In a city where beer is cheaper than water, you’ll have a great time exploring the cobblestone streets that meander beneath the picturesque castle of medieval Prague. There is much to see, do, drink, and eat in this beautiful city. Enjoy the Highlights of Prague!
Highlights of Prague – Must Do’s
Explore by foot
The best way to absorb some of Prague’s colorful history is with a walking tour of the Old Town. The Royal Walk Free Tour takes you from the Old Town square passed Charles Bridge through the Jewish Quarter and comes to an end near the University. You’ll hear stories about the history of Prague, Bohemia, and Czechoslovakia with tales of murder and superstition. Did you know that the phrase ‘Eastern European’ is offensive to the Czech people? They prefer the term central European. Our guide, Colorado David, provided a wonderfully entertaining tour with loads of jokes and sarcasm.
Walk up to the Castle and across Charles Bridge. You’ll see panoramic city views and enjoy street art as you wander the cobblestone streets.
Visit the Old Town Square and see the astronomical clock.
While the clock may be underwhelming in person if you stand amongst the crowds waiting for the short show at the top of each hour, it is impressive when you consider it was built in the 15th century.
While wandering the streets of old town, you may want to stop for a drink of hot chocolate, cider, or svarak (Czech hot mulled wine) at the holiday markets. If you’re hungry, fill up with sausage or snack on a chimney cake. Fun fact: Chimney cakes are actually of Hungarian origin.
Enjoy Panoramic Night views with Dinner at Nebozizek
You’ll ride a cable car from Ujezd to a beautiful restaurant and hotel overlooking Old Town Prague. The menu offers local dishes like goulash and rabbit as well as international dishes such as steak and pasta. They also offer Bohemian wine.
Tip: Do not try to take an Uber to this restaurant, or you risk being lost on a hill above the property. Its best to take the cable car up from Ujezd station, 1-stop. The ticket machine accepts coins and is about 20 Czech kroner per person each way.
Wet your whistle with a beer at U Medvidku
Founded in 1466, this historic brewery is now one of the largest alehouses in Prague. It features a hotel, restaurant, brewery, and even a cabaret.
Highlights of Prague – Where to stay
Old Town Prague or the northern half of New Town Prague both have plenty to offer for shopping, bars, cafes, and restaurants. The city is very walkable and there are lots of trams and Ubers available to get you around. We stayed in an Airbnb on Hybernska and were very happy with the location.
Highlights of Prague – Tips
- Don’t be put off by a grouchy or an unfriendly person “greeting” you as you enter a Czech restaurant. This is completely normal and may, in fact, indicate you’re in an authentic Czech restaurant.
- Wear comfortable shoes. The cobblestone streets can be hard on your feet, especially with pointed heels, and you’ll want to do lots of walking to see the city.
- Be prepared for a long line to enter the Prague Castle. The views are beautiful, so come prepared with a coffee or a snack and enjoy the wait.
- Violent crimes are very uncommon in the Czech Republic. The most common crimes are pickpockets and people offering to exchange foreign currencies with bogus or worthless currency.
We spent New Year’s Eve on a boat floating the Charles River in Prague. We had wonderful time toasting the new year with Bohemian champagne while watching fireworks light the sky in all directions. The reasonable prices, spectacular firework displays, and great friends brought 2017 to a close with wonderful memories.
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