Prague is a city with an extensive history. As an example, one of the main tourist attractions is the Charles Bridge, which was built in 1402. Let me repeat that date: 1402. That’s before the United States was even a thought. Heck, that was a full 90 years before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
And that’s just the beginning. It’s also home to the largest castle in the world, a town square that’s everything a European town square should be, and an astronomical clock installed in 1401 that still works today.
There’s obviously plenty to do in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Here are some of the activities I would highly recommend during a short visit:
The castle, which is built on a hilltop, overlooks the city. This castle, however, is not like you’d imagine a typical European castle to be. It’s more like a campus. There are several buildings around a centralized point.
The castle is free to walk into. Once inside the walls you can walk around and take in much of it. However, some of the buildings are only accessible if you pay. In all actuality though, the tour tickets are not that much ($11-$15 USD each).
One of the main attractions at the castle is St. Vitus Cathedral, a beautiful Gothic style building.
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is this beautiful square in the middle of the Old Town part of Prague. You’ll find cafes, cathedrals, museums, and the astronomical clock.
I loved this square because it’s how I imagined Europe as a kid. Nothing but cobblestone streets, cafes, and old buildings.
Not too far from the Old Town Square, is the fascinating Charles Bridge. Like I mentioned earlier, it was built in the 1400s and is still standing strong today. It’s lasted through a multitude of wars, including two world wars.
If you plan on visiting the bridge during a Prague stay (as you should), more than likely, it’ll be very crowded. But walking across it is fun. And if you go from the Old Town side to the castle side, it's a short walk (and a lot of stairs) to the castle.
There are several options when it comes to this. Crystal and I did a dinner cruise. It wasn’t, technically, a tour, but there are tour options out there. The cruise did give us a unique perspective of the city and really good opportunities to take pictures.
This was, in my opinion, a hidden gem. Powder Tower, as it’s now called, is one of the original city gates. If you think it looks similar to the towers on either side of the Charles Bridge, you’d be correct. The Charles Bridge was the inspiration behind the look of Powder Tower.
You can go up the tower (it’ll set you back roughly $4-5 USD/ticket). Once you climb all the way to the top (which is a feat in and of itself), you’ll be met with some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer. Absolutely amazing.
I absolutely loved the city of Prague. It’s cheap, walkable, and has a ton of history. There is certainly no shortage of things to do during a short visit.
Something to keep in mind: it’s not the most handicap accessible. I would check this site out to see if the places you want to see in Prague are handicap friendly.
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