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Prague's Must See Sights

It’s no secret that Prague is a great city to visit. But there are a few mysteries behind the capital’s best-known sights. Learn for yourself why the cultural, artistic and historical center of the Czech Republic has such a great reputation.

Time Traveler — Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague Clock

One of the oldest and most elaborate clocks ever built, the Astronomical Clock is located in Prague’s Old Town Square, and dates back to the 15th century. Legend has it the king had the clockmaker’s eyes gouged out upon the clock’s unveiling. The reason? So this clock would remain the one and only masterpiece of its type. True? Probably not, but a great tale nonetheless.

 

No. 1 on the Must-See List — Prague Castle

Prague Castle

The original Prague Castle was built of timber in 870 AD, upon the order of Prince Borivoj. During its reconstruction in 1920, archeologists determined that the Castle as it's known today occupies the same area of the original. The Prague Castle complex includes Saint Vitus Cathedral (one of the most recognizable sites in the city), viewing towers, galleries, a monastery, and St. George’s Basilica, where classical concerts are held.

Music to Our Ears — Municipal House and the Smetena Concert Hall

Concert Hall

Prague’s most impressive Art Nouveau building and home to its largest concert hall, the Municipal House is lavish inside and out. Elaborate stonework, gold embellishments, and frescoes adorn the exterior. Be sure to step inside, where you’ll find restaurants, clubs, and the Smetena Concert Hall, a 1,200-seat venue in which some of the best classical concerts in Prague take place. Insider tip: book concert tickets early. For more info, go to the Prague Experience website.

On our Wish List — Holiday Shopping in Prague

Shopping

Prague’s city center lights up around the holidays as the streets fill for the annual Christmas markets. Shop for local handicrafts, including Czech glass, wooden toys, and handmade jewelry. Wander the market stalls and keep yourself warm with a cup of hot wine from the many vendors selling local varieties of food and drink. You’ll find the markets at Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, and smaller ones at Havelske Trziste and Namesti Republik

Cheers — World Famous Czech Beer

Czech Beer

Czechs have been perfecting the art of brewing beer since 1118. Today, Czech beer is exported worldwide, and you can go straight to the source. Take a train from Prague to Plzin, home of the original Pils beer, Pilsner Urquell. Tour the brewery, raise a frosty mug, and enjoy the scenery of this charming town. It was founded by the Czech King Wenceslas II, the first monarch to petition the Pope to revoke an order banning the brewing of beer, thus giving birth to the Czech beer industry.

In Beethoven’s Footsteps

Beethoven

Follow the imprint that this musical genius made on the city of Prague. First stop: 285 Lazenska St., where a plaque marks the house Beethoven stayed in during his 1796 visit. During this time, Beethoven composed works for Josefina, a beautiful 19-year-old countess who didn’t return his affections. Second stop: the Mala Strana neighborhood, where Beethoven stayed at a small hotel, now called the Beethoven Palace (also marked with a plaque). Finally, visit the Old Lutherie, which is now a famous beerhouse. In Beethoven’s time, however, it was the repair shop where he took his violin. Look for the original stone carving of three violins that mark the location of the shop.

Peace & Art – the John Lennon Wall

Lennon

Lennon was a hero to the youth of Central and Eastern Europe during a time when western pop songs, especially those praising peace, were banned. After Lennon was killed in 1980, his image was illegally painted on this wall. Since then, lyrics from Beatles songs and Lennon-inspired graffiti have adorned it, despite the repeated whitewashing by police. Today, the wall is owned by the Knights of the Maltese Cross, who have allowed the graffiti to remain. Stop by, marvel, and give peace a chance. The wall is located at Velkoprevorske Namesti, Mala Strana.

Take a Meeting – Wenceslas Square

Wencelas

Locals name this as one of their favorite meeting places, telling friends, “Meet me at the horse’s tail,” referring to the statue of St. Wenceslas atop his steed. The history of the square dates back to 1348, when Charles IV (Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor) designed it as a horse market. Today, it’s lined with luxury shops and hotels, and serves as a great place to start your tour of Prague.

Dining with a View – Bella Vista Restaurant

Bella Vista

Great views of Prague Castle and Old Town are just two of the many reasons to put the Bella Vista on your itinerary. Its terrace is considered to offer some of the best views of Prague. Equally compelling is the authentic Italian cuisine. During the colder months, dine inside the Bella Vista, where attentive waiters offer excellent service. One of our favorite dishes: the mushroom risotto, which is warm, creamy, and just right after a day of touring. The restaurant is located in the Strahovský Cloister.


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