Cobbled Streets, Art Nouveau Architecture and a Dancing House

Prague is a compact city and one of the few in Europe that can be explored on foot. Start at Prague Castle perched high above the Vltava River. Then walk down to Mala Strana, a district speckled with Baroque mansions. From here it is only a short way to Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock on Old Town Square. Stroll along the Vltava River until you get to the Dancing House, a daring example of modern architecture.

It is tempting to fit in all Prague sights in one trip. It is much more rewarding to come back a second and maybe a third time to wander through another part of the city and discover more of Prague. Here are some suggestions so that you can start exploring Prague straight away.

Dancing House
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The Dancing House, Tancící dum, fills the gap of an apartment bombed in the Second World War. When in 1996 the new building was finished, not everybody liked this modern design. The house starkly contrasts with its Art Nouveau neighbors. This...  Read More

Prague Castle
Photo courtesy of Marianne Crone

Prazský Hrad, Prague Castle, is one of the largest castle complexes in the world. Not only is it home to the Czech President it also includes one of Prague's most popular tourist attractions. The castle complex also comprises St. Vitus...  Read More

St Vitus Cathedral
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Soaring spires of St Vitus Cathedral dominate the Prague skyline. Not only is the cathedral a place of pilgrimage, it is also a museum, treasure chamber and a blockbuster attraction. This is the church where the archbishop of Prague crowned...  Read More

Tucked away on K?í?ovnické nám?stí, Charles Bridge Museum tells the history of Prague's most famous monument. The permanent exhibition tells how floods swept away Judith Bridge, the first bridge to span the Vltava River. Walk down the steps...  Read More

Art Nouveau Architecture
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Walking through Prague, visitors will spot an abundance of buildings with Art Nouveau details. The best examples are in the center of the city and all within walking distance of each other. Art Nouveau is a decorative style and popular in the...  Read More

Wenceslas Square
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Wenceslas square, Václavské námestí, is the most crowded pavement in Prague. Brightly-lit souvenir shops rub shoulders with bookshop and cafes. Tourists mingle with office workers and sausage vendors. Square is a misnomer because...  Read More

Lesser Town Square
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Malá Strana or Little or Lesser Quarter is built on the slopes of Castle Hill with breathtaking views of the Vltava River and the Old Town. Its centre is Malostranské námestí or Lesser Town Square. Trams and cars crisscross this busy square....  Read More

The Museum of Communism is divided into three rooms: the Communist dream, the reality and the nightmare. Snippets of daily life are eerily realistic; a classroom and a blackboard with letters in Russian, an almost empty grocery shop, and an...  Read More

Mucha became famous for his posters advertising theatre productions. His best known work is for the stage play Gismonda in which Sarah Bernardt, the celebrated French actress played the leading role. Mucha also designed decorative panels,...  Read More

Municipal House
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Obecní dum, or Municipal House, is the best example of Art Nouveau architecture in Prague. Marvel at the lavish entrance. The central wrought-iron gate and stained-glass canopy compliment a delightful mosaic entitled Homage to Prague. The gilt...  Read More


Meet Marianne Crone

Marianne Crone divides her time between her home in the Netherlands and an apartment in Prague, the city where her son, daughter-in-law and grandson live.

Now retired, Marianne is still an...  More About Marianne

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