Picture Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings painted in cheerful colours, old cobbled streets, and cute little cafes serving up traditional Czech food.
Like with most popular attractions, this place gets very crowded during the day – especially when the Astronomical Clock strikes the hour – however, if you come by early in the morning you’ll have this place all to yourself. Prague’s Jewish Quarter, or Josefov, is located directly north of the Old Town Square.
The area is home to many synagogues, many which date back to as early as the 16th century.
Some of the synagogues have been converted into museums and memorials to the Holocaust victims, and you’ll also be able to find Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in this neighbourhood. The Golden Lane gets its name because legend has it that Emperor Rudolf II had alchemists working along this road on his quest to find a way to turn metal into gold. The cottages along this lane are painted in bright colours and you’ll most likely have to duck your head when you walk through the doorways.
The Mucha Museum in Prague is dedicated to Mucha’s work and it displays over 100 paintings, drawings, lithographs, and pastels produced by the artist. The Klementinum is a complex of buildings near the Old Town.
You can sign up for tours of the Klementinum, which include access to the Baroque Library Hall, the Mirror Chapel, and the Astronomical Clock Tower.
For anyone planning a trip to the Czech capital, today I’ll be highlighting 50 things to do in Prague: (1) Walk across Charles Bridge.