The astronomical clock
Regally situated on the Old Town Hall tower, the astronomical clock is arguably Prague’s most famous landmark. Every hour a procession of the 12 apostles appears from the sides of the clock while the ominous figure of death strikes the time. It is said that when the first cock crows in the morning the ghosts and devils flee from Prague. The clock dial is so intricate that it shows not only the time but the day, and the position in the week, the month and the year.
Prague Castle is the most visited attraction in the city and, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the largest coherent ancient castle in the world. Dating from the 9th century, it covers seven hectares (18 acres), including numerous courtyards, gardens and subsidiary buildings. The grounds are dominated by the cathedral of St Vitus, which is a real must-see. It contains striking tombs and the remains of important saints as well as an imposing mosaic and stunning stained-glass windows. The exterior of the complex is equally impressive: located on top of a hill, Prague Castle towers over the city and offers visitors impressive views of the Czech capital.
Prague may be called the city of a thousand towers yet it is equally famous for its bridges, most notably Charles Bridge. Of the many bridges lining the Vltava River, this one is undoubtedly the most popular. Stretching from the Old Town, or Staré Město, to the Lesser Town, or Malá Strana, the bridge allows visitors to admire both sides of the city and the wide expanse of the river below. Founded in 1357, the bridge is now lined with street artists and musicians, all eager to entertain the throngs of vistors.
The Old Town Square
Home to the famous astronomical clock and Tyn Church, the Old Town Square has become a world-famous attraction in its own right. Dating back to the 12th century it is the heart of Prague, attracting visitors with its winding lanes and charming, fairy-tale-like atmosphere. If after walking around the Old Town Square you start to feel hungry be sure to visit the Bakeshop Praha, a bakery and café specialising in delicious desserts and special breads.
The Church of Saint Nicholas
Praised as the most famous Baroque church in Prague and the jewel of the Lesser Town Square, the Church of Saint Nicholas is a stunning example of 18th-century Czech architecture. A distinctive landmark on the city’s silhouette, it draws visitors from around the world. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart even played the church’s organ during his stay in the city. The church has continued its affiliation with classical music since then and holds frequent concerts. Our tip is to climb to the viewing gallery for a bird’s-eye view of the church and a closer look at the grand ceiling.