Everything About Prague – Part 2

So, again we have the opportunity to write about one of the most magnificent European capitals. This is the Part 2 of our series everything about Prague. Enjoy!

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is one of the most famous landmarks in Prague. The construction of the bridge started in 1357 and it took until the beginning of the 15th century when it was finished. Charles Bridge spans 516 over the Vltava River and it is around 10 meters wide. There are around 30 statues and statuaries which were erected at the beginning of the 18th century as decorations of the bridge. The bridge is occupied every day with numerous tourists, painters and vendors of different products. In 2000 a museum dedicated to Charles Bridge was opened near the bridge.

Address: Křižovnické náměstí 3

Working hours (museum): every day, May to September 10am – 8pm, October to April 10am – 6pm

Admission: adults CZK 150 ($8); seniors, children and students CZK 70 ($3.80)

Website: http://www.charlesbridgemuseum.com/

National Museum

National Museum in Prague was founded in 1818 by a famous paleontologist Kaspar Maria Sternberg. The museum contains around 14 million items related to archeology, anthropology, zoology, paleontology, etc. The museum is divided into several departments and it also has its own research center. A number of publications mainly related to history are published by the museum. National Museum is situated in many different buildings and includes various smaller museums which operate under its wing.

Address: Václavské náměstí 68

Working hours (main building): every day 10am – 6pm

Admission: adults CZK 150 ($8); seniors, students and children CZK 100 ($5)

Website: http://www.nm.cz/

Wenceslas Square

Named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia, Wenceslas Square in the center of Prague is a place where many historical events happened and are still happening since it is the main place for public gatherings in Prague. The square dates from the 14th century, but it got its present name in the 19th century when the statue of Saint Wenceslas was built. It is 750m long and 60m wide. Many hotels, luxurious shops and fancy restaurants are located on the square. The main shopping and nightlife area extends from the square to the neighborhoods surrounding it.

Prague City Museum

Covering the history of Prague from the foundation of the city to the present, Prague City Museum was founded at the end of the 19th century. The most popular exhibit in museum’s collection is a cardboard model of Prague made by Antonin Langweil. The model depicts the city as it was 150 years ago and contains more than 2000 buildings with numerous details. The size of the model is two-by-two meters.

Address: Na Porici 52

Working hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, closed on Monday

Admission: adults CZK 100 ($5), students and seniors CZK 40 ($2.15), children under 6 years old – free

Website: http://www.muzeumprahy.cz/

Prague Zoo

Prague Zoo was founded in 1931 on 45 hectares of land. It is a home for around 4,600 animals from approximately 630 animal species from all parts of the planet. Prague Zoo is known as one of the biggest breeder of the species in the world. There are different events organized all year round (feeding of the animals, presentations of different species, public animal trainings, etc.) and guided tours through the zoo.

Address: U Trojského zámku 3/120

Working hours: March 9am – 5pm, April to October 9am – 6pm (June, July, August till 7pm), November to February 9am – 4pm

Admission: adults CZK 150 ($8), seniors, students and children from 3 to 15 years old CZK 100 ($5), children under 3 – free

Website: http://www.zoopraha.cz/

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