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Prague is probably the most well loved destination in the old Eastern Bloc. A city that once released from its communist shackles embraced capitalism and became a mecca for tourists, its beer and architecture mean it is a must visit stop on any European Tour, and perfect for a weekend break. Weekend Prague. top10 things Prague. Prague Highlights
Join me for a run down of Prague’s Highlights – all which can be visited within 48 hours!
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48 Hours in Prague: The Highlights
So you’ve got 48 hours in Prague and not a clue where to start – then this post is for you! I’m going to share with you my highlight’s and ‘must-do’s’ for 48 hours in Prague which will help you experience as much of the city as possible without having you feeling like you’re racing around the town! weekend Prague. Top10 things Prague.
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1. church of Our Lady before Tyn weekend Prague
Tied for the top spot of things people associate with Prague is the very impressive Gothic church known colloquially as ‘Church of Our Lady Before Tyn’ (which translates as The Church of Mother of God Before Tyn ). It has served as the main church in this part of Prague since the 14th Century. Dominating one half of the Old Town Square, the twin spires are each 80m high. This makes it a prominent landmark which can be viewed from almost anywhere in the city. Whatever the weather the time at your visit – sun, rain, hail or storm – the church makes for the perfect subject matter for any photograph!
2. Astronomical Clock top 10 things Prague.
Tied with the Tyn Church, above, the Astronomical Clock (also located in the Old Town Square) is one of Prague’s biggest draws. In the Middle Ages was even considered one of the Wonders of the World. Today the clock still commands people’s attention every hour as they gather to watch the ancient mechanical marvel display the time via a procession of apostles in the same way that it has done for over 600 years!
*TIP* I would highly recommend starting your day at the Old Town Square where you can view the above two sites. You can also pick up a range of ‘Free Walking Tours’ which depart from here daily and throughout the day. Have a chat with each of the vendors and find out which ones go up to the Castle – and take one of those (the picture alone of the Charles Bridge is worth it!!) They are called Free Tours as you are not required to book or pay outright, but the tour guides often offer a wealth of information over a few hours and work on a tips-only basis. Please be prepared to part with some cash when the tour is over and they have done a good job! *TIP*
3. Prague Castle .weekend Prague. top 10 things Prague.
Whether you join a walking tour or not, make your way up to Prague Castle. Believed to have been built in the year 880, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest coherent castle complex in the world covering 70,000 square meters. That alone is a great reason to join a tour as the guide will be handy to direct you to the best bits! The architecture is incredible – and keep you eyes peeled for the gargoyles – they have some of the best I have seen in the world!
4. Charles Bridge
Another standout site to visit when in Prague is the Charles Bridge. A gloriously Gothic 16 archway marvel spanning the Vltava River that was constructed in 1357 and finished at the start of the the 15th Century. It took on a life of its own with the addition of 30 baroque statues in the 17th Century which were erected to celebrate the prominent saints and patron saints of that time. Those you see today are replicas of the originals, most of which have been moved to the National Museum – but that does not take anything away from their beauty. Prague highlights.
I love the photo above – but be warned – the early bird really does catch the worm on this one.. Visiting in the bridge during daylight hours will almost certainly result in the crowds and vendors that you can see below!
5. Lennon Wall
Once a divisive site in Prague (the government in the 1980s were not fans!) the wall is now a celebrated piece of Prague culture. The wall was a site where the disenchanted youth posted their messages of frustration. After John Lennon’s death they were complimented with lyrics from the Beatles songs. It is a site that continues to change with each new installation – with new colors bringing a new lease of life.
The wall faced it’s biggest challenge in November 2014 when on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution a group of art students painted the entire wall white leaving only the words ‘Wall is Over’. Thankfully the wall has been restored to its colorful and liberated self – and the wording of the mural changed to ‘War is Over.’ Take the time to search out the wall, its located in the cobbled street at the base of the castle known as Grand Priory Square in Mala Strana – which can be tricky to find without googlemaps – but it is so worth it when you do! Weekend Prague.
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6. Museum of Communism top 10 things Prague
To ensure you get you dose of history on this trip – step into The Communist Museum in Prague. It is the only museum of it’s kind in Europe and its theme is “Communism – the dream, the reality and the nightmare.” With exhibits about daily life, politics, history, and sport, you are introduced to what life was like under Communist rule. It is most certainly a much more repressed society than visitors from a Western nation would even have experienced. Weekend Prague. Top Things Prague.
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7.Drink Beer & Eat Traditional Food .Prague highlights.
Beer, Goulash, Pork and Dumplings. Need I say more. Obviously, Prague isn’t really a destination that ranks highly with vegetarians – but vegetarian options are available! – the meat heavy food is delicious and packed with traditional flavors . It is also perfectly complimented by Prague’s various beer offerings. (This was my partner’s favorite part of the trip – but he is a chef.. )
8. Wenceslas Square top 10 things Prague
Just a five minute stroll from the Old Town square, and in the heart of the ‘new’ part of Prague is Wenceslas Square. It is a boulevard flanked either side by hotels, apartment, shops and nightclubs, with the National Museum sitting proudly at the peak. Here is where the majority of the tourist accommodation is located and is very convenient for exploring the rest of town.
9. Josefov & The Old Jewish Cemetery
Josefov is a tiny area located entirely within the Old Town, and is the former site of the Jewish ghetto, where thousands of Jews were forced to relocate in the 13th Century. Within this small area there are 6 synagogues and one the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in Europe.
If you don’t manage to join a walking tour – a tour dedicated to the Josefov area is easily worth a couple hours of your time. Top things Prague. Weekend Prague.
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10. Petrin Hill weekend Prague . Prague highlights
I left this one to last as it may be a task to include this within a 48 hour tour – but definitely worth it if you have some extra time! Created as a replica of the Eiffel Tower it stands at 60m tall. This doesn’t sound a lot, until you remember that it is perched on top of Petril Hill which stands at 318m (1043 ft) high!! Climb the 299 steps through beautiful landscaped gardens to reach one of the best look-out points over the city.
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So there you have it – my top picks and highlights for 48 hours in Prague! Let me know if I have included your favorite spots – and let me know if there are any that I’ve missed!
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