10 Best Places to visit in Prague
Regarded as one of the Europe’s most charming, colourful, and beautiful cities, Prague has become the most visited destination in Central Europe and has a history tracing back to the millennium. Get lost in the city’s maze of cobbled lanes and courtyards or sip upon the best beer in the world, this city has a lot to offer for all types of visitors. Turning into a paradise for an aimless wanderer, Prague is an abode to numerous UNESCO sites comprising of museums along with huge theatres and cinemas as well as renowned cultural attractions, many of which have survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Marvel at the stunning architecture and Gothic structures in this city nicknamed as “city of thousand spires” as well as “Golden city” offering innumerable attractions and unparalleled natural views to millions of people who visit every year. Prague has come to be known as a popular travel destination and if you are someone who enjoys natural beauty along with cultural diversity, you will definitely love this city! Here are the 10 best places to visit in Prague.
Recognized as the largest ancient castle in the world and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Prague, the Prague Castle has been the seat of Czech rulers for almost 1,000 years. The castle complex dates back to the 9th century and is roughly the size of 7 football fields put together. It is a premier tourist attraction and undoubtedly deserves to be a part of your Prague tourism.
Located in the Prague Castle complex, the Lobkowicz Palace (Lobkowiczký Palác) is a 16th-century palace housing a private museum and exaggerating about the marvellous bird's eye view. It comprises of the highly acclaimed Lobkowicz collections and gives its visitors a chance to explore the glorious history of Europe. For people who wish to learn and associate with the history and culture of the country, Lobkowiczký Palác is a must-visit place in Prague.
Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is an iconic 14th-century stone structure that crosses the Vltava River and connects the Old and New towns of Prague. Tagged as one of the oldest and also one of Prague’s its finest attractions, it is thronged by people (tourists, locals as well as street artists) all throughout the day. The bridge is lined with more than 50 statues and presents fairy-tale views of the city of Prague.
Named after the Petrín hill, The Petrín Lookout Tower is a 378-meter cast iron tower which takes about an hour to climb its 299 steps to the top of the tower. Known as the miniature replica of the Eiffel Tower, it is one of the most prominent landmarks of Prague and offers enchanting panoramic views of the city from the viewing deck.
Prague Astronomical Clock:
This 600-year old mechanical clock (orloj) on the facade of the city hall is one of the key tourist attractions in the historical center of the city of Prague. The clock was considered to be one of the wonders of the world in the Middle Ages and is still known for its procession of apostles, moving statues and visualization of time.
Once a normal wall, this wall has now been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and few pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs. The wall undergoes change continuously and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paints. The wall represents a symbol of global ideals such as love and peace.
Franz Kafka Monument:
This rotating structure of the famous novelist Franz Kafka will keep you engrossed for a long time. It keeps rotating in and out of shape and it is fascinating to keep looking at. An interesting piece of art, the head turns and spins layer by layer in different patterns until it forms the face of Franz Kafka. There are coffee shops around it if you want to sit down and relax marveling at the beauty of the structure.
Dating back to the 11th century, Powder Gate is one of the oldest Gothic towers in the beautiful city of Prague. It used to be one of the 13 entrances to the old town of Prague and now separates the old town from the new town. Formerly known as the New Tower, it was renamed to Powder Gate in the 17th century as it used to store gunpowder. Climbing to the viewpoint gives incredible panoramic views of the city.
A high-spirited area, Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) is known as the enjoyment and nightlife hub of Prague.The main shopping boulevard also starts here and is frequented by a large number of tourists as well as locals.Located in the heart of the New town, the square is also used as a parade ground for various organizations and parties and is overflowed with restaurants, apartments, clubs, shops, and hotels.
A multi-purpose cultural center, Rudolfinum is a marvelous Neo-Renaissance building with concert and exhibition halls built in 1881. With a seating capacity of 1023, the Dvorak Hall is tagged as one of the most beautiful concert halls and a famous tourist attraction in the city of Prague with outstanding acoustics. The atmosphere and great musical concerts will make your trip to this exceptional venue extraordinary.