Prague, maybe you’ve seen pictures in travel magazines and read a lot of travel articles about the region. The Heart of Europe. Rome of the North. Call it what you want, just make sure you add it to your travel bucket list.
I was shocked at how much I loved Prague, and it wasn’t for any of the reasons that I thought I would. Before arriving, I was excited to see the Dancing House, the Prague Castle, and the John Lennon Wall.
It turned out that I had too much fun dancing on the corner by the Dancing House, but to be honest, the Prague Castle and John Lennon Wall (which has been ruined with personal graffiti) were a little anticlimactic for me.
It was everything that I didn’t realize I would fall in love with that made me wish I left us a little more than two days to hang out in this eastern European city. I have made up a list of the surprises that I fell in love with, and places that I think you need to check out if you are ever lucky enough to visit! Also, Read Amazingly Beautiful Little Towns Across the Globe.
- You feel like you could live like a king if you moved to this country. Food is cheap, beer is cheaper, entertainment is free. We had no idea how the exchange rate worked here, so we took out 1,000 Kč when we first arrived at the train station. The machine promptly spits out a single bill for 1,000 Kč. Note to self, 1000 Kč = €35
- The food is SO good! Street food, restaurants, cafes, you name it, you’ll love it.
- We were recommended to go to a local restaurant called Kolkovna Olympia. If you’re in Prague, you need to give yourself time to have dinner here! I played it safe and ordered Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, and Red Cabbage. Matt ordered off the Czech menu like a champ and enjoyed Leg of Goose and Dumplings. We each had a pint, shared a dessert, and our delicious home-cooked meal came to 600 Kč (€20).
- The locals call it “Trdelnik“, I know it as “cinnamon sugar bread”. You cannot try it anywhere else, and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one! It is made fresh in front of your eyes and tastes just as good as it looks. DO NOT leave Prague without trying this sweet treat!
- The people. Anyone that we met in Prague, we loved. Maybe it’s their cheap beer or relaxed marijuana laws, but everyone we came across was super chill and just wanted to enjoy life. On our last night, we went to a grocery store to use up the last of our crowns and stocked up on water and chocolate bars for our train ride. The cashier was helping us add items, and when we went over by 5 Kč, she laughed at us and told us not to worry about it.
- The bridges. Walk across any bridge and look over to your right or left, and you will see a few more. It looks and feels so much like a storybook, that I had to keep reminding myself this was real life.
- Charles Bridge. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I LOVED walking across this to get to and from almost anything. The vendors on this bridge are cool, and I loved taking the time to shop as I walked.
- Take some time to visit the Old Jewish Cemetery. The small area holds approximately 12,000 tombstones, stacked on top of one another. Later in our trip, we found out that the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin was designed after this cemetery.
- The view from Letna Park is amazing! It’s a bit of a trek to get to, but worth it! There is also a beer garden up there to reward yourself after you take in the views.
Things To Do In Prague
Prague Old Town Square
The impressive Historic Square is located in the middle of Prague’s Old Town. The square has a number of structures and creates a picturesque atmosphere. Old Town Square has numerous houses and monuments and two churches: A gothic style church with the renowned Tan tower and the church of St. Nicholas is on the other side of the square.
However the square’s main attraction is the Old Town Hall In reality, there are many buildings like the Old Town Hall Tower. And a beautiful observational deck.
The Jewish settlement in Prague goes back to the 10th century and has been a significant center for Jewish life and culture ever since. Prague is a total separation between the historical center and the River Vltava, which is now the Jewish quarter since they were not able to settle in any part of the city.
It is also the most often visited museum in Prague if you visit the Jewish museum and you can visit some amazing synagogues, both old and modern.
A 600-year-old bridge connecting with Mal Strana, on the opposite side of the Vltava River lies under Prague Castle and the old town.
Charles Bridge was built in 1402 and was a significant trading link between East and West. Although used for all traffic throughout history, the bridge is now pedestrian-only. It was designed under King Charles IV, but only in the nineteenth century was it renamed the Charles Bridge.
An ancient fortress located on a hill just outside the center of Prague. According to a legend, in fact, Vyšehrad was the original settlement of Prague.
This charming property houses the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul and the Viehrad cemetery. The ultimate resting place for many famous Czechs is personality, a garden, and other impressive buildings.
There are endless thing to do and see, only few of them are mentioned here.
Have you been to Prague? Suggest to our readers your favorite places to visit in Prague?