Places that a tourist can’t miss on their first visit to this Czech metropolis. We have added tips of places less known, but never less appealing.
The most interesting places in Prague
Every Prague visitor should take a walk across Charles Bridge, the second oldest bridge in the Czech Republic (the oldest being in Písek). Charles Bridge took the place of what was Judith Bridge after it was destroyed in 1342 by ice that had thawed and flooded. Charles IV initiated the bridge’s construction in 1357. The 30 saint statues were gradually swapped out with copies and the originals were concealed in depositories.
Old Town Square
You shouldn’t go to the most significant square in old town historical Prague that dates back to the 12th century just to see the astronomical clock. Discover the baroque St. Nicholas Church, the rococo Kinský Palace, the Gothic Stone Bell House and the Jan Hus Memorial. If you find yourself craving something non-traditional, we recommend the tour of the fascinating Old Town Underground. If you are searching for a quality hotel in Prague, close to the Old Town Prague or if you are looking to enjoy some outstanding food, but for a good price, visit the Hotel Rott at the adjacent Malé náměstí (Small Square). The hotel’s nuance restaurant is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Prague.
St. Vitus Cathedral
The St. Vitus Cathedral is the most distinguishable Czech church, whose history reaches back to the year 925, where Duke Wenceslaus I established a pre-Roman rotunda on the spot. The cathedral is a reminder of the crowning of Czech kings and queens, and the remains of lords, aristocrats and archbishops are placed here. Thanks to its extraordinary acoustics, we recommend attending one of the organ concerts.
On Golden Lane at Prague Castle you will have the one-of-a-kind opportunity to see with your own eyes and a today’s day perspective the very picturesque, though quite private homes for the used-to-be farm labourers, artisans and castle marksmen. The homes date back to the 16th century and they were inhabited all the way until the Second World War.
The Old-New Synagogue, which was established in 1270, is one of the oldest Jewish buildings in all of Europe. The magic of this Gothic construction is first and foremost lent to the mysterious tale of the dangerous Golem, who, according to legend, was created by the rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel to protect the Jews. Supposedly, one could find Golem’s remnants hidden in the attic of the Old-New Synagogue to this day.
Where to go outside the centre
St. Claire’s Vineyard
Great wine, beautiful scenery and imposing views of Prague are all offered by St. Claire’s Vineyard in Prague’s Troja district. First-class, delicious local wine. Come and learn about the wine and, as a bonus, you have other amazing places at your fingertips, such as the Botanical Garden of the City Prague (the vineyard makes up a part of these gardens), Prague Zoo and the breathtaking Troja Palace with its bustling maze. A variety of activities take place at the vineyard, where you can listen to traditional Moravian cymbal music.
This luxurious, functionalistic villa in Prague’s Ořechovka district was built for František Müller by world-renowned architects Adolf Loos and Karel Lhota from 1928 to 1930. This is one of Prague’s must-sees for those who are fans of functionalism.
The Old Water-Waste Treatment Plant
A historical building with a unique underground that is ranked among the most significant industrial sites in Europe. Have a look around the original steam machines and you can also go for a ride on a barge or securely climb to the top of the smokestack.