Located east of Vltava Riverbank, the Dancing House is unique Curving modern office block by architect Frank Gehry, with a top-floor restaurant offering city views. A modern building that has made Prague famous around the world and became a popular tourist attraction also received a number of prestigious awards.
Not a bad idea to pay a visit to Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Praha 2.
Don’t miss the John Lennon Wall
If you are taking a walking tour then this is not going to be part of the tour but this is something you should not miss if you are in Prague. Graffiti started appearing on this ordinary wall in the 1980s as a protest against the communist regime. The communist police repeatedly tried to whitewash it, but they never managed to keep it clean as people kept painting messages of love and peace at night. Today, it’s known as the John Lennon Wall.
Prague Tour Is Incomplete Without a Visit To Kampa Island
One of the great place to be in on Kampa Island in Lesser town for a wonderful view of Charles Bridge and enjoy the 13th.-century water mill, historical surroundings, and the activities in Certovka (also called Little Prague Venice) Channel between Kampa island and Mala Strana.
The Iconic Charles Bridge
A walk on the Charles Bridge was to be the ultimate experience like crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on foot or even climbing the Sydney Harbor bridge a milestone accomplishment. It is Prague’s famous historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. A great place to be, it is one of the most visited sites in Prague, so during the day it is pretty much crowded.
Visit The Naplavka Farmers’ Market on the Riverbank
The Náplavka Riverbank became one of the most popular local spots in Prague, and a farmers market is the place to meet locals and taste local homemade food. Many people come here to stroll, cycle or rollerblade along the river, or to enjoy a local beer and some dancing. Náplavka is the name of the area under the Jiráskův Bridge where there are several bars and restaurants.
Visit National Memorial on Vitkov Hill
A great place for photography, as Vitkov Hill offers one of the most beautiful views of Prague. It’s also where the National Memorial and the National Museum are located. The view from the top of the hill is something different than what you could experience from Prague Castle.
Old Town Square – The Old Town Hall
Old Town Square is a historic square in the Old Town quarter of Prague. It is located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge. If you are talking walking tour it should be part of your trip leading from Charles bridge.
The square, one of Europe’s most beautiful, is surrounded with magnificent historical buildings, the most eye-catching of which are Old Town City Hall with the world famous astronomical clock and Týn Cathedral. Among other highlights are the St. Nicholas Church, the Jan Hus Monument and the delicious food stalls across the town hall.
St. Vitus Cathedral Inside Prague Castle
The Prague Castle complex houses many buildings, St. Vitus is the one that dominates the skyline wherever you are in the city.
The cathedral was commissioned by Charles IV, and construction began in 1344 on the site of an earlier 10th-century rotunda. St. Vitus Cathedral is a Gothic masterpiece and the spiritual symbol of the Czech state.
Prague Castle – Old Royal Palace
The Royal Palace was one of the original buildings in the castle complex and adjoined to the All Saints Chapel (now the All Saints Church). The Vladislav Hall was added later. If you hear talk of “defenestration” it was from windows in this hall that the two governors were thrown. The wide staircase is named the “riders staircase” as knights would arrive in the hall on horseback. The view from the hall overlooks the adjacent gardens.
Narrow Streets Around Prague Castle
Walking down the narrow lanes is perfect to experience Prague’s 16th. century architecture.
Take a Walking Tour
During my trip, I have spent most of the time simply walking. I walked between Stare Mesto (Prague Old Town) and Mala Strana (Little/Lesser Town), crossing over not only Charles Bridge but also most of the bridges over the Vltava River.
Walking tours are also a smart way to orient yourself to a new city, learn some history, and hear about the main attractions. There are many walking tours in Prague, so you’ll have plenty of options. All the tour companies meet near the astronomical clock in the Old Town Square at 10 a.m. and last about three hours. They will give you an overview of the main sites like the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, the Jewish Quarter, and more.
Visit Letná Park
Letná Park is a large park on Letná hill, built on a plateau above steep embankments along the Vltava River in Prague offers the most beautiful view of old town. It’s a favorite summertime hangout among the locals and is always full of people. In the middle of the park, there’s a square with a huge metronome that’s visible from the city center. It’s where the biggest statue of Stalin in Europe once stood.
Take a Vltava River Cruise
The best way to see the city skyline is from the river. There are many cruse available including some luxury ones. At night dinner cruise is also a good way to enjoy at night when the entire city and the bridges on the Vltava lit up.
Try Goulash Like The Locals
There are many roadside pubs and restaurants where I tried Beef Goulash. Even though a little salty but still it got its authenticity and very much satisfying especially once you have a glass or two local Czech beer. Czech beer is world famous and in Prague, you could buy beer cheaper than a bottle of water.
So stop by in one of the local pubs and try them out.
The Best way to getting around town is by public transportation, the tickets in Prague are the same for all means of transport (Prague metro, tram, bus)
- basic ticket (allowing transfers) costs 32 CZK permitting a 90 minutes ride
- short-term ticket for 24 CZK is valid for30 minutes
- there are tickets valid for 1 and 3 days and long-term (monthly, quarterly, and yearly) tickets
Selling points: each station has vending machines for buying the tickets; just insert coins, select your ticket and push the button. Tickets can also be bought almost in any tobacco shops. Passengers have to buy a ticket before entering the public transport.
Validation of the tickets: you need to validate your tickets only once. Subway: before entering the subway, buses and trams: right after getting on them.
Don’t forget to climb up to the tower of Old Town City Hall, in addition to stairs elevator is also available to the top.
Interested to visit the Jewish Quarter including Museum and Old New Synagogue then you need to pay 480 CZK/adult (approx 19 Euro) and 320 CZK/students (approx 13 Euro)
If you are a photographer best time to visit Charles Bridge is at dawn or late at night, when the crowds are gone.
Prague city skyline is best seen at night, so take your camera and stroll along the Vltava River at night.
Grandior Hotel Prague, Na Poříčí 42, 110 00 Praha 1
Iris Congress Hotel, Vladivostocka 1460, Prague
Have you been to Prague, here are few pictures that will guide you through my Prague Trip.
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