Prague: 5 Most Magical Places
5 most magical places
Prague and its magical places
If you’ve ever been to Prague, you’ll know what to expect. Beautiful and picturesque architecture with a hint of borocco and gothic styles mixed together. Lots of tourists, boozy vacationers and beer that’s truly cheaper than water.
However, Prague isn’t just that. It’s much more than just Charles Bridge, astronomical clock or Wenceslas Square. There are many gardens and parks inside the city centre, which are totally touristless. There are stunning artistic memorials and other hidden gems in this central European city.
Prague, the city where beer is cheaper than water
Prague is located in Czech Republic, in fact it’s the capital of the country. Prague is far more touristy and international than other cities in Czechia, welcoming lots of people from Western countries.
The country is a member of European Union, but you can’t pay with euros here. Czechs use their own currency CZK called Czech crowns. 1€ = 25.75 CZK but many local vendors try to say otherwise, so be aware of it or you’ll be scammed.
The prices are quite reasonable outside the city centre in Prague. You will pay around 10-20€ per meal in the centre, however the quality will be questionable on the lower part of the price point.
You should also taste their beer and maybe try beer baths when you’re in Prague. It might be a pretty interesting experience.
1. Charles Bridge's Swans
Charles Bridge is definitely one of the first sight travelers actually see when they come to visit Prague.
Personally, I don’t find the bridge as interesting as it often is described. It’s just a bridge with statues every 5 meters and lots and lots of tourists.
What is indeed magical are local vendors selling their art, offering to make a caricature of you, selling handmade jewellery or similar souvenirs.
It looks very vivid and fresh, with happy and content people. Of course you can find there many beggers as well, but I think the local police is banning them from coming there.
What you can find nearby is a lovely little park with dozens of swans laying or walking around there. You can bring them something for food but always research what they can eat before!
2. Astronomical Clock of Prague
Astronomical clock is also one of the most famous sight in Prague. There are many legends surrounding its origin.
One is saying that the clock was built by a famous clockmaker Mikolas from Kadan. He was then blinded by Prague Councillors because he got an offer from a foreign nation to build the same clock for them.
Mikolas refused to share his knowledge and craft with them but the councillors still wanted to ensure clock in Prague wouldn’t be topped. He then had his revenge by commuting suicide in the gears of the clock and cursing it forever.
As the legend suggests, the clock is exceptionally stunning and definitely a masterpiece. However, you’ll have a hard time seeing the clock in action with lots of tourists covering the whole Old Town Square (Staromestske námestí). Astronomical Clock is definitely one of the most magical places in Prague.
TIP: Come to see Prague astronomical clock early in the morning. You’ll find only photographers, content creators and soon-to-be-married couples taking pictures.
3. St. Vitus Cathedral
This cathedral is located right on top of the hill leading to the Prague Castle. It’s one of the most prominent building in Prague and many tourists visit it. However, St. Vitus Cathedral is less crowdy than the area around astronomical clock. I think it’s due to:
- the cathedral being high on the hill (great morning workout!)
- the fact you kind of see similar churches in countries like Germany or other European countries
But that doesn’t mean the cathedral isn’t worth it. It’s very nice and compliments the area from an architectural perspective.
St. Vitus Cathedral is a part of most magical places in Prague as well as Astronomical clock.
4. Dancing House & art galleries
Dancing House is very popular spot for photographers even though the location is quite hard to capture. There is a huge traffic even in 5AM and it’s not that easy to capture a nice picture.
Although you may find the Dancing House in Prague interesting from the outside, there is always some type of art exhibition inside. When we were there, there was an exhibition of Karel Saudek’s (famous Czech artist) art. If you find it appealing definitely give it a try.
There are also many other galleries located nearby and they have many famous paintings or other type of art. We visited an exhibition called World Press Photo, which let us filled with emotion. If you want to see some of the best photos regarding culture and politics, go ahead to my Instagram highlight called Prague.
Furthermore, Dancing House should also be seen as one of the most magical places in Prague.
5. Botanical Garden
Botanical garden and zoo are very popular for families with children in Prague. Botanical gardens though are way more calm, especially the smaller ones. We spent our afternoon in a beautiful garden near Charles University.
The botanical garden was cute and magical, with lot of space to just sit and relax. There were many plants with their Latin and Czech names (the Czech names were so funny!) and a greenhouse filled with succulents.
Consequently, I even bought one from the garden. They are also taking care of parrots that were found in hands of negligent owners.
Prague has lots of things to offer. It’s very nice cultural city. After all, Prague can often be seen as a gateway to Eastern Europe (culture-wise). Many people go to Prague just for boozy vacation but it’s such a pity. To sum up, Prague has many magical places to offer and this post was describing 5 of them.
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