Amazing Buildings And Architecture Of Prague

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Prague Is A Visual Delight

We visited Prague for 8 days and were not prepared for the beauty we found. The buildings and architecture of Prague were a constant visual delight. We were in Europe after all, so we expected the older tourist sites to be beautiful. Although we were not sure what more than 40 years of Communist rule might have done to the aesthetics. New tourist sites added another element of beauty to the mix. Sparely used churches still stood proud and decorative through the city.

We never expected that everywhere we looked we would find stunningly artistic buildings. They were decorated with statues, relief work and the sgraffito paintings we would find as we toured the Czech Republic. In the detail we found traditional design and whimsical figures.

The buildings and architecture of Prague were so amazing. Unfortunately it meant that our admiration of other amazing cities on our 6 week Central Europe trip was far more muted that they deserved.

Start With The Old Tourist Sights

No trip to Prague is complete without a visit to the Prague Castle. The castle complex is huge. With the spires of St Vitrus church, it dominates the Prague skyline. When we walked around the castle grounds, we found one after another fascinating buildings. Many were decorated with the sgraffito technique of layered plaster and colour that produced a 3D effect. We saw this sgraffito art everywhere we visited on our trip to the Czech Republic.

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The second major building that stood out on the riverfront was the National Theatre. We got our first view from the rooftop of our hotel. When we walked the riverfront or took a river cruise, we saw the National Theatre from many different perspectives. The statues on the top were interesting. But the frescos in the archways on the front were works of art.

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National Theatre - Buildings And Architecture Of Prague.jpg

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The Astrological Clock is a sight that is on most peoples list for Prague. We eagerly headed to the Old Town. Little did we know that the clock was being repaired. We were greeted with the familiar sight of scaffolding. A painting on canvas showed us what we missed.

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Astronomical Clock - Buildings And Architecture Of Prague.jpg

As we wandered around the Old Town, we found one of the old gates into the town. The Powder Tower was an interesting stop in the day and then again at night.

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Everyone said that we needed to walk across the Charles Bridge. At both ends of the bridge we found artistic gothic towers. The bridge itself was decorated with an array of statues.

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When we visited the big tourist sites, we got a first taste of the beauty of the buildings and architecture of Prague.

Add In Some Of The Newer Touristic Sights

There were a large number of other tourist sites that we found when we wandered around Prague. We got our first view of the Rudolfinum Concert Hall when we took a Vltava River cruise. We had more time to walk around this interesting Renaissance building after we walked down from a tour of the Prague Castle. It was originally erected as a cultural centre and today houses the Czech Philharmonic and the Gallerie Rudolfinum. Along the top we saw statues of famous musicians.

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When we stayed in the Old Tower area of Prague, around the corner from our hotel we found the Municipal House. This was yet another concert venue. Unfortunately we were not able to see a concert here before we left Prague.

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Around the corner from our first hotel in Prague, we found the New Town Hall. It was a series of very different buildings, each with its own style. The bell tower stood high on one corner.

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If you have seen pictures of Prague, you have probably seen the Dancing House. I know it was one building we looked to find as we walked along the riverfront.

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When we continued our visit to the other tourist sites, we got a second taste of the beauty of the buildings and architecture of Prague.

Don’t Miss The Churches

In most cities that we visit in Europe, we find that the churches are beautiful and ornate inside and out. Of course, the most prominent church in Prague was St. Vitrus standing high above the city on the Prague Castle grounds. On our tour of the Prague Castle, we got the opportunity to walk around the outside. And to tour the inside of St. Vitrus. It was a great introduction to the churches of the Czech Republic.

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St Vitrus Cathedral

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It seemed that “Nicolas” or “Nicholas” was a popular saint in Prague. The St Nicholas church was in the Lesser Town under the castle. With its large green dome, it was a dominant feature in the skyline on that side of the Vltava River. The St Nicolas Church in the Old Town Square was another beautiful church.

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St Nicolas Church - Buildings And Architecture Of Prague.jpg

As we walked around Prague, we came across many other church buildings. We did not spend much time inside these buildings. But there was an interesting variety in the church buildings.

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If you are looking for the beautiful buildings and architecture of Prague, don’t miss a chance to see the churches.

Keep Looking Up Or You Will Miss The Building Facades

The more traditional type of buildings and architecture in Prague were definitely interesting. But we were amazed by how many buildings on otherwise ordinary streets were works of art. We could barely go a block without finding yet one more building to stop and stare at. They were artistic in their entirety!

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Make sure you look up at the amazing artistic facades when you are looking for buildings and architecture in Prague.

The Beauty Is In The Detail

While we found so many full buildings that were beautiful, we also looked at the details that adorned so many of the buildings. Artistic carvings of cherubs and angels were everywhere. Faces stared down at us as we walked. Flowers and bees added whimsical touches.

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Building Art Detail - Buildings And Architecture Of Prague.jpg

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Building Art Detail - Buildings And Architecture Of Prague.jpg

Statues of people were used to decorate many of the buildings. Some were ornate and others were simple lines. Many were Renaissance-style nudes.

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We found painted buildings in many colours. Several showed the same sgraffito technique we saw on the Prague Castle.

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And we even found the playful statue of Freud hanging by an umbrella over one intersection.

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Don’t miss the artistic detail when you look at the buildings and architecture in Prague.

You Will Never Forget The Amazing Buildings And Architecture Of Prague

We will never forget the simply amazing buildings and architecture of Prague. Everywhere we looked we found yet one more gem. Whether it was the older touristic sights or just buildings on everyday streets, there was art. The fine detail that decorated the buildings left me staring so many times.

The beauty of buildings and architecture of Prague on our 8 week stay was so great that other cities we visited on our 6 weeks in Central Europe seemed to pale in comparison. When we reached Budapest, we were a bit jaded and probably missed so much of the architectural detail of that great city. And then we went into Austria and Switzerland. By the time we arrived in Geneva, we had stopped looking at buildings. A shame but also a great reason to return!

Didn’t you just love the buildings and architecture of Prague? Did you have a favourite one?

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24 Comments

  1. You captured the details so well! I love frescoes too, and those are absolutely stunning. And the cheery facade of the Grand Hotel belongs in a Wes Anderson movie!

    • Lynn, Thanks for your feedback. There really was so much to see everywhere we looked. It sometimes felt like we were walking in an outdoor museum. A place for your travel wish list ❤️ Linda

  2. I visited Prague very many years before and now that I read your post I’m kind of sorry I didn’t pay more attention to all these architectural details on the building façades. The sgraffito art seems to be very well represented in Prague.

  3. First, gotta say, I want to spend 6 weeks in Central Europe! Second, I’m always heart broke when iconic spots are being repaired when I’m there… it’s not like I can return in a couple months. Such a bummer. But Prague, man, it looks gorgeous! I didn’t realize there is a balcony on the Dancing House

    • Sherianne, We loved the chance to do 6 weeks in Central Europe. Prague to Budapest was fascinating. And then we headed to Austria and Switzerland. Such variety. We have often been to cities and been disappointed to see scaffolding. Several trips to Rome the Trevi Fountain was covered. But there was more than enough uncovered to enjoy the amazing buildings. Linda

  4. 8 days in Prague sounds like heaven…hope to go! The Dancing House looks incredibly unique! Would love to visit the Prague Castle too because we find all castles fascinating. Whenever we visit, we will definitely pay attention to the architecture because you’re right, the details on the buildings there are beautiful!

    • Steph and Zach, We saw a lot in 8 days but you probably don’t need quite that long to see it all. The Castle is an absolute must. But a walk around Prague will keep you looking up. So many different styles and techniques. Linda

  5. I visited Prague last Christmas and I remember standing in the middle of Charles bridge watching all the buildings on both sides of the city and along the river. I get chills even by remembering this moment. Definitely the most diverse and beautiful architecture you can find among all the European capitals!

    • Efthimis, We were very surprised at how beautiful the architecture was in Prague. So happy that the buildings were not bombed during one of the occupations. Loved that tourist buildings as well as ordinary buildings all were such artistic treats. Glad this brought back some memories for you. Linda

  6. I am glad that you glad a great time visiting my home country! Prague is amazing, with many great churches as you said. Next time, plan your trip to Brno! It’s much cooler and less touristy than Prague.

  7. This is a beautiful photo feature of Prague. It is certainly one of the more photogenic cities of Europe. It has brought back memories of our own trip last year. Thx.

  8. Prague is just so beautiful. I love both old and new architecture. Each marvel speaks of its beauty and you have captured the true essence of it. Loved your pictures and write up.

  9. I love Prague’s architecture so much! Amazingly, I missed the National Theater. But I could never forget the whole Old Town, with its pastel-colored buildings, or the Dancing House and its totally unique design. Great roundup!

    • Carrie, The National Theatre is interesting from afar with its sculptures on the roof line and with its beautiful roof. The porticos and frescos were really surprising to me and you only see them if you get close and walk around. Glad this added some sights for a return visit. Linda

  10. It looks so medieval and the sculptures are a work of art. These buildings reflect history and art. They look very detailed and beautiful. Like each building is a masterpiece. Prague is indeed a visual delight as you say and you captured it perfectly!

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