Travel highlights Prague

Travel highlights Prague

Prazsky hrad - Prague Castle
Officially the largest castle in the world it occupies 7.28 hectares and is 570m long, averaging 128m in width. The surrounding complex of churches and religious buildings covers a further 38 hectares. Within the grounds there are three main courtyards, the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, Museum of Military History, several chapels, the National Gallery and many more historical buildings. A full day is needed (at least) to do the place justice. Fortunately the complex has three places to dine, a post office, Bureau de change and even its own police station.

Old Jewish Cemetery
Filled with 1200 tombstones, the oldest dating back at 1439, by the late 18th century it was so full that coffins were being interred twelve deep and the final burial was held there in 1787. On a truly sombre note the walls to the Pinkas Synagogue have inscriptions of 77,297 Jews murdered in Nazi concentration camps.

Charles Bridge
Strolling across Charles Bridge is everybody's favourite thing to do in Prague. Built in 1357, the bridge is simply stunning, lined by baroque statues.

Vyšehrad Citadel
The main entrance to this citadel is through the Tábor Gate. You will find remnant of the Gothic Peak Gate, all that is left of Chrles' IV's 14th-century fortifications. Beyond that lies the grand, 17th-century Leopold Gate, the most elegant of the fortress gates. It's possible to walk around most of the battlements, with grand views over the river and city.

Wallenstein Square & Garden
On Wallenstein Square you will find the monumental 1630 palace of Albrecht of Wallenstein. It now houses the Senate of the Czech Republic, but you can visit some rooms on weekends. Behind the palace is a huge, walled garden, and well worth a visit. At the eastern end of the garden is the Wallenstein Riding School, which hosts changing exhibitions of modern art.

Golden Lane
Golden Lane is a picturesque, cobbled alley running along the northern wall of the castle. Its tiny, colourful cottages were built in the 16th centuryand in even the writer Franz Kafkalived there.