Prague is certaintly one of those cities that once visited, you can never forget. Regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague is as charming as Rome and Paris and has a history of art and different styles.
The best time to visit Prague is in the late Spring, where the sun is warm and the sky clear. You can plan your stay for a long weekend in May or June, as I did earlier this year. Of course, it’s quite impossible to visit the whole city in 3 days – remember that Prague’s medieval centre is inscribed in the World Heritage List! – but I’ve collected some of the things you can’t miss and that are also easy to see!
Watch the Astronomical Clock Strike an Hour
The Old Town Square is the heart of Prague, the place that has remained nearly untouched since the 10th century. A magical square with gorgeous building and the huge Astronomical Clock. This clock was installed in 1410 and is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town Hall. Every hour between 9 am and 11 pm the clock strikes the hour: I suggest you not to miss it! You will see this medieval wonder in action with a procession of Apostles and moving statues!
Cross the Charles Bridge
You can’t visit Prague without crossing its oldest bridge. Built in 1357 by Charles IV, it was completed in 1402 and features 30 saintly statues. Towards the middle of the bridge you can find the statue of St John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of Czech Republic. Don’t forget to touch the plaque to ensure that you return to Prague one day! The bridge connects the west bank (with the Castle and Mala Strana district) to the east bank (the Old Town). Keeping this bridge as a reference can really help you especially if you’re spending here only a few days or hours!
Stroll around the old Jewish Ghetto
Josefov is the old Jewish quarter, and it is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. You can find many interesting buildings here, and six synagogues, including the Spanish Synagogue, which is probably the most beautiful in Europe. Buy a ticket at the Jewish Museum to visit the Old Jewish Cemetery and some of the synagogues. There are also some guided walking tour available.
Visit the Prague Castle
One thing to know before starting: Prague Castle is the largest castle area in the world! Prepare for a lot of walking! You can get there by Nerudova street or castle steps: but choose the old castle steps (Staré zámecké schody) for an amazing view of the city. Once in the Castle there are many things to visit, I suggest you to choose the ones you like the most and get a ticket (there are different options based on what interests you). Make sure you don’t miss the St Vitus Cathedral to enjoy the vibrant colors of stained glass by Alfons Mucha!
Drink a world famous beer – or cider!
I’m more of a cider person, but Czech beer is very tasty and worldwide famous. In Prague you can find both drinks, so don’t forget to rest in one of the several pubs or cafes around the city for a beer or a Czech cider: they will serve you cider with ice cubes and a straw.
See the Municipal House
This is one of the buildings in Prague I loved the most, probably because I’m fond of Art Nouveau architecture style. The Municipal House opened in 1912, and the proclamation of the independent state of Czechoslovakia took place here in 1918. Nowadays this majestic building houses a ballroom, a concert hall and several restaurants and cafes. You can visit some of its rooms only by guided tour. On the left of the building find the Powder Tower, dating 1475 and separating the Old Town from the New Town.
Enjoy the Dancing House
This building was very controversial when it was inaugurated because of its non-traditional design. and it was even nicknamed Fred and Ginger! The unusual shape made this building a symbol of the city of Prague, though!