Prague is one of the most spectacular cities in Europe, and in my opinion its beauty deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Its aesthetics will transport you to medieval times, its impressive buildings will leave you with your mouth open and its gastronomy will make your mouth water with flavors of the Old Continent. Here are **10 things to see and do on your trip to Prague **.
1. Stroll through the Old Square, home of the astronomical clock.
Prague's central square is an architectural jewel, and it is so well preserved that it is even surprising to learn that it survived World War II with only minor damage.
You will always find it full of tourists, especially during the high tourist season and the Christmas season, and although its astronomical clock is a slightly overrated tourist attraction, be sure to take a stroll around this wonderful square and its surroundings.
2. Enter Prague Castle, a monument to the passage of time.
Prague Castle: is one of the largest in the world, and undoubtedly the main point of interest of the city. Located on the top of a hill overlooking the Vltava River, the castle encloses behind its walls an impressive collection of buildings that have been built over time.
Its two-towered church, the St. Vitus Cathedral, is a marvel; the Golden Alley is a small alley with lots of charm; and the Royal Palace is a time machine made into a building. The park surrounding the castle is a very beautiful landscape and one of the best places to take a walk on a sunny day in Prague. Oh, and the sunset from the top of the castle is amazing.
3. Marvel at the view of the Vltava River from Letná Park.
Petrin Hill is one of the most beautiful parks in Prague, no doubt about it. Petřín Hill is the highest hill in Prague, from which you have beautiful views of the city but climbing it can be quite a hike so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. In case you don't feel like walking, you can take the funicular by purchasing a general public transport ticket.
4. Visit Karlovy Vary, the spa town
Unique architecture, thermal spas and a very peaceful atmosphere. If these three things sound good to you, you'll love visiting Karlovy Vary. About two hours drive from Prague, this city is one of the most popular day trips from the Czech capital|element=sc-137-930::::, and its main tourist attraction is its thermal waters with healing properties and the clean air you can breathe walking through its charming streets.
5. Cross the Charles Bridge, a Gothic marvel.
Whether it's for its views of the Vltava River, the breathtaking sky from the bridge, or the nice walk across the Charles Bridge, this is a must-see experience for any first-time visitor to Prague.
In fact, you will surely cross its gigantic bridge more than once during your visit to the Czech city, as it connects the Old Town with Malá Strana and is one of the central points from which to reach the main points of interest in Prague.
6. Kutná Hora, home of the Sedlec Ossuary
One of the most popular excursions from Prague is the visit to the famous Sedlec Ossuary, located in the city of Kutná Hora. It is a chapel decorated from top to bottom with human bones, a Gothic wonder and certainly an attraction for people who love curiosities.
Kutná Hora is located 80 km from the capital of the Czech Republic and I recommend that you do not miss its historic center during your visit, as it has been declared a World Heritage Site for its architectural interest.
7. Take a cruise on the Vltava, an alternative tour of the city
To see the city from a different point of view, I recommend you cross the Vltava River on board of a cruise:. You have several options, from a sightseeing cruise that takes you along the river and the canals of the city with an aperitif, to a romantic evening cruise with gourmet dinner that you will surely want to do as a couple.
8. The Jewish Quarter, one of the best preserved in Europe
The Jewish Quarter of Prague, also known as Josefov, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, and one of the most popular tours in Prague that I recommend you to do:.
It is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River, and its architecture is beautiful and historically interesting in equal parts. In the thirteenth century, the Jewish communities were expelled from the city and forced to live in this neighborhood, and over the centuries was hosting more and more Jewish people. It would not be until the eighteenth century when Emperor Josef II would open the ghetto and allow Jewish people to reside in any neighborhood of Prague.
9. The Terezín concentration camp, a stain on history
A excursion to the Terezín concentration camp with a professional guide: will allow you to tour the interiors of this 18th century fortress converted into prisons and barracks for the Jewish population of Germany. You will be able to visit the museum that exists today, the crematorium, and the cemetery and see first hand the living conditions that the Jewish people had in this place.
10. Visit Konopiste Castle, a medieval Bohemian fortress
Konopiste Castle is a very popular excursion for people traveling to Prague because of its historical interest, as its last owner was Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, whose famous assassination was the trigger for World War I.
Today, Konopiste Castle is a protected monument of the Czech Republic whose galleries house impressive collections of armaments, tapestries and works of art.
The best thing is that the castle is just over 40 minutes from Prague on a road trip, and on the way you can admire the beautiful views of the Bohemian region. Once at Konopiste Castle, you can tour the fortress inside and out and admire its wonderful gardens.