Sights

Thanks to the situation of the hotel in one of the most romantic places of Old Prague, all the significant Prague sights are close to or within a couple of minutes´ walk from the Loreta hotel. 


Loretánské square – Prague Loreta church

Right next to the hotel

One of the most beautiful of Prague's squares was established between 1703 and 1726 when the Černín family purchased the old houses and had them pulled down. Thus a square was created, bordered on the western side by the impressive Černín palace, on the east by the Prague Loreta and on the north by the Capuchin monastery and Angelic Virgin Mary church. Černín palace was built in the 17th century by Humprecht Černín, who hired numerous Italian masters for the task. Prague Loreta is a remarkable Baroque monument and a pilgrimage place where the tones of the unique Loretan chimes can be heard every hour. Inside there is the Santa Casa, a copy of the holy house in Nazareth, adored in the Italian Loretto as the site of the miracle of the Incarnation.


Strahov monastery

within a couple of minutes´ walk

 

Strahov monastery in Prague is the oldest Premonstrate monastery in Bohemia and at the same time one of the major architectural monuments of the country.  Strahov monastery was built in 1140 and called Sion in the same year. The Assumption Church, originally a Romanesque basilica, dates from 12th century and since the reconstruction of the monastery in 1990 has housed the National Literary Memorial. The monastery further houses a beautiful picture gallery and a famous library with 3000 manuscripts and 1500 incunables.


Petřín

within 10 minutes´ walk

The Petřín hill, at 327 metres above sea level, is one of the major dominating features of the Prague skyline and at the same time a place offering one of the nicest views of Prague, its monuments, dominants and other attractive tourist sights. From there you can see Prague Castle, the Lesser Town, the Old Town, the New Town and other city quarters and significant parts of Prague. The major sight on Petřín is the Petřín observation tower built in 1891.


Queen Anne Folly (Belvedere)

within 10 minutes´ walk

In the years 1538-1560 Ferdinand I had a royal folly built in Prague Castle. The folly is situated on the eastern edge of the Royal Gardens. The folly is one of the purest examples of the Renaissance style in Bohemia. The arcade gallery and the rich relief decorations were created by Italian stonemasons and the roof is the work of B. Wohlnut. In front of the folly there is the famous "singing fountain". Drops of water falling on the edge of the bottom bowl make sweet "music" you can listen to when you place your ear close to the bowl.


Prague Castle

within 5 minutes´ walk

Prague Castle is one of the most visited Czech historic monuments. It used to be the traditional seat of Czech kings and since 1918 it has also been the seat of Czech presidents. Continuous extensions and reconstructions have made Prague Castle one of the largest castles in the world. Prague Castle is dominated by St Vitus´ Cathedral, the place of rest of Czech kings, with its unique St Wenceslas´ Chapel where the Bohemian crown jewels are kept. Further monuments include the Old Royal Palace with its unique Vladislavský Hall, St George´s Monastery with the adjacent basilica, and the picturesque Golden Alley and Daliborka tower.


Prague Castle Gardens

within 10 minutes´ walk

Below Prague Castle, on its southern slope, there are large gardens connecting it to the Lesser Town. The garden complex consists of the following gardens: Ledeburská, Small Pálffyovská, Large Pálffyovská, Kolowratská and Small Fürstenberská gardens. The gardens feature numerous terraces, staircases, summer houses and original sculptures. The nearly 30 observation terraces overlook the Prague panorama.


Kampa

within 10 minutes´ walk

The picturesque Kampa island in the Vltava river offers romantic corners and walks in places where "time has stopped". Kampa island is separated from the Lesser Town by an artificial mill race called Čertovka, or also "Prague Venice“. The island also includes a park for rest and recreation with a beautiful view of the Charles Bridge and the Vltava river. The Velkopřerovské square, which is part of Kampa, includes the so-called Lennon wall, a site for an annual meeting of young people who on 8 December commemorate this artist.


Charles Bridge

within 10 minutes´ walk

Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge crossing the Vltava river. The bridge was completed in 1357 and replaced the original Judith bridge, pulled down by a flood in 1347. As the legend has it, eggs, milk and wine were used in the mortar. The original name, Stone Bridge, was replaced by Charles Bridge in 1870. The bridge is lined with groups of statues by Matyáš Braun. The majestic appearance of the bridge is underlined by the entrance towers.


Old Town Square

within 15 minutes´ walk

Old Town Square is one of the most beautiful European squares. This oldest and most significant Prague square used to be a busy marketplace at a crossroads of merchants´ routes. Nearby there also used to be the Ungelt customs house, where goods imported by foreign merchants were declared. The Old Town Square offers several major sights and architectural gems. In addition to the Old Town Hall there is the magnificent Old Town Clock with its moving figures of apostles and the square's dominating features, St. Nicolas´ Church, Kinský Palace, the Stone Bell House and the memorial to Master John Hus. In the pavement of the square there is the mark of the place where 27 Bohemian lords were beheaded (21 June 1621) and the mark of the Prague meridian.


Prague Jewish Town - Josefov

within 15 minutes´ walk

The Josefov city quarter is part of the Old Town and until 1850 was called the Jewish Town or earlier also the Jewish Ghetto. Just a couple of buildings remain of the former Ghetto, including the Jewish Town Hall, the Old Jewish Cemetery and six synagogues: Klausová, Maiselova, Pinkasova, Old-New, Spanish and High synagogues. In the course of World War II the Jews were deported to concentration camps, where many of them died. Their estates were collected and exhibited in the Jewish museum, the second largest Jewish museum in the world. Thanks to this, Josefov is one of the best preserved complexes of Jewish monuments in Europe.