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DAY ONE
The first day you will definitely want to begin in the
Hradčany
quarter. Start from Pohořelec near the
interesting
Černín Palace
, which houses the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs. Stop at the
Loreto
, with its Holy Hut
and a valuable treasury, and listen to its carillon. Walk
through the
Strahov Monastery
and climb the
Petřín
Tower
, which rises above the city to a height of nearly
300 metres. From here, the entire city unfolds before
your eyes. When you head back to Hradčany Square,
stop at the Marian Plague Column and the statue of
the first Czechoslovak president, T. G. Masaryk. Then
you are greeted by
Prague Castle
. Set aside enough
time for a tour of this most important of Prague sights.
At the castle, be sure to visit the Cathedral of Sts. Vitus,
Wenceslas and Adalbert and the Golden Lane, where
alchemists once lived in the miniature houses. If you
arrive at the first courtyard of the castle by noon, you
will see the ceremonial
changing of the guard
with
an unusual musical accompaniment. From April to
November, you can also view the beautiful gardens of
Prague Castle
.
DAY TWO
On your second day in Prague, explore the areas
below the castle. Tour the picturesque Old Town and
the Lesser Town. Start at the
Municipal House
, from
where you will head down
Celetná Street
, where
the writer Franz Kafka lived at No. 2 and 3, towards
the Old Town Square. Stop at the
House at the Black
Madonna
(Ovocný trh 19), where you can visit a shop
to buy a unique Cubist piece of jewellery or vase. On
the
Old Town Square
, do not miss the show put on
by the
Prague Astronomical Clock
at the top of the
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hour and the picturesque facades of the buildings
in the shadow of the Church of Our Lady Before Týn.
From here, it is only a short walk to the
Old Jewish
Quarter of Josefov
. You will definitely want to see the
Old-New Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery. If in
this area you find yourself at the intersection of Dušní
and Vězeňská streets, you will see a wittily conceived
statue of Franz Kafka
. If you came here to shop, you
can now head to the elegant
Pařížská Street
, where an
array of international luxury brands have their shops. To
continue exploring the city, you should not miss a walk
across the
Charles Bridge
. It is the oldest extant bridge
across the Vltava River in Prague and the second oldest
stone bridge in the Czech Republic. On the other side
of the bridge you enter the picturesque Lesser Town.
Descend the steps at the end of the Charles Bridge
and head towards the river and you will find yourself
in the area of the Lesser Town called
Kampa
. There
are many restaurants and cafés here, a large park, and
a museum of contemporary art. Through the entire
neighbourhood flows a branch of the Vltava River called
Čertovka with romantic nooks and a watermill.
Loreta
The Vltava River with the Charles Bridge
Changing of the Castle Guard
ADDITIONAL DAYS
W
hat
else
not
to miss
:
V
yšehrad
Head upstream along the Vltava River to a rocky
promontory on which rises the oldest Bohemian royal
residence,
Vyšehrad
. Vyšehrad is a place full of history
and is surrounded by many legends. From here you will
have a spectacular view of Prague, and in the summer
months it comes alive with culture – plays and concerts
are held in an open-air theatre.
D
ancing
H
ouse
On the Rašín Embankment (Rašínovo nábřeží) you will
certainly be swept away by the Dancing House, a building
from the 1990s. It got its name because the two towers
recall the dancers Ginger Rogers (the glass tower)
and Fred Astaire (the concrete one). The building was
designed by the architects Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić,
and the interiors were designed in part by the Czech-
born architect Eva Jiřičná. In 1996 the building received
a prestigious award from the American magazine Time.
P
etřín
after
dark
Petřín Hill is at its most romantic at sunset. Go down
Újezd Street and from here you can continue either on
foot along winding paths surrounded by fruit trees or by
funicular all the way to the top. Just below the lookout
tower you can have fun in the mirror maze.
Dancing House
Vyšehrad
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