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5 places that you must see in Prague

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As you know, this magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries. Almost undamaged by WWII, Prague’s medieval centre remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of her majestic 9th century castle that looks eastward as the sun sets behind her. Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music, cultural art, fine dining and special events catering to the independent traveller’s thirst for adventure.

That is the reason why is Prague so interesting and cozy place to visit. And do you know, what you need to see in Prague, except traditional turistic atraction?

St Charles Bridge Prague

 

Stalin´s monument

Stalin’s Monument (sometimes also derisively nicknamed “the queue for meat”)(beeh)  was a massive granite statue honoring Joseph Stalin that was unveiled on 1 May 1955 after more than 5½ years of work in Prague, Czechoslovakia– (now is Czech republic, of course) . It was the world’s largest representation of Stalin, and was destroyed in 1962. This place is favourited by locals – they are using this free space now for skateboarding, hanging out and romantic dates.stalin_letna_lg

You can also check metronome there – is a giant, functional metronome in Letná Park, overlooking the Vltava River and the city center of Prague. It was erected in 1991, on the plinth left vacant by the destruction in 1962 of an enormous monument to former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The 75-foot-tall (23 m) Metronome is now mostly a scenic vista and a meeting place for young people. It was designed by international artist Vratislav Novak. For now, the metronome keeps swinging, apart from the occasional power failure, counting the time until something else comes along to replace it.

 

Náplavka river side

Over the past few years, Náplavka – Prague’s riverside embankment that stretches from the Dancing House to Výtoň in New Town – has become one of the city’s most popular summertime hotspots, with thousands of visitors chilling out by the Vltava every night.

It’s really fun. As long as you can avoid the bicyclists who insist on trying to ride through some of the city’s densest (and sometimes, drunkest) crowds.riverside-cross-2014-praha

The locale has become so popular, in fact, that you may have trouble finding a place to sit in one of Náplavka’s docked ships, or have to wait in line for twenty minutes to order a beer at one of the riverfront bars.

But is really nice place to hangout in the summertime. Alternative (mostly) music bands or Djs, drinks, simple food. One of the best place you can visit during your stay in Prague for few minutes or hours…

 

Divoká Šárka

Home to myth and legend, the beautiful valley at the edge of Prague 6, one can find total escape – Divoká Šárka, a huge nature reserve. The name means Wild Sarka, a mythic female warrior (see myth below) and is, indeed, somewhat of an untamed place.800px-23.06.2012_Divoka_Sarka_Czech_(27)

A quick tram ride on either 26 or 20 to the Divoká Šarka stop, which is the end of the line, gets you there. Sadly you are greeted by a large Mc Donald´s, but this is your parting shot at the modern world as you descend into the valley, woodsy paths and wide open fields await you.

There is a lake Džbán (The Pitcher) on the border of the Divoká Šárka reserve area and a public swimming pool located in the middle of the reserver. The water of the pool is supplied by clean and fresh water from the Šárka spring creek that passes through the park and the lake.

 

Vítkov

Looking to run? To walk? For cultural history? A nice view? A playground? A soccer field? Vitkov has it all, and like most parks, the best part is that it’s free. It’s situated on a tall hill and it’s a bit of a hike to get up, but the view alone is worth it. On one side you can see the TV Tower and on the other, you can look over Karlin. Lots of families hang out here and the park seems to be mostly populated most of the time so it always feels quite safe. Pro tip–if you’re too lazy to hike up to go running, there’s a great path right at the base. If you run in both directions back to the middle, you’ll have covered about 3 miles. You’ll be able to run along the train tracks and one side will take you right to the main train station. On a sunny day, you’ll find a lot of couples just lazing around on the grass–definitely a great spot for a picnic. 023172700123498988617

The monument is HUGE. There just aren’t any words to describe how freaking big this thing is. A monument was erected on the Vítkov Hill to honor Jan Žižka and his victory on this hill (1420). It is the third largest bronzeequestrian statue in the world.

 

 

 

 

Vyšehrad

First of all, the park is lovely and there’s so much to do and explore and a lot of small beer places around the area for you to quench your thirst. The church does cost 30kc to get into, but there’s plenty you can still enjoy without having to shell out any money. Honestly, the greenery is just beautiful and you can get a really nice view of the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle from a different angle. vysehrad

Vyšehrad  is a historical fort located in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. It was built, probably in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River. Situated within the castle is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as the Vyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history, among them Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Karel Čapek, and Alphonse Mucha. It also contains Prague’s oldest surviving building, the Rotunda of St Martin from the 11th century.

Local legend holds that Vyšehrad was the location of the first settlement which later became Prague, though thus far this claim remains unsubstantiated.  The cemetery at Vyšehrad is also home to many of Czech greats of art and music, including Alphonse Mucha and Antonín Dvořák. The Peter and Paul church is also worth a look – neo-gothic on the outside, but Mucha-inspired art nouveau murals on the inside.

 

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