Since 1989, when it broke free from it's Communist past, Prague has become one of Eastern Europe's most-visited cities and with some stunning architecture, history and natural beauty, it's no wonder the Czech capital is a popular tourist destination. Prague is definitely worth more than a day's visit but if you only have limited time in this lovely city, make sure you enjoy some of the sights below which are regarded as Prague's Top 10 (in no particular order).
The 1000 year old Prague Castle, home to the President of the Czech Republic, sits on a hilltop overlooking the city and is one of the first things you'll notice as you approach Prague. You could easily spend a whole day here exploring the gardens, the Royal Palace, and majestic St Vitus' Cathedral with impressive stained glass windows. You'll enjoy some of the best views of Prague here.
More great views can be found at Petrin Hill, a public park that features a mirror maze, rose gardens, an observation tower and the delightful wooden Church of St. Michael.
Charles Bridge is one of the city's major attractions and with 30 statues of religious and political figures installed on the bridge, it is more like an open-air gallery than just a way to cross the river. Having viewed the Bridge from above, a cruise on the River Vlatava is a relaxing and enjoyable way to get a different perspective of Prague.
Over the river, Prague's Old Town is a vast cobblestoned area, just the spot for a coffee and some people-watching. Featuring frescoed facades and some delightful architecture, the Old Town Square is also home to the magnificent Astronomical Clock that was added to the Town Hall in 1572. Don't miss the Church of OUr Lady Before Tyn with its twin Gothic towers.
Not far from Old Town Square you'll find Wenceslas Square. Once a horse trading market, Wenceslas Square was transformed to the commerical centre of Prague in the 19th Century. It's now home to a number of memorials commemorating the city's turbulent history.
Another sad reminder of the past is the Old Jewish Cemetery. Here you'll find the graves of an estimated 200,000 Jews, with the oldest headstone dating from 1439.
'Golden' Prague, named for its gleaming gilded spires, is one of Eastern Europe's highlights and is worthy of a visit.
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