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10 Prague Sights You Need to Visit

Jun, 04 || 1 Comment | Tags: , , , ,

Prague is Europe’s fifth most visited city, but the Czech capital deserves to be even more popular. Prague might be even more beautiful than cities that rank higher, like Paris or London, but it’s definitely more affordable. Prices in Prague are at least two times lower than in western European cities. If this isn’t a reason to book the trip of your life straight away, keep reading to see how interesting Prague actually is.

Prague Castle

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Through the history, the Prague Castle has always been the center of political life of Czech people. Founded in the late 9th century, pillaged and repaired throughout the centuries, the Castle is now the biggest preserved fortress in the whole world.
Here, history can be felt in every corner as almost every significant event in the Czech history had something to do with it. Monarchs of the Habsburg Empire and Bohemia, presidents of Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic and even the Nazi ‘protector’ of Bohemia, Reinhard ‘The Hangman’ Heydrich, chose the castle for their official headquarters.

Being the place of the highest importance, the Prague Castle was the center point around which the city grew. The castle complex consists of many churches, halls, towers, and individual palaces. Many tourists find interesting the Changing of the Guard, which is held every day, followed by fanfare and the flag ceremony.

Prague Old Town

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Prague’s Old Town is a historical settlement founded in the medieval period. This area is today, one of the most visited in Prague as there are dozens of monuments worthy of visiting. The oldest active synagogue in Europe is located in this quarter – The Old New Synagogue. It was built in the 13th century by the Bohemian Jews, and was one of the first Gothic buildings in the city. It was demolished several times throughout ages, but the citizens of Prague rebuilt it every time.

Other important tourist destinations in the Old Town are mainly located on, or near the Old Town Square. Its main attraction is definitely the Astronomical Clock, but there are many other places that deserve respect. For example, in the middle of the square stands proudly the statue of Czech Protestant leader Jan Hus.

Charles Bridge

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The construction of the Charles Bridge in Prague lasted for almost 150 years making it one of the most impressive buildings of this country. It is made out of stone that has proved as the perfect material as it still stands proudly, linking the Old Town with the Prague Castle, over the river Vltava.

The bridge is used by pedestrians only and because of that, there are many stands offering souvenirs along the way. Besides a rich and interesting shopping offer, the tourists are able to enjoy the view from the bridge and its design. The Charles Bridge is embellished with 75 statues and a tower on each end.

Petrin Hill

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Enjoy in the natural side of Prague, far away from the crowd. Petrin Hill is a hill in the city area with many parks ideal for hikers. Standing some three hundred levels above the city, this hill is a popular destination for those who’d like to see the city from a different angle.

Petrin Hill is exactly the place that gives you that opportunity. In the late ninth century, Prague people were impressed with the Eifel Tower in Paris and built something similar. The Petrin Lookout Tower is more that 60 meters high observation tower, resembling the much famous Parisian one. From the top of the tower, the view of the city is just indescribable.

Old Jewish Cemetery

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If you get excited visiting mysterious and intriguing places, look no further than the Old Jewish Cemetery. Why? Because no one knows how old it is, nor how many graves are there, and because of that, it has always been an inspiration for thrilling stories and conspiracy theories.

It gave Umberto Eco an idea for his novel The Prague Cemetery, but unfortunately, it also served as the inspiration for the infamous work ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, which led to spread of anti-Semitism across the Europe.

Astronomical Clock

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Built in the late medieval period, the Astronomical Clock was a true masterpiece of science and crafts of that time. The Orloj, as the locals call it, besides showing the time of the day, shows also the positions of the Sun and the Moon. The calendar and the signs of the Zodiac are also part of the Clock.

In the time, when it was built, it was a real wonder, but nowadays in the modern era, the Astronomical Clock is more celebrated for its design. A colorful cock is a part of the Clock Tower located in the middle of the Old Town Square. An interesting feature of the clock is that at every full hour four figures on the clock move. The skeleton figure, representing the death rings the bell and the rest three figures – the Vanity, the Greed, and the Pleasure, shake their heads.

Zizkov

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Named after the Protestant revolutionary Jan Žižka, the Žižkov part of Prague is proud of its rebellious spirit. It has always been the working class area, but many famous Czech artists found their home here. That is why nowadays, it is probably the most bohemian part of Prague, with lots of brothels, pubs and discotheques. More than 300 pubs make Žižkov the number one place for party-goers. Actually, there is no place in Europe with more bars per capita, a fact that make the residents of Žižkov utterly proud.

If you get tired of Žižkov nightlife, there are several places in the area certainly worth visiting. For example, the biggest equestrian sculpture in the world is here. The namesake of the area Jan Žižka is depicted in huge bronze monument. The other magnificent monument is the Žižkov Television Tower, built in the late 1980’ when communism was still in power in Czechoslovakia.

St. Vitus Cathedral

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Several magnificent churches are part of the Prague Castle complex, but St. Vitus Cathedral is definitely the most important one. It is a Roman Catholic place of worship, built in the Middle Ages, when Gothic style was predominate. Almost hundred meters tall and wide, this cathedral is the most famous religious object in Prague and probably in the whole Czech Republic. It is nowadays the seat of the Archbishop of Prague.

KGB Museum

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Czechoslovakia was one of the most important communist states in the Cold War period and its capital, Prague shows the spirit of those times almost in every corner. However, the true insight of the socialist era, you can get only in the Prague KGB museum. The Czech people are very proud in their role in the destruction of Nazism in Europe. This museum has a big collection of communist items from the WWII.

During the Prague Spring of 1968, a rebellious movement spread all over the city, asking for a better life, for Czechoslovakia without USSR influence, or as the Czechs say ‘for socialism with human character’. The revolution failed, and the Soviet occupation followed, with great help of secret police – the KGB. This museum has a very interesting collection of photos from that period, taken by the KGB agents.

Lesser Quarter

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The river Vltava separates Prague in two, with several bridges connecting the city parts. The Charles Bridge links the Old Town with the Lesser Quarter, or as Czech call it the ‘Malá Strana’. This medieval settlement is located near the Prague Castle, downwards to the river. Lesser Quarter kept the spirit of the old times with its Baroque architecture. Many churches, palaces, and houses from that period are still intact, thus making this area a hot tourist point.

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