This is a tour of some of Prague’s major sites and attractions, most of which are within two miles of Wenceslas Square. Just nearby is Old Town Square, the city’s historic center. The longer loop adds nearly 3 miles with a tour of Vojans’ Orchards and a jaunt up to the famous Prague Castle. Note that ‘Old Town” is more crowded and touristy, while “New Town” has a bit more of a feel of Prague before it was ‘discovered’.
Short Loop: Begin your route at Malostranská Metro Stop, near Waldstein Gardens, which are known for magnificent statues. Visit the garden either at the beginning or end of your run, depending on the time of day. Note: The gardens open at Mo-Fr 7.30am, So-Sun 10am and are closed during the winter (Nov — March). Next, pass by the Czech Senate building on your way to the heart of Lesser Town. In Lesser Town, enjoy St. Nicholas Church and little picturesque streets adjacent to the greeny Kampa Island.
Cross the famous Charles Bridge in order to head towards New Town. Here, explore the labyrinthine medieval streets especially inner-court Franciscan Garden and Wenceslas Sq. There’s some fun exploring of the unknown passage-ways around the square. The next stage of the tour is around the historical buildings of Charles University and the tower of the Old Town Hall. This tower is famous for the huge astrological clock it bears that displays the procession of the signs of the zodiac, as well as the time of day. Time your run to get here at the top of the hour and view its remarkable display. To complete this loop, run past the Cemetery in Jewish Town (ex-ghetto), cross back over the Vltava River and return to Waldstein Garden.
Longer Loop: This adds about 3 miles. It includes the quiet Vojans’ Orchards and, above all, the Prague Castle- the largest enclosed castle complex in the world (only available to run in the morning), as well as Petrin Park (with an Eiffel-like view-tower on the top).
Video Highlights: Sights, Castle, Petřín (42 min.) virtualfitnesstv.com
- Short Loop: 4.28 miles; Large Loop: 7.12 miles
- Short: 134 ft; Long: 700 ft.
- Malostranská Metro Stop
- Metro: Malostranská
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