Prague Sightseeing

Prague Sightseeing

What about sightseeing in Prague? We can assure you that will be a great idea! Prague has a lot of great tourist attractions for you to visit. Are you interested in history, religion, politics, art or literature? Everybody will discover something to his taste during a sightseeing tour through Prague. Here we will already introduce you to the most important tourist attractions of Prague.

Prague Castle

The main attraction of Prague is absolutely the Prague Castle. This is the residence of the president of the Czech Republic. But also in earlier days it was the castle of the different kings that ruled over this area. The Prague Castle is no less than 7,5 acres big. It’s even the biggest castle on earth. It dates back to 880 when Borovoj commissioned the construction of the Prague Castle on a hill in the Hradčany area. The Prague Castle is also home to other great tourist attractions as the Castle Square, the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane and the Castle Gardens. This is the perfect place to start your sightseeing tour Prague.

St. Vitus Cathedral

The impressive St. Vitus Cathedral was built in 1344 in order of Charles IV, but was only completely finished in 1929. The most remarkable are the small and tall towers, which can been seen from far. They became a real symbol of Prague and also contribute to Prague’s nickname; the city of the Hundred Towers. Also notice the great stained glass windows made by the art nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.

Golden Lane

You simply can’t visit Prague without visiting the world famous Golden Lane. The magical atmosphere of this little street attracts tourists from all over the world. In the Golden Lane you will find 11 little houses which were built to house the servants of the king, including some goldsmiths. But there is also a story about King Rudolf II who tried to make gold in this street. Also Franz Kafka lived in this street between 1916 and 1917 at number 22.

Charles Bridge

Another big tourist attraction you shouldn’t miss during your sightseeing tour Prague is the historical Charles Bridge over the Moldau River. The Charles Bridge connects the Staré Město with the Malá Strana. The construction of the bridge was commissioned by Charles IV himself and started on the 9th of July in 1357. But it was only in 1870 the bridge became known under the name the ‘Charles Bridge’. Before, it was just called the ‘Stone Bridge’. Especially the 3 towers and the 30 sculptures on the bridge made it an extraordinary tourist attraction. The Charles Bridge is 516 metres long and 9,5 metres wide.

Old Town Square

The Old Town Square is located in the Staré Město. It will be impossible to miss this important square in Prague that served for centuries as the most important meeting place in the city, even today. The Old Town Square dates back to the 12th century. Here you will find some interesting tourist attractions as the St. Nicolas Church, the Tyn Church and the Astronomical Clock. You can also find here a sculpture of the religious reformer Jan Hus, who was burned for his beliefs at the stake.

Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock is an important show piece of Prague at the façade of the old town hall. The clock was made in the 15th century. Every hour when the clock strikes you can see all kinds of animated figures moving around, including the 12 apostles. The Astronomical Clock also contains, among a lot of other details, a zodiacal ring and the old Czech time scale.

Wenceslas Square

The Wenceslas Square is an immense square in the city centre of Prague of 750 metres long and 69 metres wide. The Wenceslas Square is always very lively with lots of shops and nightlife spots. Important tourist attractions at this square are the Wenceslas Monument and the National Museum. The square became world news when the student Jan Palach set himself on fire in protest against the communism in his country in 1969 and died due to his injuries.

Strahov Monastery

Are you interested in literature, than this will be a real top attraction for you! The Strahov Monastery dates back to 1140 and has a rather turbulent history. The monastery was attacked many times during history. Especially the gigantic library with more than over 130.000 books attracts a lot of visitors. Also the beautifully decorated theology room and philosophy room are worthwhile visiting. Also notice the impressive frescos.

Dancing house

At first sight you maybe will not believe your own eyes, by watching the Dancing House. The outstanding modern architecture will definitely surprise you. The Dancing House is an office building in a deconstructivist architecture style. The building was designed by Vlado Milunić en Frank Gehry in 1996. By seeing the building you immediately understand why they call it the ‘Dancing House’. Originally, the building was named after the dancing couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

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