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Copy of Ten Must-Have Prague Experiences

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Prague has endless secrets to share, but visitors don’t always have endless time. If you only have a few days and want to experience the best of the best, these are ten things you shouldn’t miss. Get lost amidst gorgeous facades telling tales of long ago in Old Town and the Jewish Quarter. Explore the massive Prague Castle complex. Watch the sunset from the crumbling Vysehrad. Take in fresh air and breathtaking views as you hike up Petrin Hill. Stroll across Charles Bridge after dark. Tour a local brewery and taste some fresh Czech beer. Catch a show at the stunning Stavovske Divadlo. Finally, check out some exceptional architecture like the House of the Black Madonna and Tancici Dum. read more about Copy of Ten Must-Have Prague Experiences

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

  • Staroměstské náměstí
  • tel:420 221 714 444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 11000

Since the 10th century, Old Town Square (Staroměstsk nměst) has been the central square in Prague. At its conception, it was the city's main market place. Then, in the 20th century, buildings began to rise around its rim, bringing with them stories of ghosts and intrigue. Now, the square stirs with cafes, souvenir shops, and art galleries. A mixture of Romanesque and Gothic buildings surround the Old Town Square, the most notable being the Old Town City Hall (on whose exterior the Astronomical Clock can be found), the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, St. Nicholas Church, and Kinsky Palace. Old Town Square's centerpiece is a monument to reformer, martyr, and Czech hero, Jan Hus. read more about Old Town Square

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral

  • Jiřská
  • Pražský hrad
  • tel:420 221 714 444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 11800

A Gothic work of art, St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrla sv Vita) is the largest and most significant church in Prague. Commissioned in 1344 by Kind Wenceslas, the cathedral was not actually completed until the second half of the 19th century due to the Hussite War and Thirty Years' War. St. Vitus Cathedral has seen a number of royal coronations. Today, visitors can walk through the Golden Portal (south entrance) and see the Last Judgment Mosaic. Further important parts include the decorated Chapel of St. Wenceslas (Svatovclavsk kaple) and the Wallenstein Chapel (Valdstejnsk kaple), where the cathedral's architects lie. In front of the high alter stands the Royal Mausoleum. Underneath, the Royal Crypt houses the bodies of some notable kings and queens. Additionally, the Sarcophagus of St. John of Nepomuk has a bit of legend associated with it. Allegedly, the body was exhumed in 1721 and, shockingly, Nepomuk's tongue was still full of hot blood. This was likely a ploy to create a new legendary hero for the Czech people and it accomplished this nicely. Additionally, St. Vitus Cathedral houses the Crown Chamber, the storage room for the Bohemian Coronation Jewels. This area is not accessible by the public. Finally, the incomplete southern lookout tower, called the "Big Bell Tower," contains a Renaissance gallery and a Baroque cupola. read more about St. Vitus Cathedral

Museum of Antonín Dvorák - Memorial of Antonín Dvorák

Museum of Antonín Dvorák - Memorial of Antonín Dvorák

  • Nádražní 12
  • tel:+420 (0)2 1578 5099
  • Visit website
  • Nelahozeves, 277 51
Mucha Museum

Mucha Museum

  • Panská 7
  • Panska 7
  • tel:420 221 451 333
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11000
National Museum (Národní muzeum)

National Museum (Národní muzeum)

  • Václavské námestí 68
  • tel:420 224 497 111
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11579
Archiepiscopal Palace

Archiepiscopal Palace

  • Hradcanské námestí 16
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 118 00
Basilica of St. George

Basilica of St. George

  • Ke Hradu
  • tel:+420 224 373 368 (Information Center)
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11800
Strahov Monastery

Strahov Monastery

  • Strahovske nadvori 1/132
  • tel:420 233 107 722
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 118 00

The Strahov Monastery (Strahovsky Klaster) was established by the Premonstratensians, a Catholic religious order of canons founded by St. Norbert. The Romanesque stone monastery was first built in 1140. However, the abbey has met with serious challenges. In 1258, a fire almost completely destroyed the church. Hussites plundered the monastery, followed by a similar event during the Thirty Years' War. Then, in 1742, the French army bombarded the church. In dealing with this devastation, the Strahov Monsatery was reconstructed in the Gothic style then given Baroque qualities in the early 18th century. Finally, in 1989, the monastery was given back to the Premonstratensians. Today, believers still take pilgrimages to this site. On the Strahov Monastery's peaceful and beautiful grounds are an important museum and word-renowned library, rife with rare volumes. read more about Strahov Monastery

Manes Gallery

Manes Gallery

  • Masarykovo nabrezi 250
  • Nadace českého výtvarného umění
  • tel:+420 2 2493 0754
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11000
National Gallery

National Gallery

  • Dukelskych hrdinu 47
  • Veletržní Palace
  • tel:420 222 321 459 (Public Relations Department)
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 17000
Church of Our Lady before Tyn

Church of Our Lady before Tyn

Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo

  • U Trojskeho zamku 3/120
  • tel:420 296 112 111 / 420 296 112 230
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 17100

Founded in 1931, the Prague Zoo is now one of the best in Europe, housing 5000 animals of 650 species. Among the pavilions, the Indonesian Jungle transports you into a fresh tangle of greenery and the Monkey Island allows visitors to get up close and personal with primates. Although there were problems in 2002, when a major flood killed many of the animals and destroyed zoo enclosures, the zoo has since recovered and is, again, a thriving zoological garden. But animals aren't all this zoo has to offer, it lies in a lush river valley and boasts spectacular views from atop a rocky cliff. Few city zoos offer such impressive surroundings. read more about Prague Zoo

Letna Park

Letna Park

  • nábreží Edvarda Beneše
  • tel:420 221 714 444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 170 00
Petrin Park Playground

Petrin Park Playground

  • Újezd
  • Corner of Stefanikova and Holeckove
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 15000
Troja Chateau

Troja Chateau

  • U Trojského zámku 1
  • tel:420 283 851 614
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 171 00

Situated outside of the city center, near the Prague Zoo, Troja Chateau (Trojsky zamek) is a 17th century Baroque masterpiece. Particularly renowned is the villa's garden staircase, lined with statuesque depictions of the clash between Greek gods and their Titan predecessors. The Italian influence became most evident during the second reconstruction (after the first was interrupted by a plague epidemic). At this time, the gorgeous interior became what it is today. Although it had to undergo renovations after 1989, it now houses 19th century paintings, plus rare maps and books. Troja Chateau's vibrant exterior and stunning interior together make this a beautiful place to visit. read more about Troja Chateau

Kampa Island

Kampa Island

  • Next to Charles Bridge
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Prague, 110 00
Prague Spring International Music Festival

Prague Spring International Music Festival

  • Hellichova (office) 18
  • (performances take place at various venues)
  • tel:420 257 312 547
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11800
Josefov

Josefov

  • Next to Old Town Square
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 110 00

Located between Old Town Square and the Vltava River, the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) is what remains of Prague's Jewish ghetto. In the 13th century, Prague's Jewish community was ordered to all move to this one small area. As time passed, the population grew and this part of Prague became extremely overpopulated. In late 19th century, an intense redevelopment was undergone but that doesn't mean the Jewish people were off the hook. They remained in this ghetto until WWII, when the majority of the Czech Republic's Jewish population either died or was forced out of the country by communist leaders. Today, Josefov is an important cultural area. Within its borders lies the best-preserved group of Jewish historical monuments in Europe. This includes six synagogues, including the Old-New Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue, the Jewish Town Hall, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and museums, such as the comparatively new Robert Guttmann Gallery. Most of these sites are controlled by the Jewish Museum in Prague. read more about Josefov

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

The Prague Castle (Pražsk hrad) is the largest castle complex in the world and one of the most important cultural sites in the Czech Republic. Founded in the 9th century as a wooden fortress, it expanded to include a palace, three churches, and a monastery. Extensive renovations took place in the early 20th century and again after the Velvet Revolution. Over the course of its many face-lifts, the castle has taken on Baroque, Gothic, and Neo-Gothic qualities. The complex includes three courtyards, in which you can find such important sites as St. Vitus Cathedral, Mihulka Powder Tower, and St. George's Basilica, among others. The ceremony of the changing of the guard takes place every hour; at noon, some fanfare accompanies this ceremony. The Prague Castle currently houses the Czech President and is the seat of Czech political power. read more about Prague Castle

Vysehrad Castle

Vysehrad Castle

  • V Pevnosti 159/5b
  • Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument
  • tel:+420 241 410 348
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 12800

Poised atop a hill, Vysehrad was the seat of Czech power for many years after its establishment in the mid-10th century. After losing its position to the Prague Castle, Vysehrad was left to fall into ruin. Now, there is still much to see in the area. The grounds form a massive and beautiful landscape, which contain the Gothic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, the exceptionally old St. Martin Rotunda, the culturally-significant Vysehrad Cemetery, the Tabor Gate, and the ruins of a former fortification of the castle. As if that wasn't enough, an absolutely stunning view of Prague awaits here. Crumbled stone walls, gorgeous scenery, and outdoor sculpture make Vysehrad and enchanting place to visit. read more about Vysehrad Castle

Petrin Gardens

Petrin Gardens

  • Újezd
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Prague, 15000
Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

This stunning stone bridge in the Gothic style replaced the Judith Bridge, which collapsed in a flood. Called the Stone Bridge for several centuries after its construction in 1357, Charles Bridge (Karlův most) connects Old Town to Lesser Town. Allegedly, egg yolks mixed into the mortar strengthened the bridge's construction. Perhaps it is those egg yolks that helped Charles Bridge to survive many disastrous floods. At each end of the bridge stands a tower, like bookends for the row of 30 Baroque statues that have lined the bridge since 1657. Today, Charles Bridge is a constantly bustling pedestrian bridge, lively with artists, musicians, and vendors. read more about Charles Bridge

Staropramen Brewery

Staropramen Brewery

  • Nádražni 84. 150 54
  • tel:+420 257 191 402
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 150 00
Stavovske Divadlo (Estates Theater)

Stavovske Divadlo (Estates Theater)

  • Železná 540/11
  • (at the bottom of Wenceslas Square, near Mustek metro stop)
  • tel:+420 224 227 981
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 110 00

At the time when it was opened, in 1783, the classicist Estates Theater was called Count Nostitz's Theatre, after the aristocrat who had it built. It was part of 18th century enlightenment principles, which saw theaters as demonstrations of a nation's cultural standards. In 1798 the Czech Estates bought Count Nostitz's theater, re-naming it the Theater of the Estates (Stavovske Divadlo). It was for a time dedicated to showing exclusively Czech performances until 1862, when it was taken over by a German ensemble and re-named the Royal Provincial German Theater. Finally, in 1920, it again became the Theater of the Estates and, except for a brief time during WWII, has maintained this historic name. Although there were some complications, Czech performances took over the stage and this became a place for Czech people to enjoy high art. Here, Mozart premiered two operas, Don Giovanni and La Clemenza di Tito. Still intact, the Estates Theater is Prague's most beautiful theater and experiencing a performance here is a true delight. read more about Stavovske Divadlo (Estates Theater)

House of the Black Madonna

House of the Black Madonna

The House of the Black Madonna (Dům u Čern matky bož) was originally designed by Josef Gocar to be a department store. Completed in July 1912, the building now houses the Czech Museum of Cubism. The architect's first major project, it was a specifically challenging one as it is difficult to harmonize Cubist architecture with the surrounding Baroque, Gothic, and Classical facades. Cubist architecture is an important artistic contribution made by the Czech Republic. It evolved on its own (parallel to, not in response to, Picasso's cubism in painting) in an effort to create synchronize the fluid process of creation with the solid building that results. The museum exhibits works of Czech Cubism, most notably by Josef Capek and Bohumil Kubista. The Grand Caf Orient, designed entirely in the Cubist style, can be found on the first floor while exhibitions lie on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. read more about House of the Black Madonna

Tancici Dum

Tancici Dum

  • Rasšínovo nábrezží 1981/80
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Prague, 120 00