The largest and most populated city in the Czech Republic, Prague is a beautiful place to visit with everything from medieval castles, hearty cuisine to windy cobblestone streets. This city is one of the most affordable destinations in Europe and great place to visit no matter what season it is. The great part about this city is that you can walk most places, which helps save travel costs and also bring down your carbon footprint. I walked everywhere in the city and only needed to get the bus to the airport. Keep reading if you are planning a break to Prague for a list of the top 5 things to do!
1) Admire the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square:
The first thing you should do in Prague is visit the famous clock in the middle of Old Town Square. It doesn’t matter whether you visit it at night or during the day, I recommend doing as it is so fascinating to see! The clock was built in 1410 and has so many features – the outer ring is the zoological signs; the second ring tells what hour it is but in Roman numerals and the inside changes from daylight to night time. Every hour you will notice crowds gathering around the clock to see the ‘show’ which is when the figures within the clock come out and dance.
2) Walk Across Old Charles Bridge:
It’s not a trip to Prague unless you have walked across Charles Bridge! This medieval bridge spans over the Vltava River and was built back in in 1357. During the day the bridge gets quite crowded but there are some local artists and musicians with stalls on the bridge and the atmosphere is great!
You can also visit the Lennon wall which is just a 5-minute walk from here. John Lennon never visited the wall but since the 1980’s it is filled with his inspiring lyrics, symbolising freedom, free speech and peace.
3) Explore Prague Castle in the morning time:
Prague Castle is so beautiful and the most popular tourist attraction in the city. Because of this there are usually a lot of crowds so I recommend visiting early in the morning if you can. The gates open at 10AM every day and you don’t need to pay in to just roam around the grounds. Inside the castle walls you will find Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St. George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens and defence towers.
I recommend seeing this during your visit and also sit in for a coffee in Lobkowicz Palace Café. They have an outdoor terrace where you can sip on your hot beverage and admire the stunning views looking down at the city and the Renaissance-style courtyard. The café is open every day from 10AM-6PM.
4)Check out the Dancing House:
The famous unique building is a must see during your weekend visit to Prague. Located in the New Town you won’t miss this building as it stands out with its curvy outlines. It is meant to look like two people dancing which is where it gets its name as the Dancing House. The building was constructed between 1992-1996 and is particularly striking in the city centre because it is a modern building surrounded by historic architecture.
5)Try out some traditional Czech cuisine:
When in Czech Republic, try out some local food and I promise you will not be disappointed! A great restaurant for this is Staromáček and is located in Old Town Square. They have an impressive menu with Goulash served in a loaf of bread (a must try) and other dishes such as epřo knedlo zelo (roasted pork).
The best part about this restaurant is their special wine Medovina. This wine has a sweet taste and is served to you in a very large wine glass after the waiter heats it up on a blue flame. took the red Medovina, as I like a sweet tasting wine, and really enjoyed it.
I hope you enjoy this Prague travel guide you find it helpful for your visit to this great city!