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Top 5 things not to miss in Prague

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

This article has been quite hard to write as some of the most attractive things about Prague are rather more esoteric than a simple list allows. However, here are my top five and I would be interesting to hear what other people have on their list of top five things to see in Prague.

Prague Charles Bridge

Prague Castle

I think that Prague Castle has to be number one on this list. It is a stunning place in and of itself but it is also has a beautiful view out across the city and so is a great place for first time visitors to get a feel for Prague.  The castle and its view are especially beautiful in the early evening when the crowds of tourists begin to thin and the sunset provides a magnificent backdrop. Within the grounds of the castle there are several museums, gardens and the stunning St Vitus Cathedral. Plan several hours to do it all justice.

Charles Brigde

The Charles Bridge is directly between the castle and the Old Town and is one of the most beautiful medieval bridges left in existence. The bridge can get extremely crowded with tourists and hawkers so rise early if you want to see it at peace, you sometimes have to fight your way across in the high season. At the busiest times visitors are advised to beware of pickpockets on the Charles Bridge, often working to distract and disorientate visitors.

The Old Town Square

The Old Town Square and its Astronomical clock feature prominently in many guidebooks and with good reason. The traditional centre of the city is still a rowdy and functional meeting place but with some of the most stunning architecture in Europe. The restaurants on the square are usually overpriced and rubbish so look elsewhere to eat but the square is a great place to stroll, enjoying your surroundings and company.

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square is not that pleasant in itself, being set in the New Town and containing chain shops and bars catering to the younger visitors. However, the square is still interesting as it was here in 1968 that Soviet tanks crushed the nascent Prague Spring, effectively condemning Eastern Europe to another twenty years of communist domination. With its history and current occupiers the square is an interesting juxtaposition of warnings from Prague’s past and future.

Czech National Museum

At the top of Wenceslas Square is the main building of the Czech National Museum. This contains some fascinating exhibits in a sumptuous setting although some of the presentation lacks finesse and will seem boring to younger visitors. The stuffed animals are sure to be a hit however. The staff are friendly and helpful and speak English and usually German very well.

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Venere Travel Blog writer will joce

Will Joce is a recent graduate from the London School of Economics who has a morbid fear of working in an office. As well as travelling and writing he has worked in the UK Parliament and as a press monitor. Refusing to follow advice and get a real job he will soon be beginning a Masters degree at St Petersburg State University

2 responses to “Top 5 things not to miss in Prague”

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  1. Marta Anghera says via Facebook:
    August 23rd, 2010 at 22:33

    I don’t agree with the National Museum, there is alot tosee of Art, From Gothic to Renaissance to Modern. And a walk on Petrin Hill and Strahov Monastery. And the jewish cemetery.

  2. Phil says:
    August 28th, 2010 at 10:55

    I think you got the ‘big one’ but there are so many other things you shouldn’t miss. I could spend the rest of my life in Prague!!!

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