Prague is a city of vast beauty. Its architecture is enchanting. Of course, this means that many of the most desirable sights are free. These are some of the intriguing buildings, structures, and public spaces you won’t want to miss during a visit to Prague:
In the Old Town Square, spend some time studying the Horloge. The Horloge is no ordinary clock. In addition to displaying the time of day, it also depicts the path of the sun and moon and contains a calendarium charting months and days of each year. And after centuries of use, its calculations remain precise.
House at the Minute
Also on the Old Town Square, the House at the Minute, No. 2/3, is an artistic wonder. The façade is covered in figural graffito of Biblical scenes. Franz Kafka once lived here. This house is considered part of the Old Town Hall, at No. 3/1 Staromìstká radnice, a pink stucco building, decorated with an ornate Renaissance window and a variety of colorful shields.
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square has been party to some of the saddest, ugliest and proudest moments in Prague’s political history. Twenty-seven members of the anti-Hapsburg uprising were executed here in 1621; the Nazis burned the east wing of Town Hall in retribution for the Prague Uprising in 1945; and in 1990, after the fall of the communism, demonstrations in support of Vaclav Havel, who became the Czech Republic’s President took place here.
Wenceslas Square is another locale associated with political protest; there a young philosophy student set himself on fire in protest of the Warsaw Pact countries’ invasion of what was then Czechoslovakia to forestall developing political reforms during the Prague Spring in 1968; again in 1989-90 demonstrations in support of democratic reforms occurred there amid impromptu memorials honoring those who lost their lives challenging the communist regime.
Pubs in Prague
Prague is a great city for pubs and nightlife. With nearly 70 pubs in and around Old Town, you have to get your priorities in order. The great thing about Prague nightlife is that the pubs warm you up and allow you to segue into the early morning. Once the pubs close between 11pm and midnight, you can try a club in New Town or the disco’s and jazz bars that are all getting into swing. Most discos stay open until 3 or 4am.
With its colorful architecture and interesting pubs and nightlife, Prague is an inspired choice for the budget conscious traveler.