Best things to do in Prague
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Forget what you must have heard about most central European cities being too boring and lethargic – Prague is a city that embodies none of that and is it one of the most popular tourist destinations in its region. Officially the capital of Czech Republic, Prague is situated in the northeastern part of the country of bisected by the river Vltava and is considered to be the largest city of its nation.
As far as tourist attractions goes it is recommended that you start your exploration of the city at the Old Town Square which will expose you to its other gifts such as Astronomical Clock, Sigmund Freud Statue and several others.
Visited by locals and visitors alike, the Charles Bridge is loved by everyone. Formerly called the Stone bridge or Prague bridge its spans over the Vltava river – finally completed in 1402 after taking over 50 years to construct, it was built to replace an older bridge. Made mostly with Bohemian sandstone, the 621 meters is not just a plain bridge but a well decorated one, with over 30 statues and statuaries made by notable sculptures such as Jan Brokoff and Mathias Braun found along it.
Visiting the Astronomical Clock is everyone favorite activity in Prague – installed in 1410 and mounted on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall in the Old Times Square. Made by clock makers Mikulas of Kadan and Jan Sindel, it is the third oldest astronomical watch in the world, and the oldest still working. Intricately constructed the clock itself is more of a work of art than a time piece and it includes several symbols and art work.
You won’t find any other structure as majestic as this in the Czech Republic and many might argue that you won’t find any in the whole of Europe either. Founded around 880 by Prince Bohvoj of the Premyslid Dynasty, it was once the seat of Power for Kings of the ancient Prague monarchs but presently it serves as the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle also features in the Guinness book of records as the largest ancient castle in the world – for visitors it is advisable to come with a proper means of identification in order to be allowed entrance.
The Sigmund Freud is an out of the box type of statue and may seem like a man attempting suicide if not closely looked out. Locally known as the “Zavesceny Muz” which when translated means man hanging out, it was created in 1996 by Czech sculptor David Cerny – although the sculpture is still very controversial it is very celebrated and has been able to tour around the world.
Just like the river Thames of London, the Vltava river plays a crucial role in the lives of Czech citizens. Regarded as the country’s longest river covering over 430 km which extends from southeast along the Bohemian forest and passes through several parts of Czech Republic before finally merging at the Elbe at Minsk. The best way to enjoy the river in to go on one of its cruise tours which goes round the city, offering visitors to see monuments and historical buildings from a different perspective.