If you’ve ever simply googled images of Prague then you must know you are missing out on one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Europe. Below are a few photos to give you a small glimpse into what the city has to offer. The country and city are fairly cheap to visit and rich in history, culture, and beauty that will leave you wanting to see more. However, if you are just passing through, short on time, and have on your walking shoes then below you will find a few of the best points in Prague.
The architecture in this magnificent city is meticulously detailed. Anywhere you go in Prague you are looking at some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. You will feel like you’ve stepped into a time machine and transported back to a place without electronics and skyscrapers, when people built things to last, from the heart, and for the eyes.
Most of the streets you find in the old part of town are still cobblestone. While it makes walking feel a little strange (especially if you’re in a foot brace), it definitely adds to the magic of the city. This side street (Golden Lane) was just around the corner from St. Vitus Cathedral.
Cathedrals so tall you can’t capture a photo of it from ground to peak.
St. Vitus is one of the most spectacular buildings in Prague. And it should be since they started construction on it in 930 and didn’t complete it until 1929. Yeah. You read that right. It is one of the most ornate cathedrals I’ve ever been in and the creepy gargoyles on the outer structure remind you of something you’d see in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, except not so friendly and funny. It’s the prime example of gothic architecture.
After exiting the cathedral, you’ll walk through Golden Lane and down many many steps, but along the way stop and look to your right for a beautiful overlook of part of the city.
Seriously, this place is breathtaking.
The Astronomical Clock is another “must-see” while you’re in Prague. Every hour the clock strikes you get to see a little performance (I won’t spoil it with the details here). The clock was built in 1410 and is the oldest working astronomical clock today. Plus, it’s located in the Old Town Square- just another bit of history.
If you have time in your day for an hour long boat tour, there are several along the river. Take your pick. The one we happened upon gave us one free beer and a piece of cake each. (No complaints there) Viewing the city by boat gives you a new perspective and it’s also a great way to relax and rest after walking around for days.
Shown above is the Charles Bridge. If you can, visit outside of tourist season (summer months) and avoid the crowds. You can get a wonderful view of the city and statues in remembrance and honor of saints erected along the bridge.
All of these places are near enough in distance that they can all be visited in a day. You may be wiped out by the end of your explorations, but you can definitely see Prague in one (long) day.