If you want to experience Bohemian castles, picturesque bridges and staggering views but have only one day, then Prague is the ideal place to visit. Even a short trip can have its hazards; however, so make sure you are covered by a good holiday travel insurance policy.
Probably the best way to absorb and appreciate the Czech capital is to follow a walking route that takes in all of the major sights in a fairly logical fashion.
Start with Prague Castle. Even if your time is limited, investing in a tour will give you a good idea of this location’s history, including kings and queens, royal apartments and the soaring heights of St Vitus’ Cathedral.
From here you can wander down to the Vltava River, which has no fewer than 18 bridges that cross it. The best and most attractive one is Charles Bridge, which was built in the 14th century and will take you into the heart of the Old Town. Along with the stunning architecture, this is where you will find many craftspeople and musicians. Try crossing early or later in the evening to really soak up the atmosphere and to see the sunset behind the city skyline.
Once over in Stare Mesto, visit the Old Town square to have a look at the famed astronomical clock. If you can make it on the hour there’s a charming animated display with wooden figures. There are numerous monuments to Gothic splendour which line the square – Kinsky Palace and Municipal House are both notable examples. Don’t forget also to climb City Hall Tower for the awe-inspiring views from the top.
The nearby Powder Gate, which marks the entrance to the Old Town, is another impressive example of the Gothic architecture that Prague is famous for. This part of the city is also a good place to stop for some food and drinks. You will find local specialities such as goulash or borsc in one of the many taverns and a good choice of drinks in beer halls such as U Medvidku.
The funicular railway will take you to the top of Petrin Hill for a leisurely stroll among some lovely greenery and you will also find more unmissable views of the city and its surroundingshere. You can pause at the top of Petrin Tower to see how far you’ve come and how much you’ve seen in just twenty-four hours.
So if you are looking for the perfect one-day city break, then just buy a plane ticket, arrange your travel insurance and set off on a trip to Prague!