15 Top Tourist Attractions in Prague

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Municipal House

Petrin Hill

Prague Zoo

Prague has a zoo which is bigger than the rest of Czech's and Europe's. The Zoo is located in pit which has a pretty good heating and a lot of sheltered places – even if it is winter. It has some twenty very interesting species of animals. Over the years it has gained a great fame and people keep coming there for the animals and the education. Nowadays, the zoo offers quite a lot of activities for children, so it is often visited by families with little children.

Temperatures in the zoo are within a normal range for these animals – which is between 54 cm and 10 degrees Celsius. One of the strengths of Prague zoo is the education and the enrichment of the visitors. For example, they could show an educational program for children about the habits and life of lions.

The zoo offers an exhibition devoted to the chimpanzees.

The zoo has a building that keeps the penguins hostage, which is also quite entertaining.

The conditions in the zoo are pretty good, but nature lovers would be in their element in the zoo.

For more interesting information about this place, you need to check out their website.

There is also a restaurant called "Cafe at Zoo". We had a restaurant here. The prices were quite nice and the environment was cozy. The food was good and the servings were not small. The staff was pretty nice and helpful.

Spanish Synagogue

If you’ve ever wanted to walk through the most significant synagogue in Prague…now the best time to do it. Located on Tynérska Street, you can watch on a computer a documentary that takes you to synagogue…

Fundána Smárka

Rescue the Smárka burlesque starlet. The place where she can be found is one of the most beautiful gardens in Prague. The film Fundána Smárka was once a competition program on TV. Using the skilful language of the veils in the burlesque spectacle area.

Astronomical clock

If you’ve ever wanted to enter this Astronomical clock, now may be the time you can do it. At the moment, the clock is closed for renovation, but they are considering a proposal.

Vltava river valley

St. Vitus Cathedral

In Josefov, Prague, this gothic church was built by the German architect Albert Kalthaus in 1868 on the site where a Dominican abbey once stood. It is considered to be one of the most striking examples of German Neo-Gothic architectural and it is the largest church in the Czech Republic.

Powder Tower

Powder Tower of old was a castle in Prague. It was built in the 14th century and was taken away from the owners who didn’t like it and left it on the side of the road. Later, it was reused in the 18th century.

It was used mainly as a shooting tower or a radar tower. Even today, it is used by the police. The upper floors of this tower were destroyed in the World War II.

Inside the building has a beautiful Prague style inside. The view from the tower offers a beautiful panorama of Prague. It has a nice restaurant.

Dancing House

A Bohemian carnival celebration is taking place in less than two weeks at the Dancing House carnival side show in the Vinohrady area of Prague. Begun in 1834, the Dancing House side show has been entertaining visitors to the Czech Republic for over 136 years. The house has been designated an official landmark of Prague. It's even featured in Game of Thrones.

Old New Synagogue

Tyn Church

Mala Strana

Let's go the other way. The Mala Strana is the “Lesser Quarter” of Prague. For tourists, this area affords a different experience than the other main tourist destinations of the city. It's not as hustling and bustling with crowds and tourists. You can actually see everything, and even take your time since the streets are quieter and less overwhelming. For the locals, the quarter is just another neighborhood of houses, restaurants, shops, etc.

The reason I said that Mala Strana is a great area to visit for a quieter trip and a more intimate experience of the city is because it is not covered by the many tourist attractions in the Old Town. Here's a list of things you can do there.

Wenceslas Square

(Václavské Náměstí), Prague

Wenceslas Square, also known as Václav Square, is a city square in the Old Town of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Václav Square is named after Saint Wenceslas (Wenceslaus I, Wenceslaus the Good), the patron saint of the Czech people, and is dominated by the gothic Old Town Hall (built after 1338).

On the east side of Václav Square is the famous Astronomical Clock where the clock mechanism shows the correct time only twice a day; at noon and at midnight, while the whole mechanism, together with the small figures of the astrological clock, is adorned with figures of astronomical symbols and astronomical instruments.

The Wenceslas Square stands where Prague's central market was to be, but was not finished in the time of Wenceslaus I. His predecessor, Charles IV, therefore built his "New Town" elsewhere from the south of the river.

The square was established later, in the middle of the thirteenth century. Besides the pond on the eastward of the square, which used to be the common sewer of the old town, there formerly stood in the center of the square a large fountain, because all rain-water flowed from this square into the Moldau.

Old Town Hall

And Vy?ehrad Castle

The Old Town Hall and Vy?ehrad Castle are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and they are popular spots for tourists.

During WW2, the Old Town Hall was the seat of the Czech government (as a symbol of Prague’s resistance to the Nazi occupation). After WW2, the building was reconstructed and remain in use today.

The Old Town Hall was built in the Gothic style and the construction took place between 1357 and 1374. It's a vast complex with several narrow streets, shady courtyards, and lots of steep stairs around it.

You can choose to climb up by the stairs or take a lift, which is advised due to the steepness of the stairs.

The structure houses a variety of interesting historical facts and displays about Prague’s history and local city administration. There’s a central hall, which is especially impressive for its grand design.

It’s also covered with old Bohemian and German paintings and carvings on the interior and exterior.

The best way to explore the Vy?ehrad Castle is to take a guided tour in which the guide will tell you about the interesting story behind the castle. There are balconies and towers, a chapel, a cellar and many other bits and pieces that add up to the history lesson of the castle.

Prague Castle

Prague Castle is one of three castles in the city. Inspired by the one in Vienna, the castle in Prague was built at the end of the 14th century by King Charles IV. The castle changed hands between the Czechs and the Austrians several times before becoming part of the Bohemian Crown.

In 1918, the Czechoslovak Republic became the only free Czech state, and the castle became a seat of the parliament.

The Czech president still resides at the castle in Prague and is responsible for the security of the building and its grounds.

Principal buildings:

  • Inn of the Three Crowns
  • Royal chapel (by Bartolomeo Bohor)
  • Royal residence
  • Ghost chamber
  • Hradschin Cathedral
  • Old-New Synagogue
  • ¤ The Powder Tower

This tower was built in 1341, and named Fort Henry in honor of the dead King.

In 1345, it was renamed Powder Tower. It is popularly regarded as the finest example of the Gothic Cathedral in the Czech Republic.

The tower has turtledomes arranged like a crown. The interior has preserved elaborate decoration.

¤ The New Synagogue

This is a majestic mud-brick reconstruction of Prague’s tragic old synagogue, which was destroyed in World War II.

Old Town Square

The heart of Prague. Boasting the largest tower clock in the world, it`s easy to see why it`s a tourist attraction. This is the only square in Prague that you can see all seven of its famous towers.

Covered in beautiful, and sometimes controversial paintings, it`s no wonder that this is one of Prague’s top attractions.

From the Ovocny market, the larger square of Prague, to the Old Town Square of Prague, all the gates in the walls have been preserved by UNESCO, many of them for more than a thousand years.

This square is closed off to cars, so you can sit in the middle and relax for a while.

With restaurants and cafes, the square is popular with tourists and locals alike.

The Royal Palace dominates the square with its imposing presence. You can also see the Town Hall from this vantage point.

The National Museum of Czechoslovakia has almost as much variety as there is to see in Prague’s Old Town Square.

The Palace of the Holy Snakes Museum claims to have one of the best collections of ancient Roman treasures in the world, including a skeleton of Hercules.

Charles Bridge

This bridge dates back from the 13th century. The main purpose of the bridge was to allow people, especially the kings across the river’s waters, to easily travel between the city and Prague Castle.

The bridge was also used by the incoming travelers to the city. Charles Bridge is a monumental example of the Gothic style of architecture and an absolute must-see when in Prague.