A visit to Prague’s Old Town is a journey back in time and a must visit in any Prague itinerary. At its heart lies the Old Town Square, one of the most popular sights in the city. Founded in the 12th century, it is one of the most beautiful squares in Prague.
Here you’ll find the Old Town Hall, famed for its astronomical clock, as well as grand churches and palaces. Explore the labyrinth of twisting cobblestone lanes crowded with fascinating medieval buildings, souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants tucked into enchanting courtyards and hidden plazas.
A visit to Prague’s Castle will surely impress anyone who appreciates history or architecture. Representing almost every architectural period over the last 1000 years, Prague Castle sits impressively perched on a hill, offering visitors breath-taking views over the city.
Within its massive castle complex you can wander the courtyards and royal gardens, discover palaces, churches and historical fortifications. Not-to-be-missed visits include the soaring Gothic cathedral of St. Vitus, and the medieval Golden Lane. Nearby the dazzlingly-restored Strahov Monastery is home to one of the world’s most beautiful libraries.
Shrouded in history and legend, the historical Jewish Quarter (or Jewish Ghetto) of Prague dates back as early as the twelfth century when Jews were forced to live separately from Christians. Despite continued persecution, the Jewish community in Prague prospered.
Sadly, only a few of Prague’s Jews survived the Nazi occupation, but a wonderful legacy of Jewish heritage remains. Visit one of the six synagogues and its sombre yet fascinating cemetery. The multitude of headstones and the elevated ground created by countless burials make this a truly amazing sight.
While it may be small, Prague’s Little Quarter (otherwise known as Mala Strana) has plenty to see and has played a very important role in the city’s history. Filled with stately homes of Medieval and Renaissance nobility, it was previously the residential area where the wealthy lived when they wanted to be as close as possible to Prague Castle and its royal residents.
The Little Quarter is filled with steep but quaint streets, grand staircases, and hidden gardens. Its collection of Baroque architecture also gives this area of Prague the storybook atmosphere the city is renowned for. The Little Quarter is connected to the Old Town by the famous Charles Bridge. This nearly 700 year old stone bridge is lined by statues of saints, and it's rightly celebrated as Prague’s most famous and iconic attraction.
Petrin Park is located on a large hill commanding a wonderful view of Prague’s historical center. Step off at the top of the funicular railway and visit Petrin’s lookout tower inspired by the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Climb to the top for an amazing 360 degree view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Filled with cherry orchards, beautiful forests and lawns, Petrin Park is also a fantastic place for a romantic stroll or those travelling with children. Kids and the young at heart will also enjoy a visit to the 125 year old mirror maze.
Magical Vysehrad sits high above the Vltava River and the city of Prague. Its vast park complex holds hidden architectural treasures, including the Neo-Gothic basilica of St Peter & St. Paul, former barracks and a beautiful historic cemetery where many famous Czechs are buried.
Those who visit Vysehrad can also explore the network of defensive passages located beneath the fortress, visit the underground casements housing the original Baroque statues of Charles Bridge, and enjoy wonderful views of the city.
Despite being over 700 years old, the New Town (Nove Mesto) is the youngest of Prague’s original five independent towns. The heart of the New Town is Wenceslas Square. The square, which can also be described as a wide boulevard, is lined by dramatic Art Nouveau architectural gems.
New Town has become the commercial and social center of Prague and is full of life nearly 24 hours a day. The New Town is also home to one of the city’s most beautiful but least visited synagogues and the Municipal House.
Arguably Prague’s most lively neighbourhood, the small district of Zizkov is only minutes from Prague’s historical centre, yet it enjoys its own distinct and unique character. Known as the trendy and hip area of Prague, Zizkov is known for its vibrant nightlife, home to numerous bars, restaurants and Riegrovy Sady, Prague’s most popular beer garden.
Visitors to Zizkov will find it hard to miss the striking tower that stands in the heart of the district. A symbol of the communist-era, the 216-metre TV Tower was initially designed to block TV transmissions from the west, yet ironically it was not completed until after the collapse of the Eastern Bloc. Now it is home to a great restaurant offering spectacular city views and the famous “Crawling Babies” artwork by the local and controversial Czech artist, David Cerny.
Vinohrady, which translates literally as 'vineyards', is a beautiful residential area of Prague that carries a reputation of prestige and elegance. Located just a tram or metro ride away from the center, Vinohrady offers visitors to Prague an opportunity to take a slower pace and enjoy exploring one of the city’s most affluent and decorative neighbourhoods.
Most of its grand Neo-Renaissance, Art Nouveau, Pseudo Baroque, and Neo-Gothic buildings come from the second half of the 19th century and first half of the 20th century, and many have been and continue to be restored in an amazing array of color and architectural detail. It also contains an eclectic range of restaurants, wine bars, cafes and pubs that offer great venues for an evening meal or a night out.