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Prague Highlights

Things to do in Prague

Prague is known by many names. In Latin it is mater urbium, the mother of cities, and in Czech this is affectionately shortened to matička, the little mother. The city’s old and beautiful architecture is also alluded to in names like the “city of a hundred spires” or “golden Prague.” Yet whatever this ancient city is called, there is one aspect of it that has always been difficult to summarize with a cute nickname. Pulsing somewhere underneath the medieval cobblestones or above the Gothic towers is a special feeling that never fails to strike visitors of this ancient crossroads. From the Golem of Prague to the novels of Kafka, this magical and sometimes dark feeling pervades much of the history of this city. And it is a long history indeed, with roots stretching far back into the reaches of time.

Prague was a center of alchemy, astronomy and architecture. Yet it is no less vibrant a city today. With efficient public transit and lively pubs and hearty restaurants on every corner, Prague is above all a center of the good life. The city is alive with music, art, theater and other forms of culture, both home-grown and imported by the many who have felt the pull to make their homes here.Yet despite this onslaught of loaded history and bustling present, Prague rarely overwhelms. For a city of 1.2 million people it feels surprisingly like a village. In this way Prague is truly like a good mother, protecting you but also letting you discover life’s secrets for yourself. And there are certainly many secrets hidden in this city in the center of Europe. Prague’s rulers and visitors alike have been trying to get to the bottom of them for centuries, but of course no good secret could ever be summarized with a single name.
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Prague Castle

What would an ancient city be without a castle? Prague’s castle is actually a walled complex of churches, palaces and other buildings, one of the largest in the world. Its dominant feature is the impressive Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, nearly 600 years in the making.

Jewish Quarter

Prague has long had a large Jewish community and Josefov was the city’s Jewish quarter. At the turn of the twentieth century the quarter was almost completely rebuilt to change old winding streets into modern thoroughfares modeled on other big European cities. The Nazis removed most of the remaining Jewish population, and all that remains of the Jewish quarter today are six synagogues, the Old Jewish Town Hall, and the layered tombstones of the Old Jewish Cemetery.

Wenceslas Square

In many ways the commercial centre of the city, this long square is more of a very wide boulevard, lined with bright lights and shops. It was one of the main sites of demonstrations during the Velvet Revolution. At the top of the square is the imposing National Museum and a statue of the Czech patron saint, Wenceslas. At the bottom is a pedestrian area that is frequently the site of various events and seasonal markets.

Prague Zoo

Ranked as #7 best in the world…so, do as the locals do, go to the zoo!

Charles Bridge

This bridge over Prague’s Vltava river was long the only way of crossing the water, contributing to the city’s importance as an east-west trade route. It was commissioned by its namesake, King Charles IV, who allegedly used astrology to determine many aspects of its construction. With three bridge towers, it is lined on both sides by statues, as well as by many street vendors.

Old Town Square

The natural centre of the old town, tiny twisty streets open up onto a huge square here, lined with some of Prague’s most impressive sites, including the majestic Týn Cathedral and St Nicholas Church. The square’s centrepiece however is the Old Town Hall, adorned with Prague’s Astronomical Clock. This fascinating piece of medieval machinery keeps time in a wide array of measurements and every hour presents a much-watched show of small moving statues. This square is also the city of many seasonal markets, concerts and other events. The square is also the site of many…


 Prague’s “other” castle is Vyšehrad, allegedly the place the mythical figure Libuše chose for the founding of Prague. Located on a rock overlooking the Vltava river, it holds a number of historical buildings and a large cemetery with some important Czech historical figures. This is where Prague started! Wander in joy and melancholy.

John Lennon Wall

A constantly changing graffiti wall. First painted with texts and pictures inspired by John Lennon in the 1980s by students, it quickly became a symbol of resistance against the now fallen communist government.

Botanical Gardens

Prague has two, a less exciting one near Karlovo náměstí and a larger one in Troja, just next to the zoo. Huge greenhouses with butterflies, nature paths and outdoor exhibits.

Our Neighbourhood

Hop on a bike to experience a different way to get around Prague and our neighbourhood. If you step just outside of Prague’s bustling center you’ll find the hip and artsy Holešovice area of Prague, known to house some of Prague’s most eclectic mix of contemporary art at DOX, the best clubs/music venues including SaSaZu, Mecca and Cross Club, markets (Holesovicka Trznice), parks (including Stromovka – bring your beverages to the largest green space in Prague) and more.

Let’s just say it’s where all the locals hang. Not only that, but it’s a short tram or metro ride from all of the tourist hotspots, making it the best of both worlds. For more information about bike rental, ask at reception.