How to: Fall in love with Prague
I know this is a bit overdue but this is my guide to Prague! I truly believe that Prague (or Praha) in the country of Czechia (formerly the Czech Republic) is the most beautiful city I’ve ever visited. It’s full of culture, history and you might fall in love too. Again sorry for the delay all of this moving business and start a new job has had me extremely busy.
I loved Prague because there’s so much history and things to do, it’s not an overwhelming size and very easy and inexpensive to get around, it’s a great value for your money, it’s beautiful with amazing food and views. I felt so safe here and I just adored this colorful fairytale city.
Things to know
The Czech currency is the crown (Koruna) also referred to as “Kc” and “CZK”. When I went to a bank I was able to see the conversion from Euros and how much I would be charged in total. Because the conversion was in my favor I only took out money twice and I think I maybe spent 70 euros this whole trip on food and sightseeing.
1 Euro equals 27.02 Czech Republic Koruna / 300 Crowns is about 11 Euros
I found it was easiest to buy a day pass for 110 CZK and I actually got quite a lot of use for it. A 30 minute pass is 24 CZK. The only bad side is you can only find passes and tickets at Metro stations and I did find one in a main square but you have to pay in coins or have a visa paywave card. Mostly I used the trams and the funicular railway since I had a stop right directly by my hostel. There’s even a tram (22) called a tourist line that goes by the castle and national theatre. It’s so easy to use and really saves you time in the long run. So I’d definitely recommend it all you have to do is use google maps or google trips and you’ll be on your way. Obviously walking is the best way to see the city as some places aren’t accessible directly on transit as there are many hills in the city and cobblestone streets. Good walking shoes are a must.
So while I was in Prague I stayed at the Czech Inn (get it). And I’m not a huge fan of hostels but this one was so great. It was in a good area and very close to public transit. It was modern looking and clean. Everyone who worked there was super helpful and all the ladies in my room were really nice. They also had a decent breakfast and a pub with happy hours downstairs. I definitely recommend it and if you so choose you can use my discount code: SOJOUEN for 10% off if you book on their website.
If you see anything, the Charles Bridge is probably at the top of your list. It gets very crowded during the day so if you want that instagram picture perfect selfie of you…you probably have to get up very early to do so. I liked going all the way across it and seeing it from the other side and also going at night.
And here are some daytime view of the bridge on the bridge and from the other side. There’s also a few statues with gold plates (St John Nepomuk) and if you rub it you will one day return to Prague. There’s another also depicted with a woman and a dog as well as a cross. If you touch the cross and make a wish it will supposedly come true in a year and one day.
This Astronomical clock was installed in 1410 making it the third oldest in the world and the oldest one still operating- which is incredible. Legend has is the man who built it was blinded so he could not make another one and he removed a part of it so it stopped working for 100 years until someone could repair it. It’s definitely worth to check out when the clock rings on the hour and the wooden figures come out.
Yeah Prague has a castle and it’s beautiful and has a stunning view nearby. I’d recommend checking out the inside if you have time (I didn’t) but I did get to see what looked like the changing of the guards. If you’re facing the castle and look to the right you’ll see a spectacular view and good opportunity for a photo and it’s for some reason on top of a double decker Starbucks. And a great opportunity to put on a crown for a photo opp in front of the castle (guys, my last name is King and I couldn’t resist).
Today the castle is the residence of the President but it used to be the home of the Kings of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire. It was built in 870 making it 1,000+ years old.
St. Nicholas Church Tower
There are so many places where you can get a good view of prague including this church, the lookout tower I mention below, the two towers on the Charles bridge and the Old Town Hall tower. The Baroque bell tower of St. Nicholas’ Church is a speedy climb up a Gothic tower to a beautiful view of the city. It was super cheap and no line, you just need to take your time as you climb up.
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is the area where you can find the Clock and the Old Town Hall. All the buildings in this area are beautiful.
The Petřín Lookout Tower
This observation tower that looks a lot like the Eiffel Tower was built in 1891 and offers a great view of the city. Just be careful the part adjacent to it is frozen over because I straight up slipped and bruised my knee pretty badly. If you follow the park down and you can get a closer view.
Other things to see:
The Dancing Building
Other view of Prague
Food and drink
So Prague has amazing food and drinks for amazing prices. I opted for some traditional food, craft beer and cafes!
First a group of us from the Hostel asked the front desk for a traditional restaurant and we ate like kings. Delicious Goulash with potato cakes and a pint of beer. Beer here is cheaper than water.
Then I went to two fabulous cafes: coffee and tiramisu at Kavarna Misto and then I had a raspberry limonade and flat white latte at La Boheme Cafe. Then I had a chimney cake- a popular street food, in the summer they’re served with ice cream.
If you like craft beer or Czech beer obviously Prague is the city for you. I definitely recommend the Beer Geek Bar- it was only a 7 minute walk from my hostel and offers a fabulous selection of craft beer from around the world! Sort of like the Kalamazoo Beer Exchange back home.
So those are all my recommendations for Prague, if you ever go have a lovely time! I promise I’ll put the blogs up for Berlin and Budapest soon along with a little guide to the vintage shopping I did in all 3 cities.
Have a lovely day!