Laura Burke gives us her top ten tourist sights in Prague for a short break away.
Prague is a beautiful destination for a city break with friends, family or as a couple. The narrow winding cobble streets make Prague the perfect place for strolling around on foot, meaning you don’t need to spend money on transport to see all the sights it has to offer.
I recently spent three nights in Prague and I got to see everything it has to offer in two full days. Here are just some of it’s most popular tourist attractions.
1 – Prague Castle
This castle dating back to the 9th century is the official residence of the President. You can walk up the mountainous ground around the castle overlooking the river and the beautiful Charles Bridge. It’s a beautiful sight that makes for stunning pictures both during the day and at night time.
2 – Charles Bridge
A historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river dating back to the 15th century. There is always something going on when you walk this beautiful, vibrant bridge including traditional Czech music and artists. It overlooks the Vltava river where you can take a boat trip or go pedal boating during the Summer.
3 – Astronomical Clock
Situated in the Old Town Square, Prague boasts the third oldest Astronomical Clock in the world. Large crowds gather around during the day and at night to hear the clock ring and there are often weddings that take place in the Cathedral next door which is an exciting surprise to witness.
4 – Old Town Square
One of Prague’s most popular tourist spots. Always bustling with tourists and locals but it is not too busy to overshadow the history of the town. Lots of things to do and see here as local entertainers are dotted all over the town square. There are also beautiful restaurants around where you can sit outside and take in the entire atmosphere and experience.
5 – Prague Ice Bar
Situated below the Karlovy Kazne nightclub, this ice bar is small but worth the 9 euro entry fee. You get a free drink upon entry and the experience lasts just under 30 minutes.
6 – Karlovy Lazne
Central Europe’s largest nightclub, boasting 5 music clubs on 5 different floors. Situated right beside Charles Bridge, this massive nightclub is a must visit on your stay in Prague. You can also visit the ice bar below the nightclub once you are inside.
7 – Sex Machine Museum
Situated right beside the Old Town Square. This museum is small and can be completed in around half an hour but it is worth the visit. Entry fee costs 10 euro but there is a discount available if you present your student card.
8 – Palladium Shopping Centre
This huge five floor shopping centre contains 170 shops and 30 restaurants, It opened in 2007 so it’s both modern and clean and has some familiar shops such as F&F, Calvin Klein, H&M and Topshop.
9 – Segway Tours
The segway tours are a great way to explore Prague. You can opt for a one hour or three hour tour, depending on your preference, and the tours can be within a group of family or friends, or a private sightseeing tour. The tours can be a bit pricey varying from around 50-80 euros but you get to see all of Prague in it’s glory.
10- National Theatre and Museum
While theatres and museums are not for everyone, the National Theatre and National Museum in Pargue are definietely worth a visit. The National Theatre is known as the national monument for Czech history and art. The architecture of the two buildings is worth admiring in itself and if you do not want to pay to go inside for something you feel is not your cup of tea, go and admire the buildings alone. You won’t regret it.