1. Prague Castle & St. Vitus Cathedral
A UNESCO World Heritage site, Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century. According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world – occupying almost 70,000 square meters. Within the castle walls lies the stunning gothic style St. Vitus Cathedral. For a map of the castle, click here.
2. Charles Bridge
Connecting Old Town (Staré Město) and Lesser Town (Malá Strana) of Prague, construction of the Charles Bridge started in 1357 under King Charles IV and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. When you wander the streets today, they are lined with painters, jewelers, and performers. Helpful Hint: If you’re hoping for some tourist-free photos, your best bet is to arrive early in the morning.
3. Old Town Square
This historic square holds the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Jan Hus Memorial, St. Nicholas Church and the well known Astronomical Clock, located on the side of the Old Town Hall.
4. Old Town Hall & the Astronomical Clock
The clock was first installed in 1410, which makes it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest still in operation. Want another viewpoint? Climb the tower of Old Town Hall to see 360-degree views of the city for 120 CZK.
5. Municipal House & Powder Tower
The Municipal House is an Art Nouveau jewel and its famous balcony is also the site where the independence of the Czechoslovak Republic was declared in 1918. Directly next to the Municipal House is a Gothic-style gate aptly named after where the gunpowder was stored, the Powder Tower.
6. Wenceslas Square
One of the other city squares where many historical events occurred. Wenceslas Square is a traditional setting for public gatherings and is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia.
7. Letná Park & Hanavský Pavilion
Situated where a giant statue of Stalin once stood (and where a large metronome that now stands in its place), Letná Park provides some of the best views of the city. From here you can see along the Vltava River and many of the bridges including Charles Bridge. If time allows, catch a sunset here. Just below the metronome, is a beer garden. If you’re in the mood for food, you will find the Hanavský pavilion also serves as a restaurant.
8. John Lennon Wall
Used as a symbol of disagreement with the communist regime, the John Lennon Wall is covered in graffiti as a means of expression. Feel free to add your own message or simply sit back and reflect.
9. Dancing House
Dancing House was the first building built after the Velvet Revolution by renowned architects Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic and is inspired by famous dancing pair Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Can you guess who is who?
10. The Jewish Quarter
Formerly the Jewish ghetto and known locally as Josefov, the Jewish Quarter is the smallest cadastral area of Prague and is completely surrounded by Old Town. It is home to Europe’s oldest active synagogue completed in 1270, the Old New Synagogue, as well as Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish Cemetery with gravestones dating back to 1478, the Old Jewish Cemetery.