In Prague, ancient history mixes with modern culture to create a unique experience for visitors. As the contemporary capital of the Czech Republic and the historical capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Prague has long been an important city, both politically and culturally. Enjoy its cobblestone streets, magnificent architecture and lively environment. Here are some of the top things to do and see in Prague:
One of the most stunning things about Prague is the sheer number of fairytale-style castles that remain in this modern city. Prague Castle is the biggest and most famous, and is absolutely not to be missed. It is, in fact, the biggest castle in the world, and you can easily spend an entire day exploring its gardens, churches, palaces, towers and more.
The longest river in the Czech Republic, the Vltava, snakes through Prague and is one of the features that makes the city so picturesque. Although today there are many bridges across the river, until 1841 the famous Charles Bridge was the only thing connecting Prague Castle to the rest of the medieval city. One-third of a mile across, it’s worth strolling across the bridge not only for the view but also to see the 30 statues that decorate it.
Visiting Prague’s Old Town is like taking a step back in time, with cobblestone streets and quaint buildings that hearken back to the area’s history as a medieval settlement. Old Town Square is one of the biggest attractions, with its restaurants, shops, churches, and street performers. Located in the square, the Astronomical Clock was built in 1410 and continues to come to life every hour as figurines pop out to mark the time.
Nestled within Prague’s Old Town is Josefov, or the Jewish Quarter, which was home to the city’s Jewish ghetto. Get a pass to visit all the synagogues and the cemetery for a fascinating history tour. Highlights include the Old New Synagogue, which is Europe’s oldest active synagogue, and the stunning Spanish Synagogue, with its golden Moorish architecture.
Besides the usual landmarks, Prague also has some fun and quirky attractions that are worth checking out. A must for Beatles fans, the Lennon Wall has been continually covered with colorful John Lennon- and Beatles-inspired graffiti since the 1980s. Frank Gehry’s asymmetrical Dancing House, meanwhile, is a fun stop for architecture buffs who will marvel at the building’s unusual design.
When you need a break from all the sightseeing, Prague has no shortage of incredible watering holes and restaurants to fill your belly and wet your whistle. Fill up on hearty Czech fare like goulash, pepper steak, sausages, potato pancakes, dumplings and cabbage. Beer lovers will rejoice at the selection of high-quality brews and brewery tours.
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