Top 10 Things To Do In Prague

Visitors to the city of Prague should be sure to check out these 10 sites, the true gems of the city.

The Golden City, the City of 1000 Spires-Prague has gone by many names in its long history, and it has accumulated a great number of historical sites and places of interest for the European traveler. For those visiting the city, be sure to put these sights and locations on your list. You won't regret it.

1)Wenceslas Square: The largest square in the city, Wenceslas Square was home to much of Prague's history, including the Nazi Occupation and the Communist Takeover, as well has having been the starting point of the Velvet Revolution. Now a trendy place full of shopping stores and cafes, it is still a great place to get a feel for the city. You can also try one of Prague's traditional fried cheese sandwiches at one of the many all-night stands dotting the square. Above the square is the imposing Museum of Natural History, which Communist troops shot at after mistaking it for the Parliament building.

2)Prague Castle: Across the river, on Castle Hill, the gorgeous and well-kept Prague castle looks like something straight out of a fairytale. From the two Titans framing the entrance, to St. George's Basilica and the Cathedral within its walls, the Castle has many sights for the curious traveler. One can visit the rooms the Czech princesses once lived in, as well as the window that sparked the 20 Years War. Below the castle walls are a series of stepped gardens full of trees and quiet benches for looking out over the city.

3)Charles Bridge: The beautiful and dark gothic bridge spanning the Vltava river, Charles Bridge is flanked by a series of giant stone statues, representing religious figures and icons. One of these statues is said to bring luck to whoever touches it. During the day, the Bridge is home to many artists and musicians, but at night, the bridge quiets down and becomes a wonderful place to look out over the sparkling waters of the Vltava river.

4)Dancing Building: A masterpiece of modern architecture, the Dancing Building was modeled after the dancers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair. A beautiful mix of glass and steel that seems to move on its own, this is a wonderful site right next to the Vltava river.

5)Prague Cathedral: Set in the walls of Prague Castle, this Cathedral is a beautiful example of gothic architecture and styling. The quiet interior features stained-glass windows from a variety of eras and styles. To one side of the main hall lies an intricately decorated room complete with a special door leading to a secret coronation chamber that was used to crown the King of the Holy Roman Empire. The door can only be opened with the use of seven golden keys which are distributed to members of parliament.

6)Old Town Square: Located in the very heart of the Old Town, this Square has a variety of attractions. Towards one direction is the Gothic Church, with it's many golden spires, a building unique to Prague, in another direction is the more modern and ornate Classical Church, and to the side you can see the famous Astronomical Clock. In the center of the square is a large statue of Jan Hus, the midevial Prague citizen who was burned at the stake. Old Town Square is also lined with a wide variety of cafes, bars, and restaurants, featuring traditional Czech food and beer.

7)Astronomical Clock: Built in 1410, this ancient clock still functions, and provides accurate data on a number of astrological events. Each hour, the clock chimes, and a series of moving wooden puppets come out for the entertainment of the visitors.

8)TV Tower: The tallest structure in the city, the TV Tower was build by the Communists as a show of the technology and power of the Communist Bloc. Most residents now consider the Tower an eyesore, but its huge height makes it a wonderful place to view the city. Visitors can take an elevator up the Tower to a viewing deck, or they can enjoy a meal in the TV Tower restaurant which provides a 360 degree view of the city. The TV Tower is now also the site of an art exhibit in which giant babies have been strapped to the outside of the tower. It must be seen to be believed.

9)Rudolfinum: Prague's music hall, and the base of the Prague National Orchestra, the Rudolfinum is a beautifully preserved classical building, with wonderful artchitecture and incredible acoustics. The Orchestra performs here frequently, with a changing lineup of soloists and visiting musicians from around the world.

10)Vyshehrad: The old fortress, where Prague was founded, is still a great location to walk around and get a sense of the history of the city. Within its thick, stone walls are a number of old buildings and shops, as well as the National Cemetery, with the graves of Prague's most famous citizens. A beautiful church is next to the cemetery, with colorful doors representative of the ancient splendor of the city.

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