Prague: Six Essential Sights

Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic

By Ahmed Ahmed

Prague is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Long freed of its Communist-era cloak, it doesn’t really make sense to talk of the Czech capital as an undiscovered gem any more. However, even though the city gets plenty of visitors, many people are still none-the-wiser about what Prague has to offer. Paris has the Eiffel Tower; London has Big Ben; but what are the sights worth visiting in Prague? This guide, courtesy of Oh-Prague holiday apartments, takes a look at six monuments you should include on your must-see list.

Prague Castle

This isn’t just any castle; the Guinness Book of Records confirms that it is the world’s largest. Dating back to the 9th century, its tenants have included Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and Czechoslovakian presidents. Its imposing appearance is paralleled only by the views of Prague you can enjoy if you climb up to the top.

Museum of Communism

Just a few decades ago, Communist regimes reigned across Eastern Europe. If you want to learn more about what life was like in those days, this museum offers a very atmospheric experience, using authentic artefacts and well-designed displays to provide insight into society, media propaganda, politics and censorship in the Communist era.

Charles Bridge

Head to this highly photogenic bridge for great views and street entertainment. Artists, musicians and craftspeople entertain and sell their wares here. The bridge has been a feature of Prague life since it was first built, in the 14th century. It connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town, crossing Prague’s main waterway, the River Vltava.

Aerial view of Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic -- things to do in Prague

Republic Square (Namesti Republiky)

This bustling square is really more of a grand high street, where you will find plenty of examples of local architecture. For a break from sight-seeing, there are plenty of bars and cafes where you can refuel, while getting in plenty of people-watching at the same time.

The Dancing House

A burst of energy on an otherwise normal street, you might have to look twice before you believe your eyes. Prague’s Dancing House is also known as the Fred and Ginger Building, after the Hollywood dancing duo who inspired it. The upright part of the building seems to support the bending glass section, in a way not unlike a dancing couple’s embrace.

Dancing House, Prague, Czech republic

Prague Zoo

Not just one for the kids, Prague Zoo has an impressive collection of over 600 species of animal from around the world. One of the its most famous projects was to help save the endangered Przewalski Horse, one of the last species of wild horse left on the planet. With its many acres of green land, the zoo is the perfect place to while away a relaxed day. Bring a picnic and a camera.

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