The Havel’s market

The Havel’s market is one of the three major markets in Prague, located on a small street in the Old Town. Even though the market is on a straight road, it features a lot of stalls which make it a great area for travellers to spend time in.

There is a great variety of unique products sold by the stalls. Apart from fruits and artisan bread, there are many different souvenirs: from mugs printed with Prague’s scenery, magnets, lighters, paintings, Prague Orloj lockets, puppets to witch dolls. You can also find the famous Mozart chocolate from Salzburg, Austria in the Havel’s market too! Just be reminded that the same item sold by stalls near the entrance can be slightly more expensive than that by stalls inside the market.

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral is the largest and most important Catholic church in Czech. Its splendid exterior, ornate stained glass and statues, along with the tombs of many Bohemian kings inside the church, make it be one of the most valuable spots in Prague.

Before walking closer to the church, you may take a photo of the complete façade afar. This is because the towers at the side are 97m tall; it is very difficult to shoot the whole structure at a short distance. The construction of St. Vitus Cathedral began in 1344. After more than 600 years, the church finally came to completion in the early 20th century. The Cathedral in Gothic style has a highly intricate and decorative exterior. Every detail is so delicate and stunning and it is worth to view carefully.

St. Vitus Cathedral is a grand church with vaults. The second floor facilitates natural lighting, allowing more rays of sunshine shine into the front of the interior. From the design to the control of illumination, the Cathedral is properly lit to create a sense of solemnity.

Charles Bridge

The beauty of Charles Bridge is simply mesmerising. To quote from the Internet, “Don’t say you have visited Prague if you have never been to Charles Bridge”. Charles Bridge is the first bridge built by the citizens of Prague over the Vltava. Built in 1357, the bridge is the oldest stone bridge with strong artistic values in Eastern Europe. But why is the Bridge of high artistic values?

On this 520m long bridge, we can find 30 statues of Christian saints by Czech Baroque sculptors in the 17th and 18th centuries. Therefore, Europeans also describe the bridge as the open-air gallery of the Baroque in Europe.

In the early morning, Charles Bridge is quiet and comfortable. When it is about noon, the bridge starts to fill with bustle. It is a place where souvenir hawkers, street musicians and painters meet. When dusk falls, Charles Bridge under the sunset is the best place to snap “Golden Prague”.

Golden Lane

Because of “him”, Golden Lane has been transformed from a tranquil street to a vibrant tourist lane. Who is “he”? He is the great Czech novelist, Franz Kafka. In Golden Lane, every small house has its own number. From number 11 to 27, there are only 17 small houses in total. Kafka’s former residence was house number 22. He rented and lived here for two years. It is said that the area was very peaceful. Kafka wrote many literature works in house number 22. Now, his former residence has been renovated into a little bookstore.

Golden Lane was built to house castle guards of Rudolf II, the King of Bohemia, in the late 16th century. In the late 17th century, numerous goldsmiths lived and worked here - this is why it is named “Golden Lane”. Since each house in Golden Lane is painted in a unique colour, you can take many gorgeous pictures in this colourful street. 

Old Town Square

Old Town Square, near Charles Bridge, is easily accessible on foot. There are many unique boutiques and al fresco dining spots along the way. If you have time, simply enjoy a cup of coffee in the middle of your journey. The square consists of some of the famous attractions in Prague, including the Church of Our Lady before Týn, Old Town Hall, Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj) and St. Nicholas Church. It is a spot worth immersing yourself in during your visit.

The Prague Astronomical Clock in the square is the most important medieval striking clock in Prague. The oldest part of the Orloj dates back to 1410. The clock is still a popular spot, fully packed with travellers from around the world, day and night. Tourists, with their heads raised, carefully study the structure of the clock as it is exquisitely crafted.

The real part of the astronomical clock is located in the lower half of the tower. This can be further divided into two dials. The upper dial shows the time while the lower one shows the month. The little window at the top features the statues of the Twelve Apostles. The statues “take a walk” and introduce themselves one by one when the clock strikes. The procession eventually ends with a rooster’s crow.

Letná Park

Letná Park is not the typical tourist attraction, but a great place for Prague citizens to take a break and relax. People jog, wander and walk the dog; the air is filled with joy in life. If you do not mind exercising a bit, you may take a walk to the viewing platform in the park. The platform overlooks the three bridges across the Vltava, allowing you to admire the scenery of the Old Town in one off .

Next to the viewing platform, there is a giant metronome erected in 1991. Designed by the international artist Vratislav Novak, the metronome has a cable, which is hung with sneakers of different sizes, attached to it. Youngsters love sitting under the shoes to chat and view the scenery in twos and threes. What a great way to enjoy the relaxing time in the Old Town!