There are countless spots in Prague which you ought to see. But there is also a subset of them which you simply, truly must see!
The oldest extant bridge in Prague connects two parts of town of historic importance: Old Town and the Lesser Side. It was built under Charles IV in 1402, and is seamed with numerous historical statues on both sides. Enjoy the gorgeous view from the bridge across the river Vltava, including scentic Prague Castle.
Prague Castle is the largest and most important Czech castle. It looks back on a history of more than thousand years. Since 1918, it serves as the seat of Czech presidents. Prague Castle comprises a sizable set of palaces and sacral buildings in a variety of architectural styles. Also part of the Castle are St. Vitus Cathedral, the biggest gothic cathedral on Czech soil, and the famous Golden Lane.
A narrow historical street lined with tiny picturesque houses, it was in medieval times home to the guards of the castle. Today, small antique and souvenir shops are run from the diminutive houses along the Golden Lane.
Old Town Square
Nowhere will you feel transported back in history as powerfully as on this square in Prague, which is surrounded by a great number of buildings whose historical facades greet the visitor. Among the most important buildings are the baroque St. Nicholas Church and the early gothic House at the Stone Bell. These and other pearls of architecture seam the perimeter of the square, but its dominant landmark clearly is the imposing Old Town City Hall with the world-famous Prague Astronomical Clock. Traditional markets, such as the Easter Market or Christmas Market, are regularly held on Old Town Square.
Prague Astronomical Clock
The Prague Astronomical Clock is a beautifully preserved medieval specimen, mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall. Each hour, the Astronomical Clock offers an unusual spectacle to the visitors on Old Town Square: a moving parade of statues depicting the twelve apostles presents themselves before their eyes.
The National Theater is one of the symbols of Czech national identity, and a striking landmark on the right bank of the Vltava river. Prague Castle or Charles Bridge offer beautiful views of this theater, which was built in the 19th century with money collected in a nationwide fundraiser.
The left bank of the Vltava river is dominated, aside from Prague Castle, by Petřín Hill. Perched atop its summit is the Petřín observation tower, a steel structure reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Petřín hill may be scaled by foot, but also by taking a ride on the popular funicular that leads up there.
We will visit all these sights, and many more, in the course of our joint Prague sightseeing tour which forms a part of the Live TEFL course package.
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