After breakfast, we’ll leave by coach on a guided tour of Hradcany, the Castle District, in Prague. Prague Castle is the most popular sight visited in the city and is the largest ancient castle in the world. The castle has always been the seat and official residence of Czech rulers. But there are also places of interest in Hradcany outside the castle itself. To the north, there is the Royal Summer Palace and Royal Gardens. Next to the gardens there is the Prague Castle Riding Hall. Interesting religious buildings in the western part of Hradcany include the Strahov Monastery, Loreta Square and Church and the Capuchin Monastery. There are also residential houses and other attractions for visitors, such as romantic nooks and beautiful view points. Take a leisurely stroll down the historic streets and around the vast gardens.
We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant.
We’ll then be transferred to Mala Strana, or the Lesser Town. We’ll once again set out on foot. Mala Strana is strewn with palaces and churches. The streets are all cobbled and narrow, and full of locals, so if you want an authentic experience, this is the place to be. We’ll cross the stunning Charles Bridge, one of the city’s finest attractions. Its construction was commissioned by Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and began in 1357. Legend has it that egg yolks were mixed into the mortar to strengthen the construction of the bridge. Baroque statues began to be placed along either side of Charles Bridge in the 17th century. The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by being thrown into the Vltava from the bridge. The plaque on the statue has been polished by countless visitors having touched it over the centuries because it is thought to bring good luck. We’ll then head over to the Old Town, Staro Mesto, where the true heart of Prague beats. The elegant tower of the Town Hall with the world famous astronomical clock, the proud silhouette of the Týn Cathedral, the monumental Church of St. Nicholas and countless multi-colored houses in a variety of styles give this area a unique atmosphere. The Jewish Quarter contains the most well-preserved Jewish historical monuments in Europe. Six synagogues still stand, in addition to the historic Jewish Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery, considered one of the most remarkable burial grounds of its kind in Europe
After our visit, we’ll return to the hotel.
Duration: approx. 9:00
- INCLUDED in the PPU program
- The order of the visits can change.
- Times are approximate.
- Lunch is included (drinks are not included)
- Alcohol can be harmful to your health. Please drink in moderation
- Good walking shoes are recommended: the streets are cobblestone and the visit is entirely on foot.