Friday, March 16, 2012

Prašná brána (Powder tower)

   It's a gothic building designed by Matěj Rejsek made in Gothic style. It was built in 1475 as 1 of 13 Prague gates. It's 65 height and it has an exibition: "The life in medieval Prague" inside. As the city grew beyond its old wall, this tower became less important. Now its just a piece of historic work. There is a street starting here, heading towards Prague castle. This is one of the building that is absolutely worth seeing, because it is just few steps from Wenceslav's square.

Picture is taken in front of the building of Czech national bank.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


   Vyšehrad is a castle located on the hill over Vltava river. It was built in the second half of 10th century. There is a basilica of Saint Peter and Paul, Vyšehrad cemetry where many famous, important people are buried.

Vyšehrad with Saint Peter and Paul basilica.

   Vyšehrad was heavily destroyed during history. The remaining things are few buildings and walls. Especially in the spring and summer a small walk around the walls is so refreshing, relaxing and you can enjoy the historic part with amazing view on Prague and Vltava.

   There is a legend about Horymír, who was senteced to death. The army caught him on cliff but his brave horse, Šemík, decided to jump down from the very high reef. The horse died during the jump, but Horymír survived. The prince was so amazed that he gave him a grace.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hladová zeď (Hunger wall)

   There is no correct translation of this name in english. Hladova zed is a medieval defence wall on Petřín Hill next to the Petřín Lookout Tower. It was built in 1360-1363 by Charles IV. It is fully built from marlstone and its purpose is to increase the defence of South and West of Prague Castle. I is about 5m high.

   As almost every building in Prague, this wall has own legend. Many people still believe that the only reason of building this, was to give people a job so they dont die on famine. Another legend says that king Charles IV. worked on this wall a few hours a day to "meet and help his beloved people". This is kinda ridicolous...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Beautiful day

   Today was such a beautiful day in Prague so I visited Prague Castle with my girlfriend, we had a really good time but I have to inform you that there are many repair works out there :/. Prague is really trying to improve the area as much as they can. Many things are closed and somewhere you have to wait, but they say its gonna be done soon :). So dont worry to visit Prague. Spring is probably the best part of the year to do so.

Petřín lookout tower

   It's a 60 meter high steel framework tower next to Prague Castle. It was built in 1891 and it strongly resembles Eiffel tower in Paris but have many differences. You can see almost whole Prague from this point on clear days. It is open from 10am to 7-10pm every day from April to October and only at weekends from November to March, from 10am to 5pm. Entrance is about 4 Euros for adults and 2 Euros for students. It has exactly 299 stairs.

   Petřín tower is probably one of the most romantic places in Prague, it's huge park all around the tower is full of people showing their love to each other. If you want to spend soem time with your partner or you really want to see Prague from bird perspective, this is the prefect place for you to visit.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Charles bridge

   Who was ever in Prague and haven't visited this bridge was not actual visitor of Prague. This is the place where you feel the atmosphere of Prague. It's crowded by tourist every day since morning til' night. There are many statues built throughout the history of Czech state. You can pay to speedpainters or karikatourists to paint you a picture of yourself or your partner. Always care for pickpockets, this is probably the place where the amount of pickpockets is the highest in Prague.
   Charles bridge is in the city center, easily reached by metro. Many of restaurants around there. 

Pedestrian only
Made of Bohemian sandstone
About 520m long
Designed by Peter Parler, built by Charles IV.
built from 1357 to 1402

   The legend says that eggs were added in the cement substance and it was actually proved lately by scientists. Many people believe that this is the reason Charles bridge survived all floods including those devastating in 2002. 

Prague Castle

   The most famous sight in Czech republic, Prague Castle is situated deeply in the city center. There are plenty of buildings located in the area of Prague Castle. 

St. Vitus cathedral
St. George's basilica
St. Cross Chapel

Column Hall
Spanish Hall
Rudolph's Galery
Vladislav Hall
Old Royal Palace
Lobkowitz Palace

   The amount of gardens in this area is quite high, including about 10 different gardens. The most visited one is Deer Moat, you should totally visit this place especially in Summer. That place is quite romantic with many benches. Dont worry about getting hungry. Prague Castle offers many and many restaurants and traffics, where you can buy food/drink or hang out. Thanks to its location there are many of clubs to visit when the sun is falling. 
Historic information:
Built in 9th century
Residence of the president
Owned by Czech republic
Romanian/gothic/baroco/renessance style
Rebuilt and repaired many times
Czech Crown jewels are kept there

Welcome to Prague Sights

    I would like to introduce you to my new blog. I will try to show you Prague sights in many differents ways.
   We will start with those most famous: Charles' bridge, Prague Castle. But then we will focus on many unknown sights, and there are also gonna be clubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, disco's, places to relax and many others buildings you should visit in Prague.
    I want to show foreigners how to enjoy Prague as much as you can.