If you’re looking for the perfect mix of rich history and trendy “go-to” spots, then Prague is the city for you. Some people are starting to call this hip city “the Brooklyn of Central Europe,” but many of Prague’s must-see sites date far earlier than the trendy clubs and art exhibits (although those are a thing too). Here are a few sites that you definitely want to check out on your next visit to Prague.
Cinderella doesn’t live here, but the president does. Although many European cities have ancient castles, what makes the 9th century Prague Castle a little different than others is that the president of the Czech Republic actually lives in it. Unlike the White House, you can go on this president’s front lawn (more of a stone patio).
St. Vitus Cathedral
No matter what religion you may practice, you can appreciate this piece of art. Built in 930, the St. Vitus Cathedral is one of the most beautiful pieces of Gothic architecture that Prague has to offer. It is perfectly situated in the Prague castle complex, so you’re basically killing two historical birds with one stone when you visit.
If you study abroad in Prague, chances are that you’ll find yourself having to cross this bridge to get somewhere; however, this 14th century bridge is definitely more than just a means of transportation. This pedestrian-only walkway over the Vltava River is decorated with baroque-style towers and statues; needless to say, it makes for a pretty good photo-op on a sunny day.
In addition to Bruce Springsteen and Madonna, painting walls in protest of communist governments was a thing in the 1980’s. This once-average wall is now decorated with vibrant spray painted artwork and Beatles lyrics, originally painted by Czech students claiming to be “Lennonists.” If you go to this wall now, you too can leave your mark with a bottle of spray paint. You can also just take a picture in front of it to show off to your Instagram followers.
Prague Astronomical Clock
On any visit to Prague, you will most definitely go to Old Town Square, Prague’s ‘city center.’ While you’re sipping on a coffee and bargaining for a genuine leather bag, don’t forget to admire the signature monument of Old Town Square: the Prague Astronomical Clock. Having been installed in the 15th century, it is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and can be seen for miles, but the real beauty of it can best be seen up close.