An Astronomical Clock, an ancient Castle and Giant Crawling Babies

The districts Hradcany, Mala Strana and Stare Mesto make up the historic center of Prague which has been on the UNESCO heritage lists since 1992. A walk through Prague is like a visit to an open-air museum. Make Prague Castle your first port of call. The castle complex comprises several buildings and museums. Reserve at least a whole morning or afternoon, an entire day is even better. The Astronomical Clock in the Old Town district attracts hundreds of visitors each hour when the clock strikes and the apostles do their round. Don't blink because the spectacle takes less than a minute. Amble across Charles Bridge while taking in the sweeping view of Prague Castle. Rub the feet of the statue of St John od Nepomuk and you are sure to return to Prague one day. Attend an organ concert in the St Nicholas Church or in the Church of Our Lady before Tyn. The Josefov district, the Jewish quarter, tells of Prague's Jewish history. Do your shopping in this district in Parizska Avenue, Prague's most fashionable shopping street. Hop on a tram and go to Vysehrad, Prague's second castle. Be sure to visit Vysehrad Cemetery full of Art Nouveau sculpted tombs. Finally, check out the babies crawling up the Zizkov television tower, if you like to see a Communist building. 

Church of Our Lady before Tyn
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The Church of Lady before Tyn dominates Old Town Square. Its two spires are not symmetrical and characteristic of Gothic architecture. They represent the masculine and feminine sides of the world. The interior is impressive. Take your time to...  Read More

Prague 02 Vinohrady
Vinohradsky Pavilion
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Vinohradsky Pavilion, a former market hall, was converted into the first shopping center in Prague in the early 1990s. The basilica-shaped building dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. This rusty red building has many fine Art...  Read More

Church of St. Nicholas
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St Nicolas Church in Mala Strana is a fine example of Baroque architecture and consecrated to St Nicholas of Myra. Its copper dome and belfry dominate the Prague skyline. Until the end of the nineteenth century the belfry was Prague's watch...  Read More

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Josefov, the Jewish district, is what remains of Prague's Jewish ghetto. You will find here the Jewish Museum which consists of six synagogues, the Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish cemetery. Used as a burial site until the late eighteenth...  Read More

Prague 02 Vysehrad

Vysehrad is Prague's 'second' castle. Thus fortification dates back to the tenth century and a sprawling complex comprising of several historic sights; the Rotunda of St Martin, Saints Peter and Paul Church with two spires that can be seen from...  Read More

Prague 03 Zizkov

Zizkov Television Tower looms over Prague with a height of 216 meters (709 ft) and dominates the skyline. Construction started in 1985 long before the end of the Communist regime. The tower was supposed to jam western radio and television...  Read More

The astronomical clock at Old Town Square is probably Prague's most famous attraction. Not only does the clock indicate the hours, it also marks the phases of the moon, the equinoxes, the seasons and the days. At the same time, the twelve zodiac...  Read More

Charles Bridge
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Festooned with statues and crammed with people, Charles Bridge is Prague's best-loved bridge. Named after Charles IV, it replaced old Judith Bridge destroyed in the 1324 floods. The slightly curved new bridge, Charles Bridge was a true...  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

Prague Castle
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Prazsky 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


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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