If you can look past the streams of tourists and tacky shops catering for their needs, this streets is one of the most beautiful sights in Prague. The Royal Way is the path that runs from Námestí Republiky to Old Town Square and up to the castle, crossing the Charles Bridge on the way. It winds through the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town towards the river and then rises up the hill on the other side, past the grand St Nicholas’ Church to the entrance to the castle.
The streets are lined with shops packed to the gunnels with tourist tack: Prague Drinking Team T-shirts, models of houses, cheap glassware, hideous dolls and more souvenirs than you can shake a stick at. It is a beautiful route, nevertheless, surrounded by medieval and Baroque architecture, but it’s absolutely packed full of tour groups, so if you want to dodge the crowds your best bet is late at night or early in the morning. Otherwise expect to be jostled through the streets.