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“Prague will not let you go,” Kafka said, and he was damn right. Millions of tourists who have visited the capital of the Czech Republic, are planning re-visits. They stock up on comfortable shoes and again go to the old, but always young city above the Vltava.

Beautiful Prague: what to see and where to go in the capital of the Czech Republic

An experienced guide and informational support are simply necessary for the first time in Prague. If you want to spend time with benefit and pleasure, go on trips with us! The company “Sputnik8” offers more than 65 excursions around Prague: thematic, overview, road, pedestrian, with a trip to nature or with immersion into its nightlife. For beginners, we recommend a daily sightseeing tour for 4 hours. And for tourists who are not visiting the Czech capital for the first time, we advise you to take a popular excursion to Vinohrady or a river cruise with lunch.
Old city
Tourists, who come to the capital of the Czech Republic for the first time, focus their attention on the historical center. It is called the Old Place. In fact, Vyshegrad is much older, but the baroque beauty of the Town Hall, the gothic charm of the two towers on the Old Town Square, the magnificence of the Public House and other architectural monuments invariably attract crowds of tourists.

Old place invariably attracts crowds of tourists.

The old town is more than 11 centuries old. According to historiographers, a whole floor of ancient buildings from Gothic times has been located under its modern buildings: streets, basements, cellars. In the magnificent Cathedral of St. James, built in 1232, you can see and hear the oldest and largest organ in the Czech Republic.

The largest organ in the Czech Republic in the Cathedral of St. James

A little standing at the southern wall of the town hall you can admire the figures of the apostles, coming out of the clock Orloy.

Figures of the apostles, coming out of the clock Orloj

There are small streets only 70 cm wide, and there are some traffic lights for adjusting pedestrian traffic. The Gothic temple complex of the Virgin Mary before Tyn is visible from afar thanks to its pointed towers. It was built for almost two centuries (until 1511) and was painted inside by the founder of the Czech Baroque, Karel Škreta.

Gothic temple complex of the Virgin Mary before Tyn

From the Old Town Square along the winding Karlovaya Street, go to the Charles Bridge.

The Charles Bridge

This half-kilometer structure across the Vltava and Čertovka rivers with 30 stone statues was discovered in the 80s of the 15th century. Its importance was so great that two large orders of knights, the Maltese and the Red Star, divided the bridge between them to collect duties.

Charles Bridge over the Vltava and Chertovka Rivers with 30 stone sculptures

Charles Bridge is always crowded with people. If you want to feel the atmosphere of the Middle Ages in silence, visit the Charles Bridge at dawn or at night. In a safe and never-sleeping Prague metropolis it is easy to do.

Small Party
Passing along the Charles Bridge to the right bank, you will come to Mala Strana, a real architectural reserve in the Baroque style.

Baroque mala country

Here are located 55 palaces of nobility and many churches, built between the XV and XVII centuries.

Mala Strana

In the small part of the city you can see:

The Church of St. Thomas with copies of Rubens as altar paintings,
Catholic church of St. Thomas

The Wallenstein Garden, with its Renaissance frescoes and a palace,
Wallenstein Garden

Beloved by the Prague citizens, the Church of Maria Triumphant,
Church of Mary Triumphant

Mikulas Church, where Mozart’s requiem was first performed,
Church of Mikulas

and much more.
And if you are tired of watching the palaces and just want to take a walk, then visit Kampa Island.

Kampa Island

There are only eight islands on the Vltava near Prague. From the Small Side you can get to one of them by the bridge. Here you will see the ruins of medieval watermills and magnificent old buildings.

On Petrin Hill in Mala Strana there is a tower, very reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower.

Tower, reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower

From there you can look down and then visit the Stefanik Observatory and look at the stars through a telescope.

Stefanic Observatory

Petrshin Hill is famous for its intricate maze with curved mirrors.

Intricate Maze with Curved Mirrors

You can get to the top by cable car or on foot.

Mount Petrshin, funicular line

Want to see more? Use the Prague Card. This tourist subscription allows you to visit 50 tourist locations. It also gives the right to discounts in some food service points and is a single ticket for all types of urban transport. The cost is about 4.5 thousand rubles. for 4 days.

Hradchany
On the right bank of the Vltava is the largest in the world (according to the Guinness Book of Records) castle complex Prague Castle.

Castle complex Prague Castle

Once it was the castle of princes and kings of Bohemia, then – the palace of the emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. Now it is the residence of the Czech presidents and the symbol of the country. Prague Castle is a mixture of architectural trends from the Romanesque to the Czech Baroque and Classicism.

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