Prague is one of the most beautiful and romanticEuropean cities, where each building in the historic center of the city keeps the memory of events of many centuries ago and is a unique work of art.
Millions of tourists come to Prague every year,to stroll through its parks and bridges, visit museums, look at the city from the height of the towers and observation platforms, see the famous sights, drink a glass of Czech beer and plunge into the unique atmosphere of Prague Castle.
For me, Prague is so worthy of repeated visits. I have been there many times already and I will definitely fly back. What I like about this city is that you can fly here from Moscow almost every weekend. Tickets are cheap, and fly only 2-3 hours.
The content of the article
- 1 Author's excursions
- 2 What to see in Prague
- 2.1 Prague Castle
- 2.2 National Theater in Prague
- 2.3 The Charles Bridge
- 2.4 Vysehrad
- 2.5 Petrin Tower
- 2.6 National Museum
- 2.7 Leten gardens
- 2.8 John Lennon Wall
- 2.9 dancing House
- 2.10 Old Town Square
- 2.11 St. Vitus Cathedral
- 2.12 Old Town Hall
- 2.13 Prague Zoo
- 2.14 Josefov quarter
- 2.15 Strahov Monastery
- 3 attractions Map
For those who want to save preparation timeto travel and fully immerse yourself in the atmosphere and history of the city, I recommend using the services of an individual guide in Prague. In my opinion, individual excursions are much more interesting than organized excursions with their large number of people in a group, monotonous guide-announcer and hackneyed program.
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Moreover, with a private guide you can alwaysarrange for a walk at a convenient time for you, and adjust the tour along the way. Below I post a selection of high-quality copyright tours. Look, you will love one of the options. And above all, pay attention to the excursion "How to understand Prague" and "Yards and gates of the Old City".
I especially liked the second one because I like something such hidden from tourist crowds.
What to see in Prague
Before you go deep into reading, I'll leave you a link in case you have a little TOP 15. Look at my TOP 35, there's more choice.
Prague Castle - a huge architectural complexin the east of Prague. Initially, the Castle was erected to defend the city, but over time, not only serfs, but also cultural buildings began to appear here. Today Prague Castle is an impressive sight, which is largely a consequence of the fact that the residence of the kings has been here for a long time, and since 1918 it has been the presidents.
For this reason, Prague Castle has been a long timeis closed to ordinary people, which reminds the famous Beijing Forbidden City. The situation changed in 1989, when the new President Vaclav Havel opened the doors of the residence for ordinary citizens and tourists. In order to see and appreciate all the advantages of Prague Castle, you need to allocate at least one day of your time.
Since it is not separateattraction, and the whole complex: Presidential Villa, Royal Garden, Summer Palace of Queen Anne, Golden Lane, and towers above it all - St. Vitus Cathedral. Read more about the sights.
National Theater in Prague
The National Theater in Prague is not only a placea cultural holiday and a masterpiece of architecture - it is rightfully the pride of all Czech people. The theater was built on donations from Czech citizens in 1881, but almost immediately burned out, which was a real disaster for the whole society. Such a reaction of citizens led to the fact that the National Theater was rebuilt in record time - in just two years.
The theater is very popular among the inhabitants of Prague andIt is one of the main tourist attractions: it hosts opera performances, dramas (both Czech authors and world drama).
Tourists are primarily attracted by the externalbeauty of the National Theater. The facade of the building resembles a palace, and the interior decoration is so luxurious that it also involuntarily suggests thoughts of something royal. Most tourists find it hard to believe that the National Theater was built for ordinary people.
The Charles Bridge
Another attraction of Prague - Charlesbridge. Visitors to Prague Castle usually form their route in such a way as to drive along the Royal Route, which runs along the Charles Bridge. This bridge connects Prague Castle with the Old Town, and many legends and stories are associated with it.
The bridge was built in the 14th century, and it is in this wayCzech kings marched to their residence during the coronation. The bridge is decorated with 30 sculptures, which, according to old beliefs, fulfill wishes, if you touch them. There is also a legend that if lovers kiss on the Charles Bridge, this ritual will be a guarantee of their long, happy love. More about attractions.
Before the construction of Prague Castle residencePolish rulers were in Visegrad. Czechs treat this place with great respect, as it is believed that Vyshegrad is the cradle of Czech statehood. That is why a detailed tour of Vyshegrad can be conducted by any local resident. Vysehrad fortress is 500 years older than Prague Castle, therefore the differences in their architecture are cardinal.
There are many places of interest near the castle: St. Martin’s Rotunda, St. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral, and the burial place of famous Czech figures, the Vysehrad Cemetery.
One of the main attractions of Pragueis the Petrin Tower. Locals believe that in its greatness and beauty, it is not inferior to the Eiffel Tower of Paris. The height of the tower is 60 meters, the weight of the metal structure is 170 tons. You can go upstairs on foot (299 steps!) Or by elevator.
At a height of 50 meters there is a viewing platform with a picturesque view of the city. At the foot of the tower are souvenir shops, cafes and a museum. More about attractions.
The National Museum is the most famous museum of the Czech Republic, located on Prague’s Wenceslas Square. It amazes tourists with its size (the height of the building is 70 meters, and the length of the facade is 100 meters)
The interior of the National Museum is designed in the neo-Renaissance style and resembles the decoration of a luxurious palace. Here are collected rare collections of exhibits on history and art.
One of the largest parks in Prague - Letenie(Air) gardens. It has an area of 25 hectares and attracts residents and guests of the Czech capital with its peace and tranquility. In the park there is a separate attraction - the Ganava Pavilion. Its characteristic feature is the abundance of forged parts with a complex ornament.
Year-round in the Leten Gardens (in the buildingBrussels Pavilion) conduct exhibitions of contemporary art. Also in the park there is the highest metronome in the world (the height of the Prague metronome is 20 meters). Near the metronome is an observation deck, which overlooks the Vltava River. More about attractions.
John Lennon Wall
The wall of John Lennon - a place where everyone comesadmirers of this musician. The wall is located on the Great Square, opposite the French Embassy. Despite the proximity to the authorities' building, the Wall does not have an official appearance, mottled with a multitude of graffiti, drawings and inscriptions, the main motive of which is “world peace”.
The place became not only a monument to the famous "Beatle", but also a kind of street art museum, where you can often see musicians, artists and magicians. More about attractions.
Of great interest to tourists are alsomore modern sights of Prague. One of these is the Dancing House, located in the city center. This building was built in the middle of the 90s. The building is an attempt to embody in architecture an image of a dancing couple, for which the Dancing House received the name “Ginger and Fred” from local residents.
As it turned out - in honor of the heroes of the same nameAmerican film, where the legends of old musicals were filmed. On the roof of the building there is a French restaurant, from the terrace of which there is a beautiful view of the city. The building also has an office center, a hotel and a gallery. More about attractions.
Old Town Square
Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) -This is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, the historical center of the Old Town and the most popular tourist attraction in Prague. In the Middle Ages, the Old Town Square was the center of life. Here royal coronation processions took place, public executions took place and brisk market trade took place.
Now you can see buildings around the perimeter of the square.different styles and eras, from Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. Here are the Old Town Hall with the astronomical clock (one of the symbols of Prague) and the tower, which offers a beautiful view of Prague. And the Golts-Kinsky Palace with the National Gallery.
The Baroque Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Tyn Church or the Church of Our Lady before Tyn are also one of the symbols of Prague. The square also has a monument to Jan Hus. More about attractions.
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral, the construction of whichlasted almost six centuries in a row - this is a vivid example of gothic art in Prague. The cathedral is part of Prague Castle, which is considered the world's largest castle complex. At present, the Cathedral of St. Vitus plays the role of the residence of the Archbishop of Prague.
Also, regalia for the coronation ceremony are kept in the building of the cathedral. The cathedral is very popular with tourists and consistently occupies the top lines of attendance, so there is never enough people here. More about attractions.
Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall on Old Town Square wasbuilt in 1338. If you look at the history of Russia of those times - Russia was still under the Mongol-Tatar yoke. The Old Town Hall was built not one year, but for a long time. In one of the towers, in 1410, an astronomical clock was installed, or as they are also called: "Prague Astronomical Clock".
The clock and the tower became selfattractions and enjoy the attention of tourists. The clock is considered a very complex mechanism of that time and every day, every hour from 9 to 21 o'clock entertain tourists with a short presentation of the figures on the tower. More about attractions.
Relatively recent construction, but with itshistory worthy of a separate post. Prague Zoo has the same success among the family part of Prague's tourists. From the 16th century, it was a private menagerie and, over time, developed into the national treasure of the Czech Republic.
The Prague Zoo survived the Second World War andsevere flooding in 2002, which affected him more than other buildings in Prague - the zoo was built in a valley, the so-called “Troiska hollow”, which suffered the most.
I boldly bring it to the TOP-15 of the best places in Prague, as an excellent option for family entertainment and a respite from the architectural and museum beauty of the city. More about attractions.
One of the oldest parts of the city, keepingthe history of the first Jewish immigrants who were actively expelled throughout Europe, and in Prague they found a tolerant attitude and great opportunities for arranging their lives and preserving their cultural heritage. The quarter was named after Emperor Joseph II, who initiated reforms that greatly facilitated the life of the Jews.
In the Josefov quarter there are several synagogues, a cemetery and historical monuments preserved over the past centuries. It is very useful to walk around the quarter with a personal guide, and not as part of the tour.
Built in Hradcany in 1143, todayconsidered one of the oldest monasteries of white canons (or monks-premonstrantov) - if this tells you something. In total, the monks had about 1,300 monasteries in Europe. During the reforms of Joseph II, the monastery was close to closure, like many other religious institutions.
Closed them on the basis of "uselessness forSocieties ”are excellent, in my opinion, the approach to such organizations. However, the monks responded to the emperor's message and organized a public library in the monastery, the beauty and wealth of which still amazes tourists.
Sights of Prague
Sights of Prague:
On my first visit I spent in Prague literally 2day and just walked around the city. For the first time, it may be normal, but still I would not recommend it, so I didn’t recognize the city at all. Then I had to go then again and again
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