Czech out the fairytale journey via video
Located in the heart of Central Europe, Prague is the ideal travel destination for anyone who’s interested in the magic of a city’s historical beauty. The Czech Republic capital escaped the bombs of both world wars, resulting in one of Europe’s most preserved cities.
Prague is called a “fairytale city” due to its cobblestone streets, romantic bridges and meandering alleyways, according to Czech’s popular tourism company, Czech Republic, Land of Stories. Visit the iconic stops listed below to ensure that your trip to Prague resembles pages ripped from a storybook.
A good place to start your fairytale journey is on Nervudova street. Once upon a time, during the 14th century, the street held coronation gatherings for the Czech kings and queens. Follow this street to the Prague Castle while listening to your footsteps echo on the cobblestone.
After ascending several flights of cobblestone stairs, you will reach the exterior of the castle. Prague Castle is European’s largest preserved medieval castle and towers above the city, dominating the west side of the Vltava River. When kings ruled the land in the 14th century, they ruled from this location and even today, the Czech president works within the castle’s gates.
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral is located on the castle grounds. Nearly 200 feet tall, the structure dominates the skyline of the city. In 1344 workers began creating the intricate stained-glass windows that feature provincial patron saints, key Bohemian figures and the vast steep ceiling. It took more than 600 years for the artisans to complete the project. Stand where Czech kings and queens were crowned hundreds of years ago and where religious services are still held today. Schedule at least 2-3 hours to fully explore the castle grounds. According to Czech Republic, Land of Stories, Prague Castle is one of the city’s most crowded sights.
Address: Hradčanské námĕstí
Transportation: Tram 22 / Metro: Malostranská
Hours: Castle grounds 5 a.m. to midnight
Palffy Palace is among many places to enjoy lunch in the vicinity of Prague Castle. The intimate dining hall gives a corner view of the castle and a three-course lunch menu that offers a storybook dining experience. You’ll find the restaurant in a tight hidden corner in Lesser Town. According to locals, the restaurant is one of the best kept secrets Prague has to offer. Once you step inside, classical music fills the air, tables are dressed with fresh cut chrysanthemums and bohemian crystal and paintings of numerous composers adorn the walls.
Address: Valdštejnská 14 Praha 1 – Malá Strana 118 00
Phone: + 420 257 530 522 (call for reservations)
Hours: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Cross the Vltava River from Lesser Town to the Old Town Square. Here, you can join a free guided tour of the city and learn more about the history of Prague. You will hit all of the main tourist attractions: Charles Bridge, Old Town Bridge Tower, Astronomical Clock, the Jewish Quarter, Powder Tower, Petřín Lookout Tower, Church of our Lady Victorious and Vyšehrad.
On the tour you will discover Týn Church. The twin fairytale Gothic towers of the Church of Our Lady Before Tý, cast a dark shadow over Old Town Square. The 2,600-foot long towers are not identical. The right is more solid to represent the stronger side of the family, the man, according to Prague tour brochures. Legend has it that Tyn Church inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Although most visitors only snap photos of the church on the outside, step inside to see the rich interior. The main altar represents the Rise to Heavens of the Virgin Mary. It is the work of Karl Skreta, according to Tour Prague brochures, the most famous Prague painter in the 17th century.
Every hour, hundreds of tourists gather around the southern wall of Old Town City Hall. Cameras in hand, heads peering up the tower, everyone waits for the astronomical clock to herald a new hour. In the Middle Ages, Prague’s Astronomical Clock was considered one of the wonders of the world. Today, Tour Prague brochures state that it is still one of the greatest treasures of the city. The Prague Astronomical Clock was constructed in 1410 by the clockmaker Mikulas of Kadan in collaboration with Jan Ondrejuv, professor of mathematics and astronomy at Charles University. The clock features a procession of apostles and chimes.
Address: Old Town Square, Prague 1
Transportation: Metro – Staromestska Line A / Tram: 17 & 18
Hotel U Roof Terrace Restaurant
Situated in the Old Town Square, the Hotel U Roof Terrace Restaurant sits at eye level with the Astronomical Clock Tower, so you can watch the clock strike and deliver its show from a unique vantage point. Enjoy this view while you savor numerous food and drink options.
Address: Staromestske namesti
Price: 250 czk – 350 czk, or $12-$18
If you decide the perfect complement to your evening meal is an after-dinner drink, step back in time at Black Angel’s Bar. Located below the Hotel U Roof Terrace Restaurant, the bar offers speak-easy cocktails and an unmatched atmosphere. The large 1930s crystal chandelier and dark interior of original Romanesque and Gothic stone walls are well preserved. Enjoy cocktails made with fresh ingredients and homemade syrups and juices.
Beat the crowds and enjoy a sky filled with splashes of red and pink as the sun rises over Prague’s St. Charles Bridge. The bridge is lined with 30 statues and lamps tied together with an array of scenery and Gothic bridge towers on both sides. The 500-foot bridge was constructed in 1357 and was not completed until 200 years later. Largely undamaged in World War II, the bridge offers numerous echoes of an older Europe in its vast, cobblestone passage.
Location: Staromestska (line A), Staromestska (trams 17, 18)
As the sun sets, the pale glow of the moon illuminates one of the finest views in Prague — the Vltava River. Rent a paddle boat that can fit up to four adults and cruise the Vltava River for an hour. Paddle on the longest river in the Czech Republic and discover the views from the river.
Hours: Noon to 11 p.m.
Price: 65 czk per person, or $3
Love Lock Bridge
We end our trip where every fairytale concludes — a happily ever after. You can find a cluster of romantic locks on a small pedestrian bridge in the Malá Strana. The locks feature handwritten, engraved initials or messages. The legend behind the bridge is like Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” — two star-crossed lovers came from two Czech families caught in a feud. They planned to meet at the bridge to share a kiss but when the families discovered their secret, the lovers were killed. The legend has inspired many locals and lovers around the world to visit the bridge and add their own love to the collection, according to Tour Prague brochures.
At the end of your stay in Prague, close your storybook and take this experience wherever your next fairytale in life will begin.
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