Known as ‘the City of a Hundred Spires,’ at this historic capital’s heart you can explore the famous Old Town Square, teaming with extravagant buildings, Gothic churches and the eminent medieval Astronomical Clock. Of all the captivating cultural sites Prague has to offer, we recommend that these are first on your list….
Prague Castle is one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic and according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is also the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000m². So there is plenty for you to see: uncover the story behind why the castle encompasses a variety of architectural styles, from 10th century Roman design, to Gothic modifications made in the 14th century. Also learn how the castle had to undergo major repairs following the Velvet Revolution, to ensure it remained one of Europe’s finest cultural attractions.
The Prague Astronomical Clock has been one of the city’s greatest allures for over 600 years. To fully experience the wonder of the medieval clock, make sure you gather with the crowds on the hour in front of the old world tower to watch the procession of the Twelve Apostles - a small trap door opens and Christ marches out ahead of his disciples, while the skeleton of death tolls the bell to a defiant statue of a Turk. A unique spectacle, the clock also displays the week month and year and tracks Central European, Babylonian and Sidereal time. If you visit in summer look out for the inciting video projection that brings to life key events from Czech history.
Old Town Hall
Built in 1338, the Old Town Hall isn’t just one of the most striking buildings in Prague, if you take a trip up to the top of the tower it also gives you one of the best views in the city. The building first became known as the 'Old Town Hall' in 1364, when the Tower was joined to a group of houses. Then in 1470 further integration saw the buildings remodelled in the Gothic Style. Today the Old Town Hall houses Prague’s main Tourist Information Centre and hosts civic ceremonies. We would highly recommend you take a full tour to see all the different stages of the Hall’s evolution, from the foundations of Romanesque houses, to the Gothic interiors.