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Top Ten Favorite Attractions Guests can Walk to From the ARIA Hotel Prague

Published: May 27th, 2014

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities for travelers to visit and it is an easy city to enjoy on foot.  The ARIA Hotel Prague is not only one of the the most luxurious and unique hotels in the city, it is also an ideal location from which to explore. Library Hotel Collection fans will especially love a visit to the world’s most beautiful library!

Prague Castle: 

Prague castle Hradcany and Charles bridge, two of the most famous tourist attractions in Czech Republic capital city.

15 minute walk from the ARIA Hotel, Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world (70.000 m2), it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through Gothic modifications in the 14th century. Since the Velvet Revolution, the Prague Castle has undergone significant and ongoing repairs and reconstructions. It’s usually crowded by tourist during the daytime, but it’s definitely worth visiting at night as well, for its magical atmosphere. Don’t miss the St. Vitus Cathedral. By the way Czech Republic, with over 2000 castles, has the highest density of castles in the world.

St. Nicholas Church:

1 minute walk from the ARIA Hotel. The most famous and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in Prague.  Built in 1745-47, the main organs have over 4,000 pipes up to six meters in length and were played by Mozart in 1787. Mozart’s spectacular masterpiece, Mass in C, was first performed in the Church of Saint Nicholas shortly after his visit. Today, besides of concerts and regular worships there are sometimes other actions held in the St Nicholas Church. Don’t mix with another St. Nicholas Church on the Old Town Square.

Petrin Hill & Observatory

20 minute walk or 10 minutes with the funicular railway, which is part of the Prague public transport network. Petrin is a 300 m hill, one of Prague’s greenest places. On the top of the hill covered with parks and trees you will find several landscape gardens, a mirror maze and Petrin Observatory Tower, which is 60 meters tall and from which is a beautiful view of the entire city of Prague. The builders were inspired by the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. In Czech you can often hear to call it the “baby Eiffel Tower”. On a clear day it is possible to see the highest peak in the Czech Republic, Snezka, which is 150km away.

Charles Bridge:  

Panorama of Charles bridge with statues and Prague castle on surise. Prague, Czech Republic

5 minute walk from the ARIA Hotel. The legend says that for building the bridge, there were eggs used in the grout as a “glue” to make the cement harder and more resistant. Built in 4st century, Charles Bridge is the oldest existing bridge on the Vltava river and the second oldest in the Czech Republic. The bridge connects the Old Town and Lesser Town and during the year, but mostly in Spring – Fall,  it is full of artists, painters and souvenir shops. Due to its breathtaking beauty, the bridge is also seen frequently in movies and music videos.

Old Town Square: 

Old Town Square at dusk Prague, Czech republic

15 minute walk.  The Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is one of two main squares in Prague (Wenceslas Square is the other, just 5 minutes walk away). With its ancient buildings and magnificent churches, this is one of the most beautiful historical sites in Europe.The most notable sights on the square is the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, which dates back to 1410, and at 604 years old, it is the world’s 3rd oldest clock and the only one still in operation. Every day you can see the crowds of tourists standing in front of the clock, observing ceremonial ritual with the march of the Twelve Apostles.

Wenceslas Square:

20 minute walk. It’s not the one immortalized in the famous Christmas carol; that Wenceslas was something of an aristocratic Robin Hood figure who lived in Bohemia around the mid-10th century and became a patron of Bohemia (the statue of st. Wenceslas on the horse is placed on the upper end of the square). Many historical events occurred there, and it is a traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations, and other public gatherings. It looks more like a boulevard than a square and is also famous for a Vaclavska sausage (klobása) which you can get in one of typical stands.

Vrtbovska Garden: 

Vrtbovska Garden

Vrtbovska Garden

Adjacent to to ARIA Prague. Neighboring with the ARIA Hotel, Vrtbovska garden is the oldest baroque garden in Prague. It’s situated on the slope of the Petrin Hill and many people consider it the most beautiful garden in Prague. Vrtbovská garden is divided vertically into three separate terraces at altitudes of 197-212 m. From the highest terrace, there is a beautiful view of the city, Prague Castle, St. Nicholas Church and many other city’s highlights. After the extensive reconstruction and re-opening in 1998, the garden became a calm and peaceful oasis in the center of the city. A curiosity of the garden is an outdoor aviary on the ground floor, which includes 13 kinds of exotic birds.

Kampa & Lennon’sWall

Lennon wall in Kampa Park

7 minute walk. Kampa is the biggest Prague’s island situated on the Lesser Town side in the shadow of the Charles Bridge, full of picturesque streets, restaurants and cafés. The earliest written records of Kampa date back to the 12th century. Charming houses by the water and the island’s location earned it the nickname “the Venice of Prague”. The island’s large park is a great place for picnics, morning jogging or just relaxation. Few steps from the park you will find the John Lennon’s wall – people from all over the world write on it every day – Beatles lyrics, messages, love wishes and pleas for a better world. Kampa Park and its surroundings are usually considered as a place for those who are in love or as a perfect date location.

Palace Gardens Beneath the Prague Castle 

5 minute walk from the ARIA. A wonderful place to relax and have a look at Lesser Town and Prague’s splendid red roofs are the terraced gardens below the Castle: Ledebur Garden, Small and Great Palffy Gardens, Kolowrat and Small Fürstenberk Gardens. The hill below the Castle had originally only defensive purposes and was basically covered with ramparts. At the beginning of the 16th century, when the wars started to lose pace, the lands were sold and new vineyards and Italian style gardens appeared in the place of the demolished fortifications. New gardens then developed during the 18th century on the place of the former vineyards and Renaissance gardens. Five of the six exquisite Baroque gardens have been reconditioned and are now open for visiting during warmer seasons. The sixth garden is waiting to be reopened. While touring the gardens, don’t miss an exceptional restaurant Terasa U Zlaté Studne,  which you can enter by the private gate, which was used by the Roman Emperor Rudolf II., and which is leading there directly from the top of the Ledeburg Gardens. The restaurant offers a beautiful terrace and a breathtaking view of the city. Spoil yourself with a cup of coffee here and a great dessert, a glass of excellent Czech wine or any of the selected chef’s delicacies.

Strahov Monastery & Library 

Baroque library in Strahov Monastery in Prague, Czech Republic

10 minute walk. The Royal Canonry of Premonstratensians at Strahov is one of the oldest monasteries of the Premonstratensian Order in the world. It has been a working monastery practically ever since it was founded in 1143. Stroll through the picturesque Lesser Town’s streets leading to the monastery up a slight hill. The monastery, which was restored in 1990, also houses the Museum of National Literature, part of the monastery is famous Strahov Library and an art gallery. The monastery’s ground plan is in the shape of an irregular quadrilateral, with the abbey of the Assumption of Our Lady, originally a triple-aisle Romanesque basilica, located in the center. The library in the Strahov Monastery in Prague played an important role in Czech history. There are about 200 000 old prints, mostly from the period between the 16 th and the 18 th century, around 3000 manuscripts and 1500 first prints. One of the most precious items is the Strahov Evangeliary from the 9 th century, with Romanesque and Gothic decoration. There are two splendidly decorated halls: the Theological Hall and the Philosophical Hall.

 

Need more advice? Our Chef Concierge and the Music Director, Dr. Ivana Stehlikova and her team are entirely dedicated to your every desire, and no effort will be spared to make your stay at Aria Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic unforgettable. Please e-mail us at concierge@aria.cz and we will be delighted to assist you!