Hidden Treasures

Here’s a few lesser-known attractions…

Prague Zoo:

Ranked as #7 best in the world…so, do as the locals do, go to the zoo!

Vyšehrad Castle:

This is where Prague started! Wander in joy and melancholy.

Botanical Gardens:

Prague has two, a less exciting one near Karlovo náměstí and a larger one in Troja, just next to the zoo. Huge greenhouses with butterflies, nature paths and outdoor exhibits.

Our Lady of the Snows Church (Kostel panny Marie Sněžné) and Franciscan Gardens (Františkánská zahrada):

Established by King Czech Charles IV in the 14th century, the church was given to the Carmelites, although Hussite conflicts prevented its completion. Only the presbytery (today’s nave) was built, but had it been completed, Our Lady of the Snows would have rivalled St Vitus Cathedral in terms of size.

Vítkov Hill:

Home of the largest equestrian statue in the world…but focus on the breathtaking view. Schoolchildren used to have to go look at the remains of Communist leaders in the building behind the statue but it is currently being turned into a museum.

Olšanské Hřbitovy: (Olšany Cemetery)

This old Jewish/Christian cemetery houses the real grave of Franz Kafka and is a superb place for wandering.

John Lennon Wall:

A constantly changing graffiti wall. First painted with texts and pictures inspired by John Lennon in the 1980s by students, it quickly became a symbol of resistance against the now fallen communist government.