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Prague's must see sights in one day II

From Charles Bridge through Lesser Quarter up to Prague Castle and back down to Kampa Island
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.2 miles
Duration: Half day
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Overview :  This is the second in my three guide series of ‘Prague's must see sights’. This guide picks up where the first part ended.

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Tips:  Prague is beautiful in any season. Obvious choice to visit being the summer months (Jun - Sep). Winter (Dec – Mar) is a great choice... more »

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Points of Interest

This is the heart of Lesser Town. The main church, surrounded by architecturally impressive buildings, is the St. Nicholas church.

From Lesser Town Square you can visit the Charles Bridge or walk up Nerudova Street to the Prague Castle.

2. Chamber of Deputies (Parliament buildings)

To the north side of Lesser Town Square are several palaces, most of them dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, these buildings are parliament buildings. Unfortunately, the Parliament buildings’ interiors are inaccessible to the public, however it’s worth a visit for their exterior architectural beauty.

3. St. Nicholas Church

This is the biggest baroque church in Prague, with a dome scaling to 70 meters in height, it offers beautiful views of Lesser Town.

There are three St. Nicholas churches in Prague – another one worth visiting is in Old Town Square.

Among other little streets that can lead you to Prague Castle, Nerudova Street is considered the main one leading you from Lesser Town square. It’s a very charming street with beautiful old buildings on both sides. Look for the different signs above the main doors - house numbers was not used in the old days!

5. Try to count the number of towers ...

Prague is sometimes referred to as the "Golden city of a Hundred Towers" – feel the need to debate that belief? This is a good spot to count all the towers, and verify that claim.

6. Matthias' Gate to Prague Castle

Dating back to early 17th century this gate was built during the regime of the emperor Matthias. In old times, this triumphant antique gate separated the Prague Castle quarters from the Castle Square.

Today the gate is integrated into the entrance of the Castle. Notice the statues of the fighting giants positioned above the entrance. Also... More

7. Close your eyes ...

When walking from the second Castle Square through the little passage/tunnel try to close your eyes right before you reach the end - the sudden view of St. Vitus Cathedral is breathtaking! Just please be careful and do not run into anyone, as this place is usually packed with tourists.

One of the most visible and dominant structures in Prague, this is a Gothic masterpiece dating back to the 14th century. St. Vitus is the largest and the most important Christian temple in the Czech Republic. A visit to its interiors is a must - especially the oldest part of the church: St. Wenceslas Chapel.

Climb up to the church tower for an... More

9. St. George Basilica

The oldest church within the Prague Castle complex, dating back to the10th century, is a beautifully preserved Romanesque structure. Like in most of churches in Prague, you can get tickets for a late afternoon classical concert here. I highly recommend this experience even if you are not a fan of Classical music, as the sound is magical.

10. Golden Lane

This 16th century little alley in the corner of the Prague Castle is one of the must see sights. The houses here are so small, one would wonder if they were intended for dwarfs. It is not clear the real purpose of these houses, some say they were built during the reign of Emperor Rudolf II to accommodate his guards, while the most popular belief... More

11. Gardens below the Prague Castle

Navigate your way back to the Castle Square through gardens below the Castle. A perfect place to take a break is on one of the many benches.

Glance through the ancient fortification down to the city…

12. Take a peek - New Castle Stairs

Two sets of stairs lead up to the Prague Castle – for a quick detour, walk down several flights of stairs.

13. Loretta Square

Loretta Square is another pictorial square on our way through the city. At each hour chimes the Loretta's carillon: another ancient technical marvel (the mechanism was built at the end of the 17th century). 30 bells in the Loretta tower together play the melody.
Another dominant structure here is the ornate Czernin Palace. Located opposite to... More

14. Pretty views ... and something more...

Slowly making our way back down to Lesser quarter... "Uvoz" street provides yet another beautiful view of the city and the"Petrin" hill.
If the little observation tower on top of the Petrin hill reminds you of something - you are right on! It was designed with its big sister in Paris in mind.
Now for that something more… when you get back to... More

15. The Maltese Square

Back in the Lesser Town, this quaint little square is named after a monastery founded here by Knights of Malta in the 12th century.

What used to be a regular wall, turned into a means for expression of freedom, love and peace in the 1980s. Big graffiti portrait of John Lennon dominated the center of the wall. Today the wall still has many reminiscent graffiti of the Beatles.

17. Water Mill on Kampa

The watermill in Kampa is propelled by the waters of "Devil's Stream" - one of the branches of the Vltava river.

Don't forget to bring your own padlock.. .. a symbol for being together always. Ask a local about the tradition.

18. Kampa, Prague Venetia

Kampa Island was formed by a branch of the Vltava River. The island has many beautiful houses. Wander around the little streets of Kampa, take a break and relax in the main Kampa square or in the park behind it. Also visit the Museum of Modern Art - "Sovovy Mlyny".

19. Pretty picture of Charles Bridge

This is the best place Standing on the bank of the Vltava River below the Charles Bridge is also dock for many river-boats rides.

Charles Bridge is the icon of the city. It’s a beautiful stone structure from the 14th century. Highly recommended is an early morning visit to the bridge. Just before sunrise, the predawn light gives this place a very eerie feel, and it’s also a great way to beat the crowds!

Being conveniently located in the middle of the city, Charles Bridge is... More