My eyes dart from spire to spire.
New sights, sounds and smells. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for our three days in this majestic city.
A trip to Europe would be incomplete without a stop in Prague for at least a few days. Once epicenter of the Roman Empire, Prague boasts a number of attractions for the more historically minded, while also appealing to travelers of a modern persuasion. With three days in Prague, your feet will ache but everything else will thank you. There will never be enough time to see it all, but you can certainly give it your best shot, and I can help you do that.
Start your day off with a nice meaty breakfast and head towards the Hradčany district of the city to take in the iconic Prague Castle. Dating back to the ninth century, the castle has seen a long string of bohemian kings and is currently where the President resides. For a nominal fee, you can explore the largest ancient castle in the world and it will not disappoint. If the floor to ceiling arches don’t have your jaw on the floor, the stained glass windows, threatening gargoyles and intricate statues will. Tip: Arrive as early as possible (most of the complex opens around 9am), as you have a better chance of missing the swarms of tour groups.
Next, bring your cameras to Petrín Hill for the best view of the city. There is an option to climb a pseudo Eiffel Tower for an even better view, but the weather plays a huge factor in the visibility.
Walk down the hill towards Malá Strana for a glimpse at a political masterpiece. Covered in dissident writing, lyrics and odes to the fallen Beatle, the John Lennon Wall is a symbol of free speech and is said to have sparked the Velvet Revolution.
For those history lovers, be sure to visit the Metronome, the winning art project chosen to replace the fallen Stalin statue. In the square, artists, young lovers and skateboarders provide a snapshot of the city’s liberated youth, juxtaposing with the grim era of Soviet occupation.
Lastly, walk across the Charles Bridge for a nice blend of the touristy and local flavor. Artisans scattered across the bridge are a sight to see, but don’t let them steal your attention away from the statues and views of the Vltava River.
Finish the day off with a hearty meal at a local eatery, Lokál Dlouhá. I suggest tucking into the local delicacies – stodgy dumplings, fried cheese and a side of cabbage, all of which wash down nicely with a hoppy draught beer.
Begin your second day with a leisurely stroll to the Old Town Square. Just be sure to arrive a few minutes before the hour to watch the performance of the Astrological Clock. I won’t spoil the surprise, but you certainly won’t be the only one watching it. Hundreds of other tourists will be huddled together to admire the display.
Contrary to most of my other reviews, I believe getting a guide is your best option. At 11:00am and 2:00pm, the free walking tour departs after the clock show. The tour guides operate solely on tips, so you can guarantee a show-stopping performance. The guides stand near the Astrological clock wearing yellow t-shirts and holding yellow umbrellas. The tour takes you through the city, allowing you to stop and marvel at the beauty and architecture, with as much history as you care to listen to. You will visit the Church of Our Lady, the Jewish Quarter, the Old Jewish Cemetery, among others.
Estates Theater is the only remaining symphony hall in which Mozart conducted his works and is definitely worth a visit. Tickets are reasonable and the theater acts a nice sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
After the tour, head over to Pivovarsky Dum, a local restaurant and microbrewery, for a second helping of Czech deliciousness. Try the goulash and be sure to sample their eclectic selection of brews.
While this Prague tour could go on forever, there is a gem worth visiting just 70km east of Prague. Well connected to the capital by trains and buses, Kutná Hora is home to the Bone Ossuary that dates back to the 14th century. The city itself has a beautiful Gothic cathedral, some underground tours and is nice for a leisurely walk before heading back to the city.
You cannot go wrong in Prague. You could wander around for three days without a clue and still have an amazing time.
I would love to hear about your experiences in Prague and if you have any suggestions, please leave them below.