From its Gothic cathedrals and Baroque churches to its Baroque palaces and Renaissance houses from an architectural point of view Prague is in a league of its own. We have compiled a list of the Czech capital's 12 most stunning buildings to give you but a small taste of what this incredible city has to offer in terms of stunning architecture and breathtaking design.
Charles's Bridge (or Karluv most), which crosses the Vltava River, is Prague's oldest bridge. It was built in the 14th century during the reign of King Charles IV, and was the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city's Old Town. There is a tower standing on each end of the bridge, which can be climbed for an impressive view of Prague. Baroque statues are places along the bridge, including that of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV. Touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.
The Dancing House was built in 1996 by architects Vlado Miluni? and Frank Gehry. The curved lines of the narrow-waisted glass tower clutched against its more upright and formal partner led to it being christened the 'Fred & Ginger' building, after legendary dancing duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The building houses offices, a ground-floor gallery, a rooftop restaurant and, since 2016, a luxury hotel. The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time because the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous, and in the opinion of some it does not accord well with these architectural styles.
Designed by the Czech architect Josef Zítek in a neo-Renaissance style, Prague's national theatre opened its doors to the public in 1881. However, just over a month after its opening a devastating fire destroyed the theatre's auditorium, stage and magnificent copper dome. With the help of public funds the National Theatre was reconstructed and reopened in 1883. The incredible interior and exterior decorations we can see to this day were all inspired by Slavonic mythology and Romanesque landscapes.
The Powder Tower, or Powder Gate, is one of Prague's thirteen original city gates. Built in a gothic style, it was a coronation gift to king Vladislav II in 1475. Originally known as the New Tower, its name was changed to the Powder Tower in the 18th Century as a nod to the fact that from around 1715 it was used to store gunpowder. Today, the Powder Tower houses an exhibition entitled "Prague Towers" and photos by Ladislav Sitensky, although the main attraction is the view from the top. Visitors can climb the 186 steps inside the tower to reach the viewing platform 44m above the ground and marvel at the views over the Old Town.
The main building of the National Museum is the largest and oldest museum in the Czech Republic. It was built in the 19th century in Neo-Renaissance style by architect Joseph Schultz as a symbol of the Czech National Revival. Its magnificent interior is a shrine to the cultural, intellectual and scientific history of the Czech Republic. The main building of the museum is closed until 2018, however its annex, the National Museum New Building is open and hosts temporary exhibition. This New Building is an imposing structure, built in the 1930's, which used to be the home of Radio Free Europe, before becoming a museum.