Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is one of Europe’s gems that shine the brightest. It’s known for beautiful architecture, breathtaking medieval castles, historical wonder and, yes, great beer. Remnants of revolutions and fallen empires are not only seen but felt also, especially in the cobbled streets of the old town. The almost dream-like state of the city will make you shift into past centuries and another time.
Historic landmarks and architecture
Everywhere you look you can see gold-tipped towers, church domes, cathedrals, museums, bridges that are quietly overseeing the swan-filled Vltava River for centuries, facades that seem so delicate but strong at the same time. The whole dreamy state surrounds the city as a delicate veil, threatening to fall every moment and demolish the beauty that has been enchanting people for centuries.
The city was left almost undamaged by World War II, it still stands tall and proud. The compact medieval centre still remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, countless church spires, walled cathedrals and courtyards, and all of that in the protective shadow of the majestic 9th century Prague castle, which still dominates the skyline of the city.
The castle is the biggest ancient castle in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. It is said that numerous noblemen and priests were thrown out of its windows.
The Astronomical Clock still draws crowds in like it did when it was made. While the top clock tells the time, the bottom clock is a calendar.
It was first installed in 1410, which makes it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and also the oldest one that is still working. It was made by clock-master Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel, a professor of mathematics and astronomy.
The Jewish Quarter, Golden Lane, St Vitus Cathedral, Museum of Communism and Wenceslas Square are just a few more of sights that not only deserve to be seen but also worshiped by their beauty.
Tourists and some other things to keep in mind
Tourists in Prague can absolutely destroy your fantasies about Prague and, basically, your time spent there. If you’re more of a casual tourist, try going in winter, it is harsher but there are fewer tourists slamming you into other tourists. Also, try to avoid some places, like the souvenir-engorged Karlova Street. You might be sad because you didn’t see it, but you’ll be happy that you didn’t get run over by a stampede.
Although Wenceslas Square is not totally unsafe at night, you better avoid it if you don’t want to be bothered by pimps, prostitutes and other shady people.
After a day of sightseeing, don’t forget to enjoy a glass of wine at Grebovka Vineyard or to chill at one of the numerous beer gardens that Prague has to offer. You could, of course, do both. After all, you’re probably not behind a wheel in Prague.