Marco Polo’s list of the top 10 things not to be missed in Prague! Our best recommendations – from the top down – help you to plan your tour of Prague’s most important sights.
1. PRAŽSKÝ HRAD
The Hradčany dominates the horizon. Visible for miles around, this enclosed castle complex is the largest of its kind in the world.
2. KARLŮV MOST
The Charles Bridge, flanked by 30 statues of saints, ranks among the oldest bridges in Europe. Make time to walk across it, preferably more than once.
3. KATEDRÁLA SV. VÍTA
One of the most magnificent examples of Gothic architecture towers 70m (230ft) over the city. Centuries in the making, this cathedral guards the mortal remains of Charles IV and St Václav (St Wenceslas).
4. STAROMĚSTSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ
Prague’s Old Town Square boasts the famous Astronomical Clock, two imposing churches and impressive facades. This is the beating heart of the city.
A walk along the Vltava River from the National Theatre to the Dancing House provides a striking view of the glamorous Prague town houses – especially when the sun captures them in the right light.
6. OBECNÍ DŮM
The Municipal House is the Gesamtkunstwerk of 30 artists and is regarded by many to be the most fascinating piece of Art Nouveau architecture in Prague. Take your time: there is plenty to admire!
7. STRAHOVSKÝ KLÁŠTER
Though rather unprepossessing on the outside, the monastery contains not one but two of Europe’s most beautiful libraries. The Philosophical Hall and the Theological Hall are worth a visit in their own right.
8. ZLATÁ ULIČKA
Crouched in Golden Lane, the homes once inhabited by alchemists and poets look almost like doll’s houses. Franz Kafka lived here for a while which is why this little street is so famous.
9. STARÝ ŽIDOVSKÝ HŘBITOV
Around 100,000 people lay buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery. The stones on the graves are a sign of respect and love for the departed.
10. VÁCLAVSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ
Wenceslas Square is the city’s main place of assembly and has seen many major demonstrations, mass rallies and attempted coups.
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