Weekend in Prague
Magica. Charming. Elegant. Mysterious. When talking about the capital of the Czech Republic, adjectives are wasted. But this is really a city that leaves little room for imagination. As beautiful as it is. In the summertime. In spring, in winter, or in autumn. A weekend in Prague is just an appetizer of its wonders. Seeing is believing.
DAY 1 WEEKEND IN PRAGUE
Each place is the ideal base for exploring the wonders of the capital. Our advice is to start from the suggestive Castle, going down, by tram or metro, to the stop Malostranska: from here, go up to the Prague Castle. As soon as you exit the Metro, on the left, there is a small road with many steps. The rather tiring climb is enlivened by the music of street artists; as soon as you arrive in the square in front of the entrance to the castle, you will see before you a beautiful panorama, dominated by the splendid building.
Residence of Kings, Princes and Bohemian Emperors, Prague Castle is a complex of houses, presidential buildings, ecclesiastical buildings, and offices, which extend for 45 hectares; it is one of the most important Royal complexes in the world as well as one of the most visited.
Inside there is the Cathedral of San Vito.
The most important religious temple in Prague, theater of coronations of princes and Bohemian kings, their wives, as well as the centuries-old abode of the remains of many of them, such as St. Wenceslas. Inside, the crown and scepter of Bohemia are kept, protected, it is said, by the Holy Spirit of the same Saint Wenceslas. To admire are the golden portal, the royal crypt, the high altar and the chapel of St. Wenceslas, where the prince built the first temple dedicated to San Vito; here, the patron saint of Bohemia rests.
The Castle complex is open every day, from 06: 00 to 22: 00.
The historical buildings, inside, are open from April to October, from 09: 00 to 17: 00. In winter, from 09: 00 to 16: 00.
The Cathedral of San Vito is open every day, from Monday to Saturday from 09: 00 to 16: 40. Sunday, from 12: 00 to 16: 40.
You can not visit the Basilica when religious services are celebrated.
You can buy different types of tickets to access the Castle, available in three circuits. We recommend Circuit B, for € 16.00.
With this ticket, you will have access to the castle, the St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, the Basilica of St. George and the Golden Lane with the Daliborka tower. Through this link, you can buy the ticket jumpalafila, without commissions. Thus avoid the annoying queues at the ticket office.
Coming down from the Prague Castle you will arrive, after a walk of 10 minutes, in the district of Malà Strana, one of the most beautiful in the city. Small and narrow streets, with shops and breweries will lead you to another dimension, and along the promenade you will meet the Museum dedicated to the famous writer Franz Kafka, born in Prague on 1883 (photo).
Open every day, from 10: 00 to 18: 00. The ticket for cults costs 200 CZK. Reduced, 120 CZK.
Walking, you will cross the curious, picturesque, park-island of The camp. This park - island located between the main course of the Vltava and his called arm Čertovka, from which you can admire the great wheel of the former Grand Priore Mill dating back to 1400, is one of the most romantic places in Prague.
To end the itinerary of Mala Strana, we advise you to go back to the square of the same name again, and go up along the Via Nerudova, perhaps the most beautiful street in all of Prague.
If you want a coffee, or maybe a quick snack, we recommend Bread-Gap: you find it in the street behind the Church of San Nicola.
Piazza Malà Strana is a collection of perfectly preserved Baroque and Renaissance buildings that surround the Church of San Nicola in the small quarter.
One of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Europe crowns the small district of Malà Strana; guided tours cost 70 Crowns for adults (reduced cost 50 Crowns), payments are only allowed in Czech currency and in cash.
Visits are possible every day from 9: 00 to 17: 00.
After this authentic tour de force, you will probably have lost all your energy. Before ending your first day of the Weekend in Paraga, drop by Nerudova again !!). At the local U magistra Kelly, you can drink excellent local beer, and taste the typical Prague gnocchi or, alternatively, excellent pork meat; the prices are in the city average and the dishes very tasty.
DAY 2 WEEKEND IN PRAGUE
La Dancing House, is one of the pillars of modern Praghese architecture; built in 1996, it was designed by Vlado Milunič to Frank O. Gehry. From here, we recommend leaving for your second day of the Weekend in Prague. You can get there by yellow Metro line, Karlovo Namesti stop. After having a hearty breakfast, of course.
The conception of the building is inspired by the dance style of the famous couple Fred Astaire (stone tower) and Ginger Rogers (glass tower). In the Dancing House you can also visit the gallery and the restaurant with a panoramic terrace from which you can admire a view of Prague at 360 degrees.
Open every day, from 10: 00 to 22: 00
Prezzi: from 50 Crowns to a maximum of 190 Crowns for the ticket that includes all three floors including the spectacular view from the top floor.
Kanoa recommends that you visit the official website www.tancicidum.cz. to get detailed info.
Our advice, at this point, is to take the 176 Bus and get off at Újezd (about 15 minutes), near the funicular of Petrin. A truly beautiful place from which you can enjoy a truly magical and evocative view of the Castle and the whole city. Inaugurated in the 1891, the Petrin Funicular is one of the most popular means by visitors.
On the homonymous hill, after crossing the Wall of Fame, you will see the Kinsky, Lobkowicz, Nebozízek and U rozhledny gardens, the Rose Garden, the Seminario and Strahov gardens. The funicular is in service from November to March, from the 09: 00 to the 23: 20, with a frequency of the races equal to 15 minutes; from April to October, from 09: 00 to 23: 30, with frequency of 10 minutes.
It is possible to go up to the Petrin Tower even on foot but it is quite tiring: it could take us more than half an hour!
The Panoramic Tower of Petrin, one of the most important symbols of Prague, was built on the occasion of the 1891 Jubilee Exhibition as a copy of the Eiffel Tower (with a scale of 1: 5). It is 63,5 meters high and at its summit, which is located at the same height above sea level of the real Eiffel tower, you get there via 299 steps.
From the top, if you're lucky, it's not only possible to admire the whole city but much of Bohemia.
After the visit to the tower of Petrin, Kanoa advises to take to the district of Malà Strana: from here you can access, after a pleasant walk, to the very famous Carlo bridge. It is a stone bridge in Gothic style that connects the Old Town to the Little Quarter,
Il Carlo bridge replaced the Judith Bridgea, which was the first stone bridge built over the river in the 1172 but swept away by a flood of the Vltava in the 1342. Unlike its predecessor, the Carlo bridge he has survived numerous vicissitudes; the most recent, in August 2002 when the country had to face the worst flood of the last 500 years. At the two ends of the bridge there are towers on which you can climb, and enjoy a spectacular view of the bridge from above.
On the bridge, the most famous statue is perhaps that of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV, and thrown on the river. The headstone on the statue is touched by all tourists visiting here, because it is said to bring good luck.
The Charles Bridge is one of the main tourist destinations and is also very popular with local artists, musicians and souvenir sellers who put their stalls on both sides, all year round. Perhaps the best time to visit the bridge is at sunset, when you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Prague Castle, illuminated in the dark darkness.
Continuing your walk you will begin to enter the old city of Prague, where you will find many shops, restaurants, and where you can go shopping, buying for example the famous Bohemian crystals: you will find many and even at a good price.
After a while, you will arrive in the very famous Old Town Square, pulsating heart of Prague. At Christmas, even more magical with the sparkling lights of the tree and the traditional markets. Here, there is the elegant Town Hall Tower, the famous Astronomical Clock, the fairytale church of Týn, the majestic Church of San Nicola, and numerous houses with colored facades, built in different architectural styles; buildings that give this place an unrepeatable aspect that attracts tourists from all over the world.
The square of the Old City, over the course of a millennium, has witnessed important events in the history of the Czech nation that have left indelible marks: demonstrations, executions, but also marriages, tournaments and political negotiations.
The quadrant of theastronomic watch, indicates the current day and its position in the week, month and year. At the same time, the clock shows the European calendar, the Babylonian calendar and the astronomical calendar: it is the only one in the world! From the watch it is also possible to understand what the position of the celestial bodies is. On the calendar disk, by the painter Josef Mánes, you can see the dominant zodiac sign. Every day, thousands of curious tourists, armed with cameras, wait every hour for the show of the clock. From the two windows under the roof, the twelve Apostles and other figures look out: there is the Skeleton playing the bell, the Turk turning his head, the Avaro with a purse full of money and the Vanity that you look in the mirror .
The show ends with the singing of a golden rooster and with a powerful bell sound from the top of the tower.
This clock is part of the Town Hall building. The latter was established in 1338 as the seat of the autonomous administration of the Old City; the neo-gothic east wing of the town hall was destroyed during the 8 / 5 / 1945 Prague Insurrection and has not been rebuilt. The tourist visit includes the historic rooms, the tower and the underground.
Open every day from Tuesday to Sunday from 09: 00 to 22: 00 and Monday from 11: 00 to 22: 00. The full-fare ticket costs 250 CZK. Reduced, 150CZK. From this link, it is possible to purchase the ticket for the Clock Tower at the best price guaranteed.
In the square you can admire, imposing, the Cathedral of St. Mary of Týn, of which we recommend a visit. QThis splendid Cathedral, one of the most impressive Gothic-style sacred buildings in Prague, was built between the mid-14th and early 16th centuries.
At the end of the seventeenth century, the interior was renovated in Baroque style. The Cathedral is a large gallery of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque works, the most interesting of which are the altarpieces of Karel Škréta and the astronomer's tomb Tychon Brahe. The cathedral organ, dating back to the 1673, is the oldest in all of Prague.
Open from March to December, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10: 00 - 13.00 and 15: 00 - 17: 00; Sunday, from 10: 00 to 12: 00.
January and February: Wed 17.00 - 18.30, Thu 10.00 - 12.00, 17.00 - 18.30, Fri 10.00 - 12.00, 14.30 -16.00; Sat, Sun 10.00 - 12.00
The explanation of the church's history takes place only in front of the cathedral.
Voluntary contribution (the recommended sum is € 1).
Kanoa now advises to walk again; after about ten minutes, the road alongside the cathedral of Santa Maria di Tyn, you will arrive in the famous Wenceslas Square.
It is the commercial and administrative center of the city, as well as the place where many important social and historical events took place. Here we can find cinemas, theaters, banks, hotels, restaurants, dozens of small and large shops and administrative centers. It was built in 1348 during the foundation of the New Town by Charles IV. The square is dominated by the building of the National Museum, And from monument of St. Wenceslas, patron of the nation. The Museum, from the 2011, is closed for renovations.
For dinner, we recommend you enjoy a great American Burger at the Hard Rock Cafe, located behind the Old Town Square: if you're lucky you might find an evening with live music. Naturally, in the old town, you can stop and enjoy traditional Czech cuisine. Prices are quite accessible.
GIRNO 3 WEEKEND IN PRAGUE.
The evocative Jewish quarter of Josefov and Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, they are two places not to be missed during the weekend in Prague.
Josefov is a place full of history and meanings. In the city center, it is close to the Staromēstská metro station. Here, you find the old Jewish cemetery where, in the fifteenth century, the dead could be buried. The gravestones seem to emerge from the earth, all at different heights. Exciting route that also includes a visit to the synagogue.
To reach the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, you can use the Tram n. 12, 20, 22, 57, 91, going down to the stop Hellichova.
In the Church, the Prague child. Every day, hundreds of faithful Catholics pay homage to the statuette of the "Child Jesus of Prague". They come to ask for help in case of illness, to pray for peace, some come to him because they want to have a baby. Whether you are believers, or not, do not miss: the church will seem a bit 'austere and a bit mysterious.
It is said that the wax figurine, to which miraculous powers are attributed, comes from Spain. Legend has it that he had an anonymous friar made by him appearing in the figure of a child. In Prague, the Child Jesus was brought by Maria Manrique de Lara, the Spanish Duchess who married a noble Bohemian lord. His daughter, after she became a widow, gave the statuette to the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites, near the Church of the Virgin Victorious.
A fantastic panoramic cruise on the Vltava river, it's a great way to end (or maybe start) your weekend in Prague. Also with children.
You will be able to discover the sights of Prague in a short time by a comfortable boat. You will enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the city, admiring the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle from the water.
On the boat there is a bar where you can enjoy snacks, coffee or cold drinks while you are sailing along the river. The friendly on-board staff will serve you drinks while you admire the view. You can choose to travel upstairs or in an indoor lounge, heated in winter and air-conditioned in summer. The cruise lasts about an hour, and prices start at 12 €. Also recommended for relaxing. Info and reservations from this link.