Prague is a city with something for everyone. Budget friendly beer, family friendly museums, and a skyline for everyone. Whether you have a few days or a few weeks, there is always something to do in the world renowned Czech capital. We visited this city coming off our Oktoberfest high, and were exhausted. Prague rejuvenated us and stimulated our senses. The smell of warm street food fills your nose in the center square and every crevasse of every building is decorative and visually interesting.
What to expect
Language – English is very common. Most young people speak perfect English. Many Czech’s are fluent in multiple languages. In one bar, we heard a server speaking English, Czech, French, and German.
Currency – Although Czechia is part of the European Union, it doesn’t use the euro, it uses the Czech Koruna, one dollar is around twenty koruna.
Where to stay
Although over 7 million tourists flock to Prague yearly, it isn’t hard to find a place to stay no matter what type of travel you’re after.
Hostels are aplenty, running anywhere from 10-20 dollars a night with a range of amenities. However, the closer you get to Prague One, the city’s most tourist centered district, prices tend to go up.
For a more private experience, you can find Airbnb’s in every district of the city. Prices for Airbnbs will vary as well, but an entire apartment will run anywhere from 50-75 dollars a night.
Hotels are always an option, the cheapest at about 45 dollars a night. Prague has a range of budget and luxury hotels throughout the city. Do some research to find the best accommodation for your budget and your standards.
What to See
One of Prague’s most well known landmarks, the Charles Bridge is a must see for any first time visitor. Cross the 15th century bridge and check out the baroque statues, street artists and musicians, and some of the best views of the city.
John Lennon Wall
Located just southwest of the bridge, hidden from plain view, this graffiti covered wall is inspired by John Lennon and filled with messages of hope, love, and peace. The graffiti began decades ago as a way for young people to express themselves under a communist government and is now continually updated by adventurous artists.
This famous square is in the center of Prague home of Prague’s famous Christmas and Easter markets. Located on the south side of the square is Old Town Hall, home to the world’s oldest operational astronomical clock. On the opposite end of the square is the gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn. The black-roofed gothic church contrasts with the red-roofed buildings around it, creating a picture that seems straight out of the movies.
Throughout Prauge’s history, this area has served as grounds for uprisings and civil rights movements sometimes hundreds of thousands of people large, especially during WWII. It is now a bustling boulevard full of shops, stalls, and performers. At the end of the street is the famous Czech National Museum, a must see for history buff’s.
Museum of Communism
Prague is full of museums. Traditional art museums, a wax museum, a lego museum, and a chocolate museum. We chose to learn more about a topic that is intertwined with Prague’s history, communism. This museum offers a thorough look into the communist history of Czechia during the mid twentieth century starting with how communism took hold, through the effects of communism, and ending with communism’s downfall.
Visible from nearly anywhere in the city, the Prague Castle sits atop one of the city’s tallest hills, and is the largest ancient castle in the world. A walk up to the castle is a takes about twenty minutes, but the views from atop are unparalleled. It’s free to visit the surrounding area and inner plazas, but to visit the museums and basilica’s inside costs anywhere from around 3-18 dollars depending on what sites you want to see.
Day trip to Kutna Hora
About an hour train ride from Prague is the small town of Kutna Hora. It’s the home to many beautiful churches, but the one that fascinated us the most was the Sedlec Ossuary. This small church is decorated floor to ceiling with human remains, reminiscent of the Catacombs in Paris. It’s beautiful and peaceful, not at all creepy. A round trip ticket from Prague to Kutna Hora is only about 7 dollars for a day of ticket, and trains leave Prague hourly, and Kutna Hora every other hour.
What to eat
Czech food is excellent. It’s warm and filling with dishes like goulash and dumplings. Get a taste of Czech food at Cafe Lokal or, Lokal Dlouhaa. This restaurant features a rotating menu of Czech delicacies and beer brewed in house. Lokal brews a dark beer, contrasting the Czech specialty, Pilsner. Leave Lokal and head to any main square for a sweet treat, Trdelnik, rolled dough wrapped around a stick then grilled and toped with sugar. It can come filled with vanilla, nutella, chocolate and more depending on your tastes.
Prague also has an excellent selection of international cuisine. Find cheap asian cuisine on almost every corner. I found the best Pad Thai I’ve ever eaten right off of Havel’s market in a small, cafeteria like, restaurant for about five dollars. Prague also has a great selection of Mexican food, but at a higher price tag. Tex-Mex is the food group I always miss when traveling, so when we found Las Adelitas I was willing to pay anything for it. The portions are large, the food is delicious, and the margarita’s are boozy.
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