The Old Town, Charles Bridge and the Castle
Without a doubt, the dramatic Old Town Square is the focal point of the city. It oozes charm and character with the stunning 14th century Tyn Church casing shadows over the entire city. The famous Old Town hall with its Astronomical Click is one of the most photographed attractions in the city. On the hour, hundreds of visitors will stop at the same spot, waiting for the bell to strike. Our tip, wait until 12 noon for the “Walk of the Apostles”.
An interesting way to take in all that the city has to offer is to follow the traditional coronation route of the Bohemian Kings. Also know as the “Royal Way”
An interesting way to take in all that the city has to offer is to follow the traditional coronation route of the Bohemian Kings. Also know as the “Royal Way”, it begins at the 15th century Powder Tower, built as part of the town’s early defenses and the Municipal House and Semetana Concert Hall, one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Just follow the silver signs directing you through the old town and onward to Prague Castle. The route can be busy but you can always meander through some of the side streets, discovering pretty parks, courtyards and other charming sights.
As you continue on your tour its hard not to escape the rather grand Charles Bridge. It is the perfect place to stop and take in the breathtaking views of the city, on both sides. Soak up the atmosphere as you pass street vendors selling paintings, jewelry and souvenirs together with musicians, street artists and performers.
As you cross the bridge into the Lesser Town or Mala Straná you will encounter many upscale restaurants and art galleries. This was the former aristocratic quarter of Prague so don’t be surprised as you pass may baroque castles and palaces.
This is the perfect area to stop for a bite to eat as you will need all your strength to make your way up narrow and winding streets to the Hradcany neighbourhood where you you will come upon Prague Castle. As you make your way up Petrin Hill look out for the Lookout Tower, a miniature copy of the Eiffel Tower.
At the entrance to the Castle you will find the National Gallery. It has an impressive collection, including some beautiful works by Van Gough. The Castle itself is a maze of courtyards leading to St. Vitus’s Cathedral and the Romanesque St. George Chapel, both worth a visit. When you’re finished sightseeing, take the old castle steps know as the Staré zamské zchody back down to the river and feast your eyes on the sea of red-tiled roofs of Prague . From late Spring to late Autumn you should make it a point to stop at the Wallenstein Gardens.
The upscale district of Josefov, Prague’s old Jewish Quarter is home to the city’s upscale shopping street, Parízská. This tree lined boulevard is home to familiar designer brands including Dolce and Gabanna, Prada, Gucci and more. The area is also famous for its fashionable restaurants, designer jewelry stores and local emerging designers.