The Czech Republic is a country known for its history. Up to this day, it’s known as a land dotted with beautiful mountains, castles, medieval towns, ancient ruins, and world-class wineries. Prague is the most popular destination in the Czech Republic because of its beauty (not to mention crowded). Some tourists who want to experience the feel of history, and if you’re one of those, then this should be an additional item in your bucket list. Here’s what you need to know about Prague, Czech Republic!
Unlike other European countries, the Czech Republic hasn’t adopted the Euro and its local currency is called Czech Koruna (CZK). So having your money changed before going here is a must. It is highly advisable to settle the money exchange before visiting the said country because of some charge service fees when it comes to money conversion.
When is the best time to visit Prague?
Visiting Prague will mostly depend on your preferred season, but here are some of the details about its seasons:
October to November – Fall
November to March – Winter
April to June – Spring
July to September – Summer (can be rainy)
October to November (Fall):
The weather is mild during fall. The city may not be as lively as when it’s summer, but the golden colors of fall are amazing to see.
November to March (Winter):
It gets cold between mid-November and March. The temperature might drop to 20 degrees Celsius to below zero, and you can see the city covered in snow. However, it snowed less and for shorter periods, so the time of snow is quite unpredictable.
April to June (Spring):
April can be gray, rainy, and cold. The first leaves appear on the last week of the month, and everything blooms during May, making it a great time to visit Prague.
June to September (Summer):
Ironically, even if it’s summer, it rains a lot. More specifically, August is the third month of the year with the highest rainfall. The temperature is steady and pleasant and the people are more relaxed.
Now that we’re done about the seasons, let’s answer the question – “What should we visit in Prague?”
Here are some of the most popular places in Prague that are worth visiting:
Orloj – Prague Astronomical Clock
The Prague Astronomical Clock is one of the world’s oldest fully functional astronomical clocks. It’s one of the city’s landmarks and is over 600 years old. It tells the time, provides the date, shows astronomical and zodiacal information, and, best of all, provides some theatre for its viewers on the hour – every hour.
Karlštejn Castle is a large Gothic castle founded 1348 by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor-elect and King of Bohemia. The castle served as a place for safekeeping the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels, holy relics, and other royal treasures.
Old Town Square
Old Town Square is a historic square in the Old Town quarter of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. It is located between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge.
Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV and finished at the beginning of the 15th century.
Prague Castle is a castle complex in Prague, the Czech Republic, built in the 9th century. It is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia.
St. Vitus Cathedral
The Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vitus, Wenceslaus and Adalbert is a Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral in Prague, the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Until 1997, the cathedral was dedicated only to Saint Vitus and is still commonly named only as St. Vitus Cathedral.
The Petřín Lookout Tower is a steel-framework tower 63.5 meters tall on Petřín Hill in Prague, built-in 1891. It resembles the Eiffel Tower and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. Today the tower is a major tourist attraction.
Wenceslas Square is one of the main city squares and the center of the business and cultural communities in the New Town of Prague, Czech Republic. Many historical events occurred there, and it is a traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations, and other public gatherings.
The National Theatre in Prague is known as the alma mater of Czech opera and as the national monument of Czech history and art.
Josefov, the former Jewish ghetto, is dotted with somber reminders of its past. These include the weathered tombstones of the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Pinkas Synagogue, now a Holocaust memorial with exhibits focusing on Jewish children. The Jewish Museum houses a huge collection of cultural artifacts. The area is also known for its kosher restaurants, as well as upscale designer stores along Pařížská Street.
Prague Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum in Prague is a museum of Jewish heritage in the Czech Republic and one of the most visited museums in Prague. Its collection of Judaica is one of the largest in the world, about 40,000 objects, 100,000 books, and a copious archive of Czech and Moravian Jewish community histories.
The Clementinum is a historic complex of buildings in Prague. Until recently the complex hosted the National, University and Technical libraries; the City Library was also nearby on Mariánské Náměstí.
Old Jewish Cemetery
The Old Jewish Cemetery is a Jewish cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and one of the most important Jewish historical monuments in Prague.
The National Museum is a Czech museum institution intended to systematically establish, prepare, and publicly exhibit natural scientific and historical collections. It was founded in 1818 by Kašpar Maria Šternberg. Historian František Palacký was also strongly involved in the foundation of the museum.
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