Prague is a beautiful medieval town. I had the opportunity to travel there with my old roommate and it surpassed my expectations. When you see the pictures of Prague, you’ll know why.
I adored my time in Prague and wish I could explore the ancient history of this old and intriguing capital more.
It’s little wonder that Prague is so many people’s favorite destination in Central Europe.
Pictures of Prague
From its provincial start in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Prague has come a long way. Thankfully the city was spared from any the destruction of WWII, so it’s very well preserved. As a result it has became one of the largest urban centers on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Here are some beautiful pictures of Prague, including some of my favorite sites that I’ve visited there.
This wonderful capital of the Czech Republic has a very old-world feel to it. I’ve seen it described as spellbinding and that’s true. Between the bridges, famous ancient clock, and looming castle, it feels like you’ve walked into Harry Potter world.
Prague sunsets are to die for. The way the sun’s rays bounce off the horizon and create beautiful pink, gray, and blue hues will make you stop. It’s especially lovely when you’re overlooking the Vltava River from the Charles Bridge.
Pictures of Charles Bridge are a must-do. It being of the stone-gothic style, it’s a photogenic spot and is now a pedestrian walkway for that reason. The bridge is very historic, having been under construction from 1357 to the 15th century.
Connecting Old Town to Lesser Town you can’t miss visiting Charles Bridge when you’re in Prague.
Old Town in Prague
My favorite part of the city by far was “Old Town.” It has the famous astronomical click, Old Town Square, a delicious chocolate museum, the Church of Our Lady Before Týn , and interesting statues.
The Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock is probably one of the most famous medieval sites in the whole city. Installed in 1410, the “Prague Orloj” still operates. If you’re anything like me, you will stand in front of it and wait fifteen minutes before the hour to see the clock in action.
According to good ‘ol Wikipedia, “the clock mechanism itself has three main components. There’s the astronomical dial, representing the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details.
The other is “The Walk of the Apostles”, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures—notably a figure of Death (represented by a skeleton) striking the time.” Lastly, there is a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. Very intricate and pretty.
St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague Castle
After my roommate and I were done stuffing our faces in the chocolate museum, we had to rush to Prague Castle before it got too dark.
Dating back to the 9th century, the castle was formerly the throne for the kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors. Now it’s the power seat for the president of the Czech Repulic, but I’ve read that the Bohemian Crown Jewels are still hidden inside of it. We spent a lot of our time taking pictures of the St. Vitus Cathedral, which is entirely inside the castle walls.
My other favorite fact about Prague Castle is that the Guinness Book of World Records says it’s the largest ancient castle in the world!
Prague Opera House
I would’ve loved loved to have seen an opera in Prague. The theaters are old and intact since, as mentioned, WWII did little damage to the city.
There are four main opera houses in Prague: The National Theatre; The New Stage; The State Opera; and the oldest – The Estates Theatre.
After jamming all the main sites into the first day, we thought we’d use the second day to more leisurely exploration of the city.
Petřín Lookout Tower
Next up was the Petřín Lookout Tower. The 63.5-metre-tall steel-framework structure reminded me of a mini Eiffel Tower.
Built in 1891, it’s been used as an observation tower and a transmission tower. To get to it we had to take a half an hour walk across a park and up hills.
So by the time that we got to the tower, and then climbed up the tower, we were exhausted.
The Gothic, Renaissance, Romanesque, and Baroque architecture sets the tone of this city.
There seemed to be no end of places to take pictures of when were walking around. I don’t know half of what they were, but I liked it.
I always love visiting the cathedrals and churches of Europe. They’re so detailed and beautifully decorated. And it’s always so peaceful inside.
Since it was nearing Christmas when we visited, they were playing this beautiful orchestral music inside, which fit perfectly with the old-world feel and vibe of Old Town.
Prague From Above
The gold-tipped towers, church domes, cathedral spires, and Prague Castle set against the Vltava River is majestic.
That’s why best view of Prague is from above. Unless you’re cool enough to see it from a helicopter (aren’t we all), climbing the Petřín Lookout Tower is a good way to do this.
Prague is very walkable or cycle-able, so you can get through the main Prague things to see in a weekend.
All the pictures you’ve seen here were taken in one weekend, but if you have the chance to stay longer, it’s absolutely worth it!
The say that the best time to visit Prague is in the spring and fall when there are less crowds. We went in November and it was perfect. Not too crowded, not too cold. And I was able to get some really cute Christmas tree ornaments as souvenirs.
Let us know in the comments what you most want to see in Prague!