Charming, elegant, beautiful and unforgettable – this all is PRAGUE – capital city of the Czech Republic! If you are looking for unique history, original architecture, a rich mosaic of culture as well as some traditional and tasty local food and famous beer – you are in the right place – a place where you NEVER GET BORED!
Here is my list of MUST-SEE historical places in Prague?
- The Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world, a Unesco World Heritage site. This monumental complex with St. Vitus Cathedral was founded more than a 1.000 years ago and it is still very impressive! The complex includes – the Old Royal Palace, 3 churches and a monastery…do not miss the Golden Lane or the Dalibor Tower, also you can enjoy the beautiful Palace Gardens! Today, the Prague Castle is also a seat of the President.
- The fairytale-like Lesser Town (Malá Strana)
- The beautiful Charles Bridge, commissioned by King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1357. This stunning bridge spans 16 arches and is lined with 30 Baroque statues. Whilst its open whole day and night, most impressive are views during sunrise and sunset (there are many great restaurants on the bank of Prague’s Vltava River with a romantic view on the Charles Bridge).
- The Old Town (Staré město) with its fabulous Old Synagogue and Josefov (Unesco World Heritage site) are also worth the visit. I particularly love The Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock (Orloj) where saints emerge from trap doors, every hour.
Or you’d like to visit some other places outside of Prague? Here are some tips for a day trip. Very attractive and most visited are the medieval castle Karlštejn, the historical city Kutná Hora and the traditional spa city of Karlovy Vary or the fabulous city Český Krumlov. If you stay longer I can also recommend the old medieval castle KOST.
Or you prefer to go on a shopping spree? There are various interesting shops… Or would you like to buy some special souvenirs? Perhaps the Bohemian traditional crystal is the right choice…
Are you HUNGRY and THIRSTY? Once you are tired from all the walking around the city you shall remember that Prague is well known for its beer and food. Traditional Czech cuisine is based on meat dishes that include roast pork or duck with bread dumplings and stewed cabbage, typical and popular fried cheese (smažák) or local grilled sausages sold on the streets (klobásy)! There is nothing else that goes so well with heavy food as beer. Whilst all beers in the Czech Republic are fantastic my favorite is Pilsner Urquell. I am sure that you will love the local beer. And how about some local desert? Czech desserts include a variety of chocolate and fruit pastries, tarts and crepes! My favorite is apple pie (štrůdl)! Becherovka (a herbal bitter) or Fernet are the most popular local digestives. Do not hesitate to try them!
DID YOU KNOW THAT?
- Czech republic has by far the highest beer consumption per capita in the world (approx. 150 liters of beer per capita every year)!
- The Czechs regard their locally produced beers as a national treasure and it is often cheaper than a glass of water in pubs!
- The most famous and popular ones amongst locals are Gambrinus, Pilsner Urquell and Staropramen.
- The best (traditional) beer experience is at “U Medvídků”, a traditional Czech beer hall style pub dating back to 1466. Other two famous places to visit are U Vejvodů or U Fleků – brewery and restaurant complexes situated in the Old Town.
Perhaps you’re not that interested in history and you don’t fancy beer… but you might have heard about the writer Franz Kafka or the composer Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček or the great secession painter Alfons Mucha…?
You can try to imagine how it used to be here a long time ago, how people lived and worked here; you can visit a gallery, museums or a concert! Otherwise, you can rent a pedalo (paddle boat) and browse through the Vltava river or simply walk around and enjoy the city’s atmosphere…☺!
What do you think? Prague is maybe a tip for your next trip!