Prague Prague   Charles Bridge Prague Castle Old Town Square St.Vitus Cathedral Dancing House

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Population: 1.3mln
Area: 496 km2
Time zone: UTC+1
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Prague attractions:

  • Charles Bridge
  • Prague Castle
  • Old Town Square
  • St.Vitus Cathedral
  • Dancing House

PRAGUE AND ITS SECRETS

The capital of Czech Republic has been admired for years, but even the locals can be surprised. It impresses not only with its antique bridges, narrow streets but also with modern architecture. See Prague whenever you want as the season here lasts the whole year.

PRAGUE`S PLACES TO SEE:

St. Vitus Catherdal- it is one of the most precious examples of the gothic style in Europe. It is called the historical Pantheon of the nation as it holds tombs of Bohemian kings.

Golden Lane- picturesque street on the grounds of the Prague Castle in the district Hradczany. Once it was the headquarters of the goldsmiths.  In the 50s` of the XX century the owners of the houses were resettled and the houses were restored to the former shapes. Bookstores and souvenir shops were created there which became great tourist attractions. The Nobel laureate- Franz Kafka lived in the house number 22.

The Charles Bridge- it is the best known monument in Prague. It connects Old Town with New Strana (new side). The sculptures of Saints are situated along the bridge, yet to protect the originals, they were replaced with the replicas. The bridge was built by King Charles IV in 1357. Nowadays, you can only walk through the bridge, but as the Czechs emphasize even four carriages could stand on the bridge at the same time. On this half kilometer bridge we can meet different artists like jazz bands, painters.

Wenceslas Square-  there is a saying that if you have not seen  this square, you have not seen Prague at all.  The square is the central one in the city. It has seen a lot, starting from self-immolation of student Jan Palach in 1969 ending with the rally in 1989 which was the starting point of the Velvet Revolution. The square is dominated with a huge statue of St.Waclaw and next to it there is a small memorial to the victims of communism.   

Zizkov- if you are not afraid of heights, this place is just for you. Zizkov is the district which has always been inhabited by  working class . The streets are steep and narrow and the characterictics of this place are the tenement houses which are partly destroyed and abandoned. In the 70s` of XX century the communist authorities wanted to demolish the old tenement houses and in their place build blocks of flats. Yet this plan has not been implemented. Now, most of the tenement houses are being reconstructed and renovated. From this place you can also see the tallest structure of Prague- 216m Zizkov Television Tower. If you find yourself tired of walking around the buildings you can rest in one of the Zizkov beautiful parks.

Prague Castle- according to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Its history stretches back to the 9th century. In the XIV century the castle was rebuild from Romanesque style into Gothic one. During the centuries the castle was rebuilt a couple of times, the last major rebuilding was carried out by Queen Maria Theresa in the 18th century. When there was no longer Czechoslovakia, the Prague Castle became the seat of  the Head of State of the Czech Republic.

Old Town Square- probably the most beautiful and popular place as far as tourist attractions are concerned in Prague. Visitors can see the Prague Astronomical Clock and from the Town Hall you can admire absolutely beautiful panorama of Prague. You are able to see buildings  with different architectural styles like baroque St. Nicolas Church or Gothic Church of our Lady. Until 1918 there stood a  baroque column dating 1650 considered to be the symbol of the Czechs enslavement by Austria. Unfortunately, it was dismantled, however, its contours are marked on the pavement and the Czechs call it The Monument of Non-existing Shadow.

The Lennon Wall- if you are a fan of the Beatles and of John Lennon you ought to see the Lennon Wall. Since the 80s` this wall was a great graffiti of John Lennon and different lyrics of the Beatles band. The communistic authorities were absolutely against it as young people were writing expressions offending the authority. The government in the 80 was fighting back by referring to  people loving Lennon as sociopaths, mentally disturbed and alcoholics. Today, the wall is the symbol of love and peace.

The Dancing House- all the admirers of modern architecture can have a little feast. The house is the design of two architectures  Vlado Milunića and Frank Gehry. The house owes its name thanks to the shape in which you can see a dancing couple.

The National Museum- when you are on Wenceslas Square you will not miss this museum. All museums give you a glance onto the country, this example is not the exception to the rule. It contains over 14 million Czech-centric items, not without a reason this museum is called one of the best in Europe. 

 

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