Are you planning your trips to Christmas Markets in Europe? We visited Prague at Christmas and really enjoyed the experience.
And this wasn’t just because of the magical Christmas markets. But also because of the amazing things you can see and do in the city.
So if you are planning a trip to the Czech capital, I’ve put together this little list of the main attractions to help you plan your itinerary.
The Christmas markets we visited were located in the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Prague Castle and Republic Square. Despite the varying locations they are all pretty similar. The nicely decorated wooden huts all offer a variety of crafts, Christmas decorations, hot food and of course – mulled wine and hot cider. I definitely recommend that you try the spit roasted ham!
Old Town Square
The historic Old Town Square is probably the main place that all visitors to Prague end up in. It’s home to some churches, outdoor cafes, an art museum and the Old Town Hall. So it’s a great place to grab a coffee and watch the world go by.
Prague’s astronomical clock is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world. Every hour crowds gather to see its four figures setting the time. Local legend predicts that city will endure bad luck if the clock is ever neglected!
The view at the top of the Old Town Hall
I always love a rooftop view on a city break. And the view at the top of the Old Town Hall is amazing. You don’t even have to scale many stairs to get to the top either as it’s served by a lift. The space is quite limited up here so make sure you breathe in when passing other people!
The impressive Charles Bridge connects Prague Castle to the Old Town. There are 30 statues adorning it as well as three bridge towers. Try and visit early in the morning to make sure you take the time to appreciate it.
Wenceslas Square is another one of Prague’s main squares. It is home to the Wenceslas Monument and National Museum and variety of shops, bars and cafes. I would say that it is more of a boulevard than a square though!
Prague Castle dates from the 9th century and is home of the Czech Republic president. The views from the courtyard of the city below are mesmerising. A large queue forms to enter the complex, so allow some extra time to visit if you’re in a rush.
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral is located inside the Prague Castle complex and you certainly won’t stumble past it because of it’s sheer size. It really is quite imposing.
The Golden Tiger pub
So after all your sight-seeing you’ll probably work-up quite a thirst. Head to the Golden Tiger or in Czech – U Zlateho Tygra. You may spend a number of hours soaking up the atmosphere here and the beer!