Prague is a European capital boasting the best preserved historical centre, with the heart of majestic 7 centuries old architecture that’s been there since the days of the city playing a role of the Roman Empire’s capital.
Here is a short list of Prague’s 5 most important landmarks and some valuable tips on how to spend your time optimally in this bustling 21st-century capital.
#1. Charles Bridge
This bridge is perhaps the city’s most well-known sight. Six centuries old gothic bridge of stone is decorated with statues of thirty religious personas, with the latest worked into in the 1930s.
Tip: although Charles Bridge is wonderful at all times, coming early in the morning or late at night helps avoid crowds.
#2. Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral
The castle complex is one of the biggest on the planet while the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert is the first church of the Czech Republic.
Tip: you will need a lot of time to explore these landmarks, and an audio guide.
#3. Novy Svet
Often described as an unusually romantic place, this charming medieval part of Prague is where time has stopped.
Tip: located behind the Castle, this place is very much to the point after you have left the two previous – more crowding – sights, and need some quiet and peaceful time.
#4. Old Town Square
The true heart of Prague beats here, in this fascinating area that was the capital’s commercial centre during the past thousand years. Many tourists say this is the most beautiful square in Europe, with its gothic and baroque architecture, and unique atmosphere.
Tip: don’t miss the Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock and the Týn Church lighting up after dark rising against the background of small harmonious houses.
#5. The Jewish Museum
The museum includes six Jewish monuments clustered together and is one of the most popular museums of the city. Once a blooming Jewish ghetto, it’s now a collection of synagogues, including the Pinkas which walls are covered with names of 80 thousand Czech Jews who were killed in death camps. There is also a heartbreaking exposition of pictures made by kids kept in Terezin camp.
Tip: the museum tour includes the Old Jewish Cemetery massively covered with gravestones.