When people plan a trip to Europe, Prague is not often the first (or second, or third) city mentioned. However, it truly deserves to be. Especially if you consider everything the city has to offer people. Even though it does not have the cool factor that Amsterdam has, the buzz of London, or the allure of Paris, Prague is still worth a visit.
Some might go on record and suggest that it is the most romantic and breathtaking city in Europe. It is possible to spend days lost in the capital of the Czech Republic. These are a few of the worthwhile sights that might not get as much attention.
This is one of the original gates into Old Town Prague. The tower itself was first built in the 11th century, and rebuilt again in the 15th century. They would store gunpowder in the tower during the 17th century, which is where the tower gets its name.
The coronation route of the Bohemian kings – the ‘Royal Route’ – starts at the tower, would cross throughout Old Town Prague, across the Charles Bridge and to the St. Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle where the kings were crowned.
It is possible to get a great view of Old Town Prague from the gallery inside of the tower, the only problem is that you are going to have to move up a spiral staircase with 186 steps to get there. However, the views are absolutely worth it.
Take a nighttime walking tour
If you want to see Prague at its most beautiful, you have to see it at night. Even though the walking tours offered throughout the day are spectacular, they cannot compare to strolling across the many bridges at dusk. As the sky turns magenta, red, and pink, the colors reflect beautifully on the water. Even though Paris is often heralded as Europe’s most romantic city, Prague at night will challenge that claim.
The Love Lock Bridge
The tradition here in Prague is not unlike the tradition in Paris and many other cities throughout Europe. Carve the name of yourself and the person you love into the lock, close the lock onto the bridge, and then toss the key into the water – this represents a declaration of undying love.
Even though the locks in Prague are apparently quite new, the number of locks you are going to find here are quite impressive. Even though the bridge does not have a name, most locals are going to know what you are looking for.
The John Lennon Wall
The graffiti at the John Lennon Wall is beautiful, especially if you consider the contrast that it offers. The backdrop of an historic, old city compared to the life and vitality of the graffiti is really something spectacular. The primary themes offered here include anti-war and peace. While the wall itself started as a resistance against the communist government, it has since taken on many different other symbols. It is a little hard to find, but once you get to the aforementioned lock bridge, you will be close enough.
Most people are going to want to see Prague Castle – absolutely, go for it. However, the ticket is extremely expensive and just not quite worth it. If you want to save your money and get a better experience, go to the Vysehrad. This translates into the ‘Castle on the Heights’ and it offers a church, gorgeous cemetery, ruins, and a park.
This location is just a bit south of the heart of Prague, and is a tranquil place if you want to get away from all of the other tourists for a while. You can enjoy some of the most beautiful sights in Prague here, and best of all – it does not cost you anything.
The Letenské Sady and the Metronome
Even though these are two different things, they are interconnected. The LetenskéSady is a park in Prague, but worth mentioning for a number of reasons. The primary reason is that it is home to the Metronome, a rather interesting monument. This is where the giant memorial to Stalin stood at one point. It represents the memory of the legacy of Soviet control and Stalin. There are also a few beer gardens nearby.
Malá Strana stands for the ‘Lesser Town district’. It is on the other end of Charles Bridge from Old Town Square. Even though the history dates back to 1257, baroque architecture is the norm in this district. A few of the major sights here include the extensive Wallenstein Palace and baroque St. Nicholas Church.
The district itself is home to gardens, parks, squares, churches, palaces, and many other attractions. By hiking up picturesque Nerudova Street, it is possible to get to Prague Castle. If you want to unwind for a little bit, you should stop by Petrin Hill or Vojan Park for a quiet walk in the park.