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  • 1 Prague Astronomical Clock Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Staromestské Námestí 1 4/1

    A powerful symbol of the magic of Prague, the clock represents the passing of time and life. When the hour strikes, Christ appears with the twelve apostles, Death, the Turk, the Jew and Vanity. The cock crows at the end the display. The clock was ins..

  • 2 Gardens below the Castle Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Valdštejnské Námestí 3

    Terraced gardens, known as the ''gardens below the Castle'', run all along the southern side of the Castle to Malá Strana, affording magnificent views of the entire city. The main architectural asset of Ledebour Garden is its splendid sala terrena ga..

  • 3 St-Agnes of Bohemia Convent Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    U Milosrdných 17

    Built in the 13C on the orders of Agnes, Wenceslas I's sister, this convent of the Order of the Poor Clares was inspired by Cistercian architecture, with its cloister, the Chapel of the Virgin Mary and Church of Our Saviour with an elegant sanctuary...

  • 4 Charles Bridge Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Malá Strana-Staré Mesto

    This was the first stone bridge over the Vltava built under the orders of Charles VI. It joins Stare Mesto and Mala Strana and was built between 1357 and 1402. Charles Bridge is a 516-metre-long, 9.5-metre-wide Gothic structure resting on mortar join..

  • 5 Old City: Church of Our Lady of Tyn Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Staromestské Námestí 14

    With its twin spires, themselves crowned with a plethora of bell towers and pointed spires, looming 80m above the cobblestones, the Church of Our Lady Before Týn, known as Týn Church, is the city's most important Gothic sanctuary, aside from the cath..

  • 6 Prague Castle: St Guy's Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Troisième cour

    Built on the vestiges of its Romanesque predecessors, the glorious cathedral is the largest church in the country, its towers and pinnacles rising well above the Castle's surrounding walls. The first stone was laid in 1344, but work was officially co..

  • 7 Prague Castle: Former Royal Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Troisième cour

    In former times the centre of court life, the old royal palace is today a museum piece; all the offices of the president and other administrations were long ago transferred into the Castle's western buildings. The Green Room (Zelená Světnice) houses ..

  • 8 Malá Strana Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Malá Strana

    Bordered by the Vltava and the green slopes of Petřín, and in the shadow of the Castle, Prague's most beautifully preserved historical quarter seems hardly to have changed since the mid-18C. Its churches, bourgeois homes and Baroque palaces line stre..

  • 9 Prague Municipal Building Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Námestí Republiky 1090/5

    Built opposite the Powder Tower (Prašná brána), the Municipal Building (Obecní dům), completed in 1912, was a challenging project: constructing an edifice intended for prestigious official and cultural gatherings, and the various related services, on..

  • 10 Hradschin: Prague Castle Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hracanské Námestí. Hradcany

    The square, in the Middle Ages hemmed in by the modest homes of the inhabitants of Hradčany (the Castle District), is a large cobbled esplanade behind the castle's western gates. Visitors come here in particular for the changing of the guard. The Pla..

  • 11 Prague National Theatre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Národní trída 2

    On 16th June 1868, 50,000 pairs of hands carried a stone to this spot from Mount Rip, where the mythical father of the nation, Cech, is said to have seen his promised land. On 11 June 1881 the National Theatre (Národní divadlo), built by Josef Zitek,..

  • 12 Old City: Theatre of States and Carolinum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ovocný trh 1

    Created in 1781 by Count Nostitz, the neo-Classical building decked out in a palette of green and cream that dominates the "fruit market" square was made famous by Mozart's triumphant creation of Don Giovanni in 1787. Shows were given here ..

  • 13 Old City: Josefov Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Cervená

    Close to the Old Town, there is a small quarter of synagogues, and a cemetery with lop-sided tombstones. Steeped in mystery and the memory of a thousand years of history, these are merely the last traces of what was one of the largest Jewish communit..

  • 14 Prague Old Jewish Cemetery Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Široká 23/3

    There are 12,000 tombs, but probably close to 80,000 people are buried in the Jewish Cemetery (Starý zidovský hrbitov). The Jewish rite forbidding disinterment means that coffins have been buried on a dozen different levels. Both humble and illustrio..

  • 15 Old-New Synagogue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Cervená 2

    The most picturesque of the ghetto's constructions was started around 1270, which makes it one of the oldest Gothic buildings in Bohemia, and one of the oldest synagogues where worship still takes place. Far below the current level of the pavement, t..

  • 16 New City: Wenceslas Square Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Václavské Námestí. Nové Mesto

    This is a 750-metre avenue that ends at the imposing National Museum and the Statue of Wenceslas on Horseback. It was originally the horse market that Charles IV wanted to make the centre of his New City. Since the 19C, this has been the symbolic gat..

  • 17 Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Dukelských hrdinù 47

    Veletrzní Palace, an immense concrete and glass Functionalist structure designed by O Tyl and J Fuchs in 1924, was initially intended for industrial exhibitions. The Nazis used it as a provisional detention centre for Jews, and the Communists turned ..

  • 18 Castle Area Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Hradcanské Námestí. Prazský Hrad

    Hradčany, the Castle District is the smallest of Prague's four historical villages and lies to the west of the castle, along a spur dominating Malá Strana to the south and Stag Moat (Jelení Příkop) to the north. It has never undergone intensive devel..

  • 19 National Technical Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Kostelní 42

    Housed in a building that was built ad hoc in 1942, this museum contains all sorts of flying, driving and other machinery that show the importance of Czech innovation in the development of technology and their enthusiasm for all types of inventions.

  • 20 Prague Old Town Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Staromestské Námestí

    Bordered by the curving Vltava and the boulevards that have replaced its fortifications, the Old Town of Prague has a long history, discernible everywhere in its maze of streets and squares. Baroque churches, religious monuments of Josefov, Renaissan..

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