose garden and observatory are just two of the sights to enjoy in this very different corner of Prague.