Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Prague's Top Must-Sees

Prague is one of the most interesting cities to visit in Europe. It has a lot of historical and cultural sites to visit. The extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1992.

From anywhere around the globe, especially if you are in Europe, Prague is very accessible by any means of transportation depending from where you depart. There are a number of airlines that offer cheap flights from any destinations going to Prague. Transportation such as by train, by bus or by car depending on your choice and departure place is also available.

Here are some of the must-see attractions in Prague:

Charles Bridge

This is one of Prague's famous sites. It is a historical bridge that crosses the Moldau or Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. The Charles Bridge was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town and adjacent areas. It was originally called as the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge but since 1870 it has been called as the "Charles Bridge". It is an avenue of 30 mostly baroque statues and statuaries.

the Charles bridge during my second visit last July 2011.

During the day, it is a bustling place of trade and entertainment, as musicians busk and artists sell their paintings and jewelry.

Prague Castle

This is one of the best areas to see the panorama of Prague. According to Guinness Book of Records the biggest ancient castle in the world is the Prague Castle. It is about 570 metres in length and an average of about 130 metres wide.

Inside the castle compound is the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral. The Castle Picture Gallery, the beautiful Royal Garden and several palaces and museums are located in the castle compound.

The Old Town

You can see numerous historical buildings and monuments in the Old Town. The Gothic Týn Church, the mural-covered Storch building, the Old Town Hall with its famous Astronomical Clock and the Jan Hus monument are located in this part of Prague.

the pure Gothic Týn Church in the background. You can also take a view of the famous Astronomical Clock on the left side of the image here. Also taken during my second visit in Prague.

The New Town

The main attraction in the New Town or Nové město is the Wenceslas Square. During my first visit in Prague last 2008, this part of Prague was under construction. I finally had the chance to see it in my second visit last July of this year. This commercial square has a lot of stalls, shops and restaurants. The National Museum and the monument of Wenceslas are also located in the New Town.

The Lennon Wall, Vyšehrad Castle and Cemetery, the Dancing House, Malá Strana, the vaulted Gothic Old New Synagogue are some of the other sights that are also worth to see.


Ian | Going Places said...

Prague is really a wonderful place and very historical too. I would love to see this architectural wonders in Europe someday.


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