Here is a mini travel guide for all the architecture lovers who want to visit Prague, the beautiful capital of Czech Republic. From Gehry’s Dancing House to Charles Bridge and more.
During my recent trip to Prague what I found out to be particularly fascinating is looking at the city from above, there are many high points of view to enjoy it, plus every single metro station is just so photogenic! These are my highlights and main suggestions for your trip.
THE VIEW FROM THE CASTLE
The first thing that no one who goes to Prague can miss is the view of the entire city from the Castle’s hill. Take your time to soak up this beautiful vision because the city centre really looks like a fairy tale set.
Size fact: do you know that Prague castle is the largest ancient castle in the world? Now you do.
You can’t miss the uniqueness of the Nova Scena‘s facade made of blown glass blocks. I found it really interesting since it’s an unusual kind of Brutalist building, it keeps all the style’s features such as repetition and geometry, monolithic and blocky appearance but the opaque glass that replaces the usual material used in brutalist architecture imitates really well the typical concrete look and feeling.
Oh and don’t be afraid of popping in and taking pictures of the spiral staircase.
Top modern landmark in Prague is the Dancing House. Designed in cooperation with Frank Gehry, it’s a beautiful example of Deconstructivist architecture.
Do the two parts of the building look like two dancers? Hopefully your answer is yes because its shape should remind you of a man and a woman dancing, to be precise Gehry was thinking of Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers…I know…architects…
By the way, get in and go to the top floor where you can find a restaurant and a small café with a great view. But it’s not done yet, step outside in the terrace and get creative with the metallic nest. It’s perfect for artistic shots!
don’t forget to take a peek even at the tiny cute streets, they may lead to something interesting or really Instagrammable like this nice Art Gallery.
Really popular and touristic place. I warn you! It will be hard to shoot due to the constant flow of people so try to be there before the sunrise, I’ve seen gorgeous pictures of the bridge itself, really spectral, isn’t it? If I’ll go again to Prague this will be on top on my to-do list.
Another thing I’ll certainly do if I’ll be back in Prague is a metro station tour! Hopping in and out at every stop of the three metro lines.
So excited about this new project, it’s a work in progress but at least I’ve started it. Hope you find it interesting and inspiring!
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