Prague looks like something out of a fairytale. Everywhere you turn in the Czech capital, you find yourself face to face with tiny side streets and atmospheric buildings with a touch of whimsy.
Here are five sights you shouldn’t miss when you visit Prague.
Address: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, Czechia
The Dancing House is an astonishing piece of architecture that offers a surrealistic punch on an otherwise ordinary city street.
Surrounded by older buildings in the baroque, gothic and art nouveau styles, this modern building looks like it sashayed off the pages of a storybook and into the cityscape. Nicknamed Fred and Ginger, the building depicts a dance between cinematic couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
While the Dancing House is primarily an office building, members of the public can enter to visit the gallery and restaurant, as well as the terrace which offers excellent views over Prague.
Address: Staroměstské nám. 1/3, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
This medieval astronomical clock, located at the Old Town Hall’s southern wall, looks like it came straight out of a Harry Potter novel.
With its dial featuring all the signs of the zodiac, its hands indicating the position of the sun and moon, and the statutes of Death and the Apostles standing guard, the clock is a reminder that magic does exist.
Address: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Czechia
The Lennon Wall is an example of a landmark that was completely unplanned and arose organically. After the assassination of John Lennon in 1980, the wall was covered with graffiti dedicated to the fallen Beatle. It later became a sounding board for young Czechs opposing the communist regime.
Today, it is a tribute to peace and love, and also has a permanent place in the Instagram accounts of the young and hip.
Address: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia
There are many bridges over the Vltava River, but Charles Bridge is the most fascinating thanks to the two rows of some thirty statues which line it, depicting a cast of characters which include the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and a multitude of saints, including Saint John the Baptist and Saint John of Nepomuk, the saint of Bohemia.
Until 1841, the bridge offered the only way to cross the Vltava and was thus a very important meeting point and connection between the Old Town and Prague Castle.
Address: Hradčany, 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia
Prague Castle is not only one of the city’s most iconic monuments, but is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and the world’s largest coherent castle complex, showcasing many architectural styles over four centuries. It towers over the city and is one of the most recognizable features in the skyline.
You can spend an entire day exploring the various buildings in the castle complex, including the Old Royal Palace, which was mainly residential, St Vitus Cathedral, St George’s Basilica and the opulent Renaissance Rosenberg Palace. For dizzying views over Prague, climb the Cathedral’s South Tower, which comprises 287 steps.
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