Prague – one of the most famous cities in Central Europe – definitely lives up to its reputation as a bohemian wonderland. I have yet to visit Bratislava and Krakow, but Prague exudes a unique charm that is hard to beat. Here are the top 8 spots in Prague not to be missed!
Number 8: Located right next to River Vltava is Frank Gehry’s Dancing House. Its modern and non-traditional design is distinctly different from the historical architectural styles for which Prague is famous. The Dancing House is definitely worth a visit if you are an avid fan of intriguing architectures. Opinion remains divided about this building – love it or hate it? I say to see it for yourself and decide!
Number 7: Grand Café Orient is where you can indulge in both good food and beautiful architecture. As a fan of marvelous architectural designs, I instantly fell in love with the staircase leading to the café. To me, its creative design is simply out of the box. Can you see its resemblance to a light bulb in the picture below?
Number 6: If you are looking for an unparalleled bird’s eye view of the city, look no further than the Petrin Lookout Tower. Sitting at the summit of Petrin Hill, the Petrin Lookout Tower, which is often dubbed as the Eiffel Tower of Czech Republic, offers a magnificent view over Prague. Not to worry about the hiking – the funicular railway runs frequent trips up and down the hill.
Number 5: Staré Mesto is a giant maze of shopping districts, cafes and restaurants that will have you wandering around for hours. It is also where you can find plenty of gelato shops to ease the summer heat. Just be extra careful with your personal belongings as the crowd can get overwhelming at times.
Number 4: Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is definitely the busiest square in Prague. Surrounded by the Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church and St. Nicholas Church, it is impossible to miss this iconic spot. Climb up to the Old Town Tower Hall to enjoy a splendid view of Prague, which is especially brilliant on a clear day.
Number 3: Letná Park is a large urban park where you can engage in many outdoor activities while enjoying beautiful views of Prague. The sunset view definitely made my day! There are 5 bridges which can be seen from Letná Park (from the top): Palackého, Jiráskův, Legií, Charles and Manesuv. I have yet to explore the iconic bridges of Florence but I do believe these 5 bridges in Prague are a close match.
Number 2: Prague Castle truly lives up to its reputation as one of the world’s largest ancient castles. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the castle compound consists of a cathedral, galleries, palaces and government offices. You will need at least a few hours to explore this magnificent complex. If you only have limited time, make sure to visit the St Vitus’s Cathedral and the Old Royal Palace. The absolute grandeur of these two historical buildings are not to be missed.
Number 1: Charles Bridge connects the Old Town and the Lesser Town. Elaborately decorated with sculptures, classical street lamps and medieval towers at both ends, the gorgeous Charles Bridge easily makes it to the top of my list. During sunrise, Charles Bridge is absolutely picture-perfect. I have seen a few paintings that depicted the bridge during foggy days and snowy season and the views were simply magical. I promise myself to return to Charles Bridge in a different season just to witness its beauty once again.