Prague is a medieval city which is home to fairy tale castles and narrow streets that have miraculously survived wars and the ravages of time. It’s a beautiful city full of history and stunning architecture, and with so many great hotels in Prague it’s a perfect destination for a weekend getaway at any time of the year.
Here is a guide to some of the highlights Prague.
The Old Town Square
Built in the 12th century, this magnificent square is straight out of a history book. With its two towers and its many turrets, will give you the impression that a prince on horseback may well gallop before you. In the center of historic Prague, this lively square is surrounded by tall beautiful buildings in different colors (there is also found the astronomical clock), cafes, street and craftsmen shows.
The Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock was built in 1410 and is the oldest astronomical clock still functioning in the world. This clock will not only give you the time, but also the position of the moon and sun in the sky, the day of the year, and also the zodiac sign. It find it just look for the crowd on every hour.
The bridge that connects the old Prague in Mala Strana district is lined with musicians, painters, and especially tourists. Built in 1390, it has beautiful Gothic towers and also houses many statues of saints that were added in the late 17th century / early 18th century. The most famous statue is that of St. John of Nepomuk, on the north side of the bridge.
To make the most of the bridge try to come to the Charles Bridge during sunrise. You will find yourself facing a mostly empty bridge and you’ll have a great view of the city.
Go around the Prague Castle
Prague Castle dominates the panorama when climbing the hill from the Charles Bridge. Built in the 9th century AD, the castle stretches over 570 meters long and is considered “the largest ancient castle in the world.” Over time, the various monarchs have renovated and expanded the castle, so you can enjoy an assortment of almost all architectural styles of the past 1000 years, from Gothic to Romanesque through Baroque style.
Inside the castle, the changing of the guard takes place in the first court every day at noon, which will delight fans of military parades.
Go in search of Kafka
The author of “The Metamorphosis”, “The Trial” and “The Castle” was born near the Old Town Square in 1883. There is a plaque to Namestí Franze Kafky, where Franz Kafka was born. The Franz Kafka Museum, which opened in 2005, you will learn more about the work and the genius of this author. You can also visit many famous landmarks such as the Golden Lane, Wenceslas Square or the Jewish cemetery.
The food and Czech beer
Czech beer is among the best in the world, and it’s also one of the cheapest. During your stay in Prague, take the time to enjoy a beer on a terrace in summer and a bar in the basement in the winter. Also, spend a part of your budget to taste Czech specialties (especially goulash and sausages). At the weekend, the markets of Prague, it is possible to eat directly from the specialty vendors stand.
Prague is not only a historic gem. It’s also a great vibrant modern city at the heart of Europe whose endless list of excellent theaters, museums, galleries and clubs complement the exceptional soul of the Golden City. If one adds the Czech beer world famous and gastronomic delights, it is not surprising that Prague make for such a popular weekend getaway.