Prague or the city of a hundred towers which is worth a visit!
Located in the heart of Europe, Prague is one of the most dynamic and touristic cities of the moment. In 2018, no less than 7.6 million tourists chose to visit the historic capital of the Bohemian kingdom. It offers a potential of diverse and varied visits. Prague promises an original experience filled with culture, history, architecture without forgetting the party and its legendary romanticism.
The mythical Hradcany castle district will present you with its sumptuous palace to start a guided tour of Prague!
Peacefully walk along the streets to experience centuries of history through different architectural styles as beautiful as unexpected. Among the many gems to admire are the magnificent Astronomical Clock and the beautiful bridges leading to the Vitava River.
Walk through the old town for a wonderfully romantic time in the Malà Strana district. It has beautiful baroque monuments and the famous Petrin orchards at the top. Partying and tasting a thousand different kinds of beer are part of the city’s entertainment.
Here are 5 ideas for tours that a local guide in Prague will have the honor to show you!
For more details, consult our Blog entry for must-sees in Prague.
Tour guides in Prague
Five ideas for guided tours in Prague
Strahov Monastery Library
Fans of old books will find their happiness in the Strahov Monastery located in the Hradcany district. It houses one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe. This one is rich of at least 200 000 books, manuscripts, encyclopedias, bibles, carefully distributed in two distinct rooms:
– The theology room, built in 1674 and decorated with frescoes inspired by the bible which are works of the painter Siard Nosecky.
– The philosophy room, built in 1794 in a neo-classical style. It is composed of two floors. Its beauty is accentuated by the magnificent work of the Viennese painter Anton Maulbertsch symbolizing the spiritual evolution of humanity.
From the top of Petrin Hill and Prague Castle, the Strahov Monastery also offers a panoramic view of the entire city.
The Spanish Synagogue
The Spanish Synagogue is the Prague building that came from abroad. Built in 1868, it replaces the first synagogue in the city, which was built in the 12th century. Located in the Jewish quarter of the city, it stands out for its architectural uniqueness and its neo-Moorish style similar to that of the Andalusian Alhambra. The Arab decorations embellish the doors and walls of the building. The middle of the synagogue is remarkable for its imposing golden dome and colorful stained glass windows. The upper floor of the synagogue is a museum that delves into the history of Bohemian and Moravian Jews.
The Charles Bridge is well worth a visit when visiting Prague!
It is the most photographed symbol of the Czech city!
Built in Gothic style on the initiative of Charles IV in the 14th century, it resisted numerous floods and allows to reach the Vitava river between Matá Strana and the old town. A real pedestrian street since 1974, musicians, tourists, artists and street vendors mingle happily at all hours of the day. About thirty magnificent statues face each other along the 500 meters of the bridge until they reach the old tower, a medieval work of art that cannot be ignored!
The Astronomical Clock
Placed on the Old Town Hall, the Astronomical Clock remains the flagship emblem of Prague. The round of automatons amazes thousands of visitors every hour. It was the clockmaker Nicolas de Kadau who, at the beginning of the 16th century, put his complex mechanism into operation. The clock consists of 3 main elements. The astronomical dial which indicates the time, the position of the sun and the moon. The process is located in the heart of the clock, creating a spectacular cycle! It triggers each hour from 9am to 9pm. It makes the chimes ring and the automatons representing the apostles march by. Finally, a rooster closes the show! The medallion dial is the most recent element. It was added in 1866 to indicate each month of the year.
The Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí)
The Old Town Square is in the center of Prague. It is the historical heart par excellence. It separates Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge. In the middle we find the Týn Cathedral and the Town Hall, where the astronomical clock shines. The Old Town Square was built in the 17th century. It was also on this square that 27 Bohemian lords were executed in 1621. The mansions are beautifully decorated in the Renaissance style. The Old Town Square is constantly crowded with tourists and passers-by who enjoy the many bars and restaurants all year round, enjoying beer and food until the end of the night!