Travels

1. Old Town Square

The heart of Prague's historical center is the Old Town Square. It has been beautifully restored and it is a good place to start your Prague visit. You will find the Gothic spires of the Tn Church towering over the square and the statue of reformer Jan Hus, and the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall on the opposite side of it (by the way, we don't think that the hourly display of the 12 apostles is worth a wait longer than five minutes). You will not regret a climb to the top of the Old Town Hall tower - the view of the square and beyond is spectacular.

Around Old Town Square
Wander the streets leading off the square - the grand Parsk, the charming Tnsk that leads to Ungelt, the ever-busy Melantrichova that will take you to Wenceslas Square... Walk down Celetn to the Powder Tower, one of the historical entrances to the Old Town. Connected to the tower is the exquisite Municipal House, Prague's Art Nouveau gem.


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2. Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter (Josefov) is not far from Old Town Square and it would make sense to visit it in connection with your tour of the Old Town. The Jewish Museum administers the following sites: the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Klaus Synagogue, and the Ceremonial Hall. The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest working synagogue in Central Europe.

3. Charles Bridge

Walk across the Charles Bridge on your first day because you may want to do it again. We recommend strolling across it at night to enjoy the magnificent view of the Prague Castle all lit up. Also, at night the crowds will be smaller. Keep in mind that during the day you can climb the towers on both sides of the bridge. We especially recommend the one on the Old Town side for wonderful views of the bridge and the spires of the Old Town. Read more on our Charles Bridge page.

Charles Bridge (Czech: Karluv most) is a famous historical bridge crossing the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in 1400. As the only means of crossing the river in Prague, Charles Bridge used to be the most important connection between the Old Town, Prague Castle and adjacent areas till 1841.

The bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge (Kamenn most) or the Prague Bridge (Prask most) and is known as "Charles Bridge" since 1870 The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 m wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, erected around 1700.

4. Strahov Monastery & Loreto

Start your tour at the Strahov Monastery with its beautiful Convent and Library. An enjoyable route to follow after visiting Strahov is to enter the castle area by walking down Loretnsk to Hradcansk nmest (Castle Square). You can stop at the Prague Loreto along the way.


5. Prague Castle

You will not find one single castle on the hill, but a series of buildings, a few churches and hundreds of years of history. Before walking through the castle entrance, walk to your right for a nice view overlooking Prague. For more details on the Prague Castle and the sights, see our Prague Castle page.

The Prague Castle (Czech: Prask hrad) is the castle in Prague where the Czech kings and presidents have had their offices. It is one of the most visited tourist sites in the Czech capital. It is said to be the biggest castle in the world at about 570 meters in length and an average of about 130 meters wide. Its history stretches back to the 8th century. The castle contains the St Vitus Cathedral. The neighbourhood of the Prague Castle is called Hradcany. The Prague Castle is place where crown jewels of Bohemian Kingdom are kept.


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6. Lesser Town

After exploring the castle area, walk through the castle gardens or take the historic Nerudova Street down to Malostransk nmest, the heart of Lesser Town. From Malostransk nmest, it's only a short walk down Karmelitsk Street to the Church of Our Lady of Victory (Karmelitsk 9) where the world-famous Infant Jesus of Prague is kept.

Mal Strana (in English literally "Little Side", though more frequently described as "Lesser Quarter" or "Lesser Side") is originally a popular and nowadays also official name for former Men mesto prask ("The Lesser Town of Prague"), one of Prague's historical and oldest boroughs. Its name comes from its position on the left (west) bank of the river Vltava, on the slopes immediately below the Prague Castle, in opposition to the larger cities of Prague on the right bank, to which it is conjoined by Charles Bridge.

In the Middle Ages, it was a dominant centre of the German settlement of Prague. It also housed a large number of noble palaces, while the right-bank cities were comparatively more bourgeois and more Czech.

7. Kampa Island

Spend some time on Kampa Island, which is just off of Charles Bridge. Walk through the park and enjoy the view of the bridge and across the river. Spend the rest of the day strolling through the picturesque streets of Mal Strana.


8. Vyehrad Castle

with its famous cemetery and a beautiful view of Prague and the Vltava River.

Take the funicular up to the top of Petrn Hill for some great views and a nice stroll through the rose garden & Prague's parks and gardens & souvenir shopping.

Vinohrady district
Known for its Art Nouveau and Neo-Renaissance architecture is a beautiful residential area of Prague that carries a reputation of prestige and elegance. It covers portions of Prague 2, 3, and 10. 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.

Getting There
To get to the heart of Vinohrady, take line A of the metro and get off at Jirho z Podebrad. Or, to take a slower ride above ground, get on tram 11 at Muzeum and take it up Vinohradsk to Jirho z Podebrad. See below for specific locations.


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9. Wenceslas Square

(Czech: Vclavsk nmest) is the centre of the business and cultural communities in the New Town (Nov Mesto) of Prague. The English name is a misnomer, as Wenceslas Square is not really a square at all, but rather a 750-metre boulevard. It has been a place where many historical events occurred; it is also a traditional place for demonstrations, celebrations, and similar public gatherings. The square is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of the Czechs.