- Take a stroll along the Charles Bridge – Beautiful bridge that crosses over the Vltava river. Take your time on this iconic landmark and really soak it all in. One of my best friends was proposed to on this bridge and after visiting it, I can see why her husband chose this location. It really is romantic and gives you a unique perspective of the city.
2. Explore Josefov (the Jewish Quarter) – When WWII commenced, Prague had one of the largest Jewish communities in Europe. Most of this area was preserved, as Hitler planned to turn the Synagogues into museums on the “extinct race.” It is also the birthplace of Franz Kafka (monument in last photo). Prague is not only a beautiful city, it is also incredibly fascinating.
3. Climb the stairs up to St. Vitus Cathedral/Prague Castle grounds – Make sure to climb the stairs that take you up to the Castle grounds (all 208 of them – yes it’s worth it!) because the view is spectacular from the top. It was raining when I went up but it didn’t matter one bit; it was so beautiful that I didn’t even notice the rain. Proceed to St. Vitus which is Prague’s largest and most important Cathedral and admire its stunning Gothic architecture. You can take a tour of the entire Prague Castle or you can enter the first part free of charge. I was lucky enough to catch the changing of the guards which takes place every hour on the hour.
4. Check out the unique architecture of Dancing House – I’ve seen many photos of Dancing House on Instagram (I follow many travel sites – no surprise there!) and have always wanted to see it in person. It’s modern and striking design really stands out in a city known for its historic buildings. Ginger & Fred Restaurant is located on the top floor and is the only floor open to the public.
5. Walk around Old Town Square – Dating back to the 12th century, the Old Town Square is a bustling place full of activity. Home to the famous Astronomical Clock, Old Town Hall Tower & St. Nicholas Church, this section of the city will fascinate you at every turn. Also make sure to check out Prague’s other main square – Wenceslas Square; only moments from here. It was Easter weekend when I visited and both squares had markets on that were selling everything from traditional Czech food to puppets and painted Easter eggs. It was a magical time to be in the city!
6. Eat & drink like the locals – Prague has some of the best food I have ever tasted. Potato dumplings, sausage, schnitzel & my absolute favourite – trdelník. Trdelník is a pastry that is rolled, wrapped around a stick and covered in cinnamon sugar. Many stalls also serve them with a variety of fillings and/or ice cream. Food in Prague is inexpensive and very filling, which is great for your wallet and for sustaining you while you’re out and about exploring. I highly recommend going to Pivovarský klub; it’s a very traditional Czech restaurant with excellent beer and terrific food at a great price. Check out their website here: http://www.pivovarskyklub.com/index/index/lang/en. Make sure to try some Czech beers as well (ask your server for recommendations).
7. Visit the Mucha Museum – I am completely fascinated by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha; known for his images of women and his unique Art Nouveau style. This is an absolute must while in Prague – the museum is really well laid out and there is a video that gives you a lot of insight into his life and accomplishments. I’ve been to many museums and art galleries and this one is rated pretty high on my list.
8. Get inspired at the John Lennon Wall – The John Lennon wall not only represents peace and free-speech; some say it inspired the Velvet Revolution which ultimately led to the fall of Communism. In addition to the wall memorializing Lennon and his ideas after his death, those rebelling against the regime took to writing their dreams and aspirations on the wall. The prospect of a prison sentence didn’t stop them – they took to visiting it and inscribing their messages in the middle of the night. Located in Kampa, this is not just like any other wall covered in graffiti – it represents what can happen when you fight hard enough for what you believe in.
9. Shop for unique items at a local market – I’m a big fan of visiting local markets, especially when I’m in another country. It gives you the opportunity to try different foods, communicate with the locals and check out different arts and crafts from the area. The markets were buzzing at Easter when I visited; it was a wonderful atmosphere filled with people from all walks of life.
10. See if you can spot all of the unique sculptures around town – The controversial Czech artist, David Černý has a variety of sculptures hidden around town. The man hanging by one hand is none other than Sigmund Freud; this statue has garnered more than one phone call to police as onlookers feared it was someone jumping to their death. The kinetic head of Franz Kafka titled K on Sun was my favourite (pictured in the video below). I love anything that’s a little out there and his statues are definitely unique, very fitting for such an amazing city!
Ciao, Praha! I will definitely be back ❤