Since it’s the capital and the major drawing point for tourists, Prague stands out as one of Europe’s hottest destinations, and with good reason! The old medieval streets are an attraction in their own right, but the local food and off course the beer is just as popular. From the Prague Castle to the Astronomical Clock and the eccentric nightlife, Prague calls for more than just a few days for exploring.
Top Attractions in Prague
If you don’t visit Charles Bridge when you’re in Prague, then you definitely haven’t seen the whole city. This is the city’s most important river crossing and the famous Karlův Most dates back to 1357! Since it’s really a massive bridge (520-meter span), it has a lot of interesting points to check out like fine statues. The most popular sights however are located at spots named after the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and John of Nepomuk. The Charles Bridge that spans the Vltava River is extremely popular amongst tourists for its amazing views, and the best opportunities always rise at dawn and dusk.
The Prague Castle
Pražský hrad, or Prague Castle is a focal point of not only Prague, but of the Czech Republic as a whole. It’s located in the neighborhood of Hradčany and dates back to the late 10th century; it was even home to Holy Roman Emperors, the Habsburgs, Bohemian Kings and recently, the Czech Republic’s President. In terms of area, this is the world’s largest castle and encompasses various architectural styles throughout the different buildings of the castle. Some of the most beautiful parts of Prague Castle include St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the Powder Tower and the Golden Lane. The Old Royal Palace is magnificent in all its glory and the Vladislav Hall is best known for hosting ancient knightly jousting tournaments due to its massive size. Don’t forget to stop by the Royal Garden with its awe-inspiring Singing Fountain as a last stop before you head off to explore the rest of the city!
Prague is home to 3 of Europe’s oldest and most breathtaking libraries, and the largest of them, the National Library of the Czech Republic, can be found at Clementinum, which is a complex of historic Baroque buildings. Make sure you check out the Library Hall with its gripping ceiling artwork.
You might also want to stop by the Philosophical Library, which is one of Prague’s most magnificent libraries. The exquisite furnishings and ceiling paintings offer you a step back into time and close by you’ll find that the Theological Library has somre very impressive Baroque décor, painted frescoes and stucco work that will leave you breathless.