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Prague is a magical city with various architectural styles from different eras, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, to the Baroque up to the art nouveau.

1. Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic

To start, we head straight to the famous Prague Astronomical Clock (Staroměstské náměstí), one of the symbols of the city visited by thousands of tourists every day.

It is a medieval clock in the Old Town Square; at the stroke of every hour, the clock comes alive, giving life to a “particular” dance, and petite figures appear from the windows of the clock. From the upper quadrant, the skeleton, which symbolizes Death, overturns an hourglass and rings a bell that will mark the apparition of the apostles. The statuettes of the 12 apostles appear in pairs from the windows of the Prague Town Hall tower. The four figures on the sides of the clock, on the other hand, represent the deadly sins. The skeleton represents Death; the Turk represents lust and pleasure, a vain man with a mirror in his hand to symbolize vanity, while a traveler with a bag of money in his hand represents greed.

2. Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge, Prague, Czech Republic

The second stop of the weekend in the Czech capital is Prague Castle. It can be reached by crossing another symbol of the city, the Charles Bridge. An ancient stone bridge over the Vltava River connects the Old Town to the Mala Strana district.

The bridge is 515 meters long and has 30 Baroque statues, placed side by side on the sides of the bridge. However, at both ends, there are three towers, one on the Old Town side and two on the Mala Strana side.

3. Prague Castle

Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic
Founded in the 9th century with its 45 hectares, it is the largest castle in the world and the most important monument in the whole of the Czech Republic. The St. Vitus Cathedral, the Vicolo D’Oro, and the Daliborka Tower are not to be missed.

4. The golden alley

From the Cathedral, we arrive at the Vicolo d’Oro. It is characterized by cute, low, and colorful houses that were built in the sixteenth century for the sharpshooters of the castle guard to defend its walls. In 1800 the Vicolo d’Oro became the street of artists, and during the First World War, Franz Kafka also lived in one of the houses, precisely at N.22.

5. The Dalibor Tower

Dalibor Tower, Prague

Now we move to the Dalibor Tower (Daliborka). The tower was originally a prison for three centuries; not only that, legend has it that the tower took its name from the Knight Dalibor.Imprisoned and sentenced to death, just as he was locked up in his cell, he learned to play the violin. He played it every day, and the music was so beautiful that the citizens were enchanted by it to the point that the authorities did not feel like announcing the day of its execution. However, the day the townspeople no longer heard his beautiful music, they realized that the Knight Dalibor was executed. The tower can now be visited, and in addition to the cells, there is also an exhibition with instruments of torture.

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