Giedre Brenciute discovers some of the Czech capital's most awe-inspiring spots.
Prague will take your breath away with its colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, stone-paved streets and the spectacular panoramic views from its surrounding hills. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a unique cultural experience, Prague captivates with its charm, warmth and rich history and it can be surprisingly budget friendly too. Giedre Brenciute explores some of the Czech capital's awe-inspiring attractions.
The Charles Bridge is a 14th century Gothic stone bridge decorated with 30 baroque-style statues of saints; it is a truly impressive medieval construction. Take a walk along its length and admire the statues and river views before climbing the bridge towers for an amazing view of the city from above. Fun fact: during the bridge's construction, egg yolk was mixed into the mortar to strengthen it. Legend has it that this is the reason it has withstood some extremely powerful floods.
Old Town Square
Prague's Old Town Square will transport you back to the times of kings and queens. Despite the bombings of the Second World War, the city centre managed to remain relatively undamaged and Prague's Old Town has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The Old Town's Square is more than a thousand years old and is spectacular for its ancient merchant houses and magnificent churches. It's particularly enjoyable during Christmas and Easter when the square is filled with festive markets and decorations.
The world’s oldest working astronomical clock is located at the heart of Prague’s Old Town Square. On the hour, every hour, the most exciting show in town begins: two small windows in the clock open and miniature figurines of the Apostles greet the city while a skeleton of death tolls the bell. The clock is a symbol of the remarkable ancient craftsmanship of the city.
Prague Castle is listed in The Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world. Spend a day admiring the grandeur of palaces, churches, halls and courtyards in Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture and in the evening enjoy a classical music concert in the most spectacular venue - St. George's Basilica, the oldest church in the Prague Castle complex.
Vysehrad or “Castle on the Heights” is a beautiful spot to relax. While you're up here, visit the majestic St. Peter and Paul Church, a cemetery of the Czech Republic’s heroes and the oldest building in Prague – the Rotunda of St. Martin. Vysehrad also has a vast, peaceful park where you can take a stroll among autumn leaves, lay out a picnic under the summer sun, or recap your experiences while looking out upon a snow-covered, wintry Prague.