Prague is a popular destination for New Year’s celebrations. I celebrated on Charles bridge. It’s a wonderful movement. Walked around to Charles Bridge for the midnight fireworks. Absolutely incredible and like nothing I have experienced before. Especially before going to start new year snow fall started, that’s a good start for new year. The bridge was crowded with people who let off their own fireworks as well. It was a magical experience and I want to go back. By night, the bridge is so romantic and almost ethereal. By day, it is truly magical. The detail along the bridge and the views are incredible.
Charles IV had it built in 1357. Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town. Charles Bridge is 516 meters long, 13 meters high, 9.5 meters wide, and stands on 15 pillars. It is said that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge.
The Charles Bridge was also the site of the martyrdom of St. John of Nepomuk. John of Nepomuk was a Bohemian priest (c. 1345-1393). He heard the confessions of King Wenceslas IV and the royal family. Jealous and paranoid that his wife had taken on a lover, the King ordered the priest to divulge the secrets the Queen had offered in confession. When the priest refused, he was imprisoned and later thrown from the Charles Bridge to drown in the river. John of Nepomuk was canonized in 1729, and became the patron saint of floods and drowning. His statue was erected near the location of his death, and as the legend goes, touching the plaque on his statue will bring you good luck and safe travels. The widespread belief in the legend is marked – literally – by the polished areas of the plaque, which have been worn down by the hands of hopeful visitors.
There is a tower standing on each end of the bridge. Both the Staroměstská věž on the Old Town end and the Malostranská věž on the Malá Strana end can be climbed for a view of Prague and the bridge from above.
You can go to Charles Bridge anytime. There are no closing hours and no entrance fee – it’s completely free.
Closest public transport:
Malostranské náměstí: tram stop (tram 12, 20, 22)
Karlovy lázně: tram stop (tram 17, 18)
Staroměstská: metro station
Prague Castle, founded around 880 AD, is the largest medieval castle in Europe. According to the Guinness World Records, it’s the largest ancient castle in the world: 570m long, an average of 128m wide and covering a total area bigger than seven football fields.
Today, the President of the Czech Republic rules from the castle, and it is Prague’s premier tourist attraction. The cathedral in the castle complex is a jewel in Prague’s crown, a superb example of Gothic architecture. Prague Castle began as a wooden fortress with earthen bulwarks in the 9th century. By the 11th century, it included a royal palace and the 14th century saw the beginning of St. Vitus Cathedral. Kings and emperors are buried here.
The access to Prague Castle complex is easy. The visitors use mostly tram No. 22 (stop called Pražský hrad) There are several tram stops nearby (Královský letohrádek, Pohořelec) and also two metro stations (Malostranská, Hradčanská).
Admission to Prague Castle premises. Various Types of tickets available prices start from CZK 150 to CZK 350. For more details click here.
Opening hours: Prague Castle complex: 6.00 – 22.00 Historical buildings: 9.00 – 17.00
Dancing House (Tančící dům) is set in a fine location by the Vltava River in Prague.
The Dancing house was built in the years 1992 – 1996. It was awarded the Design of the year 1996 award from the American Time magazine. The Dancing House is one of the most interesting Prague houses built at the end of the 20 th century. It represents a man and a woman, dancing together.
It represents two dancers Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers. The project comes from the drawing board of world-renowned architects Vlado Milunić and Frank O. Gehry.
Near Metro station Karlovo náměstí (Charles´ Square – line B)
Tram number 17 one stop to Jiráskovo náměstí (The Square of Jirásek)
There is of course no entrance fee to the building itself, and the building is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The terrace with its amazing view is accessible via the Glass Bar.
Gallery is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and the entrance fee is 190 CZK.
Restaurant is open everyday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Glass Bar is open everyday from 10 a.m. to midnight.
It was built from 1928 to1932. In the wide 42 m high tower wall is a huge, 7.5 m diameter glazed clock (the largest in the Czech Republic). The result of the construction was a structure with rectangular layout and a high cassette ceiling. The dominating feature of the church is a wide church tower rising over forty metres high. It has a giant copper dome at the top of the tower which is fitted by a four-metre cross.
Tram: Nr. 11 – Jiřího z Poděbrad station
Metro: A – Jiřího z Poděbrad station
Orloj was constructed in 1490 by clock master Jan Růže (also called Hanuš). The Prague Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest treasures of the city. The astronomical clock consists of different parts – such as a calendar and an astronomical desk or the mechanism of twelve apostles which sets them in motion. During the apostles’ parade, other figures placed on the sides of the astronomical clock set in motion too. The skeleton rings, rotates an hourglass to show the Turk that his lifetime is at the end. He shakes his head. The Vain Man and the Miser behave similarly.
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Tram: 17, 18, 53 Staroměstská (then walk along Kaprova street)
Bus: 133 Staroměstská (then walk along Kaprova street)
Metro: A – Staroměstská (then walk along Kaprova street)
The second ugliest building in the world. 216 m in height, it’s also the tallest building in the city. It was built between 1985 and 1992. It is still a highly controversial building due to the contrast of the historic surroundings and the high-tech architecture. Then ten fibreglass babies, from the artist David Černý were placed on the tower. Which went some way to improve the public’s perception of the Zizkov TV tower.
Metro: A – Jiřího z Poděbrad; Tram: 11 – Jiřího z Poděbrad
Tickets prices: basic: 150 CZK
students and seniors: 100CZK, children up to 6 years of age, family: 350CZK. for more details click here
It was built in 1891. It was founded above Prague only two years after the completion of the elegant Eiffel Tower in Paris. The tower rises 378 meters above sea level. The total height of the Petřín Lookout Tower is 63,5 meters. It is made up of a light octagonal lattice steel construction on which 175 tons of iron was used. After having conquered the 299 steps, a breathtaking view will open out for you over the panorama of the city with its abundance of spires, chimneys and spectacular facades of the Baroque palaces.
Getting there on the funicular:
The funicular that goes to the top of Petřín starts on Újezd street (you can get there by tram 6, 9, 12, 20 or 22 and get off at Újezd). timings: 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (April – October) or 9 a.m. to 10:20 p.m. (November – March) and runs every 10 to 15 minutes. You will need a public transportation ticket, which you can buy right there if needed. Get off at the very top (it’s the second stop – the first one is halfway up the hill). Entrance fee:Basic: 150 CZK; Reduced: 80 CZK; Family: 350 CZK
The square was created during the founding of the New Town by Charles IV in 1348. It is really a boulevard, measuring 750m long by 60m wide. It was originally laid out as the Prague horse market 650 years ago.
This square is the commercial and administrative centre of the city as well as the site of important social and historical events. It has been a parade ground for all kinds of organisations and political parties. The square can hold up to 400,000 people. At the top of Wenceslas Square is the monumental National Museum, and just off to the left is the Prague State Opera. In front of the National Museum, a statue of St. Wenceslas on his horse cuts a striking figure.
In the upper part of Wenceslas Square, there is the “Muzeum” metro station and at the other end there is the “Můstek” metro station.
It is the magical heart of Prague. It was founded in the 12th century and has been witness to many historical events. At the centre of the Old Town Square is the Jan Hus statue, erected on the 6th July 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s death. Climb the Old Town Hall Tower for a stunning view over the square.
Getting there: Metro station: Staromestska (line A), Namesti Republiky (line B), Mustek (lines A & B); Tram stop: Staromestska (trams 2, 17, 18)
The National Theatre in Prague is a spectacular neo-Renaissance building dating from 1868-83. Today, the National Theatre is made up of four artistic companies – the Opera, Drama, Ballet and Laterna magika. It artistically manages four stages – the three historical buildings: the National Theatre (1883), the State Opera (1888), and the Estates Theatre (1783), and the more recently opened New Stage (1983).
The National Theatre is 10 minutes’ walk from Wenceslas Square and 10 minutes from the Old Town Square and charles bridge is easily accessible by tram and metro.
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Named in honor of Crown Prince Rudolf of Hapsburg. The neo-Renaissance building was built from 1876 to 1884. It was conceived as a multipurpose cultural center with concert and exhibition halls. From 1918 to 1938 and a short period after World War II (1945-1946) it also housed the Czechoslovak Parliament. Night view from the Vltava bank Nowadays Rudolfinum already famous halls house many of the concerts of the Prague Spring and Autumn Music Festivals and other events. Some of the Rudolfinum halls and the lobby can be rented for special receptions, concerts and social events.
It is near to the charles bridge. for more details click here
Basic ticket costs 32 CZK permitting a 90 minutes, short-term ticket for 24 CZK is valid for 30 minutes, 24-hour pass: 110 CZK (children 6-15 years: 55 CZK) 3 days pass 310 CZK, Each station has vending machines for buying the tickets (not possible to use Bank cards to buy tickets only coins) Tickets can also be bought almost in any tobacco shops. They accept bank cards.