Prague – What to Visit?

Staré Město

Old Town Square

This plaza is the center of the historic part of the city. In here you are involved with the amazing architecture and culture of Prague. Around this square you have important buildings including the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, St. Nicholas Church and the famous Prague Orloj, a medieval astronomical clock. The moment you arrive here you feel how amazing Prague is. Around this square you have small streets that go inside the city and where you can find hidden gems.

Prague Orloj

This is definitely one of the most important and known places in Prague – The medieval astronomic clock in the Old Town Hall. This is the oldest astronomic clock in the world still working. It is possible to climb the Old Town Hall which offers a splendid view at the historical part of the town.

The clock can be separated in three main components:

  • Zodiacal Ring – where is represented the position of the Sun and the Moon’s orbits
  • Josef Manes’ Calendar – where is represented the months and the zodiac signs. In here you can find 4 small sculptures  – a philosopher, an angel, an astronomer and a orator
  • Animated figures – I think this part is one of the main reasons why this clock is so famous. Every hour you have a parade called “The Walk of the Apostles” where the figures of the Apostles and other sculptures move around. The part that I most enjoyed was when the figure of Death starts the “show” by pulling a string connected to a small bell

Website: https://www.prague.eu/en

Adress: Staroměstské nám. 1/3, 110 00 Staré Město


Jewish Quarter

Jewish Quarter (Josefov) was used to be a poor Jewish ghetto formed in the 13th century when the Jews were ordered to vacate their houses and settle in this area. Over the centuries, with Jews being banned from living anywhere else in the city and with new arrivals expelled from other countries, more and more people lived in this quarter.

Today this part of the city is one of the places most visited in Prague with many buildings that have survived during troubled times including the Prague Jewish Museum, the Museum of Decorative Arts, six synagogues, the Old Jewish Town Hall and the Old Cemetery. Important to also mention that this was the birthplace of the famous Czech writer – Franz Kafka.

Website: http://www.praha.eu/jnp/en/index.html

Adress: U Staré školy, 110 00 Staré Město


Franz Kafka Statues

Franz Kafka as I said above was a Czech writer, famous for his works that projected bold ideas and unconventional writing. Franz Kafka was considered by the critics one of the most influential writers of the 20th centrury. “The Metamorphosis” is maybe the most known work of Franz Kafka, published in 1915. This story is about a salesman that wakes one morning to find himself inexpicably transformed into a huge insect .

Head of Franz Kafka

This sculpture, depicting the head of Franz Kafka, with 10 meters and 42 rotatory layers of stainless steel, mirrors brilliantly the tortured personality and unrelenting self-doubt that plagued Kafka his entire life. The kinetic and twisting rotation of each layer gives to this masterpiece a very futuristic dimension.

Adress: Charvátova, 110 00 Nové Město

The Statue of Franz Kafka “Description of a Struggle

This statue is found in the Jewish Quarter, close to the Spanish Synagogue. This impressive masterpiece depicts Kafka riding on the back of an empty suit, which was inspired by events of the story written by Kakfka. “Description of a Struggle” is one of the earliest stories of this author, that started to be written in 1904 and finished in 1909.

Adress: Dušní, 110 00 Staré Město


The Dancing House

This is one of the most known buildings in Prague. Before even arriving to Prague I had already seen a lot of pictures of the Dancing House. Something that is important to remember is that Prague had been under the rules of Communism, so before the change of politics in the country, this city was static and the architectural aspect of the city was not one of the main concerns. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has developed and amazing creations has appeared – this building is a perfect example of that. The Dancing House is innovative, unique and bold. It is a statement of the modern era blending with the old static architecture of the city.

Website: http://tadu.cz/

Adress: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město


National Theatre

This building adjacent to the Legion bridge is an impressive example of the spectacular architecture in Prague. The National Theatre belongs to the most important Czech cultural institution with a rich artistic tradition, currently centered in three artistic fields: opera, ballet and drama. The building itself gives the impression of power and richness by its magnificence.

Website: https://www.narodni-divadlo.cz/en

Adress: Národní 2, 110 00 Nové Město


Sex Machines Museum

In one of the small streets close to the Old Town Square you find this museum. This museum contains more than 300 exhibts related to sex machines, including stimulation instruments, obsolete anti-masturbation equipment and shows the evolution of the history, curiosity and perception of the sex through the times. In the end they have a replica of an old cinema where a erotic black and white film is displayed. Interesting enough the film was the same we saw in Barcelona (The Erotic Museum)

Website: http://www.sexmachinesmuseum.com/en_page.html

Adress: Melantrichova 476/18, 110 00 Staré Město


Karlova Street

The streets around Prague are fully vibrant and bustling with people. The most important of these, and maybe the one where you will be walking along more often is Karlova Street. Karlova Street connects the Old Town Square to Charles bridge, and it is considered the main commercial street of Prague. In here you can find every type of shop and buy something. You can buy clothes, jewellery, chimney cakes, sausages, souvenirs, Christmas decorations (all year) among many other things. It was in this street where we bought our souvenirs, chimney cakes and sausages.


Charles Bridge and Vltava river

Charles Bridge is the place where you have the most beautiful and picturesque views of Prague. This historic bridge crosses the Vltava river connecting both sides of the city , Staré Město (Prague Old Town) to Malá Strana (Prague Castle). You cannot say you have truly known the city until you cross Charles Bridge.

This bridge started to be built in 1357 under the orders of King Charles IV and it was finished in the beginning of the 15th century. This bridge is decorated by 30 baroque-style statues and statuaries that can be found along the corridor of the bridge, most of them built between 1683 and 1714. However, the statues now there erected are replicas of the originals. Most of the original statues are kept in the Nacional Museum of Prague. The statues represent several saints and patron saints venerated at the time of their creation.

This is a “not to miss place”. The first time we came here it was a really nice atmosphere with a band playing violin, different stalls, a lot of people, a really good weather and the amazing view of Prague around us. At that moment I couldn’t ask for more.


Malá Strana

Prague Castle

Prague castle is not a normal castle as we are used to. Prague is a complex of multiple beautiful buidlings and small streets conected to each other. This castle was built during the 9th century and it is the biggest castle of world. And as such, of an indescribable value to the Czech Republic.

Now: what can you visit in here?

The list is extensive and it is difficult to choose, so I advise you to take one entire day to visit the Prague Castle. The main attractions are:

  • St. Vitus Cathedral
  • The treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral
  • Great South Tower of the Cathedral
  • St George’s Basilica and Convent
  • Rosenberg Palace
  • Old Royal Palace
  • The story of Prague Castle
  • The picture gallery at Prague Castle
  • Golden Lane
  • Royal Garden of Prague Castle

As you can see there is a lot to see. The only negative aspect of Prague I found is the fact of having to pay for everything you want to visit.

You can see prices and much more about this area in this website: https://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle-for-visitors

Don’t forget to take a few minutes to admire the view of Prague while climbing the mountain.


Wallenstein Garden

Wallenstein Garden is a baroque garden created at the same time with the Wallenstein Palace between 1623 and 1629. We loved the peacocks with beautiful feathers that were wondering around the garden and the owls inside their big cages. Apart from that you have statues and an artifical cave and wall with stalactites. During summer months this garden is a venue for concerts and theatrical performances (even though we came here in May we were lucky to attend one of such events).

Adress: Letenská 123/4, 118 00 Malá Strana, Tchéquia

Website: https://www.senat.cz


Kampa

Kampa is a really nice park on the Castle Prague close to the river. You can just strand along and have beautiful views of the Old Town Prague. You can also stop and have a drink around the area.


Lennon Wall

Actually, all the area around is beautiful to see, so picturesque and transmitting a very relaxing vibe. You can stop at the Lennon Wall close by Kampa, in one of the narrow streets of the city. This wall is today a symbol of peace and love. The first picture draw was the face of John Lennon after his death in 1980. Since then the wall has been filled with graffiti’s, messages and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs.

Adress:  Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1