Prague Free Walking Tour + Monument & Sights Guide

Prague, Czech Republic (32) - Prague Castle with Lesser Quarter below and Old Town in the distance

Orientation

Prague city centre consists of five historical districts. The Old Town (Staré Město), Jewish Quarter (Josefov) and New Town (Nové Město) are located on the right bank of the Vltava River. The Castle Area (Hradčany) and Lesser Quarter (Malá strana), can be found on the river’s left bank. All of these districts belong to the administrative area called Prague 1 which covers a relatively small area, around 3 km2. All of these areas are pedestrian-friendly and best visited on foot. The Vltava river is spanned by a series of bridges, including the Cechuv, Karluv, Manesuv and the Svermuv and its banks are lined with a number of main roads including the Dvorakovo Nabr, the Frantisku and the Nabr Ludvika Svobody.

Prague Free Walking Tour

Monument & Sights Guide

Tančící dům
(Dancing House)

Monument Type: Offices & Restaurant
Address: Jiráskovo náměstí 1981/6
Website: tancici-dum.cz
Opening Times: Restaurant opening hours
Price: –

Dancing House, Prague, Czech republic - photo by Wikipedia

photo by Wikipedia

Information: Built between 1992 – 1996, the dancing building or ‘Fred & Ginger’ is one of Prague newest and most innovative buildings. Designed in the de-constructivist or ‘new-baroque’ style, by Vlado Milunc and Frank Gehry, the building is unique ‘dancing’ shape is supported by 99 concrete panels, each made of a different shape and dimension. The only part open to visitors is the restaurant on top.

Václavské náměstí
(Wenceslas Square)

What is it? One of the main squares of Prague and the traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations, and other public gatherings
Where is it? New Town of Prague

National Museum and Statue of Wenceslas, taken from Wenceslas Square - Prague, Czech Republic (13), Prague Free Walking Tour

Information: More of a rectangular boulevard than a traditional town square, its length is around 750m and has been the sight of many important moments in Czech history including the proclamation of independence of Czechoslovakia and the demonstrations that marked the end of Communist rule during the Velvet Revolution. The square is home to two important monuments, the National Museum Building, which was founded in 1818, and the statue of Wenceslas, which sits on the raised south-eastern edges of the space.

Obecní dům
(Municipal House)

Monument Type: Civic building and concert hall
Address: Náměstí Republiky 5
Website: obecnidum.cz
Opening Times: Guided Tours: Times vary check here (obecnidum.cz/en/turistic-tours)
Price: General Admission: CZK 290 Students: CZK 240 Children -10: Free

The façade of Municipal House - Prague, Czech Republic (16), Prague Free Walking Tour

Information: Having undergone extensive restorations in the 1990s after years of neglect, this wonderful Art Nouveau inspired building is one of Prague’s finest. It was built on the site of the former Bohemian Royal Palace which was destroyed at the end of the 19th century to make way for the design pinnacle of the Czech National Revival. Interesting features include the Homage to Prague mosaic above the entrance and the glass dome of the Smetana Hall.

Židovské muzeum v Praze
(Jewish Museum in Prague)

Monument Type: Museum
Address: U staré školy 141/1
Website: jewishmuseum.cz
Opening Times: Winter: 27 Oct – 29 Mar: 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. Summer: 30 Mar – 26 Oct: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed on Sat
Price: Combined Ticket (inc. Old-New Synagogue): CZK 480 Students: CZK 320 General Admission: CZK 300 Students: CZK 200

Information: Established at the beginning of the 20th century in order to preserve artefacts from the Prague synagogues demolished during the Urban renewal of the old Jewish Quarter. The museum grew exponentially during the Nazi occupation who used the space to hoard the stolen Jewish relics from around Bohemia. Today the museum consists of 6 separate sights: the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Klaus Synagogue, the Ceremonial Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery. There is also the Old-New Synagogue, which is still used for religious services, and requires a separate ticket or additional fee. The highlights probably being the Old-New Synagogue and the Old Jewish Cemetery.

Staroměstské náměstí
(Old Town Square)

What is it? Historic square in Prague Old Town
Where is it? Located between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge

The illuminated Church of Our Lady before Tyn at night, as seen from Old Town square - Prague, Czech Republic (22), Prague Free Walking Tour

Information: The UNESCO-listed Old Town square in Prague is a pedestrianised area containing many of the city’s most important buildings. The Old Town Hall was established in 1338 with the adjacent Gothic Clock Tower built in the latter half of the 14th century. In the middle of the square, set on a plinth high above, is a statue to the religious reformer Jan Hus. For a stunning view over the square, climb the Old Town Hall tower.

Pražský orloj
(Prague Astronomical Clock)

Monument Type: Medieval astronomical clock
Address: Staroměstské náměstí 1
Website: tancici-dum.cz
Opening Times: On the hour
Price: –

The Old Town Hall tower on Old Town Hall square - Prague, Czech Republic (19), Prague Free Walking Tour

Information: Located on the side of the Old Town Hall tower, the Prague Astronomical clock is one of the city’s primary attractions. Constructed in 1410, it is the oldest working astronomical clock in the world and every hour a mechanical “Walk of the Apostles” takes place where the astronomical clock comes alive with a fascinating spectacle of parading apostles and moving statues on its edges. Death waves an hourglass, the 12 apostles shuffle past small windows, and a rooster crows. After the hour strikes, a Turk wags his head.

Karlův most
(Charles Bridge)

What is it? Historic bridge that spans Vltava river
Where is it? Between Prague Castle and the Old Town

View along wooden poles to Charles Bridge with St.Vitus Cathedral in the distance - Prague, Czech Republic (11), Prague Free Walking Tour

Information: Charles bridge is a 620m long and 10m wide Gothic bridge resting on 16 arches. It is one of the iconic image of the city and is always heaving with painters, vendors, street entertainers, locals and tourist alike. It is lined with over 30 statues depicting saints, mostly in the Baroque style, which nowadays are unfortunately copies, as the originals were destroyed or damaged by nature and man.

Pražský hrad
(Prague Castle)

Monument Type: Castle
Address: Pražský hrad
Website: www.hrad.cz
Opening Times: Summer: Apr 1 – Oct 31: 5 a.m. – 12 a.m. Winter: Nov 1 – Mar 31: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Price: General Admission: CZK 350 Reduced: CZK 175

Prague Castle with Lesser Quarter below and Old Town in the distance - Prague, Czech Republic (32), Prague Free Walking Tour

Information: Founded in 870 AD Prague Castle is the oldest Medieval castle in the world and is where the kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors and the presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have based their seat. It covers an area of almost 70,000 m2, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also home to the wonderful St. Vitus Cathedral. It is centred around 3 large courtyards and there are buildings representing nearly all architectural styles of the last millennium. Put simply, a must see!

Katedrála svatého Víta
(St. Vitus Cathedral)

Monument Type: Cathedral
Address: III. nádvoří 48/2
Website: katedralasvatehovita.cz
Opening Times: Winter: Nov – Mar: Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Summer: Apr – Oct: Mon – Sat: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sun: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: Free Tour: Can enter free the vestibule area Full Tour: Ticket is included in the Prague Castle ticket

St. Vitus Cathedral through leaf stripped branches - Prague, Czech Republic (25), Prague Free Walking Tour

Information: The Gothic St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert Cathedral, is the primary cathedral of the Czech Republic and forms part of the Prague Castle complex. Founded in 1344 as the seat of the Archbishop of Prague, the cathedral took over 6 centuries to complete and contains the tombs of numerous Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors as well as the rarely displayed Bohemian Crown Jewels. Highlights include climbing the 287 step south tower for wonderful views across the city and the St. Wenceslas Chapel, whose walls are decorated with semiprecious stones and 16th century wall paintings depicting scents from both saints’ and Christ’s life.

Nový Svět
(New World)

What is it? Bohemian district of Prague
Where is it? Located behind Prague Castle

Information: If you want to escape the crowds of Prague Castle then head to the wonderfully peaceful area of Nový Svět. Once housing the poorest houses of the city, today the newly restored diminutive cottages make a wonderful backdrop to an afternoon’s relaxation.

written by: Jon

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