Of all the places I have traveled, Prague easily wins for the best sightseeing. Because The Czech Republic was occupied quite early on in the timeline of World War Two, the city never sustained the damage that befell most cities throughout Europe. As such, the Prague of today maintains the stunning architecture and breathtaking skyline of its medieval heyday.
What makes sightseeing in Prague so spectacular is not hopping in a cab to hit one or two highlights. The way the city’s buildings, churches and streets coalesce to make up such a magnificent city is not to be missed. A mathematician might say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s easy to spend hours just getting lost in the twisted maze of cobblestone streets. Just make sure you look up once in a while to take in the iconic spires of the thousands of churches.
1) Take in the view from St. Vitus Cathedral
This masterpiece of a cathedral took 600 years to complete, yet it is as cohesive as any in Europe. To add to the beauty, this church was built on top of the hill overlooking the city. On a clear day you can look over the entire city.
2) Get lost in Mala Strana
The charming stores, the maze of cobblestone streets, and the funky statues make this neighborhood unlike any other in Prague. This is a great place to do some souvenir shopping.
3) Escape to the Vysehrad National Cultural Monument.
This secluded hilltop monument is just a short walk from the city center, but you’ll feel like you are in a whole different world.
4) Try Czech wine
The Czech Republic is not known for its wine, but it could be on its way.
5) Don’t forget the Old Town Square
It’s a bit touristy, but you can’t go to Prague without going at least one. If you do nothing else, check out the Astronomical Clock.