Prague Charles Bridge, Prague – Image courtesy of Flatak/Creative Commons
Top attractions in Prague
Let Prague entrall and enchant you with its array of must-see attractions, including a choice of romantic monuments, museums, avenues and parks.
Prague Castle (Prazský hrad) – This historic hilltop complex dominates the highest point of the left bank of the River Vitava. Come for a day to explore the amazing collection of medieval houses, towers, churches, courtyards and monuments – don’t miss the hourly changing of the Presidential Guard.
The top sights can be explored during a morning or afternoon visit, including: St. Vitus Cathedral, home to the St. Wenceslas Chapel (Svatováclavská kaple) – regarded as one of Prague's must-see indoor sights, the Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, the Powder Tower and Golden Lane – a picturesque street of tiny 16th-century houses built into the castle fortifications.
Getting there: You can walk up to the castle or you can take metro line A to Malostranská and then ride tram no. 22 two stops north to Prazský hrad.
Charles Bridge (Karluv most) – Stroll along Prague's most celebrated statue-studded structure, which dates from the 14th century and links the Old Town (Staré Mesto) with the Lesser Town (Malá Strana). The best times to stroll across the bridge are early morning and around sunset, when the bustling daytime crowds of local artisans and visiting tourists have thinned.
Old Town (Staré Mesto) – Wander the narrow, cobblestone lanes and squares of Prague’s ancient centre that is lined with numerous historic buildings and monuments including the Gothic Tyn Church, the mural-covered Storch building and the famous Old Town Hall's Astronomical Clock (Orloj), where you can watch the unique spectacle that occurs hourly from 8am to 8pm.
For stunning views over the red-roofed city take the elevator to the top of the Old Town Hall’s tower, or if you’re feeling fit, climb the narrow, steep steps to the top.
Jewish Quarter (Josefov) – In the historic Jewish ghetto, visit the Old New Synagogue, Europe’s oldest active synagogue; the Spanish Synagogue, built in a Moorish style; the Franz Kafka Museum and the Old Jewish Cemetery, one of Europe's oldest Jewish burial grounds, dating from the mid-15th century.
Lesser Town (Malá strana) – Located across the Vltava River and on the way to the castle, this old quarter offers beautiful streets and churches including the magnificent high-baroque-styled St. Nicholas Church. Close to the Charles Bridge sits The Lennon Wall, once a source of irritation to the communist regime in homage to peace-loving ex-Beatle John Lennon.
New Town (Nové město) – Browse the many stall and shops that line Wenceslas Square, pop into the National Museum or one of the many quaint parks and arcades which line the historic Václavské námestí boulevard and admire the Cubist architecture. In the evening, choose from a selection of romantic restaurants and vibrant nightclubs.