Prague is a beautiful and historic city located in the Czech Republic. Everyone should have it on the top of their list of places to go! I was lucky enough to visit Prague for Christmas and the city was amazing. Before I left I had done my research and there were so many places to see and not enough time to see them all. If you have limited time in the city or just want to know some of the best places to see here is my list of the Top 5 places.
1 – Charles Bridge
One of the oldest and most iconic spots in all of Prague is the Charles Bridge. It began construction in 1357 and was completed in the early 15th century. It crosses the Vltava river and connects Old Town and Lesser Town. The best time to see Charles Bridge is first thing in the morning while the sun is rising. I arrived at the bridge around 6:30am just as the sun was coming up and the bridge hardly had anyone on it.
Its a great time to get some memorable photos and just take in the history of the bridge. It has an amazing view of the Castle in the background and the bridge host 30 amazing statues.
2 – Prague Castle
Whats a visit to Prague without seeing its castle? The Prague Castle was built in the 9th century and is the largest ancient castle in the world. It currently is home to the President of the Czech Republic but is still open to the public to visit. The fee to visit ranges from 70 CZK to 250 CZK or $3 to $11 USD making it a very affordable activity.
Its an impressive site and a highlight of any trip to Prague. If you are like me and enjoy walking around the cities you visit, beware that the Prague Castle is a climb. Once you cross Charles Bridge you will past through narrow streets with amazing old buildings.
Once through the streets you will arrive at the STAIRS…dun dun duh! Just kidding, well kind of the hike up is steep so if you have difficultly walking steep inclines you may want to take the cities public transportation which can drop you off closer to the castle. However if your up for the hike you won’t regret it because the views are amazing.
The castle itself is an impressive piece of architect and if you have the time its worth a visit inside.
Once inside you will see St. Vitus Cathedral which is the largest cathedral in all of Prague. It has Gothic design influences and is as beautiful outside as it is inside.
3 – Jewish Quarter
The Jewish Quarter was built around the 13th century and lies between Old Town and the Vltava River. This came about when the Jewish people were forced to abandon their homes and settle in one area. Though it started with some dark history the Jewish Quarter is very alive and rich in culture and a must stop while visiting Prague.
4 – Astronomical Clock
Prague is very rich in old medieval architect and one of the most notable is the Astronomical Clock. Built in 1410 the clock is the third oldest Astronomical Clock in the world. Every hour the clock will announce the time by having the 12 apostles pass through the window. Its an amazing sight to see and a very popular tourist photo op. To beat the crowds its best saw early in the morning.
5 – LetenaPark
One of my favorite things to find at any destination, is a popular spot where locals go, such as libraries, coffee shops or parks. Letena Park has beautiful grounds with sweeping views of Old Town below. Its on Letena hill which is on the side of Prague Castle, which you can reach by crossing Čechův Bridge. Its great place to take a stroll, have a picnic or read a book.
One must see that doesn’t make the top 5 but can be seen by just walking around are the buildings and statues. Prague is a walking city and by not walking you will rob yourself of the chance to see some truly amazing things. The history of the city can be felt by taking a stroll down the cobblestone streets and walking in between the buildings.
Prague is wonderful place to visit no matter the time of year. With so much to do and see you will never run out of things to do, whether you have one day or one week.
Keep a wandering spirit my friends and thanks for following along!