Czech Republic’s largest city and capital Prague, is best known for its incredible architecture, many monuments, and of course its beautiful UNESCO-listed historic city centre. When visiting, a good place to start is the Old Town Square, where you will find the famous 15th Century Astronomical Clock, the gothic Týn Church and the baroque St Nicholas Church. No matter what the time or day, Old Town Square is always buzzing with travellers and you can’t help but get excited by its electric atmosphere. Every hour, crowds form around the astronomical clock and sculptures begin to move whilst music chimes in a clockwork show known as ‘The Walk of the Apostles’. The show lasts for just a few minutes and the clock proudly displays its calendar dial, astronomical dial and zodiacal ring – a real sight for sore eyes and a definite #noregrets moment. Once the show is complete, visitors scurry to the surrounding cafe’s and shops within the square, but there’s no time to waste as there are plenty more sights to cover.
Whilst you trawl the cobbled streets of Prague it’s a good idea to always look up as saints, gods and gargoyles will be looking back at you. The settlement of Staré Mêsto, in particular, has a lively display of statues including one on the famous Charles Bridge that depicts the figure of St John Nepomuk, who was thrown into the river and killed by order of King Wenceslaus in 1393. It is said that if you touch the golden plaque at the statue’s base you will have good luck and most certainly #noregrets. The Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River and has stood there since the 15th century. It used to be the only of crossing from the Old Town to Prague Castle, and while today there are other routes, it is certainly the most popular and interesting - with its 30 statues lining each side.
The Hradčany Castle, or Prague Castle, is the biggest castle in the world, and put simply, is mind-blowing! The castle buildings represent virtually every architectural style of the last millennium, and include the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, the Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defence towers. As well as the architecture, you can check out a range of museums including the National Gallery collection of Bohemian baroque and mannerism art, an exhibition on Czech history, the Toy Museum and the picture gallery of the Prague Castle, oh and don’t forget to have a look at the Czech Crown Jewels. From June to September, the Summer Shakespeare Festival is held in the gardens of the castle allowing visitors to enjoy a series of plays from comedies to tragedies. So for an afternoon like no other, get your mates together, pack a picnic and tick off yet another #noregrets moment.
The Czechs regard their locally produced beers as a national treasure - think Pilsner Urquell, Czechva and Staropramen - so a day of sightseeing is not complete without a taste of one of their many brews. Located not far from the castle is the Baráčnická Rychta, an old time Czech pub that has been in operation since 1874. The pub is split into a small beer hall with dark wood interiors and communal tables, and a bustling music hall. It serves up a huge selection of beers and wine as well as an authentic menu of friend cheese, potato pancakes, dumplings and meats. So grab a cold pivo and toast to an amazing city – your final #noregrets moment in Prague!
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What are you most excited about seeing and doing Prague? Will you be checking off all of the historical monuments or indulging in the delicious food, beer and culture?