Located in central Europe, Austria has many wonderful neighbours that have to be visited when you’re in the area. With so many capital cities in close vicinity to Vienna, it would be a real shame if you didn’t travel to Budapest, Bratislava and of course, the majestic and incredible Prague. I am pleased to share with you that there is one sightseeing company that never fails to deliver the best day trips from Vienna and that is Vienna Sightseeing. Having travelled from Vienna to Prague with Vienna Sightseeing, I am so very thrilled to share with you an insight on the fantastic tour that is offered and costs only 119 EUR (133 USD) per person.
The tour departs from State Opera in Vienna at 7.15 am and on route, you will see the gorgeous landscape from Vienna to Prague and will be able to sit back and relax in the comfort of a clean and air-conditioned bus. You will have a friendly and happy bus driver and an enthusiastic and kind tour guide who will make the journey a pleasant experience. On your journey to Prague, you will stop for a short break for 45 minutes at approximately 11.30 am so that you can stretch your legs and build up the excitement before arriving in Prague at 12.30 am. This break time also means that you will have the chance to have a snack so that you’re not hungry during your walking tour and will not have to sacrifice any of your free time in Prague!
See some incredible sights like Wenceslas Square
When you arrive to Prague, your personable guide on the bus will divide the groups among local guides which will make the walking tour in your chosen language. Your local guide will then inform you briefly about the number of sights that you will have the opportunity to see during the 1 hour and 30 minutes walking tour that is included. Some of the sights that you will be able to see will be the Orangerie, Hradčany (Castle District), Altstadt, Charles Bridge, Synagogue, Rathaus and Turm. No doubt you won’t be surprised to hear that you will see the best-known statue in Prague which is of St. Wenceslas in the upper part of the Wenceslas Square and is in front of the National Museum. This monument has great historical significance and has seen many important events including demonstrations against the Communist regime and the establishment of the independent republic of Czechoslovakia in 1918. Wenceslas Square has a real resonance with the Czech people and the architecture is a real feast for the eyes.
Whilst the square, in my view, is more of an oblong with beautifully planted flowers running up towards it, it has an eclectic mix of shops, businesses and art deco, which makes means that it captures history yet highlights the modernity and changing times that Prague is experiencing, including its flourishing commercial sector. Your guide will provide a brief explanation of the significance and relevance of this area and will also point out some interesting facts such as the hidden gems in the area. One of such hidden gems is that in the Art Nouveau Lucerna Palace Mall, which is a few minutes walk away from the square, and includes an ancient king riding a horse, upside down, that somewhat replicates that of St. Wenceslas’ statue on the square. This piece of art was created by the Prague-born artist David Cerny, whose unconventional and unique pieces are displayed all over Prague.
Enjoy the majestic Old Town including the Astronomical Clock
During your walking tour, you will have the opportunity to see the Altstadt, which is Prague’s Old Town, which is home to structures and monuments that date back to the 13 century. The centre of the Old Town is the Old Town Square which has the notable Church of Our Lady of Tyn, Town Hall and Astronomical Clock, the Carolinum, the Municipal House and the Estates Theatre. The Old Town Square is one of the most picturesque squares in the world and is surrounded by gorgeous pastel-coloured buildings, some of which are in a Romanesque style whilst others are in a Gothic style. On the square there are musicians, protesters, dance troupes and vendors surrounding the colourful buildings. The best performance, however, has to be that of the Astronomical Clock, which is part of the Old Town Hall and includes the 12 apostles who pop out from the Astronomical Clock to do an hourly performance.
If you are lucky, you may have the opportunity to watch this eventful show otherwise this is something to definitely put on the to-do-list during your free time. You can also climb up to the top of the Old Town Tower to see stunning views over the entire Old Town Square. I would recommend that during the walking tour, you stay as close as possible to the guide whilst walking around the Old Town Square and this is because of how popular this area is and the fact that it can become very crowded at times, especially during the hourly show of the Astronomical Clock.
Abundance of bridges in this charming city
As you participate in the walking tour in Prague as well as when you are travelling in the coach as you arrive and depart from Prague, you will see several bridges that this charming city has created. There are at least eighteen bridges that span across the Vltava River. There are an abundance of other bridges that lead over the smaller rivers and valleys in this majestic environment. As you travel around Prague whether it be by foot or coach, you will note that one of the unique features of the bridges in Prague are that they are set close together which means that you can see some of them simultaneously and appreciate their different structures and overall shapes. One of the most notable bridges in Prague is the sensational Charles Bridge, which is a Gothic stone bridge that connects the Old Town and the Lesser Town. In the past, the bridge was used by trams and cars but today it is only used by pedestrians.
The Charles Bridge is constantly filled with tourists and locals crossing from one town to another, enjoying the Vltava River and all the entertainment and activities on the bridge as well as and most importantly, the beautiful stone statues that are on the bridge. During your tour of Prague, you will be given free time from 2.30 pm – 4.00 pm and if you’re not sure what to do, then I would recommend having your portrait drawn or a caricature sketched by one of the street artists on the Charles Bridge. If you’re lucky, your day trip may be on a day when there are musical performances such as a jazz band playing on the bridge too.
A city that should not be missed
After embracing Prague on your own during your free time, you will then meet the rest of your group and depart from Prague at 4.00 pm for Vienna, where you will arrive at 8.00 pm. If you would like to be dropped off at your place of rest instead of the State Opera, then make sure that you inform Vienna Sightseeing in advance and they will try and accommodate you. I would definitely recommend a day tour from Vienna to Prague with Vienna Sightseeing as they organise the day with such precision and definitely want to give you value for money. They cover your transportation costs and ensure that you have a lengthy walking tour where you can learn a significant amount about Prague within a short period of time. My day tour with Vienna Sightseeing to Prague resulted in me enjoying my experience so much that I later re-visited Prague on my own and felt accustomed to the environment as I had experienced such a great introduction with Vienna Sightseeing. Prague is a breath-taking city that will warm your heart, make you smile and is not to be missed!
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