The Historic Centre of Prague sits on each side of the Vltava River, filled with rich history and architecture from thousands of years ago. Surviving through all modern renovations, the historic center remains for visitors to come and enjoy from all over the world.
Prague was a leader of culture in ancient Europe, producing geniuses such as Einstein and Mozart, among others. Some of the most popular spots to visit include the famous Prague Castle, the beautiful Charles Bridge, and the ancient squares of Old Town and Wenceslas.
Prague Castle, from where the old Kings of Bohemia used to rule, is considered to be the biggest medieval castle in all of Europe. Though it is still used today by the country’s president, it is still open for visitors to enjoy. First built around 880, this ancient castle and its grounds are spread out over 18 acres. St. Vitus Cathedral is a famous landmark that can be seen at Prague Castle, along with courtyards, apartments, museums, galleries, fortifications, and many other attractions.
Charles Bridge is a well-known stone bridge in Prague built in the 14th century. Visitors can walk across the bridge between Prague Castle and the Old Town while enjoying beautiful views of this ancient city that was built on either side of the river. Portraits are drawn by numerous artists on the bridge for those interested, while live music can be heard by all walking by. Charles Bridge is popular for the 75 elaborate statues that adorn the bridge.
Old Town Square
Originally built between 600 and 700 years ago, Old Town Square holds a vast amount of great history. This square began as a marketplace surrounded by buildings of all different styles, from Baroque to Gothic. The Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock is located in this square, along with the beautiful churches of Tyn and St. Nicholas. This is a great spot to relax and get a drink somewhere in the square and gaze at the historical scenery all around.
Wenceslas Square is one of the most popular areas in the Historic Centre of Prague with its thriving nightlife and shopping areas. It is a great base to explore the New Town from, which dates back to 1348. Today, the square is a hotspot for all kinds of parades and demonstrations, fitting close to 400,000 people inside of it. Located in the square, visitors can visit the National Museum and the Prague State Opera.
2 sites in this World Heritage
- Historic Centre of Prague
- Průhonice Park