Category: Czech Republic

What to do in Prague – Czech Republic

1. Prague Castle

Prague Castle is the most popular attraction in Prague. The tiredness I got while visiting around the castle made me believe the fact that it is the largest ancient castle in the world. Yes, there is no doubt that this castle is bigger than seven football grounds and Guinness World Records has also endorsed this fact. Its haphazard shape is because of various rulers who reside in this castle and made additions according to their own requirements.
The history of this castle began in the 9th century when Prince Bořivoj settled here. It has been reconstructed four times from that of PrinceSoběslav in the 12th century to a classical era of Empress Maria Theresa (1740–80). In the 1920s President Masaryk hired the services of Slovene architect, of Slovene architect, Jože Plečnik, to modernize the castle and thus it became more tourist-friendly.


Prague Castle

Though you will get exhausted when reach at the end of castle, yet my advice for you is not to miss viewing the prisons located at the end of the castle and once used by rulers to imprison the culprits and soldiers of enemy.
Ticket: I bought the ticket for 250 KA however, it was not applicable for admission to other art galleries and museums within the castle grounds. There is also an option of family ticket that is valid for two adults and children under the age of 17. Moreover, you will find notice on various locations of castle that for taking photographs you will have to pay 50Kč. However, I made photographs with my mobile phone but paid nothing.

2.Astronomical Clock in Prague

The Prague Astronomical Clock is fixed on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square in Prague. The clock was first installed in 1410 and it is regarded as the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world that is still working smoothly. The interesting thing of clock is its accurate indication that it gives about the directions of sun, moon and sky.

The Prague Astronomical Clock

I along with other hundreds of tourist waited anxiously for the mechanical magic of Astronomical Clock standing in Old Town Square. However, it proved quite disappointment for us because we could not even notice the magic that clock performed. We then bought ice cream from one of the parlours in square and moved towards the bridge.

3. Charles Bridge, Prague

Strolling across Charles Bridge at dawn one feels really proud even though you have to squeeze through the tourists. It is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava River in Prague. Its construction started around 1357 under the patronages of King Charles IV and continued till 15th century. It had been the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town and neighbouring areas until 1841. Therefore, this bridge increased the importance of Prague as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe.

Charles Bridge in Prague

The bridge has been decorated by 30 beautiful statues and statuaries; I saw people getting their photographs with these statues and few were making their wishes by putting their hands on statues.
At night Charles Bridge looks like a palace, but during the day it gets very busy with painters, owners of stalls, and vendors. If you go there with family then do not forget to get painting of your family especially your kids because painters are very proficient and they charge around 250Kč per painting.

4. Dancing House, Prague

The words ‘’Dancing House’’ caught my attention promptly when I knew about it in Prague first time and I rushed to see its dance. However, reaching there I got it that building itself does not dance but the name has been given for its non-traditional design. The design of this building is quite different from other buildings standing nearby.

Dancing House, in Prague

Its design was developed by Croatian – Czech architect Vlado Milunic and Canadian architect Frank Gehry. The most typical thing for house is non-symmetry and curved lines. It has other, funny names like “Drunk house” or “Fred and Ginger” (the names of a dancer couple).

5. St Vitus’s Cathedral, Prague

St Vitus cathedral and its gothic spikes can be viewed from almost everywhere in Prague centre. It is situated in the centre of Prague castle, on the opposite side of the Vltava River, overseeing the old town centre.
You will have to spend 100 KC to get full access to St Vitus Cathedral. Without the ticket you are restricted to viewing only the interior of the church from the rear and you will lose close up views in the nineteen beautifully adorned chapels, complete with painted or stained glass. The more you spend your time here, the more you admire the art, architecture, and splendour of the interior of St. Vitus.

St Vitus’s Cathedral, in Prague

Spend time looking at the decorated walls of St Wenceslas Chapel. Look the door carefully at the back of the chapel – from where you can enter the special room that holds the crown jewels.
Going below the main floor, you will find the ancient burial crypts. This building, in fact, gives you a specific viewpoint of the history.