Prague

Hello Everybody.

Here are my tips about what to see, where to eat and what tour is worth to take in Prague. I’m including pictures of everything and a map of the city.  All the addresses are hyperlink and you can easily found all the information.

I booked my Eurotrip kinda last minute, a month before going and found a great package (flight and hotel) deal on tripmasters.com. That website has the best packages, at unbeatable price and you can easily customize them.

Things to know:

  • You can walk everywhere but be ready to walk a lot
  • Just drink beer
  • You are not a dessert person…Well you will be there. They know what a Café is.
  • The currency is Koruna but most places accept Euros.

3 days in Prague:

Day 1: Prague Old Town

The best way to start is to take a free Walking Tour that takes about 3h. You will not enter in any of the churches, however it gives you a great idea of where the sites are situated in the city and it will be easier to walk around the city after.

I took the Sandeman’s New Europe Tour and it was a great choice. The tour guides are amazing, friendly and know a lot about the city. Since it’s a free tour, a great tip – around 10 euros – is appreciated.

With that free walking tour, you will see:

  • Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock – You will be in front of the clock at the hour for the “show” that was by the way nominated one of the most deceiving attractions in the world.
  • Church of Our Lady before Týn
  • Nicholas’ Church
  • Kinský Palace
  • Statue of Jan Hus
  • Wenceslas Square
  • Powder Tower: There are few of them. If you have enough energy, you can climb up the 186 stairs of the one by Charles’s Bridge and have a look at Old Town’s rooftops, the Bridge and the Castle. Perfect Spot to take some gorgeous view from top pictures.
  • Old Jewish Quarter – Old New Synagogue and the Jewish Cemetery

And finished with:

  • View of Charles Bridge
  • View of Prague Castle
  • Rudolfinum – Czech Philharmonic

Since the tour ends by the Rudolfium, walk back toward Charles Bridge.

Stop by The National Library, one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It has an infinite book tower at the entrance.

Have dinner at one of the restaurants in old town square. Try one of the typical Czech foods like Goulash. The beef goulash was my favorite.

Have coffee and dessert at Kafka Café right behind St Nicholas Church.

Day 2: Excursion to Kutná Hora

You don’t necessary need to take a tour for it since it’s easily accessible by train, but I think you get a lot more with a tour as the guide will explain the history of the city, you will also get a tour of the churches.

Again, I chose Sandeman’s Tour. It is the best tour out there, you will see everything and the price is unbeatable.  Click here for the website info.

The tour includes:

  • The train transportation ticket
  • The Lunch – I had the most delicious Czech food at Dacicky
  • The entrance and Tour of Saint Barbara’s Church, a Gothic masterpiece
  • The entrance and Tour of The Sedlec Ossuary (Bone Chapel)
  • Visit of The Italian Court
  • The Medieval Ruthardska Street
  • Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John

We met at the same place in old town square and walked towards the train station. On the way there we passed by the Jubilee Synagogue which is a beautiful colorful synagogue.

After taking 2 trains, we arrived to Kutná Hora. Our tour guide decided to start with the tour of the city first, then lunch and finally the visit of St Barbara Church and the Bone Chapel for the grand finally.

You should be back to Prague around 5pm-6pm. Take a walk towards the Frank Gehry’s Dancing Building. It has become an icon of modern architecture in Prague. Right next to it, you will see series of Colorful houses; just gorgeous.

Finish the day at Café Slavia in front of the The National Theater and the Vltava River. Their sandwiches are delicious.

Day 3:  Prague Castle and Lesser Town

Since my hotel was in Lesser Town, I started with the Lesser Town attractions and finished with the castle.

For breakfast go to Café Savoy; you will feel very nicely posh.

Walk thought Kampa Island. You will discover interesting sculptures by David Cerny.

From there, take a Cruise of the Vltava . The boat departs from Kampa Island every 30 min. It lasts 50 min. Enjoy a beer on board and admire all the monuments that are along the Vltava River

Right before Charle’s Bridge, there is the John Lennon Wall. Have your sharpie ready, to be able to write down something and leave a mark on that wall.

Go under the bridge to get to Kafka Museum. You will again see one of David Cerny’s sculptures.

Right next to it, don’t miss the narrowest street in the world. It has a crossing light!

From there, you can walk to the castle or take the tram #22. If you decide to walk, there are some stairs that will take you right to the entrance of the castle. It’s a 10 min walk/climbing stairs.

At the entrance, the ceremonial rotation of soldiers starts every day at noon and rotation at the observation posts occurs every hour, on the hour. Then walk all the way to the end of the castle, where you can get tickets at the information center. I think the best ticket option is the Circuit A  which includes St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, exhibition The Story of Prague Castle, St. George’s Basilica, and Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, Powder Tower, and Rosenberg Palace for 350 CZK.

  • Vitus Cathedral – breathtaking inside and out
  • Take a break at the café just outside of the cathedral.
  • The Old Royal Palace
  • George’s Basilica,
  • Golden Lane : This bizarre conglomeration of mini townhouses within the castle complex was once briefly home to writer Franz Kafka)
  • Rosenberg Palace
  • You can also take a break at the Lobkowicz Palace Café & Restaurant, from which you’ll be able to see Prague in its panoramic beauty

Then go through the Castle Garden. You will have a panoramic view of Prague all along the way. The Castle Garden ends on a small street. Walk down the stairs; the road leading to the Lesser Town has small shops and galleries tucked into every narrow nook. 

Finish your day or start your night at one of the restaurant by the river. The view is just gorgeous. I went to Hergetova Cihelna, the view is priceless.

If you stay few more days or you have some extra time:

Walk to the Petrín Hill, or take the funicular from Újezd halfway up to Nebozízek, the hillside restaurant, or all the way up. Petrin Park is the city’s biggest and most beautiful park with sweeping views of Prague. You’ll find a garden, a maze (Labyrinth), and a lookout tower that looks like the Eiffel tower (Petrín Tower).

Letenské sady is the park, across the river from the Jewish Quarter, features several walking trails, a café, and expansive views of the cit. Cross over to Chotkovy sady for beautiful gardens and rear views of the Prague Castle. Letna Park is on a hillside, providing spectacular views of Prague’s Old Town

Explore Vyšehrad and St. Peter & Paul Church. It’s outside of the city but very easy to access by metro and takes half a day to visit.

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