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Explore Prague: Gothic Gems & Vibrant Culture

Updated: Jun 10

Old City Prague

Fairytale Prague

Prague (Praha in Czech), the Jewel in the crown of Central Europe, is an open-air museum to explore on foot. One of the most beautiful European cities,

Prague is a magical and romantic city that seems to have come out of a fairy tale. Its narrow streets, romantic bridges, and medieval architecture create an otherworldly atmosphere.

Go to Prague for a magical and romantic destination!

Stories and legends of Prague

Prague is a city full of stories and legends. One of the most famous is the story of the Golem, an artificial creature created by a rabbi to protect the Jews of Prague. Another popular legend is that of the Charles Bridge. It says that if you touch the statue of Saint John Nepomuceno, you will have luck.

I don' t know about you, but I am a little superstitious. Whether I believe or not, I joined the line (yes, a line) to touch the statue! You never know!

The city is also known for its mysterious atmosphere. I'm curious to know your thoughts on this - do you think Prague Castle is home to some spooky ghosts?? And, is the Vltava River inhabited by aquatic creatures?

Prague's stories and legends contribute to the city's magical atmosphere. They make Prague an even more fascinating destination for visitors.

The Medieval Architecture of Prague

Prague's medieval architecture is one of the city's main highlights. The city is known for its castles, churches, and bridges, built in medieval architectural styles.

Prague Castle, for example, is one of the largest castles in the world and was built in the 9th century. The castle is a series of buildings, including St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and the Powder Tower.

Other examples of medieval architecture in Prague include the Church of Our Lady of Tyn, the Church of St. Nicholas, and the Old Town Hall.

Prague's medieval architecture is a beautiful blend of various styles. Admire the Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance. This combination of styles creates a unique and enchanting atmosphere.

The Rich History of Prague

Prague is a city with a rich history dating back more than 1,000 years. It was founded in the 9th century and was an important political, cultural, and economic center throughout the centuries.

Prague was the capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia, the Holy Roman Empire, and Czechoslovakia. The city has been the scene of many important events throughout history. Note the Velvet Revolution and the fall of communism.

Its architecture, culture, and art reflect Prague's rich history. The city is brimming with historical landmarks, museums, and art galleries that narrate the city's story.

If you are a history lover you should also visit Berlin! Both cities were part of the Holy Roman Empire and have played significant roles in European history.

What to do in Prague

Prague is a compact city. The city center concentrates most of the main tourist attractions. It makes it easy to explore the city on foot or by bike.

The city center is divided into areas along the banks of the Vltava River. On one side of the river, the Old Town with its square, the New Town with Wenceslas Square, and the Jewish Quarter. And, on the other side, the Lower City, where we find Prague Castle.

The unmissable places

One of the largest castles in the world, Prague Castle is home to several historic buildings. Discover St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, and the Powder Tower. It was once the site of the Czech kings' reign and now serves as the seat of the presidency.

Charles Bridge is a medieval bridge that crosses the Vltava River. It is one of the city's most popular tourist attractions. It was founded in 1357 and decorated with 30 statues of religious figures and saints.

One of the most famous astronomical clocks in the world, the Old Town Square Astronomical Clock, is in the tower of the Old Town Hall.

Old Town Hall was created in 1338 and features a clock with the figures of 12 apostles. The city's main square, Old Town Square, is a great place to stroll, shop, and admire the architecture.

The St. Vitus Cathedral, the most significant Gothic cathedral in the Czech Republic, is within Prague Castle.

Other attractions

  • Petrin View Tower - built in 1891 replica of the Eiffel Tower

  • Bridge Tower - is the Gothic portal of Prague.

  • Prague Ghetto-- founded in the 13th century

  • Church of Saint Nicholas, where Mozart played the organ

  • Church of Our Lady of Victory-built by Carmelites between 1634-1669, famous for the Baby Jesus of Prague

  • Loreta: a place of pilgrimage with its carillon of 27 bells in the tower.

See all attractions on Tripadvisor.

The music

Music is a relevant part of Prague's culture. The city was home to history's greatest composers, including Mozart, Smetana, and Dvořák.

The city is home to magnificent concert halls:

  1. One of the most important concert halls in Europe, Smetana Hall is home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

  2. Rudolfinum: A Neo-Renaissance building housing two concert halls, the Dvořák Hall and the Dvořák Studio.

Prague's concert halls offer a variety of musical performances. You can listen to classical concerts, chamber music, jazz, and popular music. The city is also home to several festivals, such as the Prague International Music Festival and the Prague Jazz Festival.

But music is not limited to concert halls. I saw a sensational show at the Spanish Synagogue. It's a shame I don't remember the name, but the singer's voice was one of the most beautiful I've ever heard!

Other Travel Tips

The best time to visit Prague is during spring (April-May) or autumn (September-November)

If you are traveling during the winter, be prepared for the cold. Temperatures can drop below freezing, so be sure to bring warm clothing.

If you go during the summer, be prepared for crowds. Prague is a popular destination during the summer, so expect big crowds at the main tourist spots.

As the city is compact and the attractions are very close to each other, in 3/4 days you will be able to see everything. But you can easily stay in Prague for a week, strolling through the charming little streets.

Visit the main tourist attractions, but also explore the local neighborhoods. Prague has many charming neighborhoods with unique shops, restaurants, and bars.

Enjoy the nightlife. Prague has a vibrant nightlife, with bars, clubs, and pubs to suit all tastes. You can walk around the city at night without any worries. Super safe!

From Brazil, several airlines fly to Prague, having to make a stopover somewhere else in Europe, such as Paris, Amsterdam, or Frankfurt.

Buy your plane ticket here:

Where to Stay: Hotels

Stay in the city center, where you can do everything on foot.

The Mariott Hotel in Prague is just a few meters from the Old Town Square. It is very cozy, and the rooms are a good size.

Another good option is the Radisson Blu between the old and new cities.

The Hilton is very well located, also in the old town.

Everything you need to plan your perfect trip to Prague!


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