From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to travel to all the cool places I saw on television and movies. Such was the case when I saw the first Mission Impossible movie starring Tom Cruise. The opening scenes filmed in Prague most notably atop Charles Bridge and Old Town Square. The goth-esque look of the city appealed to me it seemed haunting, mysterious, and cool at the same time. I even imagined I was a secret spy navigating the city while meeting up with operatives exchanging confidential documents for briefcases filled with money. Well, I never became that secret spy (although I still think I would be good at it), but I did finally make it to the beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic. And here is a list of things I recommend you see and do.
There are many bridges around the world, but this ranks at the top of my list as one of the coolest. Named after King Charles IV this bridge crosses the Vltava river and is adorned with 30 baroque style statues – fifteen on each side.
Prague Castle is known to be the largest ancient castle in the world. This castle complex is massive covering 750,000 square feet, serves as the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. Other notable buildings on the complex are St. George’s Basilica, Rosenberg Palace and the Old Royal Palace.
Old Town Square
One of the most beautiful parts of Prague is the square. Some of the most architecturally stunning buildings are in this square. The Gothic Church of our lady and the baroque St. Nichols Church, to name a few.
Old Town Hall
One of the city’s most visited monuments is also unusual. The landmark is comprised of different houses which neighbored the original building, notably was a large house. Over time the properties were bought and added to the structure. If you want amazing views of the square from above then for a small fee you can make your way to the top.
Another reason Old Town Hall is such a famous landmark is because of the Horologe (Astronomical Clock). The clock consists of three independent units: The moving figures, the astronomical dial, and the calendar dial. The clock was installed on the side of Old Town Hall in 1410, making it the one the oldest clocks still in operation.
The Dancing House
Designed in 1992 and constructed in 1996 by Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry the house resembles a pair of dancers.
The Vrtba Garden
A place that may not be at the top of places of interest lists is this beautiful baroque garden. One of the cool things about this garden is that it slopes upward with different levels and offers great views of Prague once at the top.
John Lennon Wall
As you make your way down from Prague Castle before crossing Charles Bridge make a little detour and check out, this graffiti-filled wall in tribute to the Beatles artist John Lennon.
The square in the new Town of Prague runs alongside the old town. Offering a plethora of restaurants and storefronts, it’s one of the busiest areas in the city.
Hands down in my opinion the most beautiful library I have ever laid eyes upon. This stunning Baroque style library opened in 1722 houses over 20,000 books.
One of the local delicacies is something you may not usually order. I was apprehensive about trying it, but it was delicious. This is a must-try if you’re in search of a good meal in Prague.
As a bonus, if you happen to be in Prague in early October, take time to check out this unique art exhibit. With different art made from light located throughout the city from light shows inside warehouses to lasers projected on the side of churches. You can have a great evening experiencing some really cool exhibits and exploring the city.