St. Charles Bridge

St. Charles Bridge

One of the most beautifully preserved cities in the world is no question, Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic.  Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires”,  Prague was founded about 1,100 years ago during the Romanesque period flourished during the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras.  Escaping destruction during many wars over the last 150 years, Prague has retained its medieval charm and offers may cultural and historical attractions as must places to visit:

  1. Prague Castle: This ancient masterpiece has been noted as the largest castle in the world and overlooks the city.  Several museums, palaces and other historical sites are available to tour.  An unexpected highlight of this attraction is Golden Lane.  This ancient street within the castle complex showcases 15th century houses depicting how life might have been like at that time.
  2. Astronomical Clock: Located in the Old Town part of Prague, the medieval clock was created in the 15th century.  Each hour,  the 12 Apostles come out on the face of the clock with many symbols adorning the clock like the skeleton representing death.
  3. Charles Bridge: One of the most photographed bridges in the world, it connects Lesser Town to Old Town.  Built in the 14th century, the bridge is adorned with 30 statues of various saints which were completed between the late 1600s to the early 1900s.  The Bridge is closed to auto traffic leaving pedestrians and vendors to frequent this popular attraction.
  4. Old Town: Located in the historic center of Prague, you’ll discover architecture dating back to the 11th century, several enchanting squares featuring colorful building façade and old churches.  The Old Town Hall Tower offers panoramic views of the city.
  5. The Clementinum and the National Library: The Clementinum is home to one of the largest collections of building with historic value including the National Library.  The library has over 6 million books and is quite popular with visitors due to its stunning Baroque Library Hall displaying intricate artwork in the ceiling and the Astronomical Tower offering breathtaking view of Prague.
  6. Tyn Church: This 15th century church boasts a beautiful façade including two twin spires measuring 80-meters tall.  Once again, you can climb numerous flights of stairs to the lookout tower for unbelievable views of the historic areas.
  7. Lennon Wall: This unusual attraction has been the source of graffiti related to John Lennon and Beatles songs since the 1980s.  Over the years, the wall has experienced numerous changes but retains its central ideal of peace and love.
  8. Jewish Quarter: This area in Prague is known for the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Ceremonial Haul and several synagogues.  In addition, apartment buildings displaying an Art Noveau style from the late 1800s make this a worthwhile visit.
  9. Petrin Lookout Tower: Known as the little Eiffel Tower, this attraction overlooks the beautiful grounds of Petrin Park and gorgeous views of Prague.
  10. Church of St. Nicholas: Built over a 100 year period from the late 1600s, this Baroque church is regarded is the most famous in Prague.