Prague is a city you will fall in love with instantly. At least I did! Its architecture, its charming cobblestone streets, its bridges, its romantic vibe,… The first thing I asked myself, arriving there, was what took me so long to finally take a plane to get here? So I didn’t even unpack my bags arriving at the apartment and started to explore the city immediately!
Prague Travel Guide: everything you need to know
Where is Prague?
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, which is situated in Central Europe between Germany and Poland.
How can you get there?
You just take a plane to the Prague airport. From there you can get a taxi for about 650 CZK (=25€ / 26,5$) or you can take bus 119 and the metro to the city center.
Where and how long should you stay?
I suggest to rent an apartment in the old town. I found a 6 person apartment for only 58€ a night. It was way cheaper than staying at a hotel (especially because I travel solo) and the location was perfect! It was only 350m away from the Charles bridge!
I stayed for 3 nights/4 days which was enough to explore the main sights. But I’m sure you can stay longer and still discover more amazing spots or visit other towns such as Kutna Hora or Cesky Krumlov. That’s what I’ll do next time for sure!
When is the best time to go?
I thought going there in March would be ideal because it’s “off season”. But apparently there isn’t really an “off season” period in Prague. I discovered very quickly that even in March the crowds were crazy during the day. Especially in the area around the Prague castle and the Charles bridge. When I asked the apartment owners whether it’s always like that, they confirmed Prague is always busy, not only in Summer or during the Christmas season (and then it’s even more crowded!)
How to experience Prague at its best?
Actually I already wrote an article about that. It’s very simple. If you want to experience Prague in a more quiet way, without the crowds, you must wake up early or head to one of the wonderful parks. I loved my early mornings on the Charles bridge and the Old Town Square. It’s great to be able to see the monuments without people obstructing the view and bumping into you all the time. By day you can’t even see the end of the Charles bridge, only people’s heads. If you want to know more about escaping the crowds in Prague, you should read this post.
What to see and do
There’s a lot to see and do in Prague. I advise to stroll around the old town first to discover the Old Town Square with its Astronomical Clock, the Old Town Hall Tower, Saint Nicholas Church and many other architectural gems. At the Wenceslas Square area you can go shopping and also the Powder Tower is worth a visit. A more quiet area is Josefov, the former Jewish ghetto where you can find the old Jewish cemetery and a few synagogues.
Crossing Charles bridge will take you to Mala Strana (Lesser Town). Located here are the Prague Castle, Saint Vitus Cathedral, Saint Nicholas Church, the John Lennon Wall and Nerudova, a fantastic street with gorgeous burgher houses. A bit higher you will find the Strahov Monastery with its breathtaking library.
Prague’s parks are also worth visiting for the views, such as Petrin Hill and Letna Park. A walk along the Vltava (Moldau) is fun on sunny days too.
I will work out a more detailed article soon.
Where to eat and drink
I’m not going to make a big list of restaurants, because honestly I’m not a big meat eater (because I don’t like it) and the Czech cuisine is all about meat. (at least I got that impression, correct me if I’m wrong). But what I really suggest to try is the Trdilnik, which is a Czech cinnamon chimney cake. It’s delicious and you can find it everywhere in Prague!
I also loved a restaurant near the John Lennon Wall called Velkoprevorsky Mlyn. The food is good and prices very reasonable. The terrace is super cute with its flowers, gnomes and fake furs on the chairs. My absolute favorite was the freshly made strawberry lemonade!