The city of Prague is divided into 10 districts and Prague 1 (as they call it) is home to best tourist attraction. Prague 1 consists of the Lesser Town (Mala Strana); Old Town; and New Town. I have narrowed down the most popular tourist attraction in these three towns (see below the pictures)
The city is divided into 10 districts and Prague 1 (as they call it) is home to best tourist attraction. Prague 1 consists of the Lesser Town (Mala Strana); Old Town; and New Town. I have narrowed down the most popular tourist attraction on these three towns.
The OLD TOWN point of interest:
1) ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK
Located on the other side of the Old Town City Tower: Watch as the medieval clock performs on the hour.
2) OLD TOWN CITY TOWER/HALL
Go to the top of the tower to get a panoramic view of the Old Town Square
3) TYN CHURCH
You won’t likely miss this 14th century religious landmark as its 80 meter twin gothic spires dominate the skyline of the Old Town.
3) POWDER TOWER
Another gothic structure in Prague which exists since the 11th century. Situate at the edge of the Old Town, this tower was used as a city gateway in the middle Ages.
4) OLD TOWN SQUARE
Shop, dine or simply walk around on the Old Town Square’s cobblestones
5) THE ART NOUVEAU MUNICIPAL HOUSE
Watch an opera or ballet concert in the Smetana Hall; dine in at its lavishly decorated French and Pilsners restaurants; have a cup of coffee in one of the café and enjoy the Art Nouveau interior designs.
LESSER TOWN or Malá Strana point of interest:
1) PRAGUE CASTLE
Deemed as the largest medieval castle in the world by the Guinness World Records; founded around the 8th century; Prague Castle is currently use as an official resident of the Czech Republic President. The castle houses the famous St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, Basilica of St. George, Lobkowicz Palace, Daliborka Tower, Golden Lane, Powder Tower, Rosenberg Palace.
2) ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL
Located at Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral was used as a coronation ground for Czech kings and queens is now houses former Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors tombs and remains, home to archbishops and currently used as a place for state ceremonies. This gothic masterpiece is also the most symbolic Czech statehood.
3) CHARLES BRIDGE
Probably the most iconic bridges of all time and the most picturesque in Prague; connecting the Old Town and the Lesser Town of Prague; made with 14th century stone;. Because Charles Bridge is a famous tourist spot, it gets really crowded during the day so plan to visit at dawn. Walking through Charles Bridge is like taking me back to the medieval period because it’s highly decorated with a series of Baroque statues of saints on each side.
4) THE BAROQUE SAINT NICHOLAS CHURCH
Gothic parish church; decorated with baroque architecture; currently used as both spiritual purposes and site for classical concerts.
5) KAMPA ISLAND
Take a romantic stroll around the charming streets and houses of Kampa Island and enjoy the quiet oasis it offers.
The Mala Strana or also known as the lesser side and the Old Town are separated by the Vltava River. The Mala Strana can be reached by foot, just walk on the cobblestones from Old Town through the Charles Bridge. The Mala Strana is known to be very upscale and housed Prague’s wealthy citizens. You’ll find the city’s finest restaurants such as Kampa Park (situated alongside the Vltava River), as well as small cafes and souvenir shops. From Mala Strana, walk up to the hill to get to the Prague Castle.
NEW TOWN point of interest:
1) WENCESLAS SQUARE
Famous for its luxury shops, shopping hub, fancy restaurants; deemed as the commercial heart of Prague. Be sure to look for the National Museum located at the top of the Wenceslas Square, St. Wenceslas Monument and the Grand Hotel Evropa decorated with Art Noveau designs.
2) THE NATIONAL MUSEUM
3) THE NATIONAL THEATRE
4) THE DANCING HOUSE
5) STIASSNY;S JUBILEE SYNAGOGUE
Weather: If you plan to visit Prague in September which we did, pack a mixture of light clothing and warm clothing because the weather can be pleasantly sunny during the day and colder at night. Consider bringing an umbrella as well because the likelihood of rainfall is high during this time.