The Czech Republic’s capital Prague is a historically rich city. Aside for being famous for its thriving arts scene and unique cuisine, Prague is celebrated for its awe-inspiring architecture. I recently included this lovely Eastern European city in a Trip Pick. Now I’d like to share a few places you need to visit if you go.
Exhibiting classic Gothic architecture, this church is the largest and most significant in the Czech Republic. The religious landmark is where kings of Bohemian and Holy Roman Emperors are buried. “The Cathedral is an exceptional achievement. The gothic structure, dark with age and solemnity, was meant not only as the principle church of the Castle but also as the spiritual center of the whole country.”
The Dancing House is an architectural marvel, which is regarded as “the best-known example of post-1989 modern Czech architecture.” The exterior architecture (the style is called deconstructivist) makes the Dancing House look as if it is leaning into itself. While the building’s unique design has won many architecture awards, and has become a popular tourist spot, many questioned whether the modern design fitted with the city’s gothic heritage. Fans of food with a view might also want to try the (pricey) “Ginger and Fred” restaurant located on the top floor.
Prague Castle is a symbol of the city’s grandeur and prestige. Visitors from across the world come to see the castle’s Baroque architecture and learn about the building’s history. The castle is one of the most culturally significant buildings in the world. Partypoker reveals that the Guinness Book of Records lists Prague Castle as the world’s largest castle, covering over 18 acres. Located within the castle’s grounds are St. George’s Basilica, the Powder Tower, and Golden Lane, all of which offer interesting stories on the castle and city’s heritage.
Built in 1338, the Old Town Hall was once the seat of power. Today, the tower is best known for the medieval astronomical clock known as the Orloj. The Orloj was installed in 1410 and is the oldest clock of its kind that’s still operational. The Old Town Hall is also home to many culturally and historically significant statutes like the Jan Hus Memorial. This statue was erected in honor of religious thinker and reformer Jan Hus, who was instrumental during the Protestant movement in the sixteenth century.
Charles Bridge played an important role in Prague’s history as it helped establish an important trade route between eastern and western Europe. Lined with Baroque statues and street artists, visitors can appreciate the country’s culture and deep architectural roots. The St. Lugarde sculpture, a blind nun who is witnessing Jesus, is one of the most acclaimed and famous pieces of art on the bridge. The bridge also offers some of the best views of the capital, and is one of the best locations to see the city lit up at night
The 14th century Gothic castle has been used to store treasure, a war fortress, the royal headquarters, and much more in its long history. What makes this site unique is its trio of terraced levels. Touropia explains that the lowest tier was for the Imperial Tower (reserved for the Knights and Emperor), the level above was for the Marian Tower (built for the Empress), and final tier was the Big Tower (which was a holy site dedicated to God).
Prague, the largest city in the Czech Republic, is a great city to visit due to all these architectural wonders, the friendly people, and all the great shops, cafes, and restaurants. One reason the locals may be so friendly is because Czechs drink more beer per capita than anywhere else in the world. The first Czech brewery was built in 1118! You’ll also notice lots of weird and wonderful street art. The Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348, is the oldest university in Eastern Europe, and one of the oldest in the world in continuous operation. Prague has a population of 1.2 million but welcomes more than six million tourists a year.