8 Interesting Must See Attractions in Prague

8 Interesting Must See Attractions in Prague

Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic and one of the largest cities in Europe.  Prague is also considered to be an architectural gem and is home to one of the most well preserved city centers in Europe.  As you tour the city you will find notable examples of Art Nouveau, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles and an abundance of popular attractions in Prague.

We have compiled a list of some of the most interesting “must see” sights you will not want to miss during your time in this beautiful city:

The Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. The construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.

The Charles Bridge is a gothic bridge that crosses the Vltava River and was once the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s old town.  The bridge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Prague.  The bridge dates back to the 14th century and is lined by centuries-old statues.  There is an impressive tower standing on each end of the bridge.

The Mala Strana “Lesser Quarter”

Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city of Prague.

Mala Strana is big must see in Prague. It is located at the foot of Prague Castle. The name roughly translates to ‘Lesser Quarter’ in Czech.  Many of its once private residences have been turned into cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops.  If you love looking at architecture,  Mala Strana is a charming neighborhood to visit.  There are also many sights to see in Mala Strana, including Prague Castle, Petrin Hill, and the Wallenstein Gardens.

The Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock, is a medieval astronomical clock located in Old Town Square of Prague. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

Astronomical Clock – dates back to the 15th century and was built into one side of the Old Town Hall Tower.  To see the clocks intricate design, you can join the crowd every night, on the hour, to watch the procession of the twelve Apostilles. You can also climb or take the elevator to the top of the Old Town Tower for some of the best views of the Old Town.

Prague Castle

A photo of Prague Castle off in the distance. The castle sits high on a hill on the Mala Strana side of the Vltava River, across from Old Town Prague.

Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century.  It is located in Mala Strana across the Vltava river from Old Town Prague. It is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.  It was a seat of power for kings, emperors and now the presidents of the Czech Republic.

Lennon’s Wall

The Lennon Wall or John Lennon Wall is a wall in Prague, Czech Republic. Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs.

Lennon Wall is definite must see in Prague. It is located in Mala Strana near the French Embassy.  Many may look at it as just a graffiti covered wall.  However, this wall is very special due to its history.  Why you might ask?  In the 1980’s, after his murder, John Lennon became a pacifist here for many young Czechs in Prague.  They painted John Lennon’s picture on the wall and at night they would sneak and paint graffiti and lyrics, and over time began painting their own feelings and dreams on the wall.  The wall represents peace and the non-violent rebellion of the youth of the Czech Republic against the Communist regime.

The “Dancing House”

The Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger, is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašínovo nábřeží in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dancing House is located along the Vltava River in the Prague 2 district and was designed by architect Vlado Milunic in a co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry.  The Dancing House is of modern design and in stark contrast to the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings that stand throughout the City of Prague. The building portrays two people dancing and was called Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)  the original name of the house.  People now refer to it as the Dancing House.

Shooters Island

Shooters Island is located under Legion’s Bridge which connects Old Town to Lesser Town.  It is home to many cultural events, including concerts and free-parties.  It is also a great place to take some awesome pictures of the city to send home to your family and friends. If you have kids, there is also a great park on the island for kids to enjoy!

David Cerny Sculptures

The “Hanging Man” sculpture by David Cerny is located in Prague’s Old Town and is not easily noticeable. Passersby actually have to look up to notice him. The sculpture depicts Psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, hanging by a hand, pondering if he should hang on or let go.

David Cerny Sculptures have become a part of the city of Prague’s landscape over the years.  His works are designed to provoke a reaction and force you to think.  The “Hanging Man” pictured above is just one of his many disturbing and thought provoking statues. If  we have you intriqued and you’re looking for some adventure during your studies, you can find the map of Cerny’s statues here and go on a treasure hunt!

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