Walk through the old streets lined with historic buildings, pass through magnificent squares, cross ancient bridges and learn about things that have shaped the city. From the cobbled streets of Old Town Square to Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, SOTC Holidays gives you a low down on the places to see on a walking tour.
There is no better way to see the magical city of Prague than on your own two feet. It’s small enough to walk around in a day with plenty of places to explore and discover and at your own pace.
1.The Jewish Connection
Prague has a long and fascinating Jewish history that can be discovered at the Jewish Museum at the Jewish Quarter. It has one of the largest collections of Jewish historical artifacts in the world, totaling 40,000 exhibits and 100,000 books.
Built in the first half of the fifteenth century, the Old Jewish Cemetery has 12,000 tombstones. The most famous person to rest there is the famous religious scholar, Rabbi Loew, who died in 1609.
There are many Jewish synagogues also found in the Jewish Quarter such as the Klausen Synagogue, built in the honor of Emperor Maximilian, the Pinkas Synagogue that was made into a memorial after the Second World War, Maisel Synagogue made in baroque style and the Spanish Synagogue.
2.Prague Castle- The historical highlight of the tour
The medieval Prague Castle is one of the most magnificent castles in Europe with a long and scandalous history. Standing tall over the Vlatava River for centuries, it has seen the country develop through different eras. Built in 850 AD, it was the residence of princes and kings of Bohemia but since 1918 it is the seat of the president.
3.St. Vitus Cathedral- A gothic masterpiece
St. Vitus Cathedral lies within the castle complex and is the spiritual symbol of the Czech state, and a Gothic masterpiece. Charles IV started the work on the cathedral and it took early six centuries to complete it. The St. Vitus Cathedral is not only the largest and most important temple in Prague but it also oversaw the coronations of Czech kings and queens.
St. Wenceslas Chapel is adorned with frescoes and semi-precious stones. The Crown Chamber, in the south-western corner of the chapel is a treasure trove of the Bohemian Coronation Jewels.
3.The Ghosts of Prague
Some of the walking tours are especially designed to show you the eerie side of this ancient city. They are usually planned after sunset, where the guide takes you around some of the sites where the most famous spirits of the city have created fear in generations of inhabitants.
The skeleton of the Astrological Clock, the Enchanted Policeman and the Headless Horseman are some of them. Get ready to have an interesting insight into the darker side of Prague.
4.Old Town Square- Relive the past
A journey into the Old Town Square will take you back 600 or 700 years. You will stand in awe of the dramatic history of Prague that permeates the air. The Old Town Square is one of the two main squares in Prague, the other being Wenceslas Square. It is one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe with ancient buildings and magnificent churches.
Dating back to the 12th century it was the central marketplace for Prague and over centuries buildings of romanesque, baroque and gothic styles were built around the market. The most notable sights in the square are the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, the Church of Our Lady before Tyn and St. Nicholas Church. The centre of the Old Town Square has the Jan Hus statue built in 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s death.
The best way to soak in the beauty of the Old Town Square is over a coffee or a cool beer at one of the pavement cafés lining the square.
5.Lesser Town- Explore the quaint part of Prague
The Lesser Town clusters around the foothills of Prague Castle and is almost too picturesque to be true. Dotted with ancient burgher houses, quaint side streets and St. Nicholas Church, it is a favorite setting for movies.
At its heart lies the Baroque Lesser Town Square where there are small shops to surf, churches to explore and traditional Czech pubs and restaurants to relish with magnificent views of the river. This quieter part of the city is a better to stay in. You can wander through the almost deserted, lantern lit streets in the evenings and explore the real sense of olden day Prague.
The Baroque churches and palaces dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries give the Old Town its real charm.
So come and discover this city of opulent beauty encompassed in epic history.
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