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Map of top 10 attractions in Prague
The typical top ten attractions are listed below. You can find the detailed locations of these places on the maps above.
- Old Town Square - The very center of the Old Town life, this square is constantly crowded in high season, but definitely one of the 'must dos'. In Old Town Square, you can watch a performance of the Astronomical Clock at the top of each hour. If you aren't tired by now, climb to the top of the Old Town Hall tower for a panoramic view.
- Stroll across Charles Bridge at dawn or dusk - Early in the morning you can stroll across the bridge without encountering the crowds that appear by midday. With the changing light of dusk, the statues, the bridge, and the city panorama take on a whole different character. The bridge is best when you have it nearly to yourself. It's only then that you really notice the eternal spirit of the bridge, the breeze coming in off the river, and the subtle play of lights and shapes among the statues, the domes of Mala Strana, and the castle off in the distance.
- Get lost in the Lesser Town - Mala Strana is special. It doesn't have the sheer number of traditional tourist sites that Old Town does, and it draws far fewer visitors. The favorite areas are Kampa Island and the little bridges across the Certovka that connect with the mainland. If you have lots of time and sunshine, pack a lunch, book, and blanket and head for the grassy meadow of Kampa Park. From there, you can walk back along the river off Na Kampa toward the Charles Bridge. The entire district feels timeless.
- Walking across Petrin Hill - It's the most inspiring view in the city, yet on a typical weekday it seems everyone else is too busy to notice. When you get the chance to slip away, take the funicular cable car up to Petrin and then make this trek across the top of the meadow toward Prague Castle. There's a little trail to follow and several benches to rest on.
- Prague Castle - If you've got the energy, climb the 287 steps of the South Tower for some inspiring views of the Castle complex below, and Mala Strana and Old Town out in the distance. If you don't have time to go inside the Royal Palace, just stroll around the courtyards and soak in the atmosphere. And don't forget, you can enter St. Vitus for free.
- Have a picnic at the Vysehrad Castle - If it's a beautiful day and you feel like getting out of the city, skip the rest of the tour and instead hop the metro (C line) two stops south to the ruins of Vysehrad Castle. It's a perfect place to drop a blanket and have a picnic or just take the day off.
- Ride the tram - It doesn't have to be in any particularly scenic area. The trams are to Prague what the subways are to New York—the lifelines of the city. Each car is a microcosm of society and wonderfully democratic, ferrying everyone from students to government ministers. When you have a few hours of time, it is worth hopping a tram heading in any direction just to see what's out there.
- Drink Pilsner Urquell at a real Czech pub like 'U Zlateho tygra' or 'U Cerneho vola'. The new watering holes in town are nice, but nothing beats the simplicity of a wooden table, a crowd of friends, and a half-liter of the beer that conquered the world.
- Having a dinner out in 'new Prague' - Part of the thrill of watching a city recover and develop is witnessing the explosion of new businesses, places to go, and things to do. Nowhere is this dynamism more apparent than in the restaurant business. And you don't need to drop a lot of money to eat well.
- Get tickets for a concert at the Municipal House (Obecni dum) - Listen to Chech composers (e.g. Smetana, Janacek, Dvorak) in the opulent Smetana Hall at the Municipal House.
What are some interesting facts about Prague?
Perhaps Prague's most famous landmark, the Astronomical clock stands regally in front of the Old Town Hall and gathers hundreds of tourists from around the world. Every hour a procession of 12 apostles appear from the sides of the clock as well as the ominous figure of death striking the time.
According to the Guinness book of records, Prague is the proud owner of the largest castle in the world. Dating back to the 9th century, the castle spans 18 acres with numerous courtyards and subsidiary buildings including St Vitus Cathedral and the St. George's Basilica.
After John Lennon's murder in 1980 an image was painted on the wall opposite the French Embassy in Mala Strana. Despite repeated coats of whitewash, the wall has become covered in John Lennon-inspired graffiti and lyrics from Beatles songs. The site is seen as a memorial to John Lennon but also as a symbol of free speech and non-violent rebellion.
The Vltava is the longest river in the Czech Republic and flows right through the heart of Prague. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets and opt for a boat trip along the river to take in Prague's most celebrated sights like the Prague castle and the National Theatre.
Prague has its fair share of pubs and watering holes, arguably producing the world's best beer. Almost 97% of the Czech beer is in the Pilsner style and 43 gallons of it is guzzled each year.
Czechoslovakia declared their independence on October 28 1918, with Prague becoming its new capital.
The TV tower is Prague's tallest and most surreal landmark. Standing at 216 meters, the tower supports 9 pods offering panoramic views of Prague and the surrounding area. In 2000 artist David Cerny installed a series of crawling babies on the tower, admired by many the installation became permanent in 2001.
1.262 million inhabitants live in the Czech capital and over 6 million tourists come in to the capital every year, most of whom are German.
Prague ZOO is said to be one of the best in Europe and could easily keep your kids busy for one entire day. The ZOO does its best to be a pleasant and interesting place for everybody and if you take a few minutes and organize your trip it can really be an unforgettable experience.
The Prague Toy Museum is said to be the second largest museum of this kind in the world. In the seven exhibition rooms, that takes up not less than two floors are collected toys from all over the world, starting from Greek ancient times and ending with most modern Barbie exemplars.
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