Troja Château (Trojský zámek)

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The Troja Château stands apart from Prague’s laundry list of historic monuments for its baroque style, extravagant frescos and picturesque chateau grounds. The Bohemian castle began construction in 1679, while painters and sculptors contributed to the Troja Château’s decorative element until its ultimate completion a few decades later. The castle traded hands until 1922 when the owner decided to donate the estate to the state. Subsequently, Troja Château finished reconstruction and began serving as the Gallery of the City Gallery Prague in 1989.   

These days, visitors marvel at the Troja Château’s stunning trompe l'oeil ceiling, plus the assortment of additional art that lines the palace’s walls. If you’re lucky enough to visit during warm weather, previous travelers suggest taking in the Troja Château’s architecture from the surrounding gardens and vineyards. Recent tourists recommend pairing a visit to the palace with the Prague Zoo, as the two attractions are adjacent.

You can get to the Troja Château, which sits about 3 miles north of the city center, by taking the No. 112 bus. The Troja Château is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday and closed on Monday. General admission costs 120 koruna (about $5), reduced admission costs 60 koruna (about $3) and family admission costs 250 koruna (about $11). More information on the Troja Château can be found on its website.

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Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace. 

The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.

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