Most tourists begin their journey across the Czech Republic by immersing in Prague’s culture. This city is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most fascinating capital cities.
In addition to being well known for its gothic architecture and the spectacular Prague Castle, this city is also known for its lively beer gardens, contemporary as well as classic cafés, and an emerging culinary scene. Get a head start on vacation planning with our comprehensive list of the most exciting activities.
1. Immersing in Prague’s Culture: Take a stroll over the picturesque Charles Bridge.
The experience of walking over Charles Bridge is vital to having a full and complete understanding of Prague. This charming bridge was built in 1357 and connects the Old Town and the Lesser Quarter. A local tradition says that eggs were used to make the mortar to build the structure. The same structure has kept its 16 arches together for more than 500 years. Climbing to the top of the bridge tower on the side of the Old Town affords visitors a birds-eye perspective of the complex structure of the bridge.
2. Refresh yourself in an old-fashioned cafe
The city of Prague has developed into a Mecca for Coffee Connoisseurs. You’ll find some of the city’s best coffee in every neighborhood. Still, the trendy Vinohrady neighborhood has the biggest concentration of hip coffee shops and restaurants.
You could be more interested in going to one of Prague’s more classic coffeehouses so that you can relive the glory days of yesteryear. You may find the Grand Cafe Orient in a beautiful cubist edifice close to the Old Town Square. Café Imperial will transport you back to the period of the First Republic.
If you want to enjoy some live music with your beer, plan accordingly. Visit the Kavárna Slavia, which was previously a favorite hangout of the late Czech president Václav Havel. Beginning at 5:00 in the evening, there is live music performed by a professional pianist.
3. Spend some time exploring Prague Castle.
Within the walls of Prague‘s hilltop castle, a complex of churches, towers, halls, and palaces that is almost like a community in its own right. This location, which is on the list of World Heritage Sites maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (Unesco), is the cultural and historical center of the Czech Republic. Not only does it house extensive collections of tangible treasures, but it has also been the stage for many important historical events, such as the coronations of the kings of Bohemia and the election of Vaclav Havel as president.
Carve out some time to explore the beautiful, though touristy, Golden Lane. This ancient pathway is flanked on each side by brightly painted cottages formerly used as quarters for the castle’s garrison.
4. Immersing in Prague’s Culture: Admire the traditional building styles.
In Prague, particularly in the region known as the Lesser Quarter, there is an abundance of baroque architecture. The Church of St. Nicholas is a wonderful illustration of this. This cathedral is one of the most impressive examples of Central European Baroque architecture due to the lavish murals that decorate its walls and the enormous green dome that tops the structure.
Even though the Cubist movement was only around briefly, Prague has always had a soft spot for the style. At the House of the Black Madonna in the Old Town, which also houses a modest Museum of Czech Cubism, one may study the angular lines characteristic of the Prague Cubist movement.
5. Be sure to keep an eye on the astronomical clock.
The world’s oldest working clock, the marvel that is the Astronomical Clock in Prague, dates back to the Middle Ages. Above the face of the clock, there are 12 mechanical apostles, and at the top of each hour, they go through a series of portals. Visitors begin to swarm the area hourly to get a better view of the comedic spectacle as it takes place.
Be aware of your surroundings and always watch your things since pickpockets target those whose attention is focused on the time.