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Top 5 Things to see in Prague

Monday, October 18th, 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.

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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.

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 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 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.

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

8 responses to “Top 5 Things to see in Prague”

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  1. Anthony Micallef Debono says via Facebook:
    October 18th, 2010 at 18:04

    Prague is a great city to visit especially with deals from Venere!

  2. Shama Kashikar says via Facebook:
    October 19th, 2010 at 07:13

    My next vacation will be to Prague.

  3. says via Facebook:
    October 19th, 2010 at 10:53

    Thanks Anthony, we’re so glad you find us useful! How are things in Malta?

    @ Shama, great! do you need any more insights and tips? here you can find some useful articles:

    Plus I’ve been there not too long ago! Beautiful city :)

  4. Anthony Micallef Debono says via Facebook:
    October 19th, 2010 at 18:11

    Malta is at its best at this time of year. You can also great deals because it’s the low season

  5. Tomas says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 09:24

    Prague has so many wonderful things to see and do and we are always happy to see visitors! This list is a good introduction to our city but everyone should try and see more if they have time!

  6. Aaron says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 21:33

    I went through Praha on the interrail this summer. What an awesome city!!!
    Cant wait to get back there man, till then stay safe

  7. Val Gheller says:
    November 5th, 2010 at 17:28

    All these suggestions are great, but I would include a visit to the Vysherad in any trip to Prague!

  8. sam pratt says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 04:47

    Great summary of Prague. I’m actually going there sometime this August, so this is helpful for my vacation.

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