Prague has long been considered one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Its highlights include a mix of Gothic, baroque and Renaissance buildings that have stood the test of time, enduring floods, wars and political transitions.
You will find well-worn cobblestones as streets with thousands of visitors treading over them, as well as grand halls, strong landmarks built with thick iron and winding alleyways full of mystery. Prague has an atmosphere unmatched in Europe, full of energy and vigor, despite its harrowing past. It is known as the “City of a Hundred Spires” because of its many churches and towers. Just look at the skyline and you will see spires as far as the eye can see. Yet you will still find all of the big city life, as Prague is the center of the commercialism and industrialism of the Czech Republic. As the capital and largest city in the country, Prague was developed as an interaction of routes connecting key centers on the European continent.
Since the fall of Communism in 1989, Prague has become one of the largest tourist attractions in Europe. You must visit this rich and brilliant city at least once in your life. You must experience a city this precious and wonderful.
These are the top five amazing things to do while in Prague:
- Petrin Park – What a picturesque and beautiful park! This tower was built in 1891 and the view of the city is breathtaking. You can also spend some time wandering around the observatory and formal gardens. If you prefer to spend your time at street level, you can enjoy a children’s maze and gorgeous rose garden. A truly idyllic spot to spend an afternoon.
- Charles Bridge – This bridge is simply a must see while you are in Prague. Buskers are there to entertain you while you enjoy striking views of the river and castle. This pedestrian bridge was started in 1357 and in later years (between 1683 and 1928); the various statues of saints were added.
- Prague Castle – If you are visiting this beautifully historic city, you simply have to take the time to visit a castle. Just don’t visit Prague Castle on Monday as it is closed. The castle is now the residence and office for the Czech President; however, it originally housed Czech royalty. You can spend your time roaming the galleries, gardens and the Military Museum. Try to catch the hourly Changing of the Guard – if you want more pomp and circumstance, the elaborate ceremony takes place at noon.
- National Technical Museum – For a different kind of history, you might enjoy the National Technical Museum. Filled to the gills with the history of bicycles, motorbikes, trains, aircraft, cars, racecars, and trams with informative placards for each. Great for the technically minded individual (my husband who is an Engineer loved it!).
- Wenceslas Square – A great place to start exploring the city by foot is Wenceslas Square, a beautiful tree lined boulevard. This street features the National Museum, upscale shops and lovely cafes. Also, check out Powder Tower, the only one of the city’s 13 original, medieval gates.
Prague is easy to get around and it is best explored by foot. The city is divided up into 22 numbered sections and for tourists; you’ll stay mainly in Prague 1 and Prague 2. Try to choose a hotel that is located in the city center – that way you’ll have no need to rent a car (and you’ll save a few bucks too). There is a subway system, with only three lines so you should have no trouble navigating your way. Interestingly, the subway is built very far underground compared to most subways systems. When the soviets build it in the 60s and 70s, the stations were built intentionally deep to also serve as bomb shelters should the need arise!