Prague has a full menu of things to see. One of Europe’s great cities, it can hold tourists’ attention for days or even weeks. Unfortunately, few foreigners, except for Prague’s population of expats, have enough time to explore the city in depth. Prague has plenty of highlights that tourist can choose from. Those who stay longer may feel like the best aspect of the city is the unique atmosphere of its historic neighborhoods and central squares.
Everybody has a different set of attractions that they consider “the best of Prague.” Here are those that make it on to a majority of people’s best-of lists.
Explore Prague Castle
This huge castle, one of the biggest ancient castles in the world, is a prominent part of Prague’s skyline. The complex contains churches, amazing architecture and a history that dates back more than 1,000 years. The Castle houses the Czech crown jewels and a host of other artifacts. Not only is the complex an attraction for its history and design, it is also a great place to look down over Prague and appreciate amazing views of the city skyline.
Visit the National Museum
Located near Wenceslas Square in Central Prague, the National Museum is an interesting place to spend a few hours, especially if you can cap off the evening by exploring the shops and pubs in Wenceslas. The National Museum is a natural history museum, so the exhibit halls themselves have a variety of gems, insect specimens and animal bones, including a complete skeleton a whale. The museum building itself, built in the mid 1800s by one of Eastern Europe’s most prominent architects, is as interesting as the exhibits themselves.
Browse the National Technical Museum
This museum was recently renovated and is now one of the nicest in the city. It boasts a huge collection of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and airplanes. These exhibits make it a good stop for car enthusiasts, history lovers and people who are generally curious about the history of autos and airplanes. There is also an exhibit about the technical engineers that took place when the country was under communist rule.
St. Vitus Cathedral
This cathedral is part of the Prague Castle complex. It was completed over a number of years and has a Medieval structure and also design elements from Renaissance times. The church features amazing domed ceilings, intricate stained glass windows, and even a crypt that is the final resting place for some of the most important monarchs in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. A huge bell tower, which can be reached only after a climb that contains more than 250 steps, contains a large bell. This lofty place rewards those who can make the climb with outstanding views of the surrounding area.
Watch the Astronomical Clock
One of Prague’s most famous sights is the Astronomical Clock that sits in the square in the middle of the city’s Old Town. This was a marvel of technology when it was first built hundreds of years ago. The clock tells the time, but also shows the positions of the moon and sun, sunset and sunrise times, and event the phases of the moon. The readings are quite complex, so few people actually understand what they are seeing, at least not a first glance. A collection of figures, added after the original clock was built, come out every hour. Their mechanical march is what most tourists come to see.
Spend at day at Prague Zoo and the Botanical Gardens
Prague boasts one of Eastern Europe’s top zoos. The adjacent Botanical Garden makes this one of the best attractions in the entire city. There are over 4,000 animals in this zoo, with more than 600 species represented. A chair lift can take visitors on a sightseeing trip over the zoo. According to several major publications, including Forbes Traveler, this is one of the top 10 zoos in the world. The Botanical Garden, meanwhile, features open air gardens, tropical greenhouses, and a number of statues.