I am so lucky that I have already visited Prague five times. Even after visiting the city many times, I can witness that it never loses its magic and beauty. Walking around in Prague simply feels like being part of a true fairytale. Prague has, in my opinion, the same status as Paris, New York City, and Barcelona – it is a city that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime. As you know, I spent last weekend in Prague, and therefore I created this guide with 13 different things one simply must try when in Prague. Here are 13 things you have to try on your trip to Prague!
Enjoy the spectacular view
This one is my personal favorite thing to do in Prague. Take a walk, or to be fair – a hike in the park/forest of Petrinské Skalky. The walk might be a little steep at times but the view you will get of the city from the top will make it all worth it.
Visit the castle, the cathedral, the Strahov Monastery library, and the fairytale villages
If you keep on walking, you will reach the Strahov Monastery. This very old monastery holds one of the most beautiful libraries in the world and it is definitely worth taking out 15 minutes of your schedule to see it. Continue the walk this time going downhill through the beautiful, calm streets of the fairytale-looking villages with pastel-colored houses. After a short walk, you will reach the castle and the cathedral which are both amazingly beautiful buildings and the view from here is astonishing as well.
Cross the Charles Bridge
Please don’t ask me why, but for some reason this bridge is a total tourist magnet. A walk over it and some pictures taken from it is a must when visiting Prague. Who knows, maybe you will even go so far that you will end up leaving Prague with a picture of yourself in a comic way painted by one of the painter artists from the bridge?
Stand with the other tourist to watch the Prague astronomical clock
This very special clock is the third oldest astronomical clock in the world, and once an hour tourists hoard up to watch the clock go off. I won’t spill what actually happens, you will have to experience it yourself 😉
Eat Czech food
When in Rome, right… In Prague, it is very easy to satisfy your Czech food cravings because you will see authentic Czech food restaurants and eateries everywhere. Try the gulasch, the knödel (bread/potato dumplings), the meat, and for dessert – the apfelstrudel (apple cake). It is really, really good, and if you are lucky, they serve it for you with vanilla sauce on the side!
Another thing that Prague is known for is crazy nightlife. All the little kiosks sell absinthe (and my advice is… don’t go there – absinthe was never tasty, healthy or anything else), alcohol is very cheap, and the nightclubs are big, popular, and there are many of them. Try Karlovy Lazne, the biggest club in central Europe which offers a view over the Vlatva river and the Charles Bridge, Beer Factory that lets you tap your own beer, and Chapeau Rouge and Double Trouble for cooler, underground partying.
Drink the beer
Prague loves beer, and they love brewing it too. Around Prague, you can find several beer breweries to visit, so if just drinking beer when visiting Prague doesn’t cut it, go visit one of the many breweries for a real Prague experience.
Take a break at some of the new up-and-coming hip cafes
The third-wave coffee movement is here to stay, and it has also taken over Prague! Try I Need Coffee!, Alza Café, Mezi Zrnk, Kafe Karlin and Kafemat.
Indulge in brunch
As well as coffee brunch has also hit Prague like the plague, and no matter where you are in the world, what is a better way to start the day than with a good, solid breakfast or brunch? Try Cafe Jen, Cafe Savoy, Monolok Cafe, or the Four Seasons Hotel.
Buy a souvenir from a traditional Czech glass store
They are everywhere, and if you are to buy a souvenir from Prague, something glass it is. Prague is known for crystal glasses, little glass animations, bowls, ashtrays – yes everything in glass, and crystal glasses will never go out of fashion! In Prague, the different glass stores are easy to find.