If you are looking for a weekend break that’s full of culture, beauty, history and class, then Prague is your go to city. Everywhere you turn, there’s something to catch the eye, making the process of planning an itinerary somewhat troublesome. So, we’ve decided to help you out, by pointing out a few of the most picture perfect spots to visit in Prague.
No, the Eiffel Tower wasn’t stolen and shrunk accordingly. Prague’s Observation Tower is in fact only loosely based on Paris’ most iconic monument. Standing tall on the tip of Petrin Hill, this is the perfect place to come on a clear, dark evening, to witness the city glowing brightly at night. The tower radiates with inviting blue and red light colours and can be seen topping off the sea of green that covers the hill, from the city centre.
The tower takes 1 hour to reach, and is a leisurely walk. Many claim that the castle, set high above the cobblestoned streets, has the best views of the city. However, would you rather be at the castle, looking out at the tower, or in the tower looking at the magnificence of the castle with Prague glistening beneath? It can get a little breezy up there though, so hold on to your hats.
The towers of St. Vitus Cathedral soar boldly into the skies, surpassing the height of the castle. The architecture is gothic from the outside, but on the inside, the architecture is more traditional. It’s grand, it’s ornate and it’s beautiful. Kings, Princes and Emperors are traditionally buried here and as the biggest church in the Czech Republic, this display of splendour is certainly worth your time. Located on the castle’s grounds, you can’t miss it.
Prague Castle is perched proudly above the city and not only offers incredible views, but also provides hours of enjoyment for those interested in learning more about the castle’s rich history. The castle’s large exterior and gardens can be explored without a ticket, but there are also a number of galleries and exhibitions for those of you who crave even more knowledge. During the daytime the castle is a spectacle, but come evening time, it is truly a site to behold. Tastefully lit, the castle becomes the focal point of the city. This is the official residence of the President, and the aesthetics of the castle more than match up to this fact.
Old Town Square
Years ago, Old Town Square was a sea of bustling market stalls, and these days not much has changed. It’s still a lively place, and around Christmas time, Old Town Square is a wonderful hive of vibrant activity, where the square becomes lined with festive stalls. For the remaining 11 months of the year, it’s still a very traditional area and it is obvious that it has remained relatively untouched. The architecture is varied, ranging from gothic, to baroque, so you’ll certainly feel as though you have taken a step back in time. Make sure you join the clusters of people gathered to witness the Astronomical Clock striking the hour, where a small trap door will open to reveal the procession of the Twelve Apostles.
One of the most iconic symbols of both Prague and the Czech Republic, Charles Bridge is an excellent addition to the city’s already fantastic skyline. This 15th century spectacle is lined with statues of historical figures that have been produced by various architects over the years, and the bridge itself has many fascinating stories to tell. The storybooks say that the blocks used to build the bridge were bound together with egg yolk mixed with mortar, for a little extra strength. Whatever the truth may be, it looks pronounced when illuminated at night.