5 Recommendations of What You Can Do in PragueRuss Bily
This magical city of Prague! No other place can leave such a living memory. No other city looks at its visitors with such wonderful eyes. Prague is the city that can make you fall in love with it!
In my last articles about Day Trip to Karlovy Vary I discuss how you can visit Karlovy Vary from Prague and have a new amazing experience traveling around the Czech Republic.
In this article, we are going to give you 5 most popular tourist tips for curious travelers. Slowly carrying out all the points and enjoying your trip, you will get the most complete impression of this wonderful city and its traditions.
Let’s start our unforgettable sightseeing tour around Prague!
1.Walk along the Charles Bridge (Karlův Most)
Prague’s oldest bridge is built of sandstone blocks, flanked at each end by fortified towers (Lesser Town Bridge Towers, Old Town Bridge Tower). From 1683 to 1928, thirty statues of saints were carved to decorate the bridge, the most famous of which is the statue of St John of Nepomuk.
From the bridge, you will have amazing views over many Prague’s medieval towers, churches, and palaces. The view towards Lesser Town, dominated by the Prague Castle complex, is very picturesque.
The best time to visit Charles Bridge is early in the morning or at night when it is not crowded. You can climb two towers standing on both ends of the Bridge for a magnificent view of Prague and the bridge from above.
You can get to the Charles Bridge when taking the tram number 12, 20, 22 or 23, getting off at station Malostranse Namesti.
The Charles Bridge over the Vltava River is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Prague. Its towers and sculptures are worth to be seen!
2. Admire the architecture of Old Town Square and watch a unique Astronomical Clock performance
Wander through the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), where the true heart of Prague beats!
The elegant tower of the Old Town Hall with the world famous Astronomical Clock, the monumental Church of St. Nicholas and countless colorful houses of many styles give this place a unique atmosphere, which will mesmerize you if you decide to take a look at its charm.
Not avoiding a crowd of tourists, watch a performance on an Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Hall, called “The Apostle Parade”. Its main function was to depict the movement of the Sun and the Moon; showing the time was merely a secondary element. The Apostle figures became part of the clock in the middle of the 16th century.
Very much has been written about the performance itself, but nothing will convey that atmosphere of mystery and admiration that reigns over the square during this performance. For a greater impression during the presentation, be sure to remember that the clock was built in the 15th century and has not undergone any tangible changes since that time.
The Apostle parade can be seen on the Prague Astronomical Clock every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. till 11 p.m. However, it is better to watch it in the morning, when there are relatively few people on the square. To take the most advantageous place, come to the clock 15 minutes beforehand.
While walking along the historical center, try famous Czech trdelnik, a kind of spit cake, made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick and topped with sugar and walnuts. Here you can eat a fried sausage and drink Czech beer.
All this must be done by sitting on a free bench and enjoying the surrounding pictures. In winter, the beer can be replaced with hot mulled wine or grog.
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3.Enjoy a classic performance in Prague National Theatre
The National Theatre in Prague belongs to the most important Czech cultural institutions with a rich artistic tradition. Today the National Theatre consists of three artistic ensembles – opera, ballet, and drama. Operas are sung mostly in Italian and are accompanied by both Czech and English subtitles.
Visit Giuseppe Verdi´s La Traviata and Aida, Camille Saint-Saens´ Samson and Dalila, or very popular Georges Bizet´s Carmen. If you want to see something by Czech authors, there is Bedrich Smetana´s Hubicka (The Kiss), Tajemstvi (The Secret), and famous Rusalka.
Another scene of the National Theater is the Estates Theater. On this stage, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart´s La Clemenza di Tito, Don Giovanni, La Nozze di Figaro, and The Magic Flute are staged.
If you prefer the Ballet, you can visit Adolphe Charles Adam´s Giselle or project Solo Pro tri (Solo for three).
Both of the buildings are very nice, performances are well prepared, done by the best Czech and world dancers and singers, prepared by great directors and choreographers. So if you like Opera or Ballet, it is worth to visit the National Theatre, as it can be a great cultural experience, and a way how to spend a pleasant evening in Prague.
Do you want to visit the smallest street in Prague and go inside these tiny houses?
Welcome to the № 4 Golden Lane or Zlatá ulička!
On the eastern side of the Prague Castle, not far from St. George’s Basilica, there is an unusual street called Zlatá ulička. It is considered a symbol of Prague, its historical heritage.
Colored facades of tiny houses emerge on the cobblestone pavement. Sixteen old buildings have survived here. Zlatá ulička itself is a kind of museum. In nine of them, there are mini-museums dedicated to the former inhabitants of the street. The rest are souvenir shops.
There is a legend that alchemists lived on this street, receiving elixirs of eternal youth, gold, and a philosopher’s stone for the Emperor.
In the house № 22 lived Franz Kafka; he worked here on the collection “The Village Doctor”. Now there is a bookshop in this building.
In the house № 14, marked with a sign depicting a cat, an owl, and a crystal ball, a fortune teller had her salon. Here is also a small house under № 27, once inhabited by a local healer. The house is filled with drugs and herbs, as befits a medieval pharmacy. A jeweler’s workshop can be viewed in the house № 15.
Try to find a house near the last lantern and ghosts of alchemists, prisoners of the White Tower and other former residents!
If you haven’t visited this magical street yet or missed it while being in Prague, I think now you are looking forward to making this destination your point number one.
Zlatá ulička is open every day 9:00—17:00. After 18:00 admission is free. But keep in mind that most souvenir shops are closed by this time.
How to get there? Go subway line A or tram 5, 12, 18, 20, 22 to the stop Malostranská.
5. Finally, climb the Petřín Hill and watch Prague from the Observation Tower
There are many parks and gardens in Prague, but we strongly recommend you to visit Petřín Hill as it offers a stunning view of the city’s red brick roofs.
Built as a mini version of Paris’s Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Observation Tower is 60m high. Climb 300 steps to reach the top of the tower, and the view over Prague is magnificent.
In the spring, hundreds of apples and cherries blossom there, filling the air with a heady aroma. Have a pleasant stroll around the rose garden.
Other attractions include an observatory, a museum, a telescope, a hall of mirrors, a church, and many nice cafes.
By the way, next to the Petřín Hill, there is the Kinský Garden (Zahrada Kinských). It is rather easy to go from one park to another, just find an arch in the wall that separates them. By the way, in the Kinský Garden, you can find the Transcarpathian ancient church.
Once you have enjoyed the views of Prague, we recommend you to have a dinner in Nebozizek Restaurant near Petřín Hill. You can reach it on foot or by funicular.
To reach the Observation Tower at the top of Petřín Hill, take the Funicular Railway. It departs from Ujezd street in the Lesser Town (Malá Strana), near Ujezd tram stop.
I think now you must be ready for an amazing trip to Prague. We hope our recommendations for your unforgettable sightseeing tour around Prague will be helpful and you will enjoy it!
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