Prague: A magical and enchanting Travel Destination

Prague is the capital city of Czech Republic and it is also its largest city. It is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and even in the world, making it a very popular destination among tourists and travelers alike. Prague has a very rich cultural, political, and historical background making it a very interesting place to visit. It is one of Europe’s prominent cultural centers which host several cultural events during the year. Prague has quite preserved its architectural landmarks and boasts of having one of the world’s most varied collections of architecture, from Art Nouveau, Baroque, Renaissance, Cubist, Gothic, Neo-Classical and Modern.

It would be quite hard to get bored in Prague because even walking and strolling in its lovely streets is quite an experience. Tourists are treated with great and impressive cathedrals and churches, historical monuments, castles, towers, bridges and halls. It is like being transported back in time. It is advised that while you are in Prague, you visit their museums and galleries where most of their historical and art treasures are kept, this experience would really be a feast to the senses.

The climate in Prague is temperate, a mix of oceanic and continental. The city is beautiful all-year round, whether you choose to go in the summer when days are warmer, or in spring when it is not crowded and flowers and colorful plants are in bloom, or in autumn when days are starting to become colder but the views and surroundings are still as breathtaking or in the winter to see this wonderful city with snow and enjoy shopping on their Christmas markets and see Prague with its Christmas decors and lights.

There are so many interesting places and things to see and visit in Prague like the Old Town Square, Old New Synagogue, Wenceslas Square in New Town, Mala Strana, The Lennon Wall, Church of Saints Cyril and Methodius, National Museum, Vysehrad Castle, Petrinska rozhledna which resembles the Eiffel Tower, Metronome, The Dancing House among others. But today I’ll just feature three must-see places in Prague which include The Prague Castle, the holder of the Guinness World Records as the largest ancient castle in the world, The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj, which is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in Old Town Square, and The Charles Bridge which is a very famous historical bridge that crosses the Vltava River.

The Prague Castle

The history of this world famous castle dates back more than 1100 years ago. Prince Borivoj, Czech ruler from the Royal Dynasty of Premyslids ordered the building of this magnificent castle.

Old and New - The Castle vs. new Prague

St Vitus Cathedral

Interior fountain

Soldier on guard

Entrance to the II courtyard of Prague Castle

White Tower at Prague Castle

Night view

The Prague Astronomical Clock or Prague Orloj

This is one of the most fascinating and beautiful attractions in Prague where hundreds of people gather every hour to look at the change of the hour and witness the blessing of the Apostles. This clock is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, which represents the position of the Sun and Moon with other astronomical details; "The Walk of the Apostles", which shows hourly the figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months of the year.

Astronomical clock dial and the four virtues : Vanity, Miser, Death, Turk (from left to right)

Calendar disk with immobile figures: a chronicler, an angel, an astronomer and a philosopher (from left to right)

Astronomical clock in it's splendor

The Apostles blessing the city

The Astronomical Clock and the Old Town Square in a summer day

The Charles Bridge

This is a very important bridge in Prague as it used to be the connection between Old Town, Prague Casle and other neighboring places. It is built under the auspices of King Charles the IV which explains his impressive statue there. This is an enchanting place to visit its cobblestones, the breathtaking view, and many believe that the statues here have the powers to make your wishes come true.

From the water

View from above

Statues and People
Charles IV looking towards the Bridge

Connecting new and old towns

Lamps and Statues

photos: Prague