Thirty years ago, Prague was an enigma for travelers in Europe. Now, however, it is one of the most popular destinations on the continent, attracting around 4 million visitors each year. Prague offers a compact city center, and a fascinating centuries-old history with fine examples of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture.
There are also dozens of palaces, churches, parks and squares in Prague, delicious local Czech beer and food at reasonable prices. An overview of the best tourist attractions in Prague:
1. Municipal House
The Municipal House is a beautiful ornate building next to the Pachovsky Palace and the Powder Tower in the old part of town. Bohemian kings used to rule the countryside from this neoclassical art where operas and plays are now held. The building has an interesting entrance with a concave mural depicting classic artwork. Inside, you’ll find sculptures by some of the most famous artists of centuries past, and the building connects right up to Prague’s Old Town Gate for an evocative photo op.
2. Petrine Hill
Petrin Hill in Prague’s Old Town looms across the river from the Old Town where you’ll find winding paths perfect for an afternoon stroll. They will take you up the hill where you can enjoy sweeping views of the Old Town, the miniature Eiffel Tower, an astronomical observatory, a centuries-old brewery and the Strahof Monastery, which houses an ornate library. Kick off your visit to Prague with a hike up Petrin Hill to get the land. Climb the 299 steps of the 60-meter (200-foot) Petrine Tower, modeled after landmarks in France, for a great view of the winding streets below.
3. Prague Zoo
You don’t necessarily think of exotic animals when you think of this old town, but Prague has one of the best zoos in all of Europe. You’ll find this expansive expanse of zoo animals on the banks of the Vitava River next to Troja Castle. Ranked as the 5th best zoo in the world, you can get up close and personal with rare animals like the giant Galapagos tortoise that lives an impressive 100 years. You’ll also find elephants, rhinos, and giraffes throughout the expansive grounds.
5. St. Vitus Cathedral
It took 600 years to build this magnificent cathedral, and it is one of the richest and most wealthy churches in Europe. You’ll find this tall building within the walls of Prague Castle at the top of a steep, stone-paved, centuries-old promenade. St. Vitus Cathedral is still the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Inside, you’ll see the baroque silver tomb of St. John of Nepochem, as well as stunning Art Nouveau stained glass, the 14th-century mosaics of the last reign, and the tombs of St. Wenceslas and Charles IV. Indoor Party – Instead of going straight to the castle, stroll left from the main gate through a park with sweeping views of the city. Pass the cherub fountain and find the stairs on your right. Climb the stairs through the castle wall to get the most breathtaking views of the church.