Prague, Czech Republic

I went on a three-day holiday to Prague with a friend a couple of years ago. As we were both living in Germany, we decided to drive their instead of flying as we thought it would be better to have a reliable means of transport to get around the city too- turns out this was actually a bad mistake as the city is ridiculously confusing to drive around and they just love giving out parking tickets!

However, it was a breath-taking city, especially in the summer months when the historical buildings and modern architecture of this city literally gleams in the sunshine. I went during June when the weather was soooo nice but there were also a lot of tourists so you might want to visit out of season.

Here are 5 of my favourite things to do in Prague

Sight-seeing

The old town hall and the Orloj (The Astronomical Clock) are tourist favourites in Prague. The clock itself is so beautifully and  intricately designed thats it’s impossible not to want to take a photo, but you’ll undoubtedly be waiting a while for every other bloody tourist to move out of the way of your lens! Every hour on the hour from 8am to 8pm wooden saints appear from the trap doors on the clock and a medieval lesson in morality is enacted, I didnt have a clue what they were saying but it was fun to watch nonetheless! The church of St Nicholas is the most famous Baroque church in Prague and is thus heaving with visitors as is Charles Bridge, where you will find crowds of people leaving cute little notes on padlocks to hang on the wall. The imperial gardens are only open during the summer months but are so so beautiful, with marble sculptures and fresh smelling flowers everywhere. This place certainly didn’t feel like Europe, more like a tropical paradise, I absolutely fell in love with it and would highly recommend visiting. 

Eat weird-looking food that tastes surprisingly good

Czech food isn’t exactly what you would deem the ‘healthy’ option on the menu, unless your idea of healthy amounts to eating a whole cow and half a warburtons bakery. However, it does taste amazing and is good value for money. Some traditional czech food I would recommend: Kendliky (dumplings), which you will find in practically every restaurant and is super filling (so bring sweatpants). Goulash- a soup or stew of meat and vegetables (my favourite thing to eat in Prague but again, quite heavy on the old stomach) and pancakes and ovocné knedlíky which are dumplings filled with fruit such as apricots, strawberries and jam and loads of other sugary things.

Museum Kampa

If you’re a fan of modern, slightly weird art then museum Kampa is for you. Located in the unique historical building Sova’s mills close to the Charles bridge, the museum opened in 2003 and displays pieces from the private collection of Meda Mládek, wife of Jan V. Mládek. As this place is slightly off the beaten path it is generally a lot less busier than the more touristy parts of Prague so makes for a nice getaway spot if you fancy some more relaxed exploring. The park right next to it is also a great spot for picnics or just a bit of sunshine whilst you stare at weird naked statues like these: 

 

Jewish quarter

Josefov, Prague’s historic Jewish Quarter is home to a number of important synagogues such as the Spanish Synagogue and the Old New Synagogue s well as the Jewish cemetery. If you are a history geek like moi then I would recommend taking an audio tour or for a bit of extra money, a guided tour. 

Head to a beer garden

Beer gardens are dotted all around Prague, particularly in the Old town square and at the end of Charles Bridge. On a warm summers day or night they are a lovely, atmospheric place to be and are generally heaving with locals and tourists alike. I would recommend U Fleku, a huge beer house that has been serving up low-price beer for more than 500 years and is full of old-style wooden beer halls and tables. If clubbing is more you thing, then check out Sasazu or Retro, two huge nightclubs who have hosted some of the best DJ’s from around the world, including Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk. Entry fees are usually around £3.50 depending on the event and the drinks are very reasonably priced.

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