Start your tour of Prague on the Old Town Square
. Take good look at the Old Town Hall with its tower
, which is a scene for the hourly performance of the Astronomical Clock
. You will surely be captivated by the magnificent Church of Our Lady Before Týn
and by the old houses surrounding the square. Visit one of the restaurants and take in the atmosphere of the heart of the city from an outside seating. Through a network of jumbled alleys, you will get to the Charles Bridge
. Pass its rows of majestic statues and the ever-present street artists and cross it to the left riverbank. Turn left before the Lesser Town Bridge Tower and then, at the end of Míšeňská street, turn right again. Pass under the bridge to the Kampa Island, which is separated from the Lesser Town by a millstream called Čertovka. Then walk over a small bridge and through a series of winding alleys to the Lesser Town Square
. Stop for a while and relish the beauty of the Church of St. Nicholas
. Then, finally, climb the Old Castle Steps to the Prague Castle
. At midday you can watch the changing of the castle guards
on the 1st Courtyard. Changing at the individual guard posts takes place every hour. Cross the 2nd Courtyard and go to the St. Vitus cathedral
. If you accept the challenge of the 287 stairs of the Great Southern Tower, you will be rewarded by a breathtaking view of the castle and entire Prague below. Jiřská Street will take you to the picturesque Golden Lane and the Black Tower
. Exit through the gate and walk down the Old Castle Steps to the tram stop Malostranská. The tram will then take you to Ostrčilovo Square. From there it is only a short walk to the famous Vyšehrad, steeped in so many legends. There is also a cemetery and a lookout, from where you can watch the sun set above the Vltava.
Common TipsTake the opportunity of a sunny afternoon, borrow a rowboat, a pedalo, a motorboat or a swan boat and go out on a river cruise. You will have a chance to watch Prague’s life from a different perspective – from the surface of the Vltava, which reflects the towers of Prague’s churches, the Charles Bridge or the skyline of Hradčany and it is regularly rippled by steamboats full of tourists.
One option of getting into Prague is by train, which usually arrives to the Main Railway Station (“Hlavní nádraží”) located in the city centre. From there you can walk directly to the Wenceslas Square or get wherever you need by tram or metro.
International buses usually terminate at the Bus Station Florenc. From Florenc, you can also take a tram or metro, which will get you wherever you want.
If you arrive at the Václav Havel Airport, use bus lines no. 100, 119 or 179 (they go every 5 to 10 minutes) and then you can transfer to metro or trams to get to the city centre. You can also use bus transportation provided by Czech Railways, the so-called Airport Express (AE), which stops at the Main Railway Station. You can also take a taxi.