Ever wanted to visit Prague? Wondering what to do there? Here’s a quick top five list sure to please.
Prague is one of the best walking cities on the planet. Forget cabs, take the bus and metro from the airport, stash your things at a hotel, and get walking.
#1 Charles Bridge
Karluv Most on any free map you can find, Charles bridge straddles the river between Prague Castle and Old Town. You’ll get a great view of the city and begin to orient yourself.
You’ll be over this bridge again and again in your wanderings. Be sure to check out the view at all hours of the day and night.
#2 Prague Castle
Just over Charles bridge and up the hill is Prague Castle, easy to spot if you look for the multicoloured buildings. Inside you’ll find plenty to look at and do. Sometimes their display wings host special events and right in the middle stands St. Vitus cathedral.
I recommend taking the back steps and stopping at the hot grog vendor at the base. Again be sure to visit the castle in the light and dark, both are stunning.
#3 Old Town
Visit the Old Town area and wander around. See the famous clock, walk as many narrow streets as you can, check out the square.
Whatever you do, don’t eat anywhere near the square. Prague has many fine bars and restaurants just about everywhere but none of them are here. High prices, bad quality. Typical tourist trap zone. Walk four blocks away and the price of your beer will drop by a factor of ten.
#4 Prague’s other castle – Vysehrad
Continue down along the river and walk a mile or two to Prague’s other castle, far older and much quieter with a nice view of the city.
The castle has another cathedral, a very interesting cemetery and a number of small educational areas. Other than that, it’s just beautiful.
#5 – Choose your path: Army Museum or Sea World Prague Aquarium
Two unusual stops you might enjoy:
The Army Museum is small, quiet and well stocked with weapons, uniforms, equipment and a vast library of propaganda posters. You’ll have it all to yourself.
The museum is located at:
Or, you can head across the river on the metro to a much less busy zone of Prague and visit the very impressive Sea World Aquarium. If you’re tired of watching drunken Englishmen embarrass their nation it will probably calm your nerves.
You can find the museum at:
Sea World Aquarium in Prague
Výstaviště, 170 00 Praha 7 – Holešovice (map)
220 103 305, 220 103 275
There you have it.
Prague is a great city and easy to get around and explore. You’ll find all the food and drink and architecture and personal experiences you can stand, so throw away your guide book and find your shoes. Can’t go wrong with this one.