The Czech capital is famous for its beautiful bridges, the oldest castle in the world, Kafka and great beer, but there is more than just pivo and outstanding architecture to this romantic destination.
The ‘Golden City’
A beautiful capital packed with historical monuments, museums and old town allure; Prague lies on the Vltava River and has well preserved districts that make it a photographer’s dream. The stunning architecture and cobbled streets with horse drawn carriages make it a charming tourist attraction, with the main sites busy all year round. Take a break from the tourist trail and try something a little different; enjoy Prague like a local.
Prague’s Medieval Old Town – Staré Mêsto
No visit to Prague would be complete without seeing the top sites, so don’t miss out on the hill-top Castle complex, the famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum, Charles Bridge, the Powder Gate and Wenceslas Square. Once you’ve explored the main tourist attractions you can begin to enjoy Prague like a local and see what else this cosmopolitan city has to offer.
From the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) end of Charles Bridge, you can find Kampa Island; a tranquil spot with charming waterside houses and local cafes. Known as the “the Venice of Prague” you can even rent rowboats or just admire the view of the Old Town across the river. There is also the modern European art museum – Kampa Museum and the Velkoprevorské námestí (Grand Priory Square), with the Beatles lyrics-covered ‘Lennon Wall’.
Great Views of Prague
Climb the hill to the Castle for a great sunset view, or for something different visit Vítkov Hill, next to the Žižkov district. If the weather is good then the locals love a picnic or a beer garden. Stroll across the Most Legií bridge to the island and visit Letná Park. There is open air cinema all Summer on weekdays (9pm, 100 CZK) and a small floating bar on the waterfront!
Enjoy a Czech Beer!
If you’re a fan of Czech beer (pivo) then don’t miss the Staropramen brewery in the Smíchov district, and the most famous ‘pubs’ in Prague – the 500 year old U Fleku and Pivovarský dum on the site of the former ‘Research Institute of Brewing and Malting’. There’s also a newcomer; the microbrewery Novomestský where you can order a 10 litre barrel (best shared with friends!) If you’re in town May 7th-23rd then catch the Czech Beer Festival – with 17 days of festivities and over 150 Czech beers!
Czech Cafe Culture
Prague is full of lovely cafes with cosy terraces and blankets in winter and sunshine spots in summer – and locals love to hang out and have a coffee or beer. Here are some of the less touristy places to try.
Le Court Galerie Café is a cute favourite, along with Lokál Dlouhá for lunch, or the delicious Restaurant Mincovna or recommended Bistro Maso a Kobliha. For traditional meatloaf or great burgers try quality butcher/bistro Naše maso. For a bit of style and great coffee try the Café Lounge in the Lesser Quarter or Muj Salek Kavy. If you have a sweet tooth try traditional confectionery shop Myšák. Bistro 8 on trendy Veverkova Street does some tasty dishes (a popular and cool spot for art students from the Academy of Fine Arts nearby.)
The Best Food Market
Naplavka Farmers Market With views of Prague Castle and on the Vlatva River, this Saturday local produce market is the best place to sample smoked meats, cheeses, pickled local specialties, baked treats and cakes – everything you could want to eat! With great events all summer, local beer tasting, and best of all ‘Wurst-kunst’ (sausage campfire cooking) what’s not to love about wandering around with the locals and buying some authentic Czech fair? Saturdays 8am-2pm
Explore Alternative Neighborhoods
Away from the romance of the old town and the well preserved architecture of the narrow streets and Renaissance bridges the city is a little different. Further from the city center there are more ‘authentic’ neighborhoods where you can see the affects of the Velvet Revolution culturally and politically. Check out the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Holešovice; a new gallery exhibiting thought provoking art, and the more underground scenes of street art and graffiti and contemporary art scene in Karlín. Unfortunately the alternative art commune at Trafacka has now closed for development.
Our hostel is located in a new building in the heart of the old town, just moments from Charles Bridge and a short walk from the main square. Our cosy yet spacious hostel has 26 light rooms and plenty of communal space to chill out. Book your bed in our Prague hostel here.