My trip to Prague


Nov 27th, 2017, 05:40 AM
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My trip to Prague

Prague is often called as "the city of 100 spires".

While I cannot recommend taking the trouble to count them all, precisely what you and every newbie visitor will see - no effort needed - is the city's architectural splendor.

Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, town halls, and towers demand the attention of your photo or mobile camera lens in the picture-perfect Old Town Square, while the city castle sits across the Vltava on its majestic hill.

History of Prague
After the Iron Curtain lastly broke in the early 1990s - the Czech Republic was the very first of the Central and East European countries to efficiently accept the West and the shimmering attraction of the free enterprise.

And while coach parties, drunk Brits, ugly tourist shops and M&S ended up being an unfortunate side effect of the capital's brand-new Westernised identity, general Prague has stubbornly preserved its character.

Interspersed with the city's more industrial side you'll still find many antique stores, vintage boutiques, and stores offering the famous Bohemian glass, while sales of vepřo-knedlo-zelo (pork and dumplings) and the yummy honey cake still outnumber sales of McDonald sandwiches. And it's good.

Prague is original
The city's quaint prettiness can make Prague look like a toy town sometimes, but you don't need to travel far off the track to experience local life in the living.

For example in Letna Park skaters practice techniques, racing and shouting at each other, without a care in the world. This was the real spot where as soon as stood a fearsome statue of Stalin, today weeds have made their house and what remains of the base is obscured by tangles of turf.

Whether you visit Old Town Square in Prague 1 district, dusk or an hour between, you can't be impressed by its beautiful beauty. Some pertain to see the famed Prague Astronomical Clock (called Orloj by Czechs), others the Jan Hus memorial (fountain) in the middle of the square and also Týn Cathedral with its famous high towers.

Neighboring Charles Bridge also should have the buzz surrounding it, however, prevent visiting it in the middle of the day when crowds of excitable tourists make it tough to see the statues that line both sides of the bridge.

Instead, check out on a cloudless night, or early morning, when the crowds have distributed, and the moonlight lights up the bridge and casts an eerie light over these noble effigies. At this hour you can touch the statue of the martyred St. John of Nepomuk to guarantee you return to Prague and take a look at the Czech capital while it's semi-sleepy.

From the Charles Bridge, it's a relatively vertical stroll to the Prague Castle, through Lesser Town Square and Nerudova street and up a lot of steps. However, it's worth sweating for.

You can get a breathtaking view of the city from above, before exploring this Gothic heavyweight and the nearby cathedral. It's worth purchasing skip the line tickets to the Castle to save time and inconvenience.

Also on the top of the hill, there's an amusing Toy Museum (the second largest worldwide) that includes an army of Barbies from 1959 onwards.

The Museum of Communism is found on the street Na Příkopě 10, just near the Wenceslas Square, above McDonald's.

In nowadays is communism in the Czech Republic as popular amongst homeowners as the Soviet tanks that implemented it, yet the visitor book exposes that the museum brings in both critics and sympathizers of the regime.

Prague City Card
If you are intending on checking out the majority of Prague's piece de resistances it would be well worth buying a Prague City Card, which offers free entry to the Castle, National Museum, National Gallery, Historical Bus Tour as well as airport express bus.

Or you might consider this very popular trip by Urban Adventures, which presents you to all the unmissable destinations and consists of consuming a Pilsner beer on board a (reproduction) 19th-century cruising boat.

What else to see in Prague?
The John Lennon Wall is a bit of an objective to find in the historical streets of the Lesser Town. However, you'll be glad of the effort when you arrive, if only there is a photo opportunity. In these days the wall became an artistic canvas to commemorate the late Beatle. And later, it was a kind of protest of Czechs against the communist in the 1980s. It has carried messages of peace since and has been checked out by Lennon's leading woman, Yoko Ono. Remember to take a pen. And an electronic camera.

Another hip district worth checking out is Holesovice and Vinohrady, a working-class neighborhood with art nouveau buildings, unusual marketplaces, modern art areas and no lack of cool coffee shops, bars, and bars. Read more in our thorough district guide.

Outside the Prague

Sedlec Ossuary
If you wish to get away the city and have a fascination with all that is morbid, take a trip to the Sedlec in Kutna Hora.

If you think churches tend to be dull, this one will positively alter your mind. Unlike the typical parish prayer home, the shrine is embellished with the bones of the dead from the Hussite Wars and afflict victims.

The centerpiece is a substantial chandelier made from every bone in the body sometimes over.

Prague Festivals
Prague has loads of activities available throughout the summer season and, unlike lots of Britain festivals, you will not be pestered by wind, rain, and mud.

There's the Prague Fringe Festival, which imitates its Edinburgh sibling in June, and also the Czech beer festival (like the Oktoberfest in Germany) and Prague food festival every May, where you can taste everything special food for you.

Those need to go to the city in January when the Prague Short Film Festival is on and a few months later - the Prague Spring Music Festival. You can even apply to enter your movie. If you're more thinking about putting pen to paper, then come by in June for the Prague Writers' Festival.

Sports activity
Meanwhile, cool activities to attempt your hand at may include at Aquazorbing at the Aquapalace. It involves rolling around a swimming pool in a huge ball, which will make an excellent bar story when you return home.

I can also recommend to you to visit Saunia World. The complex of saunas, where you can spend a whole day for a one-time fee. It's very relaxing.

The cold winters also make skiing a potential day activity throughout the season. Head to the Krkonoše mountains, an hour's drive from Prague, when the snow settles.

If you want to have your holiday with a side assisting of servants, attempt Nerudova Hotel at Nerudova street (above the Prague Castle), where you can have your baggage unpacked, and take a poetic oil bath run for you on beautiful.

If your love of history extends to the Renaissance, attempt the U Zlatých nůžek hotel.

For a more wallet-friendly stay head to EA Hotel Julis, which costs under $80USD per night. Backpackers looking for a high-class hostel may try Aplus Hostel with its clean dormitories and huge breakfast.

All you can find at this nice page about where to stay in Prague here:

Czech Food and Beer

Czech food is a charming mix of the meat and it is not a low-carb diet! Also not too much vegetarian-friendly. For authentic Czech food go to Mincovna restaurant at Old Town Square. Attempt the tasty vepřo-knedlo-zelo.

And another interesting beer and food house is U Pinkasů pub. This house was built in 1843; it was the top place to serve Pilsner Urquell beer. And don't miss the Czech honey cake (medovník), the food will leave you desiring a second portion, too.

Take a shot at a bar
When darkness falls, Prague ends up being a more flamboyant, hedonistic variation of its daytime self, especially in Prague 2 district (new and modern town) and Old Town (Prague 1 district). For a first drink try to go to Harley's Bar.

It's as gaudy bar. However, the cocktail freaks ought to hit Bugsy's Bar, where hundreds! varieties are on offer

For something, a bit twisted attempt the Cross Club, which is full of paints by local artists. It'll make you feel like you're running before you even are.

The locals and students are going around also make it feel more genuine than other clubs. If you're trying to find a guaranteed good time with other young tourists, Prague has some quite decent organized bar inches.

Of course, you can't leave the Czech Republic without doing some extensive beer tasting.

How to get to Prague?
You can fly cheaply to Prague with affordable airline companies EasyJet, Wizzair, and Ryanair. If you have a lot of money, you can pick from British Airways, Czech Airlines or KLM.

If you want to take a taxi from Vaclav Havel Airport Prague airport (PRG), you can prebook a taxi transfer into downtown with

From continental Europe, instead of flying, you can arrive inexpensively by bus or train, for example with Student Agency or Flexibus.

Get a guide online
TripAdvisor site which uses a complete guide to Prague. For the simple stamp of approval have a look at some helpful blog site on life in the Czech capital.

For hip pointers and local secrets look no further check the and Locals Prague blog.

Finally, Travelgeekery is an excellent Czech-run blog with fantastic travel recommendations about Prague.
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Nov 27th, 2017, 07:59 AM
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Thank you so much for this wonderful information. I will be visiting Prague in March and have made many notes!
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Nov 27th, 2017, 08:36 AM
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Sounds like it was written by the Prague Chamber of Commerce.
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Nov 27th, 2017, 08:51 AM
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Vincenzo that's what I thought. just reading this and as someone who spends 3-4 weeks a year in the city I was wondering if the OP had actually visited, to much out of date info and U Pinkasu does not have honeycake on the menu.
great pub btw and a place I have sunk a few in many a times as well as eaten there, as recently as July this year.
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Nov 27th, 2017, 07:18 PM
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Yes, I noticed that the OP didn't say where he or she went, what anything cost, or what they liked and disliked. Instead, they stated a list of attractions in the city. But it still included links to some helpful info.

iunclegus: Do have any recommendations for a first-time visitor? We love walking, architecture, natural beauty... But no beer!

Will be visiting in March and are thinking about spending either 5 or 7 days.

FYI, the links embedded in your trip report no longer work.
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I will get back to you alter today, just heading off to work. I am back in Prague for New year.NO beer what you can't go to Prague and not try the beer.Do you like wine, there is a vineyard near the city centre you can visit and try the wine made there.
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Started reading the first lines and have stopped reading realising it is not a personal trip report/experience. Probably an ad in disguise.
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"Another hip district worth checking out is Holesovice and Vinohrady, a working-class neighborhood with art nouveau buildings, unusual marketplaces, modern art areas and no lack of cool coffee shops, bars, and bars. Read more in our thorough district guide."
I find this very strange,the writer suggests that these areas are in the same part of the city but they are quite far apart one in the south end the other to the north and on the other side of the river. Holesovice is very different from Vinohrady which may be called slightly hip but certainly would not be used for Holesovice.
the last bit "read more in our thorough district guide" suggests it has been copy and pasted from some other article
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the more I read this the more I realise it has been written in another language and put through an automatic translator like google translate.
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OP, please share the dates you took your trip.

Or, if you live in Prague, and if there is a company you are representing, it's name.
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