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Prague

TOP 25 THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE IN 3 DAYS

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Explore Prague City in 3 days

If you admire art, architecture and scenic beauty, Prague is a must in your bucket list. You can’t have enough of it. Each day as you explore the city, it grows on you, you crave to see more and more. While you may not be able to squeeze all the sites, you must plan to cover the 25 must visit places in Prague. 

Prague day 1

It was our first trip to Prague in August 2018 and we savoured every bit of it. When you visit Prague, plan to reach by mid-day so that you can start your visit on a romantic and magical note of watching the sunset facing the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. We wandered from our apartment near the Powder Tower enjoying the feel of the cobbled streets towards the the gardens facing Charles Bridge. 

Sitting on benches by facing these ancient monuments was relaxing. It was vibrant with youngsters from colleges, artists selling their creations, modern art sculptors, tourists trying to the get their best shot of the sunset, boats on the Vtlava River and people relishing delicious Czech dinner on cruise boats. Indeed it gives you the first dose of excitement.
 
Around the Old Town Square you can visit the Prague Astronomical Clock, The Jan Hus Memorial, The Týn Church, The Old Town Hall, The Kinský Palace (national gallery) St. Nicholas Church, Prague Meridian, The House at the Minute (famous writer Frank Kafka lived in this house), Štorch House or At the Stone Virgin Mary Townhouse. A little further north you can visit the Powder Tower, an impressive 65m Gothic tower constructed in 1475. 

We ended our walk with the traditional spice-coated irresistible Hungarian rolled pastry - Trdelník – Chimney Cake – served warm and topped with a dusting of sugar. You can get toppings also with nuts or cinnamon.

Day Two in Prague

Powder Tower | Prague Castle | St Vitus Cathedral | Vladislav Hall | Golden Lane | Prague Castle Dungeon | St. Nicholas Church (Lesser Town) | Changing the Guard | Charles Bridge 

We started day 2 by visiting the Power Tower, a gateway to the Old Town and the Municipal Hall, a celebrated concert venue perfect for lovers of Art Nouveau. Next stop was the magnificent sprawling Prague Castle –

a UNESCO World Heritage site, atop the Hradčany hill. It is a steep climb up but worth it as you explore building from 1oth century Romanesque to 14th century Gothic architecture. In a three hour tour you can cover the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, Basilica of St. George and the Golden Lane within the Castle grounds. If your timing is right, you may be lucky to see the Changing the Guard ceremony that takes place in the first courtyard of Prague Castle at 12:00 daily.

The menacing gargoyle that transforms simple rain-gutter to a monster is fascinating and indeed creative. While it seems creative today, it was designed to strike fear into the hearts of ill-educated medieval peasants. It did drive my imagination wild as if we were watching a scene from the Zulu of Ghost busters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IuBJwuqxVk or episode of Legacies where mythical gargoyles come to life - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnrHR4JFKBo

Interestingly, in the medieval times, Gothic architecture was called ‘the modern style’. A long walk through the Old Town and you will see so many Gothic buildings you will be in complete awe of the architecture, a style introduced in Czech/ Bohemia in the 13th century, made to last till date.