Short Stay in Prague: When to go & What to See

Short Stay in Prague: When to go & What to See

What is the best time to visit Prague?

Prague can be a great destination almost all year around. The favorite time to visit is in the summer, when the weather is quite warm, and many cultural events take place.

The least popular time for visiting Prague is during the colder winter, except for the Christmas and New Year's Eve, but the winter in Prague also has its charm with the snow-covered roofs.

Spring and autumn are also romantic seasons for enjoying Prague when the weather is very moderate.

 

What to see in Prague?

Prague has a very rich history and architecture and mentioning the sights and monuments that deserve visiting we will need a whole book rather than one page, but we can stick with the main attractions, considering you will be spending a weekend or just few days in Prague, which most of the people do.

Prague is also a compact city, in few hours you can explore the historical center of the city, from the Old Town you walk through Charles Bridge to the Lesser Town and then uphill to Prague Castle.

 

Prague Castle

Prague Castle is the most stunning castle complex in the Czech Republic. It is situated in the very heart of the capital city of Prague.

Prague Castle is a textbook of architectural styles, the burial site of Bohemian princes and kings and, last but not least, the residence of the President’s Office. Founded around 880, it has been a seat of princes and kings for more than 11 centuries – and of presidents since 1918. The oldest part preserved is the Romanesque Basilica of St. George from 921. Nonetheless, it was the Gothic style that shaped the castle in the main.

When visiting the place, you must not forget to see the monumental St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace including the Vladislav Hall and the northern three-towered bulwark. Furthermore, remember to visit the Golden Lane and take a walk in the Royal Gardens.

As the largest medieval castle in Europe, Prague Castle housed many of the country’s kings, making it an important historical location. Restored after World War I, the Prague Castle now holds the seat of the President of the Czech Republic.

It comprises of Saint Vitus Cathedral, viewing towers, Golden Lane, a monastery, palaces and museums. Also, try to catch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at the front gate. It happens every hour.

 

Charles Bridge

Named after the Emperor Charles IV in 19th century the Charles Bridge is Prague’s most familiar monument.

Designed by Petr Parler, it was completed in 1400 and it connects the Lesser Town with the Old Town. Although it is now pedestrianised, it withstood wheeled traffic for 600 years.

There are thirty statues on the bridge, many of them have been replaced with copies. Originals are kept in the Lapidarium of the National Museum and at Vyšehrad.

The magnificent Gothic Old Town Bridge Tower was designed by Petr Parler and built at the end of the 14th century. It is considered the finest Gothic tower in central Europe, mainly for its decoration. There are marvellous views of the Vltava river Valley, the Žofín, the Old Town and the Lesser Town. Constructed in 1357 under King Charles IV, the Charles Bridge extends over the Vltava River and connects the Old Town Square and the Prague Castle.

With a lot of action during the day that includes painters and street performers and a quieter, more romantic scene at night, the Charles Bridge is the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll at any time during the day.

 

Lesser Town

Started as a market place it has always been the centre of life in the Lesser Town. Today, there are official buildings and restaurants. The important buildings include the St Nicholas Church, the Town Hall and the Sternberg Palace.

On the facade of the Baroque Kaiserstain Palace there is a bust of the great Czech soprano Emma Destinn who lived there between 1908 and 1914. The Lesser Town, also known as the Lesser Quarter or Mala Strada, is an area that resides at the foothills of the Prague Castle.

With narrow cobblestone roads, small street shops and hole-in-the-wall pubs and restaurants, Lesser Town provides a quiet and charming experience. If you want to get away from the busy city, you should take a walk along Lesser Town’s narrow alleys and enjoy a peaceful meal at a local establishment.

 

Old Town

The Old Town Square started in the 12th century as Prague’s main marketplace where residents dined and shopped. Over the next few centuries, buildings of different architectural styles including Romanesque and Gothic were built around the square. These buildings gave Old Town Square a historic and unique presence. They include the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock and St. Nicolas Church.

Mentioned in 1091, it is the oldest of the towns of Prague gained the privileges of a town in the 13th century. However, its name dates back to the 14th century when the New Town was founded.

The centre of the Old Town has always been the Old Town Square dominated by the Church of Our Lady of Týn and the Town Hall. 

 

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