Prague is known for its unique and historical sites containing Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture and so, the team took the opportunity to visit Frank Gehry’s famous Dancing House designed in 1996. The Dancing House takes a contemporary and gothic aspect on to modern architecture, Gehry took the public by surprise including a terrace for a chance to see views of the town.
In addition to the dancing house, Prague’s other architectural attractions includes the St Vitus Cathedral and Astronomical Clock Tower (Orloj). The St Vitus Cathedral took over 600 years to build and is Prague’s most prominent example of gothic architecture with its grand façade captivating visitor’s attention within the Prague Castle grounds.
The other iconic building Orloj is the Astronomical Clock Tower located in the Old Town Square and was once considered one of the wonders of the world. A so-called legend said that it was designed by the clockmaker Jan Růže, and to make sure he was not able to reproduce his work, the Prague councillors had him blinded! To avenge his righteousness, he disabled the clock so that no one could figure out how to correct it for the next hundred years.
The Old Town Square also hosts one of Prague’s main annual Christmas markets, filled with mini games and indulging mulled wine and ßratwurst! A couple of wines later the square is lit up with a spectacular light display, beaming from the art museum across to the clock tower.
As we prepared to depart the compelling city and its wonderful architecture, we were fortunate enough to experience the first snowfall of our winter. What a beautiful end to our lovely trip at Prague and we definitely hope to visit again soon.