Learn how to Make Your Journey to Prague Extra Particular

To start with, what are you able to count on from a visit to Prague?

Prague in Czech Republic is without doubt one of the hottest cities in Europe and it‘s on most journey itineraries… and for good causes.

For a lot of guests it’s identified for one of the vital well-liked bridges, the Charles Bridge. Then you may have sights just like the citadel, the Petrin tower, the Astronomical Clock and the Narodni museum.

And sure, it’s best to be sure that to see these, however then you definitely must also contemplate experiencing a bit extra of Prague, possibly a bit like a neighborhood.

Once I’m touring, for me it’s the combination of visiting the vacationer sights after which giving it a bit extra of a neighborhood contact as effectively. The well-known sights are well-known for good causes. However paying triple the worth for meals and drinks in a median or typically even low high quality restaurant, solely as a result of it’s subsequent to an iconic sight – that’s not wanted.

Very often you simply have to stroll round that subsequent nook and you discover that “regular” or “native” expertise. Stroll a bit additional and it shall get even higher.

That’s what I did throughout my journey to Prague. It was wonderful climate and I walked till my toes harm, then I jumped onto the tram (right here’s our information on Prague public transport) and hopped on scooters, in order that I’m capable of share the next suggestions with you. Additionally try the VisitCzechRepublic tourism web site for more information, who we partnered up with to do that journey.

My suggestions to your journey to Prague

There are some unimaginable Prague sights across the metropolis, right here’s my information on tips on how to embody all of them (and a few lesser-known ones) throughout your journey to Prague.

Outdated City Corridor with the Astronomical Clock Tower

This can be a must-visit place in your journey to Prague and also you received’t miss it anyway if you like exploring a metropolis on foot. The Outdated City Corridor is correct within the middle and on the Meridian sq.. 

Check out the Astronomical Clock and attempt to determine it out. I wasn’t. Every hour you will note many individuals lining up on the facade to see the twelve apostles, who will seem.

Then additionally be sure that to go inside, as you may check out the Council Chamber, which has fantastically adorned doorways and you may really feel the historical past in it. 

There’s additionally a small gothic chapel, which was partly destroyed and which bought renovated. Check out the colourful home windows.

From the chapel you may also spot the twelve apostles, who wait to point out themselves to the viewers each full hour.

It’s positively price strolling up the clock tower, not solely due to its view (try a few of the different best views in Prague). There’s an elevator which may deliver you up, however if you enter that one, you’ll miss its model. For those who don’t stroll up, bear in mind to stroll down. 

And from the highest of the Clock Tower, you may have a fantastic view over Prague.

Have a look in the direction of the East and also you’ll spot the Church of Our Woman earlier than Týn. What do you notice? What’s uncommon? Are you able to title one church which stands on the important sq. and the place its entrance is blocked by different buildings?

I used to be advised that these buildings have been constructed by retailers who needed to point out their energy in the direction of the church.

Then additionally check out the 2 towers. Do they appear the identical? No, certainly one of them is a bit larger, however they’re roughly the identical top. Every of them has these eight stunning spikes. So stunning and blocked by buildings… additionally fairly a narrative.

Stroll into Celetna road, to the correct of the “Church of Our Woman earlier than Tyn” (such an extended title. Let’s name it Church Tyn any further on this article). Keep on Celetna road, till the following road turns proper. Cease and look as much as see the…

Black Madonna

Basically, it’s all the time price trying up when on in Prague. The structure alone will recurrently shock you with murals and different little highlights.

The statue is positioned on the proper nook of the constructing. The home itself can be of curiosity, because it appears totally different from the others, because it’s a cubist constructing. Traits are the dominance of the floor and the clear edges paying homage to a dice.

Preserve this spot in thoughts to return again to, because it’s for certain an expertise to sit down on the balcony on the primary flooring and to have a drink when you watch the folks go by.

Stroll a bit additional down Celetna road and you’ll spot…

The Powder Tower

This can be a stunning gothic tower and it’s one of many previous and authentic metropolis gates. When strolling the space in the direction of it, you get a really feel for the scale of the town previously. These days it separates the Outdated and the New City. You will notice similarities to the tower of the Charles Bridge, which was used as inspiration to construct this one.

Stroll by the Powder Tower onto the Republic Sq. after which flip to your left to identify the…

Municipal Home

It was closed after I was there, however I’m certain it’s price going inside, as the surface is already beautiful. 

The Artwork Nouveau constructing is now a venue for occasions, exhibitions and concert events. The Municipal Home can be the seat of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Do you may have time for a espresso? Then go to Kavarna Obecni dum contained in the Municipal Home. Appears to be like spectacular, proper? It’s one of the vital stunning cafes in Prague. And this appears like an ideal place to have a Sunday morning breakfast, for those who ask me.

Only a bit additional you’ll discover the Cerveny Jelen / Crimson Stag restaurant and the Manifesto Market Florenc. If you’re hungry, test our publish on where to eat in Prague for more information.

Are you continue to match? Stroll (10 minutes) in the direction of the North (North-West) or take the tram 6, 8, 15 or 26 for 2 stops. Then it’s solely a five-minute stroll to the West to go to the…

Nationwide Gallery Prague – Convent of St. Agnes

The Convent of St. Agnes is immediately reverse of the Ministry of Business and Commerce of the Czech Republic, which can be a formidable constructing.

It’s a Monastery complicated from the thirteenth century in Prague’s Outdated City. Right here you’ll discover a everlasting exhibition on medieval sacral artwork of Bohemia and Central Europe. Perhaps you prefer to see issues like that. I’m not into it, but it surely was nonetheless good to walk by, particularly on a scorching day, because it’s good & cool inside. And you’ll really feel the historical past when strolling by the cloisters.

By the way in which, on the East Entrance, on the nook of the Ministry constructing, you may spot the Rasnovka road. This can be a good little picture spot.

From right here you would stroll again in the direction of the Outdated City Corridor with its Astronomical Clock which is a 15 minute stroll. Otherwise you return to the tram cease and take the tram 3, 14 or 24 and get out at…

Wenceslas Sq.

No concept why it’s known as a sq., which ought to have 4 sides with the identical size. The Wenceslas ‘Sq.’ is certainly a boulevard, because it’s 750 meters lengthy and ‘solely’ 60 meter huge.

Let’s ignore this little element, because it’s one of many largest city ‘squares’ in Europe.

Once I was there, they have been busy renovating it and you would already see that it’s going to look very nice. So be sure that to go to it.

From right here you additionally get a great view of the…

Nationwide Museum

The National Museum is the main museum within the Czech Republic on cultural and pure historical past. It has quite a few collections and exhibition buildings. It’s itself additionally a traditionally vital constructing. As you’re shut by, have a look and stroll inside.

Lucerna Passage

Very near the Wenceslas Sq. you’ll additionally discover the Lucerna Passage. The cinema entrance appears good and simply in entrance of it you’ll discover the statue ‘Kun’ (horse), made by the artist David Cerny. 

On the Wenceslas sq. you’ll discover a statue of St. Wenceslas (the duke of Bohemia) on a horse. David Cerny determined to let him experience on a horse as effectively, however the rider (St. Wenceslas) is mounted on the stomach of an overturned horse, holding a regular in his proper hand. The ensemble doesn’t relaxation on any base and it’s excessive up, connected by ropes to the ceiling of the dome.

And if you are already that shut go to the Lucerna Rooftop bar. Take a look at extra data in our food and drinks in Prague publish.

Nationwide Theatre, Prague

Proper subsequent to the Vltava River (Moldau) you’ll discover the Nationwide Theater. That is a formidable constructing, from the within & outdoors. The National Theater (Národní divadlo) is crucial theater & opera home in Prague

It was opened in 1881 and its cultural and symbolic significance is central to the final hundred years of Czech nationwide historical past, particularly within the second half of the nineteenth century throughout the Czech Nationwide Renaissance.

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The theater closed in 2016 and builders & restorers began their work for 42 months. It was price it. Components of the stage could be lowered, in order that extra seats could be added, relying if not all of the area is required. Fairly cool, however the most effective was the environment in it. You might really feel & see the historical past.

Kayaking on the Vltava River

Trying onto a metropolis from the river offers you a totally totally different perspective. It doesn’t matter if it’s from a ship or from a kayak.

I’ve chosen the kayak, because it’s plenty of enjoyable and it’s as much as me the place to go and for a way lengthy.

You possibly can hire kayaks and in addition Stand-Up-Paddles (SUPs) on the Kayak Seashore Bar. This additionally makes a fantastic spot to take pleasure in a drink afterwards.

The Vltava river is dammed up at a number of areas, which narrows a bit the world the place you may paddle, however there may be nonetheless sufficient to discover.

First I paddled North beneath three bridges in the direction of the town middle. Take a water-resistant bag / drybag with you, so that you could deliver your cellphone or digital camera. Then maintain nonetheless and take a pleasant picture.

Alongside the financial institution you’ll discover a number of ships, that are eating places or bars now. The waterfront is a well-liked spot for locals and vacationers. Glide previous the boats and benefit from the environment.

The Vltava River didn’t have plenty of present after I was there, so it was fairly straightforward to paddle additionally towards the stream. So I headed in the direction of the Yacht Membership Cere Novy Prostor.  The second you go the Vyšehrad Nationwide Cultural Monument (East facet), it seems like you’re out of city. It will get quiet and the hectic noise of the town is gone.

Whenever you go into the calm facet arm on the Yacht Membership, it’s best to be capable to discover the muskrats. Keep very quiet and strategy them very slowly and it’s best to be capable to take a pleasant picture of them. However respect them and don’t keep too lengthy, in order that they’ll go forward with what they do.

This little kayak journey is definitely performed in 1.5 – 2 hours, for those who go slowly and take your time.

Nákladové nádraží Žižkov

Discover the largest and finest preserved industrial monument in Prague. This was an previous Freight Station of the First Republic Czechoslovak State Railway.

The person buildings have been preserved and at the moment are on the record of nationwide cultural monuments.

The location is now partly deserted and dilapidated. The complicated consists of an administration constructing and two perpendicularly linked warehouse buildings.

Let’s swap the facet of the river Vltava and head to the East & North financial institution.

Lennon Wall

The John Lennon Wall is a road artwork and graffiti wall in Prague, inscribed with love poems and political messages for the reason that Nineteen Sixties and painted with John Lennon impressed road artwork and elements of John Lennon and Beatles music lyrics, for the reason that Eighties.

First the wall was inscribed with love poems, quick messages towards the communist regime and the Russian occupation for the reason that Nineteen Sixties. 

Then it bought additional adorned after the assassination of John Lennon. He stood and nonetheless stands as an emblem of freedom, western tradition and political wrestle. An unknown artist painted a single image of the singer-songwriter and a few lyrics.

The anniversary of Lennon’s loss of life, December 8, grew to become a day of unofficial conferences that more and more became protests towards the regime. So that is greater than only a colourful wall.

St. Nicholas Church

The St. Nicholas Church is a formidable Baroque church within the Lesser City of Prague. You will get there with a pleasant stroll over the Charles Bridge.

The monumental constructing is without doubt one of the most essential baroque church buildings in Europe. The magnificent inside represents a excessive level of Baroque artwork and was meant to represent the ability of the Catholic Church. 

Vystaviste Praha Holesovice

The world serves as a venue for gala’s, concert events, cultural occasions and the spring honest. On my go to there was a really good design market. Every of the stalls provided distinctive merchandise.

There’s additionally the Krizik Fountain, which is a big outside amphitheater. Right here you may watch some dwell music and different exhibits like operas & ballets.

I then determined to go to the Gauč na Výstavišti beer backyard (certainly one of many who I loved throughout my journey to Prague).  🙂

Check out our travel guide for the best beer gardens in Prague.

The place to remain in Prague

Listed below are just a few choices of the place to remain in Prague.

Luxurious: Lodge Smetana

I stayed within the 5 star Smetana Lodge, which is positioned proper subsequent to the Vltava river. They’ve a number of rooms which supply spectacular views over the Charles Bridge. The charming personal backyard within the courtyard is a perfect place for breakfast or to drink a espresso within the afternoon. For an additional particular environment, ask for one of many rooms which has frescoes. These have been uncovered throughout a renovation. Additionally they have spacious and sumptuous suites on the second flooring of the palace that are thematically adorned. And in case you are , you may e book historical past right here. Mozart composed his Six German Dances and you may e book precisely the identical room.

Boutique Lodge: Three Storks

The home, positioned subsequent to Valdštejn Palace, dates again to the 14th century and was as soon as an Augustinian brewery (the massive Gothic cellar has been preserved). The Three Storks affords rooms with design furnishings, ultra-modern toilet and top-quality options.

House: Sincere Residences

Sincere Residences current trendy and trendy lodging within the centre of Prague, just some steps from Smichov railway station, benefiting from wonderful entry to the historic a part of the town.

Hostel: The Roadhouse Prague

The Roadhouse Prague is an independently owned and operated hostel in Prague. It’s a fantastic social hostel made for travellers who like getting concerned and like assembly different visitors.

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