Travel Guide: Prague

Prague (or Praha as the Czechs pronounce it) also known as the “jewel in the crown” is truly an irresistible city. The city offers something for everyone as it has a rare combination of well-preserved Medieval, Renaissance, Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture.

Top 10 things to do:

1. Explore the Old Town Square. The square itself is the perfect place to admire the wonderful architecture Prague has to offer and if that isn’t your thing then the various street performers, musicians and merchants that line the streets here will certainly keep you entertained.


2. Astronomical Clock is widely regarded as the best preserved medieval mechanical clock in the world. Do time your visit to the Old Town Hall so that you can watch the spectacle of the mechanical clock marking the turn of an hour. The show at the top of the hour never fails to disappoint!

3. Stroll along the Charles Bridge for a fairytale view of the Prague Castle. It is also a great spot to take pictures.

4. Visit Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. The breathtaking castle is without a doubt the city’s most popular tourist attraction. Entry to the grounds of the castle are free of charge. However, many buildings such as the St. Vitus cathedral, Basillica of St George and Golden Lane can be visited with a combined entry ticket.

5. Take a photo by the colourful Lennon wall

6. Shopping: Stroll down Pařížská Street which is considered the most exclusive and expensive street in Prague. There you will find designers such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, etc. For high street shopping, go to Na Příkopě (near Wenceslas Square).

 

7. Be sure to try Trdleník! It is worth the calories! This is a traditional pastry made from freshly-grilled dough covered with sugar and ground walnuts.

 

8.La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise– When in Prague you must try the Bohemian tasting menus! Each of the seven courses is preceded with its own amuse-bouche(single, bite size hors d’œuvre). The dishes are based on recipes from an 1880 Czech cookbook with a modern touch! Be sure to book in advance!

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Note: The slideshow above shows the menu for September.

9. Triton Restaurant is located in Wenceslas Square. The restaurant is the première Art Nouveau restaurant in Prague. Its unique interior is designed to resemble a stalactite cave and has a romantic ambience. Again, be sure to book in advance!

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10. Drink a Czech beer! The Czechs claim to have the best pivot (beer) in the world and Prague is a great place to test their claim. Examples of some of the famous Czech lagers are Budvar and Staropramen alongside craft beers. Most Czech beers are light beers that are brewed naturally from hand-picked hops. Increasingly, breweries are producing a dark ale too as an alternative, but most Czechs like their beer light, nicely chilled and with a tall head. Beer aficionados should also ensure a visit to the Prague Beer Museum which offers more than 31 quality beers on tap.

Photo taken in Triton Restaurant


Other things to do:

1. Climb the Petrin Tower for the best view

2. Try the street food located in the Old Town square- my personal favourite is the Old Prague Ham

 

Recommended Restaurants:

Mlynec Restaurant: Here Marek Šáda approaches the traditional Czech recipes with creativity by using modern gastronomic methods to achieve delicious result! The restaurant has the perfect view of the enchanting Charles Bridge, a MUST visit in Prague!

ParliamentPrague has a reputation as a haven for food lovers with distinctive local dishes like the succulent, falling-off-the-bone roast pork, cabbage and dumpling specialties. You can find all the traditional dishes here!

 

Places to stay:

Hotel U Tří Bubnů: Excellent location at the heart of Old Town Prague.

 

Travel Tips:

1. Make sure you have some some Czech Koruna (Czech currency) with you! (There are many ATM machines available around Prague which offers Euros to Czech Koruna)

2. For Airport transfer, try Prague Airport Transfer– excellent service and provides a complimentary Prague travel guide.

3. Wear flat shoes! The city is covered with cobblestones!