The beautiful, fairy tale streets of Praha are its major attraction. Wandering around, getting lost is the best way of exploring them.
The tourist office publishes an excellent free guide to Praha's sights - 'Monuments Museums Galleries' but to really enjoy the city it's worth investing in a good guide to Praha.
The Cadogan guide is very thorough and entertaining.
There are several walking tours of Praha, each with a different focus - architecture, Jewish monuments, art, literature, history, pubs etc. Contact the Tourist Office for info.
Many museums and galleries are closed on Monday, the Jewish Museum is closed on Saturday.
|E side of the river: Old Town / Jewish Area|
Staromestske nam.: Old Town Square, Formerly a market place ,- Dates
from the 12th C.Site of many historic events and historical buildings.
There are many examples of Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, rococo
The most famous sight is the Old Town Hall and the Astronomical Clock. It is one of the most visited areas in Prague and a favorite place for sitting out in the many open air cafes.
|S||Old Town Hall & Horologe (Astrological Clock): Building dates from 1338, the Clock-15th C.On the hour between 8:00-20:00, crowds gather to watch the appearance of the 12 apostles and a skeleton. The lower half of the clock is a calendrium with illustrations of the signs of the zodiac. There are 3 museums inside of the building. M-F9-17, SaSu11-17:00. Historical hall-95/student 50kc, Gothic Chapel & the hall of Mayer-30/20kc.|
|Narodni (National) Gallery: Staromestske nam 12, P1 Tu,We,Fr-Su10:00-18:00, Th10:00-21:00, Entry 100kc St. 50kc PalacGolz-Kinskychhousing expositions of Czech & European Modern & Contemporary Art.|
Karluv Bridge & Powder Tower: Na prikope(NE end) Mar10-18:00, Building started
in late 14th C, Gothic style. One of Praha's most famous tourist
sights. There is a series of Baroque sculptures along the whole
length of the bridge. Always crowded with street sellers, artists,
musicians & tourists. Great views of the castle and the river
from the bridge and even better views of Praha from the tower.
Transport: Metro A/B: Mustek
|Powder Tower: Na prikope(NE end) P1 Apr,May, Oct10-19:00, Jun-Sep10-22:00, Nov-Feb10-17:00, Entry fee:30kc St.20kc Built 1495, Gothic style. Formerly used to store gunpowder Transport: From Staromestske nam., 10 min on foot.|
- The Jewish town, Was largely demolished in the late 19th early
20th century and replaced by Parisian style avenues and art nouveau
buildings. The few Jewish sites that remain include the Jewish
cemetery - site of 12,000 tombstones, the distinctive, rococo
style, pink Jewish
Town Hall, the 13th C Staranova (Old/New)
Synagogue - the oldest remaining synagogue in Eastern Europe,
the Vysoka (High) Synagogue, the Pinkasova
Synagogue & the Maiselova Synagogue.
Apart from the Old/New Synagogue all the sights are part of the Jewish Museum.
Jewish Museum: Su-F 9-18:30 280/200kc include all other sites except Old New Synagogue.
Old New Synagogue: Su-F 9-18:30 200/140kc include Jubilejni Synagoga, Jerusalemska #5, near main train statio
|S||Jubilejni Synagoga: Jerusalemska #5, near main train station. Su-F13-17:00, 30kc/st10kc(free with Old New Synagogue ticket.)|
Vaclavske nam. (Wenceslas
Sq.) The square is the center of
the new town and the main shopping area. At the N end is the
Statue of St Wenceslas. Around the square are many Art Nouveau
buildings - the most famous being the Hotel Europa built in 1903.
At the S end of the square is the National Museum.
Metro-C Museum or A/B Mustek
Narodni (National) Museum: Valclavske nam.
68 May-Sep 10:00-18:00, Oct-Apr.10:00-18:00 Closed 1st Mon in
month. Entry fee: 40kc, St. 15kc.
A neo Renaissance building at the S end of Vaclavske nam. (St. Wenceslas sq.), housing the largest museum in the Czech Republic. Exhibitions of Zoology, Athropology, etc. Metro A/C: Museum
|S||Narodni Divadlo (National Theater): Narodni 2, Built 1868-1881. Neo-renaissance style. Main venue for Theater, Opera & Ballet.|
Vysehrad: Sobeslavova 1, P2, Fort located on a rocky hill
overlooking the Vltava river. Dating from mid 10th C. A historical
area and the subject of many legends. Site of the National cemetery
and the Churches of St. Peter & Paul. It offers one of the
best viewing points of Prague.
Transport: Metro C:Vysehrad
|W side of the river|
|Transport: Metro A: Malostranske then take a tram #22/23 to the Malostranske nam., or cross Charles bridge.|
Kostel sv Mikulase (St Nicholas) Church
Malostranske nam. Built 1704-1755, Baroque style. Open 9:00-17:00,
Entry fee:40kc St15kc.
Daily concert 18:00 390kc/st290kc
Kostel Panny Marie Vitezna (Church
of our Lady of Victory)Karmelitska 9, 7:00-21:00 Baroque style
built in 1611. Houses a famous wax figure of the baby Jesus
Mass: M-F17:30, Sa13:00, Su11:30, 21:00
Mala Strana: (Lesser town) Equally
as impressive as the old town area with its Baroque architecture,
beautiful relaxing parks and gardens and far less tourists. You
can go up the hill by funicular. the city transport tickets are
Transport: Tram 22, 23 to Ujezd from Narodni tr.
|The Castle Area|
One of the most photographed sights in Prague,
was built in the late 9th C., it has been added to and renovated
many times over the years and has examples of many different
architectural styles. 'The
Changing of the Guards' at the
Castle gates takes place every hour. The 12:00 ceremony is the
Transport: There are a few way to get here. walk up the hill from Metro A-Malostranska or from Metro A Hradcanska, walk through the beautiful garden, listed below.
|S||Royal Summer Palace(Belveder) Built 1535-37, Renaissance style. In the gardens is the chiming 'Singing Fountain'|
|S||Kralovska zahrada (Wallenstien Palace Gardens) Letenska, Located just N from the castle. Apr-Oct 10:00-18:00 The Palace is now the Ministry of Culture but the impressive baroque style gardens are open to the public. Free|
Castle grounds: Hradcany, Castle grounds are open Apr-Oct 5:00-24:00,
Nov-Mar 6:00-23:00. Entry
to grounds is free.
Castle Sights: Old Royal Palace, E Gothic part of St. Vitus Cathedral, St George's Basilica, Mihulka Powder Tower
Apr-Oct 9-17:00, Nov-Mar 9-16,
Entry fee (covers all sights):100kc, St.50kc.
|S||Old Royal Palace: Gothic, Renaissance style. Formerly the Royal residence, now Presidential elections and festivals are held here. The huge, Gothic style Vladislav Hall was once used for indoor jousting.|
|S||St Vitus Cathedral: - The largest Church in the Czech Republic. Gothic design. Building started in 14th C. and was finally completed in 1929. The crypt is the burial site of Bohemian kings.|
|S||St George's Basilica: The oldest church in the Czech Republic, dates from 920, rebuilt in 12th & 17th C. Romanesque architecture with a baroque facade.|
|S||Mihulka Powder Tower: 20m high tower dating from the 13th C. Originally used to store gunpowder. Houses exhibitions on astrology & alchemy.|
|Zlata ul. (Golden Lane): E end of the castle. A row of houses built in 16th C. Frank Kafka worked at No 22, 1916-17 Metro A:Malostranska, tram # 22, Prazsky hrad|
Sternberg Palace: Hradcanske nam. 15 Tu-Su10:00-18:00
Entry fee: 100kc/St50kc
Collection of Early European Art. From Oct 10-Jan 11 1998 there will be an exhibition of Japanese Porcelain.
|Lobkovicky Palace: Jirska 3,Tu-Su9:00-17:00 Entry 30kc/St.15kc, Exhibition on Czech history, contains a replica of the crown jewels.|
Statni (State) Opera: Wilsonova 4
Main venue for Opera. A beautiful, intimate theater. Can sometimes get tickets at the box office 1 hour before the start of the performance. Transport: Muzeum, Metro A,C.
Stavoske divadlo(Estates Theater): Ovocny trh. 1
Built between 1781-83, Classical style. The world premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni was held here on 29 Oct. 1787. Opera & Ballet are still performed here.
Dum Umelcu(Rudolfinum): Nam
Jana Palacha 1 P1
Neo Renaissance building housing an Art Gallery and concert hall. Changing exhibitions of contemporary and Classical Modern Art.
Betramka - Mozart Museum: Mozartova 169, P5 Apr-Oct. 9:30-18:00 Entry Fee: 70kc/St50kc
17th C Villa where Mozart composed Don Giovanni. Concerts are held here - book at tourist office or ticket agency
Transport: Metro B:Andel, Tram 4,6,7,9,12,14
Obecni Dum (Municipal House): nam. Republiky 5, P1, Gallery with changing expositions.
It houses the Spring Praha International Music Festival. Attractive,
newly renovated Art Nouveau cafe & Restaurant.Entry Fee: 150kc, Oct2 8 free
Transport: Metro B: nam. Repbliky
Municipal Museum: Na
Porici 52 P1, Tu-Su9-18:00 Entry:
30kc/St15kc.Exhibition on the history
of Praha . Impressive model of Praha dating from 1837
Transport: Metro B/C: Florenc,
Terezin concentration camp: 60km N from Praha, 1 hr by bus. May-Sep9:00-18:00,
Entry Fee to Ghetto Museum and Camp 140kc/St105kc.
Originally built as a fortress in the 18th C. The town was converted into a concentration camp by the Nazis in 1942. It was used as a showcase camp - Red Cross representatives were allowed to visit to monitor the conditions. Although most of the 140,000 Jews imprisoned here were later transported to Auschwitz in Poland, over 30,000 Jews died here.
Transport: Bus from Florenc St. 68kc. 45min. Can buy tickets on the bus.
Praha-Terezin: 7:00, S9:00, XN10:00, X12:00
Terezin-Praha: 14:30, X15:05, XN15:55, X18:10, XN21:50
Karlstejn Castle: Bohemian Gothic Castle, 30km SW from Prague. 45min
by train. May/Jun/Sep Tu-Su9-17:00, Jul/Aug Tu-Su9-18:00. Guided
tour only in English or German 200kc/St100kc
Train from Prague to Karlsteja, 30kc 8:11(8;45), 10:11(10:54), 12:41(13:24)
Return, 15:44(16:29), 16:44(17:29), 19:44(20:29)
Kutna Hora: Famous church made with human bones- See Kutna
Hora Pages. If you want to see only the Bone Church, train is
more convenient, but if you want to see the town, bus may be
You can visit by either bus or train
|S||Karlovy Vary: Hot Spring Town- See Karlovy Vary Pages. Train is very inconvenient. You have to change train a few times. Bus is strongly recommenced to use from Prague, Florenc bus station:|
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