Prague is one of the most scenic European cities that will mesmerize you each time you set your eyes on it. The capital of Czech Republic, Prague or Praha as it is locally known, has a unique and picturesque skyline decorated with buildings and monuments straight out of a fairytale. It is a city that will keep you captivated with its rich history, culture, and alleys. It is also known as the city of a thousand spires, as seen by its spellbinding skyline.
Here are our top five reasons for you to make Prague your next holiday destination:
A medieval establishment, the Old Town in Prague dates back to the 13th century and has been the main marketplace for thousands of years now. The city’s major tourist spots are found in Old Town, including the world famous Astronomical Clock on the south wall of the Gothic Old Town Hall. A fascination for the entire world, this ingenious creation has been consistently showing not only the date and time for centuries, but also the position of the sun, the phase of the moon, the astronomical cycles, and the festivals of the Christian calendar. The best way to experience Prague’s Old Town is to just opt for a path in any direction and start walking with a camera in hand.
Set up in the 9th century, the majestic Prague castle is the largest ancient castle in the world and is Prague’s most sought after attraction. It covers an area of about 70,000 sq.m (bigger than seven large football fields combined). The view of the castle on the left side of the serene Vltava River is a sight to behold, perfect for artists and photographers. This magnificent structure has been the inspiration for many fairy tales, movies, works of art, and TV shows. Within the fortress there are various galleries and the Bohemian Crown jewels are hidden in one of its rooms. Climb to Prague’s highest point and witness the unmatched beauty of its panoramic view.
Prague is home to a plethora of ancient buildings that are amongst the most celebrated architectural marvels in Europe and the world. This city wasn’t largely affected by World War II, in terms of destruction, and is one of the reasons why the city’s medieval core is largely still intact. Packed with buildings which represent 9 centuries of the city’s history, the architecture in Prague is an intriguing melting pot of styles from Romanesque and Gothic to Baroque and Art Nouveau. Prague’s awe-inspiring architecture is reason enough to plan a holiday here.
Amongst the most historic and famous bridges in Europe, the Charles Bridge is a beautiful stone Gothic bridge which connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town. The view, especially at sunrise, from across the bridge which is above the Vltava River, is a spectacular one and a stroll on that bridge is one of the top-most to-do activity in Prague. A cruise on the river is another great way to enjoy it as well. The bridge is 621 metres long and about 10 metres wide, adorned with 30 Baroque statues spread on each side. There are several painters and food vendors who set up their stalls every day on the bridge; the best time to enjoy it is at dawn before it is crowded.
Wenceslas Square is amongst the several highlights during your visit to Prague. Situated in the New Town district of the city, it is home to the National Museum. This grand city square was created in the 14th century, during the reign of Charles IV as a horse market, and has been renowned as one of the city’s most important centre in terms of culture and business. Until this day various celebrations take place in this area. There is a wide range of great dining options to explore and experience the exotic Czech cuisine, along with amazing shopping outlets.
By Neetu George