Prague is a beautiful and historic city located in the Czech Republic. It’s not uncommon to hear it referred to as “The Most Gorgeous City in Europe.” It features amazing architecture that takes multiple influences from Renaissance to Gothic.
I was lucky enough to visit Prague for Christmas and it was an amazing time to see the city! I did a whole post on just experiencing the Christmas Markets. No matter the time of year, there is plenty to do! If you have limited time in the city or just want to know some of the best places to see, here is my list of the Top 5 places to see in Prague!
One of the oldest and most iconic spots in all of Prague is the Charles Bridge. Construction began in 1357 and the castle completed construction in the early 15th century. It crosses the Vltava river and connects Old Town and Lesser Town. The best time to see Charles Bridge is first thing in the morning while the sun is rising. I arrived at the bridge around 6:30am just as the sun was coming up and the bridge hardly had anyone on it. The only people there with me was a couple taking wedding photos! Props to that bride she was fully decked out I can’t even imagine how early she was up!
It has an amazing view of the Prague Castle in the background and the bridge is host to 30 amazing statues. Now you want to AVOID this bridge during busy hours so think mid-morning and early evening. The crowds could hinder your ability to fully enjoy your experience.
What’s a visit to Prague without seeing its castle? The Prague Castle was built in the 9th century and is the largest ancient castle in the world. I mean come on that itself merits a visit! It currently is home to the President of the Czech Republic but is still open to the public to visit. The fee to visit ranges from 70 CZK to 250 CZK or $3 to $11 USD making it a very affordable activity.
It’s an impressive site and a highlight of any trip to Prague. If you are like me and enjoy walking around the cities you visit, beware that the Prague Castle is a climb. (Like imagine Miley Cyrus belting out the song “it’s the climb” …yeah like that.) Once you cross Charles Bridge you will past through narrow streets with amazing old buildings.
Once through the streets you will arrive at the STAIRS…dun dun duh! Just kidding, well kind of, the hike up is steep so if you have difficulty walking steep inclines you may want to take the city’s public transportation which can drop you off closer to the castle. However, if you’re up for the hike you won’t regret it because the views are amazing.
The castle itself is an impressive piece of architect and if you have the time, it’s worth a visit inside.
Once inside you will see St. Vitus Cathedral which is the largest cathedral in all of Prague. It has Gothic design influences and is just as beautiful on the outside as the inside. This takes us to our next must see!
This cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Prague and showcases Gothic architecture. It’s the largest and the most important church in the whole country! Construction started in 1344 and wasn’t finished until 1929! That’s right, this bad boy took 585 years to build. Construction continued to halt due to war, deaths and change of power. It’s really worth a visit and you can kill two birds with one stone when visiting the Prague Castle.
The Jewish Quarter was built around the 13th century and lies between Old Town and the Vltava River. This came about when the Jewish people were forced to abandon their homes and settle in one area. Though it started with some dark history the Jewish Quarter is very alive and rich in culture and a must see while visiting Prague.
Prague is very rich in old medieval architect and one of the most notable is the Astronomical Clock. Built in 1410 the clock is the third oldest Astronomical Clock in the world. Every hour the clock will announce the time by having the 12 apostles pass through the window. It’s an amazing sight to see and a very popular tourist photo op. To beat the crowds its best seen early in the morning.
You can enjoy the historical buildings and statues spread throughout the city and they’re all worth seeing! Prague is a walking city and by not walking you will rob yourself of the chance to stumble across some amazing attractions. The history of the city can be felt by simply taking a stroll down the cobblestone streets and walking in between the buildings.
Prague is wonderful place to visit no matter the time of year. With so much to do and see you will never run out of sights, whether you have one day or one week.