Prague: Places to Explore


Hradčany (Castle Area)

To the west of Prague Castle is the residential Hradčany (Castle Area), a town that during the early 14th century emerged from a collection of monasteries and churches. The concentration of history packed into Prague Castle and Hradčany challenges those not versed in the ups and downs of Bohemian kings, religious uprisings, wars, and oppression—but there's no shame in taking it all in on a purely aesthetic level.

The picturesque area surrounding Prague Castle, with its jaw-dropping vistas of the Old Town and the Lesser Quarter, can be enjoyed by simply wandering. The Castle itself, with its vast history and architecture, is difficult to comprehensively appreciate without investing a little more time.


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