What to see on a quick visit to Prague – and for FREE!

 

Charles Bridge

This is a iconic landmark in Prague and it’s worth walking over the bridge for the stunning views alone. The age, history and medieval architecture are other reasons for appreciating the Charles bridge. It does get very crowded so try to go earlier in the day or later at night.

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Prague Castle

Prague Castle is a perfect example of Prague’s stunning medieval and gothic architecture and you really don’t have to be interested in history or buildings to visit Prague Castle. You can wander around the courtyard of Prague Castle for free, but if you are interested in entering the historic buildings and to learn about the Castle’s rich (and fascinating) history, you should visit the castle as part of a guided tour (only a small cost).

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Petrin Park and hill

The perfect place to get away from some of the hustle and bustle of the city streets and escape here to enjoy some quiet time. The gardens are so beautiful and Petrin Park perched up on a hill you can bet there are some super cool views of Prague too!

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Dancing House

Dancing house was constructed in 1996 by a Croatian/Czech architect Vlado Milunic and Canadian architect Frank Gehry. It’s a pretty impressive piece of architecture to look at and there is a restaurant and cafĂ© on the top floor that offer some great views of Prague. To get here it’s only about a 15 minute walk from Charles Bridge.

photo: www.wsj.com

photo: www.wsj.com

 
 

John Lennon Wall

The wall started in response to the death of John Lennon, and the graffiti was erased by the communist censors for years, however once freedom came to Prague, the wall has continued to be the site of freedom of expression and a tribute to John Lennon. There are also buskers that often sing and play guitar by the bright, colourful wall.

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Explore the Old Town Square

I loved walking through the old town square. With interesting architecture & narrow roads with small shops and lots of street bars to sit & watch the world go buy. The Easter markets started the weekend I arrived so there was plenty of street entertainment to watch, street food to eat and festive decorations lining the streets.

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Changing of the guards

If you find yourself near the castle around 11:30am then you could wait it out till noon to see the changing of the guards take place. Although they change by the hour, for the ceremonial change, it is at noon. Admittedly it isn’t as impressive as London’s changing of the guards nonetheless it is a remarkable exercise to watch.
 
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St Vitus cathedral

It does cost money to explore the inside of the cathedral and learn of the history behind it however, you can view it from the outside which is impressive enough. The stained glassed windows are stunning as is the gothic architecture on the exterior with the stone masonry carvings that make the cathedral so unique.

 
 

Walk around and explore

Seriously though, just spend your time in Prague doing lots of walking and exploring. You will see so much and there is so much to see! The city is just beautiful.

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