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Munich, Prague

Neues Rathaus

Neues Rathaus

  • Marienplatz 8
  • Innenstadt
  • tel:+49 892 3300
  • Visit website
  • Munich, 80331

Probably Munich's most photographed building, the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) was built between 1867 and 1908.  The most famous part of the town hall is the Glockenspiel which does its thing twice a day (11am and noon) every day of the year, with an additional performance at 5pm from May through October.  You can also visit the top of the tower by taking an elevator up to the ninth floor.
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Hotel Constans

Hotel Constans

  • Bretislavova 309
  • tel:420 2 34091818
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11801
Altes Rathaus

Altes Rathaus

Blutenburg

Blutenburg

  • Schloß Blutenburg 1
  • Obermenzing
  • tel:+49 89 891 2110
  • Visit website
  • München, 81247
Powder Tower (The) - Prašná brána

Powder Tower (The) - Prašná brána

  • náměstí Republiky
  • tel:+420 7 2406 3723
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 110 00
Golden Lane (The)

Golden Lane (The)

  • Jiřská
  • Pražský hrad
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11800
Karlstejn Castle Half Day Trip from Prague

Karlstejn Castle Half Day Trip from Prague

Königsplatz

Königsplatz

  • Luisenstraße
  • tel:+49 89 2339 6500
  • Visit website
  • München, 80333
Olympic park

Olympic park

  • Spiridon-Lois-Ring 21
  • Olympiastadt
  • tel:+49 89 3067 2414
  • Visit website
  • München, 80809
Church of Our Lady before Tyn

Church of Our Lady before Tyn

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

Sendlinger Tor

Sendlinger Tor

Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock (The)

Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock (The)

  • Staromestské námestí
  • tel:+420 2 2448 2751
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11000
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

Wittelsbacher Brunnen

Wittelsbacher Brunnen

  • Lenbachplatz
  • Innenstadt
  • tel:+49 89 2339 6500 / +49 89 233 96 500(Tourist Information)
  • Visit website
  • Munich, 80333
Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

  • Václavské námestí 68
  • tel:+420 (0)2 2171 4444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 11000

Historically, Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti) has had many faces. Originally the central horse market in Prague, it later became a hub for political demonstrations (exemplified by the monument to local students who committed suicide in the square in protest of the Soviet invasion of Prague) and local celebrations (such as of major sporting victories). More like a long boulevard than an actual square, the Wenceslas Square of today is lined with restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs, and shops. At the top of the square, you'll find the square's namesake and Czech hero, St. Wenceslas, seated valiantly atop his horse. Behind him lies the National Museum and, just next to that, the Prague State Opera. read more about Wenceslas Square

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

Frauenkirche

Frauenkirche

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

Petřín Hill Observation Tower

Petřín Hill Observation Tower

The lookout tower (Petřnsk rozhledna) on Petřn Hill looks much like a miniature Eiffel Tower. Built in 1891 as a celebration of the Czech lands, it initially did the trick. However, since that time it has become a topic of debate, with many people harboring serious dislike for what seems like an inferior version of Paris' main attraction. Although the exterior is the source of some resentment, the tower's purpose makes it a major tourist attraction. Set atop Petřn Hill, it takes a mere 299 steps to reach the top, where a breathtaking view awaits. It is said that on a clear day, you can see 150 km in any direction. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering the most comprehensive bird's eye view of the city, Petřn Observation Tower has earned its spot as one of Prague's top-ranking tourist sites. read more about Petřn Hill Observation Tower

Heiliggeistkirche

Heiliggeistkirche

Letna Park

Letna Park

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

St. Michael's Church

St. Michael's Church

  • Neuhauser Straße 52
  • tel:+49 89 2317060
  • Munich, 80331
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

Petrin Gardens

Petrin Gardens

  • Újezd
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Prague, 15000
St. Johann-Nepomuk-Kirche (Asamkirche)

St. Johann-Nepomuk-Kirche (Asamkirche)

  • Sendlinger Straße 26
  • Innenstadt
  • tel:+49 89 2339 6500 (Touristen Information)
  • Visit website
  • Munich, 80331

The small, but impressive, church was built by two regionally famous brothers Cosmas and Damian Asam.  The official name of the church is the Church of St. Johann-Nepomuk, but everyone knows it only as the Asamkirch (Asam church) for the brothers who built it.  The outside is striking, but once you enter the door you will understand why your tour guide pointed out this spot which isn't on most local tours.  Open daily during normal church hours.
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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)

Mirror Maze

Mirror Maze

  • Petřínské sady
  • tel:420 257 315 212
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 15000
Residenz

Residenz

  • Max-Joseph-Platz 3
  • tel:+49 89 29 0671
  • Visit website
  • Munich, 80539
Jan Hus Monument

Jan Hus Monument

  • Staroměstské náměstí
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Prague, 11000
Petrin Hill Funicular

Petrin Hill Funicular

Karlstor

Karlstor

  • Karlsplatz (Stachus)
  • Innenstadt
  • tel:+49 89 2339 6500 (Touristen Information)
  • Visit website
  • Munich, 80335

The original Neuhauser Tor served as Munich's western city gate until Elector Karl Theodor had the city walls demolished in 1791 to open the city up for easier commerce.  The original gate was demolished as well, but a commemorative gate was built and named Karlstor after Elector Karl Theodor.  The entire platz was redesigned by the archetect Gabriel von Siedl between 1899 and 1902.  Most visitors to Munich enter the old town through this gate as  the main train station is to the west of the old town.
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Old New Synagogue

Old New Synagogue

The Old-New Synagogue (Staronova synagoga) is one of the Jewish Quarter's must-see sights. Completed in 1270, it was one of Prague's first buildings built in the gothic style. This is the synagogue where Franz Kafka had his bar mitzvah. Furthermore, it is said that the body of Golem (created by Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel to protect the Jews) is kept in the attic, which is not open to the public. Because the streets have been raised since the time it was built, the building is low and, in turn, quite dark inside. Even in the darkness, though, one can appreciate the Cathedral-esque interior, which hasn't been altered for more than 700 years. read more about Old New Synagogue

St Nicholas Church

St Nicholas Church

  • Malostranské Námestí
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444 (Tourist Information)
  • Prague, 118 00
Marienplatz

Marienplatz

Marienplatz has been the central sqaure of Munich since its founding by Henry the Lion in 1158.  It was originally named Schrannenplatz and once held the salt and grain market, but it is now used by the city for various concerts and events, but mainly by tourists trying to get photos of the old and new town halls.  After the market was moved around the corner starting in 1807, the square was renamed Marienplatz.  The statue of Mary has stood in the center of Marienplatz since 1638 and is the reason of the new name of the square.
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National Gallery Collection of Old Masters - St Agnes Convent

National Gallery Collection of Old Masters - St Agnes Convent

  • U Milosrdnych 17
  • tel:+420 2 2481 0628
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11000
Wallenstein Palace and Garden

Wallenstein Palace and Garden

  • Valdštejnské námestí 3
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Prague, 118 00
Alter Peter (St. Peter)

Alter Peter (St. Peter)

  • Rindermarkt 1
  • Innenstadt
  • tel:+49 89 260 4828
  • Visit website
  • Munich, 80331
Municipal Library of Prague

Municipal Library of Prague

  • Mariánské námestí 1
  • tel:+420 2 2211 3555
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 110 00
Old Town Bridge Tower

Old Town Bridge Tower

  • Malá Strana
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 118 00
Karlsplatz (Stachus)

Karlsplatz (Stachus)

Kampa Island

Kampa Island

  • Next to Charles Bridge
  • tel:+420 2 2171 4444
  • Prague, 110 00
Richard-Strauss-Brunnen (Salomé-Brunnen)

Richard-Strauss-Brunnen (Salomé-Brunnen)

  • Neuhauser Straße 8
  • Innenstadt
  • tel:+49 89 2339 6500
  • Munich, 80331