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Prague takes 5th place on Travel Advisor's Top 25 World Destinations

Prague, also known as the “Golden City of a Hundred Spires,” was named 5th on Travel Advisor’s 2014 25 Top World Destinations. Its fairy-tale architecture and love of classical music make this Cezch Republic city a popular top vacation destination.

Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.
Charles Bridge in Prague, Czech Republic.Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Prague has five districts known as Old Town (Stare Mesta), New Town (Novel Mesta), the Old Jewish Quarter (Josef), Malá Strana (the Lesser Quarter), and the Castle District (Harden). A visit to three districts will highlight only a very few of the exciting attractions offered to visitors.

One of the most popular attractions of Old Town is the clock tower on the Old Town Hall (Staromeštská radnice). Mobs of tourists gather around see the procession, including the 12 apostles, that is activated by the mechanisms on this 15th century clock at the top of each hour.

The Charles Bridge (Karlův most) crosses the Vltava River which divides Old Town, New Town, and the Jewish Quarter from the Lesser Quarter and the Castle District. Built in the 14th Century, the stone bridge has 30 statues that were added in the 17th century (masterful copies are in place now because the originals have been moved indoors for protection from the elements). It is a popular site for pictures, and licensed vendors set up stands daily to exhibit their arts and crafts.

The Castle District has another popular tourist attraction, the Prague Castle. The castle complex sits on a narrow hilltop also has St. Vitus Cathedral (Chrám svatéo Víta) inside its gates. Because the building of the cathedral took place between 1344 to 1929, its architectural style ranges from high Gothic to Art Nouveau. It is from the hilltop complex that the Charles Bridge, many sights, and the fabled hundred spires can be seen as they rise high above the rooftops.

Do not miss the many other sights, the free concerts in churches throughout the city, the puppet opera at the National Marionette Theatre, and the infamous Infant Jesus of Prague which is housed in the beautiful Baroque Church of Our Lady Victorious in the Malá Strana District.