The other side of Prague

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Prague is a marvellous city that, thanks to its history, is visited by millions of tourists every year. Therefore, the most visited sights and places are starting to be turned into tourist traps as its legacy becomes commercialised.
However, if you’re lucky enough to visit Prague, it is worth finding out new things about the culture and life of locals.
After you have finished the famous tour of “must-sees”, it is good to see something different in Prague. One of the less visited but worth seeing attractions is Petrinska Rozhledna observation tower, which is situated on the top of the hill next to the Prague Castle. You can take a funicular to get to the top, or take a nice walk up. On the top of the hill, you can also visit a mirror labyrinth, astronomical observatory or a medieval Hunger Wall. Nearby you can find the Strahov Stadium that is said to be the largest in the world. It has a capacity of approximately 250,000 people – the size of seven football pitches!
Close to the stadium you’ll find the Strahov Monastery, which is one of the oldest monasteries in the Czech Republic founded in the 12th century A.D. A bit further from here is a star-shaped villa – Letohradek Hvezda, founded in 16th century. If you move on to the south of the city, you will get to a Vysehrad, another interesting place steeped in the history of Czech Republic and Prague. This hill was a place where the first ruling dynasty of the country – Premyslids – ruled from. It is also a place from where the mythical queen of the Czech lands predicted future fame of the city of Prague. Nowadays, you can have a very nice walk around here, whilst observing the surroundings with a beautiful church and view over the city and the castle.
Another great spot in the city is Zizkov and its National Monument. This place is a reminder of a famous victory of Hussites in 1420 who were trying to reform the Catholic Church. In this monument you can visit several exhibitions, including the one about the history of Czechoslovakia. If you want just to have an enjoyable walk, tasty dinner, or a nap in a park on the grass, visit the district of Vinohrady. Walking to the north of the Wenceslas square and the National Museum, you will discover various international restaurants, parks and small squares to relax.
Other places of interest include the Letna and National Technical Museum, a recently reconstructed museum with a huge exhibition. Nearby, you can also find a famous photographic spot by a huge metronome and a nice park called Letenske sady
The Troja Castle and zoo garden has many interesting pavilions, including an Indonesian jungle. You can also have a ride with a cable railway, since it is situated up and down a hill; Troja Castle is just next to the garden. Finally, the Pruhonicky Park which is around 250 hectares and includes brooks, ponds and interesting plants.
Places to shop:
Wenceslas Square and Na Prikopech street
If you are looking for shopping centres head over to Letnany,  Chodov or Paladium

Places to party: Duplex, Karlovy Lazne, Nebe, Club-Club, Le Mirage, Modry Bar – Zlute Lazne, Mila Tchyne, Cross Club

 

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