Prague (Praha) has preserved a huge number of ancient buildings and other architectural structures. This is what attracts tourists to the city.

 

Prague.  View from Petrin
View of Prague from Petřín

Zlata Praha is actually not gold, but brown – the color of tiled roofs. Perhaps, however, “gold” means the same as we have “red” – in the sense of beautiful. And you can’t argue with that, it’s really beautiful, and not only outwardly – in old Prague there is a special atmosphere that cannot be explained in words or shown, you can only feel it. Stamp, of course, but honestly, it’s true.
There are a lot of sights in Prague , let’s slowly start to survey them. 🙂

The main tourist street in Prague is Wenceslas Square . Actually, this is not a square, but a wide avenue starting from the National Museum.

 

Prague.  People's Museum
People’s Museum

The National Museum of Prague is very interesting and very large – we couldn’t get around it all, we were tired.

 

Prague.  Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square

And Wenceslas Square itself is just a street with shops, quite a typical building of the 19th-20th centuries.

One of the main attractions of Prague is Charles Bridge (Karluv most) . 

 

Prague.  The Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge. 14th century

On both sides of the Charles Bridge there are sculptures, naturally added much later. According to an old tourist tradition, the most outstanding places of sculptures are polished to a shine by human touches. There are even special guides already – which place of which sculpture you need to touch in order to make a specific wish. 🙂

 

Prague.  Jan Nepomuk
Jan Nepomuk

Especially goes to the statue of the main Czech saint – John of Nepomuk, who was once thrown from this bridge into the Vltava.

 

Prague.  The Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge

In general, Charles Bridge is something like our Arbat. The fact that there are few people on the bridge in my photo is explained by the rather early time and bad weather – usually there is literally no crowding here.

Charles Bridge connects Mala Strana (Malá Strana) and the Old Town (Staré Město).

 

Old Town of Prague

The Old Town of Prague is the center of the medieval city. Here is the Town Hall, the market square, the main temple of the Husists – the Church of St. Mikulas (Kostel sv. Mikuláše) and a monument to Hus himself. Most of the attractions are located directly on the Old Town Square .

 

Prague.  Church of St. Mikulas
Church of Saint Mikulas. XVII-XVIII centuries.

The Prague City Hall, in addition to the folk fun of “thrown out of windows”, which citizens had fun during the Hussite wars, is famous for its clock. 

 

Prague.  town hall
Prague City Hall

 

At the appropriate time, next to the clock, a skeleton moves forward and shakes the bell, symbolizing the inexorable course of time and the frailty of earthly existence.

Another notable building in the Old Town is the Church of the Virgin Mary in front of Tyn (Kostel Panny Marie před Týnem). 

 

Prague.  Church of the Virgin Mary in front of Týn
Church of the Virgin Mary in front of Týn. XIV-XV centuries

 

Not quite the usual style for local Gothic – there are associations with the fairy-tale castle of Koshchei 🙂

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) and Hradcany (Hradčany)

Prague Castle is located on a hill, Hradcany , respectively under the hill, but the main Hradcany square is also at the top. Prague Castle is the territory where the royal palace and the houses of local residents adjacent to it are located (which residents could settle near the palace, I think it’s understandable).

 

Prague.  Gradchanskaya Square
Gradchanskaya Square

Hradcanska Square is surrounded by baroque buildings, in the middle there is a plague column, which differs from the others by the presence of a statue of the Virgin Mary at the top. One side of the square is occupied by the gates of the royal palace , where another tourist attraction takes place every hour – the changing of the guard. 

 

Prague.  Royal Palace
Royal Palace

The palace itself is nothing special. Next is the Cathedral of St. Vitus , Wenceslas and Vojtěcha (Katedrála svatého Víta, Václava a Vojtěcha). 

 

Prague.  St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral. XIV-XIX centuries

Prague.  St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral. XIV-XIX centuries

Prague.  St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral. XIV-XIX centuries

This is a classic gothic cathedral – very large, befitting the significance of the city, and very gothic :).

The next item is the toy museum . It makes sense to go there, even if you don’t have children with you. 

 

Prague.  Toy Museum
Toy Museum

Old toys are especially interesting – there are even 18th century toys.

 

Vysehrad

Vysehrad was once called the fortress, which, as the name implies, was located on a hill. The walls of Vysehrad have been preserved and look very impressive in places.

 

Prague.  Visegrad wall
Visegrad wall outside

But from what was inside from the old times, there was little left – the Cathedral of Peter and Paul , the remains of a Romanesque basilica and the rotunda of St. Martin.
The cathedral is, of course, the central point, as it was once intended (by the same Charles IV).

 

Prague.  Cathedral of Peter and Paul
Cathedral of Peter and Paul. 14th century

 

Now next to the cathedral is Visegrad Cemetery , where people who left their mark on the history of the country are buried. The cemetery is open to the public, amateurs can admire 🙂 gravestones, many of which are really beautiful.

Not far from the Cathedral of Peter and Paul is a cave where you can look at the remains of an ancient Romanesque basilica. That is, of course, it is now in a cave, but before it was on the surface. Just for some reason, they did not dig out the upper part. Therefore, you have to look at the basilica from the inside. Entrance there is not free, there is some kind of exposition, but, frankly, there is nothing special to see. Is it just to survey the stone vaults and feel their antiquity.

I liked the rotunda of St. Martin :). A sort of minimalism, on which, after reviewing all this monumental Gothic, the eye rests. It is a pity that it was closed there and it is not clear at all whether it is possible to get inside. 

 

Prague.  St. Martin's Rotunda
Rotunda of Saint Martin. 12th century

Next to the rotunda is a large playground built entirely of wood.

 

Prague.  Playground
Playground

In general, there are a lot of greenery and lawns in Vyshegrad, it is quite possible to consider this place as another city park, which, by the way, are quite numerous in the center of Prague. 

 

Prague.  View from Visegrad Hill
Prague from Visegrad Hill

Petrhin

Petřín Hill is the highest point in the city. A copy of the Eiffel Tower is installed there, climbing which you can climb another 63.5 m and take excellent bird’s-eye photos of Prague.
For those who find it difficult to climb the mountain, there is a funicular, but it works only in the warm season. 

 

Prague.  Petrshin
Petrshin

In addition, on the hill there is a mirror labyrinth, an observatory and a “hungry wall” – a structure that had no defensive value and was started by Charles IV in order to give work (and, accordingly, money) to starving citizens in lean years.

 

Prague Zoo

Where would we be without a zoo? The main thing that strikes is the huge territory. The zoo is located on the outskirts of the city, so the organizers did not experience a lack of space, which they took advantage of. 

 

Prague.  Zoo
Zoo

I think the animals are quite comfortable there. 

 

Prague.  Zoo
Zoo

The rest is quite an ordinary large European zoo. Non-dangerous animals are available, everyone else can be seen, even if they do not want to walk, but sit under the roof (it is possible to go in from the other side and look through the glass).

 

Prague.  Zoo
Zoo

Plus a huge number of different funny sculptures that children love very much. In general, we liked it.

And I liked Prague in general. One of the cities that I want to return to again.

Prague map
Tourist map of Prague attractions

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