Prague - Wanderlist Travel Guide
Visit Prague, one of Europe’s biggest treasure chests
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most interesting cities in Europe. It boasts grand architecture, rich art and culture, delicious cuisine, great entertainment and unique charm. When in Prague, you will realize that whatever time you can afford to spend there, it simply isn’t enough.
What to do in Prague
Prague has attractive opportunities for everyone. The following ones are just some of them:
The Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world.
It prides itself on diverse architecture (Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance), historic buildings and rich artwork (paintings, frescoes, carvings and more). If you are limited with time, pay special attention to the Saint Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace and the Golden Lane, with artisans’ workshops. Climb the cathedral’s tower for the unparalleled views of the city. In the Old Royal Palace, visit a huge hall where chivalry tournaments took place.
Cross the Vltava River over the Charles Bridge.
It is one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, flanked by Gothic and Romanesque towers and lined with amazing sculptures. You will have the best experience in the early morning or the late evening.
The Old Town Square is in the center of the commercial and nightlife area.
It features the world’s oldest operating Astronomical Clock and the Tyn Church, featuring multiple styles. The Renaissance St. Nicholas Church, the Rococo Kinsky Palace and the monument to Jan Hus (the Hussite Wars) complete the list of the square’s main landmarks.
You can find great shopping and nightlife throughout the Old Town.
Take a closer look at the Bohemian glassware and crystal items. You can distinguish one from another by weight (glassware is lighter) and a multitude of rainbows (the feature of crystal when observed under the light).
Some of the most popular nightclubs are the Lucerna Bar (the 80s and 90s music), the Roxy Club (Jungle and Techno music) and the Hard Rock Café.
Take the C metro line to the Vysehrad and have some pleasant time in its park. Visit the St. Peter and St. Paul Church, which looks plain from the outside, but boasts marvelous interior. At the Slavin Cemetery, pay respects to the composers Smetana and Dvorak and to other prominent Czechs.
Tour some of the 6 venues of the Prague National Gallery. The Kinsky Palace exhibits art pieces from Africa and Asia. The Trade Fair Palace displays masterpieces of the Czech (Mucha, Kupka…) and French (Carpeaux, Rodin…) artists. The Schwarzenberg Palace has a collection of Late Renaissance and Baroque showpieces.
Don’t miss the Strahov Monastery! It has the amazing decoration, noteworthy paintings and sculptures, the Cabinet of Curiosities (with Dodo bird among its exhibits) and thousands of Bible editions.
Attend a show with English subtitles in the National Theatre.
You can book various tours and excursions in Prague. Check out Hidden Gems of Prague, Prague Beer Tour and Beer and Wine spa. Also, take the excursion to Karlovy Vary. The famous spa town is set in a verdant environment, surrounded by hills. The town features a fairy tale beauty. If you have enough time, take the Karlstejn Castle tour.
What to eat in Prague
If you are in the “eat and run” mode, buy great Czech sausages at Mustek.
Gulas, a broth served in a bun, is another great fast food.
If you like to take your time while eating, order Svickova na Smetane (tenderloin with sauce), Vepro-knedlo-zero (roasted pork and stewed cabbage) or Smazeny Rizek (pork or chicken meat with potatoes) at a restaurant.
Finally, try local beers the Czechs are famous for.
Stick to the touristy areas during the night or get around in groups.
Compare exchange rates in several offices before converting money.
Pickpockets are very versed, so keep tight control over your belongings.
Order a taxi by phone to avoid being overcharged.
Fall is the best season to visit Prague.
List by: Zoran Trifunovic
I like to travel to see beautiful structures, noteworthy works of art (by famous or other artists) and interesting landscapes. I also like to share my experiences and insights with other travelers. Major cities I have visited are Paris, Vienna and Prague. I have travelled Normandy in France and the Balkans (including Serbia, Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia and Croatia).