Thirty years ago people did not travel to the beautiful and culturally important Czech Republic capital of Prague. However, nowadays it is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and with good reason. If you are planning a trip there, you will find the following post interesting as we highlight the things you should see and do to ensure that you have an unforgettable holiday in Prague.
The only convincer you need to visit the city’s majestic castle is that it is the world’s largest ancient castle. The castle was built by Prince Bořivoj during the 9th century originally as just a wooden fortress, but over time it was transformed into the imposing stone-built structure it is today. The architecture of the structure serves as a history book for the building as each ruler that took sat at the castle’s throne extended and added to the castle. If there is one thing you should be sure to see it’s the truly amazing St. Vitus Cathedral within the castle walls.
The Charles Bridge is named after King Charles IV who started building work on it during the 14th century, and it serves as a connection between the Lesser Quarter and Old Town over the River Vltava. It is always a hot spot for travellers, market stalls and street artists. It has such a distinctive look that it has been used as a location for filming a wide array of features including Kanye West’s Diamonds From Sierre Leone, INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart and Mission Impossible.
The Jewish Quarter
If you want to discover a little more about the Czech Republic’s Jewish history and heritage, you need to visit The Jewish Quarter. This is home to the remains of the city’s old Jewish ghetto, named after the Emperor Josef II who helped bring changes to Prague to give Jewish residents more comfortable living conditions. If you have the stomach for it and time, take a walk to the Old Jewish Cemetery. It is Europe’s oldest remaining Jewish cemetery. Interestingly, people had to be buried on top of other people and there are about 12 layers, because of there wasn’t enough space available. It is thought that there are around 100,000 people buried there with 12,000 gravestones.
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square originally served as the central marketplace for the city in the 12th century, but throughout the following centuries, buildings were erected in various styles including Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque. By far the most memorable sites are the Old Town Hall Tower, which includes the Astronomical Clock – the oldest clock of its type in the world, St Nicholas Church and the statue of Jan Hus right in the centre that serves as a meeting point for Prague residents.
Considered by many to be one of the best in the world, Prague Zoo is one place you will want to visit if you are an animal lover. You can see the keepers washing the elephants, feeding the hippos or take the funicular to see the zoo from bottom to top in all its glory.
John Lennon Wall
As well as an interesting monument to the late, great member of the Beatles; it also serves as the Memorial of the Silent Rebellion, that was used as a place to display anti-government slogans during the country’s communist years. However, it is now home to graffiti by artists from all over the world.