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Attractions in Prague




Prague is a very popular European tourist destination. Whether you come to Prague to see famous monuments, visit its various museums and galleries, enjoy the night life or everything together, we guarantee you won′t get bored! There is a lot of things to do in Prague.

Courtyards and Squares at Prague Castle

The main entrance to Prague Castle is from Hradcanske namesti, from there you can get to Archbishop Palace, Salm Palace and Sternberg Palace. From Hradcany Square you can easily get into the I courtyard of Prague Castle by a gate decorated with statues of Fighting Giants and vases from Ferdinand Platzer, guarded by two castle guards. The Matthias Gate that leads us to the II courtyard is the oldest Baroque secular monument in the Czech Republic. II courtyard with Kohl′s fountain and St Cross Chapel was formed on a buried moat in the 16th century. When you continue to the III. courtyard you′ll walk through the New Royal Palace with the offices of the President of the Czech Republic. On the III courtyard you′ll definitely notice the most significant sacred monument in the Czech Republic, St Vitus Cathedral.


 

Charles Bridge

In the place that Charles Bridge is standing today once stood a wooden bridge, destroyed by floods in the 11th century. In its place, in 1172, Wenceslas I ordered the building of the Judith Bridge (after his wife′s name), the first stone bridge to connect the Vltava banks. The Judith Bridge collapsed in a flood in 1342.
The construction of the bridge as we can see it today dates from the reign of Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor. Legend has it that he had everything thought of up to the smallest detail. The oddest thing may seem the very date of its foundation: 5:31 am, 9. 07. 1357 (9th of June). Only odd digits (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) and what′s more, except 9 all prime numbers. Another unusual thing is that it is said that egg yolks were used to strengthen the mortar used to bind the stone blocks. Although the saying cannot be verified, modern laboratory tests have indeed proved inorganic and organic ingredients in the mortar.The construction of the magical bridge was started by Master Otto and continued by king Charles′ favourite constructor and architect, Peter Parler (he build also St Wenceslas Chapel in St Vitus Cathedral and The Old Town bridge tower). The bridge was finished in 1402 and until 1870 was called The Stone or Prague Bridge (Kamenny/Prazsky Most). Originally, the Stone Bridge was supposed to host medieval tournaments and serve as major commerce link between the Vltava banks.


 

Dancing House

The Dancing House is the nickname given to a building designed by Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunic in a co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry. Built between 1994-1996, Dancing House is a strikingly modern contrast to Prague′s historic attractions.
The building is an example of a deconstructivist architecture, with an unusual shape – you can actually see a couple – woman and man dancing together, holding their hands, with a skirt that sways to the music. Words can′t describe it. You have got to see it!


 

The highest...

Zizkov Television Tower was built in the 1984-89. It provides not only the devices for transforming TV signal, that covers a wide territory, but it also offers three cabins in the height of 93 meters and a restaurant with a view of the city in the height of 66 meters. If you are lucky with the weather you can see objects at the distance of 100 kilometers.

The Zizkov Television Tower is not only the highest building in Prague but it is also the highest tower in the Czech Republic (260 meters) You can see many historical buildings and compare your knowledge of the city and its sights with the maps that are spread on the upper floor.

For those who are interested in numbers, the complete Zizkov Television Tower weigts 11 800 tons, the highest points is 474 meters above the sea level. The lifts can reach the top at the speed of 4 m/s and the parking area underneath the tower is designed for 70 cars.