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Sightseeing & Landmarks in Prague

If you are a true traveller at heart, then you just cannot miss the legendary city of Prague.

Prague is blessed with eye-catching monuments and buildings representing the Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic, and Art Nouveau styles of architecture.

Prague (Praha) is also one of the very few cities in Europe that has been well-preserved over the ages. There are plenty of things to do and see in Prague like Prague Castle, St. Nicholas Church, Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square and many more. This city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is visited by millions of tourists every year.

Old Town (Staré Město Pražské)
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Old Town (Staré Město Pražské)

This is the oldest settlement in Prague that gained its privileges in the 13th Century. Initially, the town was separated by walls, which were eventually dismantled, but they can still be traced by the way the streets are positioned. The Old town became the capital of the Holy Roman Empire when Charles IV transformed Prague into a medieval architectural city. In 1784, when Prague's towns were united together into one city, the Old Town hall became the Government's headquarters.

Address: 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic.

Lesser Town (Malá Strana)
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Lesser Town (Malá Strana)

Well-known as "Lesser Town" or "Lesser Quarter" or "Lesser Side" or "Malá Strana" is one of the oldest areas of Prague. Located on the west bank of the river Vltava, on the slopes lying just below the Prague Castle and on the opposite side to the bigger towns of Prague, Malá Strana connects itself to the town through the Charles Bridge. During the Middle ages, it was the main centre of the German citizens of Prague. Extremely pictorial, this place is a favourite spot for films and commercials.

In the middle of Malá Strana, there is a baroque square, which is filled with small boutique shops, churches, restaurants and pubs and some are located in the ancient cellars. The ancient cellars are located alongside the river with picturesque views and therefore pubs and restaurants generally attract more visitors here.

Address: Prague 1, Czech Republic.

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Svatého Víta)
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St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Svatého Víta)

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert commonly known as The St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and also one of the most prominent churches in Mala Strana, Prague. It is a Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral which was the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. It's brilliant Gothic architecture and interiors make it a must-visit place in Prague. The church is located inside the Prague Castle and houses the tombs of many Holy Roman Emperors and kings.

Address: III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czech Republic.

Old Town Square (Staroměstské Náměstí)
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Old Town Square (Staroměstské Náměstí)

This is located in the heart of Staré Mesto and has been Prague's most popular square since the 10th Century. The square is bombarded with crowds of people walking around or sitting in cafes enjoying the views. Sometimes concerts take place or live music is played to entertain visitors who can also admire the famous sculpture of Jan Hus. Famous architectural highlights of this place include the Tyn church, St. Nicholas Church, Astronomical Clock and the tower at the Old Town hall.

Address: Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic.

Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad)
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Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad)

Prague Castle located in Mala Strana is the biggest ancient castle in the world, being 570 meters in length and about 130 metres wide and was erected in the 9th century. It was replaced by a Romanesque palace in the 12th century and then in the 14th century was rebuilt in the Gothic style under the ruling of Charles IV. At the end of 15th century, a reconstruction of the palace took place under the Jagellons; the Vladislav Hall was further added by Benedikt Rejt. The Castle had to undergo further works in the 16th century. Today, it serves as the historical and political centre of Prague and the state, also it is the place of the President of the Czech Republic. For the visitors, Prague Castle is a "must see". The Saint Vitus Cathedral, the Monastery, Golden Lane, St. George's Basilica and several other places along with the viewing towers and art galleries can be explored by taking a walking tour of the Prague Castle.

Address: 119 08 Prague 1, Czech Republic.

Charles Bridge (Karlův Most)

Charles Bridge (Karlův Most)

Charles Bridge across the Vltava River in Prague was founded in 1357 by Charles IV in order to replace Judith Bridge, which was badly damaged by floods in 1342. The construction was started by Master Otto and finished by Peter Parler in 1402. Both ends of the bridge are fortified by towers (the Lesser Town Bridge Towers and the Old Town Bridge Tower). From 1683 to 1928, thirty sculptures and sculptural groups of the saints were gradually set on the bridge piers (M. Braun, F. M. Brokof, etc.) The bridge is 515 meters long and 10 meters wide.

Address: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic.

Prague Astronomical Clock (Pražský Orloj)
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Prague Astronomical Clock (Pražský Orloj)

This is mounted on the Southern wall of the Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square and is one of the outstanding sights of Prague. The dial is poised with three main components: the astronomical dial that displays various astronomical details as well as representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky; "The Walk of the Apostles", showcases the movement of the figures of Twelve Apostles passing along the two windows in every hour of daylight; and a calendar dial that rotates and gives the description of each and every day of the year with an indication of the current date at the top, the medallions with zodiac signs describing every month and a symbol of the Old Town in the centre.

Address: Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czech Republic.

The Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
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The Jewish Quarter (Josefov)

Josefov or the Jewish quarter is the smallest cadastral area of Prague. Previously, this town square was the Jewish ghetto of the town. Situated in between the Old town square and the Vltava River, Josefov represents itself by the flag of Prague's Jewish community, a yellow Magen (Star of David) on a red field. The main attraction of the square is the Jewish Museum, a valuable heritage for the present Czech Republic. The Museum has one of the finest and unique collections of Jewish art, textiles and silver in the world that evokes the Jewish history. The ticket to the Museum covers a guided visit to the Old Jewish Cemetery, Ceremonial Hall, Old-New Synagogue, Meisel Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Spanish Synagogue and the Klausen Synagogue.

Address: 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic.

The Lennon Wall
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The Lennon Wall

The Lennon Wall or John Lennon Wall, located in Malá Strana is a graffiti decorated wall in Prague, Czech Republic. Previously, an ordinary wall, since the death of John Lennon in 1980, the wall is filled with Lennon inspired graffiti and a few pieces of lyrics from the Beatles songs. John Lennon, a hero to the pacifist youth of the Eastern and Central Europe, was an English rock musician, songwriter, artist, singer and a member of the group "Beatles". When communism ruled in 1989, in Prague, western pop was banned by the authorities and especially the songs of John Lennon, as it was praising freedom. The wall is owned by the Knights of Maltese Cross, who allowed the continuation of the graffiti. The wall continuously undergoes changes and the original painting of Lennon is lost under the layers of new paints, poems and more, and it has become a symbol of love and peace for the youths.

Address: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic.

St. Nicholas Church (Kostel svatého Mikuláše)
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St. Nicholas Church (Kostel svatého Mikuláše)

Located in the Lesser Town of Prague, the Church of St. Nicholas is a Baroque cathedral devoted to the holy Saint Nicholas. The church was founded in the 18th century and is regarded as one of the finest examples of ‘Prague Baroque’. The church celebrates a mass every Sunday at 8.30pm, according to the parish rituals.

Address: Malostranské nám., 118 00 Praha 1, Malá Strana, Czech Republic.

Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)
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Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

A centre of business and cultural activities in the New Town of Prague, Wenceslas Square is one of the main city squares. Named after Saint Wenceslas, the square is a traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations and other events or gatherings. Visitors are surrounded by the nightlife and entertainment. With International shops being situated all around, the square has become Prague's main spot for shopping.

Address: 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic.

Vyšehrad Castle
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Vyšehrad Castle

Vyšehrad Castle, also called "Castle on the heights" or "Upper Castle", located on a hill over the Vltava river, is a beautiful place to visit any time. In 1883, Vyšehrad and the area surrounding Vyšehrad became a part of Prague and is now one of the cadastral districts of the city. Within the castle are the Vyšehrad cemetery and the Cathedral of Saint Paul and Peter that contain the remains of the famous people from Czech history.

Address: Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, In Forts 159 / 5b (opposite Jedlicka Institute), Praha 2128 00th, Czech Republic.
Tel.: +420 241 410 348, +420 241 410 247

Dancing House (Tančící Dům)
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Dancing House (Tančící Dům)

The Dancing House also called as Fred and Ginger, is a Nationale-Nederlanden building which is situated on the Rašín Embankment in Prague. Designed by architect Vlado Milunićin in 1992 and completed in 1996, the building is designed in a very unusual way and resembles a pair of dancers. It has now become a historical landmark and a centre for various cultural activities.

Address: Rašínovo nábřeží 80, 120 00 Praha 2, Czech Republic.

Tyn Church (Týnský Chrám)
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Tyn Church (Týnský Chrám)

The Church of Mother of God before Týn or simply the Tyn Church is a prominent structure of the Old Town in Prague. The building consists of 80 m high towers surrounded by our small spires and is a sight to behold. The church was founded in the 14th century and is an excellent example of the Gothic style of architecture.

Address: Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Praha 1, Staré Město, Czech Republic.

Petrín Lookout Tower (Petrínská Rozhledna)
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Petrín Lookout Tower (Petrínská Rozhledna)

A 60-metre high steel framework tower in Prague, the Petrínská Rozhledna resembles the Eiffel Tower, though it is much shorter than the latter. Built in 1891 on the top of a hill, it was used as a transmission and observation tower. A major tourist attraction of Prague, the tower is a bit of a tiresome climb. The hill is around half an hour walk upwards and gets slippery during snowfall. The tower has an elevator for the disabled. One can get a fantastic view of the Prague's Skyline on clear days.

Generally, open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm from April to October and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from November to March only at weekends. On the main level, a small cafeteria and a gift shop is there and on the lowest level is a museum of Jára Cimrman.

Address: Petrín, Prague 1, Czech Republic.

Žižkov Television Tower (Žižkovský Vysílač)
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Žižkov Television Tower (Žižkovský Vysílač)

Standing high above the city's traditional skyline, the Žižkov Television Tower was built in Prague between 1985 and 1992 on the top of a hill in the district of Žižkov. This tower has become an attraction for tourists due to its unique design that resembles a rocket launch pad. It is composed of three concrete pillars for the transmitters along with a restaurant, cafe and three observation rooms. Measuring 216 meters high and weighing 11800 tons, the tower is equipped with elevators to take its passengers to the different levels. It is also used as a meteorological observatory.

Address: Mahlerovysady 1, Prague 3, Czech Republic.

Church of Our Lady Victorious (Kostel Panny Marie Vítězné)
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Church of Our Lady Victorious (Kostel Panny Marie Vítězné)

The wax statue of the Holy infant Jesus of Prague, housed in the Church of Our Lady Victorious, is definitely worth a visit, regardless of your faith. It is a holy pilgrimage sight where thousands of visitors come every year to pay homage to the statue of Infant Jesus. There are many legends associated with this statue. It is said to have saved Prague from the ravages of war. Many believe the statue holds magical powers, particularly for would-be mothers. The altar where Infant Jesus rests is also adorned with other figures made from gold and silver.

Address: Karmelitská 9, Malá Strana, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic.

Loreta
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Loreta

Loreta forms one of the many pilgrimage attractions in Prague. The Loreta was built with the intention of replicating the original home of the Virgin Mary, 'Santa Casa'. It was founded in the year 1626, by Katerina Lobkowicz. The star attraction of the building is obviously the Santa Casa. It is nestled at the centre of the building. A beautiful red altar, adorned with intricate silver works and relief panels on the walls, make a splendid greeting sight. The Bell Tower, Church of the Nativity of our Lord, Arcade and the Treasury are well worth visiting.

Address: Provincie kapucínů v ČR, Loreta Praha, Czech Republic.

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