Hotels in Prague
Tourism in Prague
Prague is divided into five main zones that contain valuable sites of interest. Its best to start in the zone of Hradcany Castle where one will find Pragues most emblematic enclosure, the Castle of Prague. Originally built as a fortress in the 9th century, the structure was rehabilitated in the 14th century to give it a Gothic theme. During its reconstruction, a few buildings were added to the masterpiece such as the Cathedral of Saint Vito where the jewels of the Bohemian Kings were stored The Basilica of Saint George is a fantastic piece of Roman architecture with a rebuilt barroque facade. The Convent of Saint George and the Old Royal Palace are also to be found, in their impressive Gothic and Renaissance styles. In the castle grounds, one can gaze at the magnificent Belvedere building with its Renaissance style and then visit the Golden Alley, where alchemists once livedin tiny yet peculiarly charming houses that date back to the 16th century. Upon completing this visit, you should leave through Nerudova street, ending up in the Small City (Mala Strana), on of Pragues most ancient areas, where you will see The Small City Square (Malostranske Namestí) surrounded by Baroque buildings and the Church of Saint Nicholas proudly standing in the centre.
After visiting and admiring all the above, it is a good time to take a stroll on the right bank of the Moldava River, crossing the Bridge of St. Charles, Praguess oldest bridge, which has two imposing towers at both ends. This structure, which is 500m long, contains 30 sculptures. At the end of the bridge is the Old City (Stare Mesto) of Mediaeval origin, where, next to the the Town Hall of the old square (Staromestske), the 15th-century Astronomical Clock stands. This is a truly remarkable structure as when the hands mark the hour, 2 windows open and the 12 apostles come out of them. This square is highlighted by the two magnificent towers of the Gothic Church of our Lady before Tyn. If you carry on towards the north along Maisellova St., you will come to the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), where one can visit the synagogues and the Jewish cemetery. In the New City (Nove Mesto) one should not miss visiting Wenceslas square, where the statue of St. Wenceslas stands in front of the national Museum, a beautiful 19th-century neo-Renaissance structure.