Updated July 8, 2019
Prague is one of the few cities in the world that can enchant the soul of a traveler. Undeniably beautiful, those who want to see it must walk around. The main attractions are certainly magnificent, but they are not what make the difference from other cities. Those who only visit the attractions, they are not visiting Prague.
THE STREETS OF PRAGUE
You must walk and wander around for a while in all the main districts: Stare Mesto, Josefov, Nove Mesto and on the other side of the river, Mala Strana, and become delighted by the beauty of every street.
OLD TOWN (STARE MESTO)
All the main spots are in the central square of the Old Town, Staromestska, which is possibly one of the most beautiful ones in the world.
- The Astronomical Clock. On the facade of the Old Town Hall. There are many clocks like this one many buildings in Europe, but this is the most famous.
- Tyn Church. Suggested Admission 25 CZK. Closed Mondays, open from 10 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm (Sundays open from 10 am to midday). Its two Gothic towers topped with 9 needles are probably the most characteristic picture of Prague. They are so quaint you may think you are in a fairy tale. Personally I do not know any other church like this one, the closest I’ve ever seen is the Basilica of St. Mary in Krakow.
- All the buildings surrounding the square are beautiful.
In the area east of the center we will find the Powder Tower, one of the old gates to the old city.
Even for those with very little time, you should spend at least half an hour wandering around the Old Town.
This beautiful pedestrian bridge connects the two main touristic districts, Stare Mesto and Mala Strana. There is a tower on each side and two rows of statues (mainly religious) in each banister. Unfortunately, in high season, it can be a nightmare to walk. It’s packed with tourists, hawkers, artists and pickpockets hunting dreamy tourists. It is best visited in the evening, as there are fewer people and low-light makes a mystical atmosphere.
The biggest attraction here is Prague Castle, that has its own post on this link, although general details for your visit are also exposed below. Coming from Charles Bridge, there is no choice but to stroll most of the neighborhood, what we insist, it is delightful. Mala Strana is almost as big and complete as the main neighborhoods east of the bridge together, so a specific article is also dedicated to it on this link.
There is a problem, the castle is on top of a hill. There are several areas go up, either stairs or ramps, but they are all steep. You can take tram 22 to avoid the steps.
Admission to the castle is free. Inside, there are a number of historical buildings where you do have to pay to enter. In my opinion they are more interesting from the outside than from the inside. Depending on which ones you want to visit, there are many types of tickets, the most expensive is circuit A (350 CZK). I bought circuit B (250 CZK), which entitles you to visit:
- St. Vitus Cathedral, the biggest attraction in the castle.
- The former Royal Palace, one of the oldest parts of the castle.
- St. George Basilica, some sections are over a thousand years old.
- And the Golden Lane, a street of small houses painted in different colors. In one of them Kafka lived for a year. Currently there are shops and small exhibitions.