The 13 best places to visit in Prague

 

Installed in 1996 above a narrow cobbled street in the Old Town is a 2.15 metre (7 ft) statue of Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand, said to depict the psycho analysts fear of death. Often mistaken as a suicide attempt it has been the reason for many emergency calls.

13. Man Hanging Out

 

Completed in 1992 on top of a hill in the district of Žižkov is the Žižkov Television Tower, standing at a height of 216 metres (708 ft) above ground level it towers above Prague's traditional skyline. With its communist era style high tech architecture it will already catch the eye, even more so with the addition of ten fiberglass sculptures by Czech artist David Černý named 'Miminka', appearing to show strange faced baby statues crawling up and down the towers pillars. Another three Babies made from bronze can be found in Prague’s Kampa Park.

12. Žižkovský Vysílač

 

Installed outside the Quadrio shopping centre is the Head Of Franz Kafka, an outdoor sculpture depicting Bohemian German language writer Franz Kafka. Created by famous Czech Sculptor David Černý, the kinetic sculpture stands 11 metres (36 ft) tall and is made of 45 tons of individually rotating and reflective mechanized panels.

11. Hlava Franze Kafky

 

Originally constructed around 1630 AD, is the Wallenstein Palace, a Baroque palace that served as a residence for Imperial Generalissimo Albrecht von Wallenstein and is currently the home of the Czech Senate. Behind high walls in the Mala Strana area visitors could easily miss the palace and its well maintained gardens filled with fountains and bronze statues. Note that the building is closed to the public during weekdays.

 

Pictured is the rather unique dripstone/stalactite wall.

10. Valdštejnský Palác

 

Built in 1891 AD and inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, is the Petrin Observation Tower, used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower, it is today primarily a tourist attraction. Standing a mere 63.5 metres (208 ft) high, it provides visitors one of the finest views over the city.

9. Petrínská Rozhledna

 

In the New Town area of the city is Wenceslas Square, named after Saint Wenceslas the patron saint of Bohemia, it is one of the main city squares. Surrounded on both sides by tall colourful old buildings the street slopes upwards to the Czech National Museum. Its highly recommended that visitors see the square at night when the whole area is awash with lights.

8. Václavské Náměstí

 

North of the cities Old Town on the northern side of the Vltava River is Letna Park, a large area of greenery on Letna Hill, built on a high plateau above steep embankments. Because of its high location it it offers excellent views over the cities Old Town and many river bridges.

Pictured from Letna Park.

7. Letenské Sady

 

Completed in 1996 in the cities New Town is the Dancing House, a major landmark that stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which the city is famous. Controversial to begin with, this unique and interesting building has since been accepted by the people of Prague.

6. Tančící Dům

 

First installed in 1410 AD is the Prague Astronomical Clock, the third oldest clock of its kind, and the oldest to still be in operation. The mechanism itself has three main components. Firstly the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details. Statues of various Catholic saints stand on either side of the clock, and there is also 'The Walk of the Apostles', a clockwork hourly show of figures and other moving sculptures, most notably a figure of Death striking the time. And lastly a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. Mounted on the Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square is where visitors will find this most remarkable timepiece.

5. Pražský Orloj

 

Completed in 1912 in the centre of the city is the Municipal House, holding within it the Smetana Hall, a celebrated concert venue. The art nouveau architecture, glass dome and artwork facade certainly makes it one of the cities most stand out pieces of architecture.

​Beside the Municipal House stands the Powder Gate, one of the original city gates. Dating back to 1475 AD it separates the Old Town from the New Town, and is considered one of the most iconic structures in the city.

4. Obecní Dům & Prašná Brána

 

In the north west of the city sits the enormous Prague Castle complex, which according to the Guinness Book Of Records is the largest ancient castle in the world. First constructed in 870 AD, it took over 1,000 years to finally be completed in 1929, encompassing virtually every architectural style of the last millennium. Today the official office of the President of the Czech Republic, throughout the centuries it has been the seat of power for the kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia. Within the complex stands the incredible Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a monastery, several palaces, defense towers, gardens and several museums. Towering above the city, Prague Castle is one of the most visited attractions in the Czech Republic.

​Pictured is St Vitus Cathedral, the biggest and most important church in the country. This wonderful example of Gothic architecture, with its main tower standing a whopping 96 metres (315 ft) high is located within the walls of the enormous Prague Castle.

3. Pražský Hrad

 

Between Wenceslas Square and the famous Charles Bridge is Prague's Old Town Square, a huge pedestrian area surrounded by impressive architecture and colourful facades. Dotted with statues, memorials and monuments, the square features buildings belonging to various architectural styles, including the Gothic Church Of Our Lady Before Týn, which has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century, prominent due to its two 80 metre (262 ft) high towers. Highlights of the square include the Prague Astronomical Clock and the tower of the Old Town Hall, offering visitors amazing panoramic views of the Old Town.

2. Staroměstské Náměstí

 

Under construction from 1357 AD until the beginning of the 15th century is the world famous Charles Bridge, arguably the most well known and iconic structure in the city. Known simply as the 'Stone Bridge' until 1870 AD, this low bridge measures 516 metres (1,693 ft) long and nearly 10 metres (33 ft) wide. It is protected by three bridge towers, two on the Lesser Quarter side and one on the Old Town side simply called the Old Town Bridge Tower. Decorated by a continuous alley of thirty statue, most in a Baroque style, they were originally erected around 1700 AD but are now all replaced by replicas. The originals can still be seen in the National Museum.

1. Karlův Most

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