TOP 25 THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE IN 3 DAYS
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Historical landmarks, magnificent architecture, melodious music, and tasty beer – Cheers Praha!
Stunning architectural marvels of 17th and 18th century take you into the cobbled lanes of untouched history of Europe’s most picturesque destination – Prague in the Czech Republic. When you start your visit at the waterfront garden facing the largest castle complex in the world and one of Europe’s oldest bridges – the Charles Bridge, the sunset takes you into the Renaissance era of romance. All you need is the apt attire and grandeur of the Bohemian kings.
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.
Day One in Prague
Gardens facing Charles Bridge | Old Town Square | Týn Church | Astronomical Clock | Powder Tower | Prague Meridian | Vtlava Cruise Dinner | The Jan Hus Memorial | The Old Town Hall | The Kinský Palace | St. Nicholas Church (Old Town) | The House at the Minute | Štorch House (13)
You can end your day either with dinner on the cruise or head to the Old Town Square to indulge into one of Prague’s authentic dishes and beer in open air. This is the central square of the historic part of Prague which attracts tourist for its main attraction the medieval Astronomical Clock or Orloj. The Old Town Square is formed by connected medieval buildings. The Týn Church is the most prominent with its small spires visible from all over the square. Those with an interest in geography can stand on the Prague meridian, a line in the cobble stone surface. The Old Town Square is abuzz with street acts, food vendors, artists, music and unending energy that can keep you going until early morning hours.
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 (6)
A jam-packed day if you want to absorb and enjoy most of Prague’s fascinating masterpieces.
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.