Prague Sights & Attractions
What to See and Do in Prague
PRAGUE CASTLE is a mixture of monumental architecture overlooking the city. It's the largest ancient castle in the world, taking up an area equivalent to seven soccer fields, and includes the huge gothic ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL and the OLD ROYAL PALACE. You can reach it by crossing CHARLES BRIDGE from the center of the city. Built in the 14th century, this pedestrian bridge is lined with statues and hawkers. TYN CHURCH's towers can be seen as you cross it. This just may be the most photographed monument in the city, standing in the Old Town Square (see below). You may skip its gloomy interior, and instead visit the CHURCH OF ST. NICHOLAS nearby. It is one of the city's finest baroque buildings, often hosting chamber concerts.
Veletrzni Palace houses the National Gallery's outstanding collection of modern Czech and European art. It includes sculpture by Rodin, and works by Warhol, Picasso, and Lichtenstein.
The National Museum is located in a monumental building in the center of the city. Its collection is very mixed but with some interesting archaeological displays. The best part about it is the wonderful marbled interior and views down Wenceslas Square.
The striking RASIN BUILDING was created by Frank Gehry in 1996. Located by the riverfront, it's also known as the "dancing building" due to its curved lines.
The OLD JEWISH CEMETERY is home to thousands of headstones marking the resting place of the city's old Jewish population. Its special atmosphere makes it a site worth visiting, especially when combined with the Jewish Museum, the Pinkas Synagogue, and the Moorish-style Spanish Synagogue.
OLD TOWN SQUARE is one of the world's most beautiful urban spaces, and home to many of Prague's landmark spires as well as its famous 15th century astronomical clock. You'll likely spend some time admiring your surroundings here, before moving on to WENCESLAS SQUARE, the most popular shopping area in the city. More like a sloping boulevard than a square, it has some attractive Art Nouveau buildings, all overlooked by the massive National Museum building (see above).
TOURS & DAYTRIPS
Go on a tour of Prague and see most of the city in a short period of time. You can also choose to go on a walking tour or on a river cruise.