Prague is a city full of culture, if you are one of those people that loves history, the Checks Republic’s capital is the place for you. My top things are divided by areas, the Old Town; the Charles Bridge; the oposite side of the river with the John Lennon Wall; the Prague’s Castle; and the Jewish Quarter. We have visited the city in four days, from Friday to Monday, which is enough time to see the essential things. You may have realized from the pictures and the video that it was a bit cold. We went in January 2017 and it wasn’t just cold, it was -11ºC and I couldn’t feel my feet as I walked down the narrow streets of Prague.
The Old Town
- Church of Our Lady
The church’s Gothic steeples are the Old Town’s most distinctive landmark!
- Astronomical Clock
This monument, in my view, represents Prague. It is a beautiful Clock that gives a show every hour in the Town Hall to all the Tourists that stop to watch it. Below, there is an explanation of how it works, as I couldn’t explain it better.
“The clockmaker’s view of the universe had the Earth fixed firmly at the center. The purpose of the clock was not to tell you the exact time but to imitate the supposed orbits of the sun and moon about the Earth. The hand with the sun, which points to the hour, in fact records three different kinds of time. The outer ring of medieval Arabic numerals measures Old Bohemian time, in which a day of 24 hours was reckoned from the setting of the sun. The ring of Roman numerals indicates the time as we know it. The blue part of the dial represents the visible part of the sky. This is divided into 12 parts in so-called Babylonian time, the period of daylight was divided into 12 hours, which would vary in length from summer to winter. The clock also shows the movement of the sun and moon through the 12 signs of the zodiac, which were of great importance in the 16th century Prague.”
Taken from Eyewitness Travel book Prague 2016
- Go up the Tower of the Astronomical Clock
This is the best place in town to have a panoramic view of the city. We’ve planned our visit so we could see the sunset, there is no time limit to be up there.
- Hard Rock Cafe
An old Ironmonger’s shop, decorated with colorful paintings from the 19th Century.
- The Hanging Man
Created in 1996, this sculpture of David Cerny can be found in the Old Town in the interception of Husova and Skorepka streets. It’s Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand on top of historical houses.
- John Lennon Wall
This if not only a John Lennon memorial of his ideas of peace, but a symbol of the freedom of speech and was of help to a pacific rebellion of the young Czechs against the regime at the time.
- Charles bridge
This bridge was in times the only passage over the river, now it is a pedestrian road but on its time could fit four carriages aligned. When visiting this 14th Century bridge you go under Gothic towers located at either end.
- Go up the tower of the Charles Bridge
If you visit Prague in the Winter like we did, make sure you take some extra layers because up there it is extremely cold, specially if you are planning on doing a time-lapse and you have to wait for a long time.
- St Vitus’s Cathedral
The biggest and most important Cathedral in Prague. Religious services, King’s and Queen’s coronations, place of rest for holy Parish Priests, Sovereigns, men of nobility and Archbishops, all of these happened here.
- St George Basilica
Created to be the second church of Prague.
- Golden lane
Given this name due to the Goldsmith’s that worked here. With an occupation until the Second World War, its picturesque appearance was maintained by the castle.
- Powder Tower
Used in the past as a bell foundry and for storing gunpowder, the Tower is now a museum.
The Jewish Quarter
- Old Jewish Cemetery
This is an unbelievable place, for more than 300 years, it was the only burial place permitted for Jews. Founded in 1478, was slightly enlarged along the years but still corresponds to its size in the medieval times. Due to the lack of space, people had to be buried on top of each other, having now up to 12 layers. Today you can see over 12000 gravestones, crammed into a tiny space, but the number of people is much higher.
- Pinkas Synagogue
This Synagogue serves as a memorial for all the Jewish Czechoslovak citizens who were imprisoned in the Tenezín concentration camp and later deported to extermination camps. The names of 77297, who did not return, are inscribed on the synagogue walls. The building now houses an exhibition of children’s drawings from the Terezín concentration camp.
- Klausen Synagogue
At the present, this synagogue houses an exhibition of Jews costumes and traditions, showing the central Europe history, going back to the early Middle Ages.
- Spanish Synagogue
This is definitely my favorite Synagogue, so beautiful, the detailed paintings! Built in the second half of the 19th century, this was once the Prague’s first Synagogue called Old School, being the center for the Jew’s community of the Eastern rite.
- Visit the new part of town
This is the modern part of the city, still, with some historical buildings, but here you can see the high street shop style.
- Taste Goulash
This is a Prague’s traditional food and it’s a meat stew, unfortunately there is no picture because I was starving! 😉
- Taste Trdelník
This is a sweet pastry and it’s cooked over aches!
- Ride in the city Tram
The fastest and charming way of seen the city while resting the feet.
Has you might have noticed this post had some help from the book Eyewitness Travel Prague 2016.
Thank you for reading, I have so much more to share, please feel free to leave comments! Safe travels everyone!