Enjoy the vivacious culture, hearty cuisine and historical architecture of the Czech Republic and some of the top destinations in Central Europe:
The Prague astronomical clock is one of Prague’s most iconic sights. It is a medieval clock originally installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still in operation. Naturally, it is found in the Old Town Square, on the southern wall of Old Town Hall. The colorful clock’s astronomical dial displays various astronomical details, representing the Sun and the Moon’s position, a calendar dial and of course, a frame to tell time. Four wooden figures surround the clock, representing Vanity, Greed, Lust and Death (the latter of which is represented by a skeleton). Each hour, as the skeleton rings the bell signifying an hour lost, the other three figures immediately shake their heads ‘no.’ After all, no one wants to lose time!
Wenceslas Square, named after patron saint of the Czech state Saint Wenceslas, is at the bustling center of Prague – connecting Old Town with New Town. Once a horse market, the vibrant square is now a commercial and shopping mecca, known for its restaurants, cafés and nightlife and is the location for many historical events, demonstrations and other gatherings. The Wenceslas Monument is one of the most iconic and photographed in Prague, featuring the saint atop a horse. It is just steps away from the neo-Renaissance style National Museum.