A week in Prague may not be enough to tour the entire city. If you have the opportunity to spend days in this beautiful European stop, it will be of help to familiarize yourselves of the four main areas of Prague: The Castle, The Old Town, The New Town and The Lesser Town (Mala Strana).
Throughout its entire existence, the Prague Castle has always been the center of history and politics in Prague and in the entire Czech Republic that is why it is also the seat of the President of Czech Republic. What’s fascinating about the castles is the changing of its guard every hour on the hour, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. A solemn fanfare also happens in the castle each day at noon.
Serving as a safe place for old Czech art, St. George’s Monastery is part of Czech Republic’s National Gallery. If you’re curious of the famed Vladislav Hall, it can be found at the gothic-styled Royal Palace. As for the underground tombs of Czech kings, the St. Vitus Cathedral is the place to visit. The Chapel of Saint Wenceslas is tour-worthy its artistic value belonging to the most important monuments of Czech expressive arts. The chapel is adorned with frescoes and semi-precious stones.
The Castle’s northern wing is where you’ll find the Imperial Stable and its exhibition hall. The Royal Garden also has an exhibition and concert hall called the Ball Hall. The Royal Garden, as well as other gardens like the Rajska, Harigovska, Na Valech and Na Baste are accessible to the public only in summer.
Other spots in and around the castle that might interest you in your week in Prague includes the former Burgrave’s House, the Lobkovic Palace and the Royal Summer Palace of Queen Anne or Belvedere.
The Old Town
The Old town has a few sights to offer. You can start your tour on this side of the Prague with the Old Town Bridge Tower which is one of the most beautiful Gothic towers in Europe. After passing through the tower, you can pass by Clementinum which houses Czech Republic’s National Library, and the State Technical Library.
If you’re a fan of Art Noveau, youll definitely want to check out the Municipal House that has the well known Smetana concert hall. The Old Town is also where you’ll see the Powder Tower, Carolinum which is the original Charles University building, the Estates’ Theatre, and the synagogues at the Prague Jewish Ghetto.
The New Town
After you’ve seen Prague’s Old Town, you can experience the other side of Prague—the New Town. Considered a shopper’s haven, Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti) holds the the statue of St. Wenceslas with four patron saints of Bohemia (St. Prokop, St. Adalbert, St. Ludmila and St. Agnes). The National Museum and National Theater are also found in the New Town.
The Lesser Town (Mala Strana)
Your Prague week will never be complete if you don’t include the Lesser Town in your tour plans. Try walking down Neruda Street (named after the Czech poet Jan Neruda who lived in the house called “At Two Suns”) to get to the Castle. In one part of the Lesser Town is the Petrin Look-out Tower which is a reduced copy of the Eiffel Tower (60 m high) built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition.
Churches like the St. Nicolas’ Church and Church of Our Lady Victorious – Prague Child Jesus are found in the Lesser Town. Some other worthwhile tourist stops in this part of Prague are the Lesser-Town Bridge Tower, Charles Bridge and Ledebour Garden.
There’s so much to see in this city more than one can imagine. One week in Prague will be an experience of a lifetime if you manage to see all of these places.