Prague State Opera
One of the highlights of our trip to Prague was seeing Carmen at the State Opera. The Opera House, near the National Museum at the southern end of Wencesles Square, is modelled on the Vienna Opera House, though on a smaller scale.
It's a small and intimate venue and there are great views from almost every seat. We bought our tickets only an hour before the opera started so most of the best tickets had already gone but we managed to get two seats in one of the boxes at the highest level for 600 Koruny (about 20 Euro) each.
Sternbern Palace was built in 1698-1707. Nowadays the national gallery is situated in the palace. There are many interesting exhibits of old Italian, Flemish, Czech and even Russian paintings. The gallery is opened daily, except Mondays, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Pack according to the season
If you're travelling in winter, be sure to bring your warmest clothes as it is quite cold in months like December and January. Don't hesitate to put an undershirt on as well as woolen socks. I think it'd be wise to bring your own medicine (just 2-3 pills) just in case you catch a cold, once you feel the first signs of a cold or a flu, you can pop a pill and get better sooner than if you go looking for the right drugstore and medicine.
Book abyss - IDIOM
Visit the Municipal Library of Prague located at Marianske namesti 1, few steps from the Old Town Square. When you enter the main entrance there is kind of huge column made of books (called "Idiom") standing upstairs. Go to it and look inside ... you`ll feel like in a deep abyss of literature. It`s a production of a Slovak artist Matej Kren. There is no entrance fee.
The Library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Baroque mansions overlooking the Vlatava.
Shown is a sample of the architectural gems on the banks of the Vlatava River a couple of klicks upstream ( south ) of " da famous tourist bridge boss ".
These mansions were built about 300 years ago for the rich and snobby. Currently they are apartment buildings. The baroque architectural elements are magnificant. Great wrought iron work. The sheer rock retaining wall drops vertically to the water.
These buildings and many others can be seen from the long riverfront footpath or from a tour boat.