Visiting Prague – Main Sights, Attractions, Tips and Advice
If you are visiting Prague for the first time, you will not be disappointed: Prague is historical, magical and beautiful, so soak up all the amazing sights.
Wenceslas Square – The Best Place to Stay
Wenceslas Square is the perfect place to stay, as it is right in the city centre and within easy walking distance of all the main sights. There are a range of hotels to choose from, on and around the square, so the decision will solely depend on your budget, as the location is perfect. At one end of the square lies the National Museum, while restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and shops surround the rest of this magnificent square. Take a stroll all around Wenceslas Square and discover some of the most breathtaking Czech architecture.
Astronomical Clock – Prague’s main tourist attraction
Just a short stroll from Wenceslas Square is the old town, which features one of Prague’s main tourist attractions. The Astronomical clock gathers crowds of tourists and locals on the hour, every hour. When the bells ring, the 12 apostles appear high above and guards wave and blow their trumpets. This magnificent clock features the time, months, seasons, zodiac signs, holidays in the Christian calendar and the course of the sun. It is also possible to climb up the clock tower and admire the views of the stunning red rooftops across the city. Tip: Beware of pick pockets as you are looking up at the clock and taking your photographs, as the crowds do become extremely busy. In the old town square beside the astronomical clock, boasts an amazing food market and craft stalls. I would recommend you sample some of the delicious Czech delicacies, particularly a sweet pastry pronounced Troudlo, which is cooked over charcoal and simply melts in your mouth!
The Charles Bridge is an unbelievable sandstone bridge, which links the old town to the Lesser quarter. A range of famous statues and sculptures feature along the bridge, and the views of the river make for fantastic photo opportunities. The bridge is filled with artists, buskers and street traders, which add to the cultural and magical atmosphere that surrounds the bridge. Take your time to walk across the bridge and allow yourself to soak up the amazing sights along the way.
St Nicholas’s Church
This church is too beautiful for words to describe, it will simply take your breath away. It features some unbelievable architecture including pillars, sculptures, statues, and a splendid dome roof. For a small entrance fee, you can sit and appreciate the beautiful church and its stunning contents :For me, the most eye catching feature is the grand baroque organ, which was played by Mozart in 1787.
Prague Castle and St Vitus’s Cathedral
A walk up to Prague Castle and St Vitus’s Cathedral is a must whilst visiting Prague. You will pass through a series of stunning courtyards and can witness the changing of the guards, which occurs hourly. The castle boasts some amazing fountains, monuments, architecture and breathtaking views of the city, once you have reached the top. St Vitus’s Cathedral dominates the third courtyard and contains the chapel of St Wenceslas. It is beautifully decorated with some amazing coloured stain glass windows.
Prague has so much to offer and makes for a fantastic trip away. There are a range of ways to view this breathtaking city, including guided tours, cruises, trams, trains and of course on foot, so choose a method that suits you. The city is extremely accommodating, even in colder months, as virtually all the cafes feature outdoor electric heaters and blankets on the chairs, which I found very romantic! Market stalls often sell hot chocolate and mulled wine, which just adds to the amazing atmosphere that surrounds Prague.
This city offers something for everyone and is well worth a visit.2015-09-25