See & Do
The Royal Way is the traditional coronation route of Czech kings. The way starts at the Republic Square, where a city seat of Czech kings used to be, passes many of Prague's most impressive sights and ends at Prague Castle. All of the three world wonders listed on the Hillman's list that happen to be in Prague (Old Town, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle) are included in this itinerary. And, of course, the whole Royal Way is part of the Historic Centre of Prague which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. You will also visit several places with a great opportunity to look over a great part of the city. Prague has much more to offer, but the Royal Way includes the most important and most beautiful treasures. The starting point is on Republic Square (metro station Náměstí Republiky), where you can see a magnificient building in Art Nouveau style, the Municipal House and Powder Tower. Then you will continue along the Celetná Street, one of the oldest streets in Prague, with House of the Black Madonna, fine example of Cubist architecture, to Old Town Square with legendary Astronomical Clock. Then you will continue along narrow Charles Street, over Charles Bridge and up to Prague Castle.
Which is the largest castle in the world? The one in Prague of course! You can wander around its courtyards, palaces, museums and gardens all day long and whilst doing so, admire the overwhelming beauty of a place which has been the seat of Czech kings, emperors and presidents for a thousand years. Looming above the Vltava's left bank, its serried ranks of spires, towers and palaces dominate the city center like a fairy-tale fortress. The whole castle grounds are dominated by the monumental St. Vitus Cathedral, which is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Discover the secret of this symbol of the Czech Republic and a place which makes Prague one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The way starts on Malostranska metro station and includes The Old Castle Stairs, St. Wenceslas vineyard, chateau gardens, Golden Lane, Basilica of St. George, impressive St. Vitus Cathedral and three castle courtyards. The way offers some breathtaking views of Prague as well.
Walk down Wenceslas Square, one of the main city squares and the centre of the business and cultural communities and take a short walk down skinny, tourist-clogged Melantrichova Street. On the way you'll pass the wonderful open-air Havelská Market, and then you will find yourself on Old Town Square, in front of the Astronomical Clock. Every hour, hundreds of tourists from all over the world with cameras at the ready gather in front of the Old Town Hall to enjoy a fascinating mechanical performance which in the Middle Ages was considered one of the wonders of the world. The Prague Astronomical Clock, which for 600 years has been one of the greatest treasures of the city, still amazes people with its procession of Apostles, moving statues and visualization of time like no other instrument in the world. The way continues down Pařížská Street lined with luxury brand boutiques, to The Old Jewish Cemetery and Jewish Museum. The Old Jewish Cemetery is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world and along with the Old-New Synagogue, it is the most important site in the Prague Jewish Town. The National Geographic magazine lists it among the top ten cemeteries to visit around the world. At the end you go over Manes Bridge, with a beautiful view of Prague Castle.
This route starts and ends at the same points like The Royal Way, but you will take a diffrent route. The way starts on Namesti Republiky metro station and leads along boulevards Na Příkopě and Národní třída. You can enjoy a cup of coffee in one of Prague's most famous cafés, Cafe Louvre. Walk around the National Theatre, the monumental building on the riverside, and over the Bridge of Legions. Here you can stop on Střelecký Island. On the left bank of the river you can find another famous café, Savoy. At the foot of the hill you will find funicular station. You can use your common 90-minute/1-day/3-day public transport ticket. When on the top of the hill you can climb up the observation tower or take a walk in a mirror maze. The way continues through Petřín Park to Strahov Monastery and down to the Prague Castle.
The route along the left bank of Vltava river starts on Malostranská metro station and takes you through several beautiful gardens and around romantic corners of the left bank. The path leads around the locks, where you can see cruising steamboats and you can go down directly to the river, where tourists usually feed the swans. In Kampa Park you can visit Kampa museum of modern art. Museum is located in the unique historical building Sova’s mills. The building was fully reconstructed and modern glass elements were added changing the character of the building thus bringing it into the 21st century. You can relax in cafe Mlýnská, under the willow branches and the route ends on the Střelecký Island with a nice view of the National Theatre. If the weather is niced, you can rent a pedal boat and enjoy a romantic cruise on the river.
The route along the right bank of the Vltava River starts on Náměstí Republiky metro station. First stop is in the garden restaurant above the river, with a beautiful view of Prague. After yout return to the right bank the route continues around Charles Bridge to Smetana Embankment and then south to the National Theatre. Pass the Mánes Exhibition Hall and countine to The Dancing House, one of the most interesting Prague houses built at the end of the 20th century, which was awarded the Design of the year 1996 award from the American Time magazine. From here you can walk down the steps to the river and continue along the waterfront, to the railway bridge. It's a place which hosts farmers' markets, street artists performances, and where you can stop at one of the many restaurants, watch the moored boats and enjoy a sunny day.