Top 5 Prague Tourist attractions.
Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Did you know that it draws more than 4 million visitors each year? Prague has a fascinating history with splendid architecture. Here you will be able to see examples of Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and even Romanesque architecture.
There are many churches, palaces, parks, and squares in the city. Delicious Czech beer and local cuisine are served at restaurants and prices, reasonable. Unfortunately many people, like myself, don’t have months to explore this breathtaking city and we have to make-do with a week tops. What not to miss when in Prague for a couple of days?
1. Charles Bridge.
I would definitely make my way first to Charles Bridge. Many famous photos have been published from this bridge and believe me, the view is spectacular. Charles Bridge connects the Old Town and Lesser Town over the Vltava River. The bridge is more than 600 years old It is an iconic landmark in the city and almost never empty. If you do not like huge crowds, I suggest visiting it at dawn or in the evening. Evening sites in Prague are plentiful and this is one not to be missed. If you are into architecture, then the thirty Baroque statues will be a thrill to see.
2. Old Town Square.
From Charles Bridge, you can make your way down to the Old Town Square. The Old Town Square is located between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge. There is plenty to see and do but packed with tourists especially during summer. I mentioned before that Prague has a fascinating history. Here you will be able to see the statue of Jan Hus, a very important Church reformer and martyr. I suggest you find a spot to sit and look around. This square boasts all types of superb architecture. Gothic towers from the Tyn Cathedral and the Baroque style of St. Nicholas.
Then there is the Old Town Hall. Climb to the top for a breathtaking view of Prague. Don’t miss the Medieval Clocks at the Town Hall. When the hour strikes, a bell rings. The Apostles begin to walk and the Gothic sculptures move. You can hear a rooster crow and finally, a trumpeter puts on a display. Don’t miss it.
3. St. Vitus Cathedral.
It took more than 600 years to build the St. Victus Cathedral. The St. Victus Cathedral is located inside the walls of the Prague Castle. To enter the Cathedral you will need to pay an entrance fee. They permit photography without flash inside the Cathedral. The interior is exquisite and here you will be able to see the silver tomb of St. John of Nepomuck. St. Victus Cathedral can be admired from different angles as well as from the castle gardens.
4. Prague Castle.
You can see Prague Castle from far. Prague Castle is not a single building. In fact, it is complex of buildings, ranging from a Royal Palace to a tiny lane of houses where craftsmen worked. St. Victus Cathedral forms part of this complex. Kings and Emperors are buried at the Cathedral. Separate entrance tickets must be purchased if you want to visit all of the buildings. Make sure to arrive early to see everything without feeling rushed.
5. Food and local cuisine.
After a long day, nothing is more refreshing than Czech beer. Prague is a paradise for beer lovers. Here you will find some of the best beer in the world. I am not kidding. Czech food has its own story to tell and will not disappoint. Try their famous roast pork, ham, Strudel or beer sausage.
Most people visit Prague because it is one of the most visited cities in the world. Prague has so much more to offer and it is a city that I would like to visit again and again, given the opportunity.