Prague Castle. This is the most visited tourist attraction in the city, not without good reason. ThePrague castle, former home to Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors, and past presidents of theCzech republic is the largest ancient castle anywhere in the world. The giant complex sits on alarge hill on the left bank of the Vltava River. It features the Gothic style St. Vitus cathedral, insideof which you can view some old and detailed Czech tombs. You can also climb the bell tower andtake in the view of the castle and Prague’s Old Town from the highest point in the castle. Take awalk down the Golden Lane and check out the shops that were originally housing for the palaceguards. You can also watch the changing of the palace guards every hour on the hour, similar tothe ritual outside of London’s Buckingham Palace. Click here to view Central Europe tours.
Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square.The Old Town Square is popular spot for bothvisitors and locals alike. Here you’ll find outdoorcafes, pubs, restaurants, galleries, shops, andother entertainment. You’ll also find the GothicTyn church, which is interesting to explore. Byfar, the most popular attraction here is theAstronomical Clock. The clock was installedback in 1410. It is the third oldest astronomicalclock in the world, and the oldest workingastronomical clock. The intricate clock is amarvelous display of medieval craftsmanship
Interested in visiting these 4 European Jewels? The most popular ways to travel throughthe region are on an escorted tour. For example, Globus tours has a trip called The Best ofEastern Europe that visits Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic andGermany in 14 days. You spend 2 nights each in Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna andPrague allowing plenty of time to see all of the beautiful areas pictured here. If you have lesstime, Globus also has a 10 day trip called Imperial Splendors that begins in and end inMunich with overnights in Prague, Budapest and Vienna as well as a stop in Bratislava. Fora more upscale land tour, consider Tauck tours. They offer a 14 day trip that begins inWarsaw and visits Cracow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague with a focus on JewishHeritage sites. These special departures explore, in depth, these poignant places, includingSchindler’s factory & Plaszów concentration camp in Crakow, the crematorium in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dohány and Kazinczy synagogues in Budapest, Hundertwasser Haus, theHofburg and the Jewish Museum in Vienna, and Terezin Concentration Camp near Prague.If you are willing to leave Poland for another time, another amazing way to travel the regionis by river cruise. You can begin with 3 nights before the cruise in Prague and then board aone week cruise in Nuremberg where you visit towns in Austria, Slovakia and end inBudapest. Popular companies that offer cruises through the region are Uniworld,AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways and Tauck River Cruises.