prague is the capital of the czech republic and only a 3½ hour drive from vienna. so on a sunny 4-day-weekend in spring two of my girlfriends (who i’d also been to méxico with) and i decided to hop on a flixbus to the so called city of a hundred spires. prague has lived throug multiple wars but is still a gorgeous and ver well-preserved city. it is also home to some of the best-kept architecture in all of europe. we absolutely loooved it there so here i want to share with you 10 things you absolutely have to do and see when visiting prague:
1. EXPLORE THE OLD TOWN SQUARE
the OLD TOWN SQUARE is a popular spot in prague. it is the perfect place to admire the wonderful architecture the city has to offer as well as watch the various street performers, musicians and merchants. there are also several restaurants there which offer visitors to enjoy a coffee or a beer on their cute patios.
2. WATCH THE ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK STRIKE AN HOUR
the ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK is located right at the old town square. It has been built in the 15th century and has been damaged and repaired many many times since but is still widely regarded as the best preserved medieval mechanical clock in the world. the clock doesn’t display the time of day but is rather used to determine the phases of the moon and the equinoxes. every hour crowds gather beneath the old town hall tower to watch the astronomical clock in action.
3. EAT TRDELNÍK
trdekník is a kind of cake that is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with a variety of toppings. nobody really knows where trdelník comes from but nowadays it’s most prominent in eastern european countries. when we were in prague we decided to try a a modern version filled with ice cream. though it’s super hard to eat it’s also reeeeally yummy and you definitely have to try one!
4. WALK ACROSS THE CHARLES BRIDGE
visiting the CHARLES BRIDGE definitely is a must-do when in prague. the bridge was built in the 14th century and connects the old town with the lesser town of prague. the bridge offers a gorgeous view over prague and you’ll also get to see a lot of artists and vendors there.
5. VISIT PRAGUE CASTLE
the breathtaking PRAGUE CASTLE has traditionally been the seat of czech rulers and today functions as the official residence of the president. the castle grounds are a unesco world heritage site, showcasing a variety of architectural styles, including everything from 10th century romanesque buildings to gothic structures from the 14th century. oh, and did I mention the castle is also holding the record for the largest coherent castle complex in the world?
6. TAKE PICTURES IN FRONT OF THE FAMOUS JOHN LENNON WALL
toward the end of communism in the 1980s, students started writing john lennon lyrics on a wall which is now known as JOHN LENNON WALL. the wall is covered with beatles song lyrics, peace signs and paintings and represents love and peace. besides this being the perfect background for your pictures visitors are also allowed to write or paint on the wall which can be a super fun activity!
7. PAY A VISIT TO JEWISH QUARTER
the historic JEWISH QUARTER is one of the most popular sights in prague. its history began in the 13th century when jews living in prague were ordered to leave their homes and move to this area. today it’s home to several significant sites, including a number of important synagogues and a cemetery with more than 12,000 visible graves. for more info check out sharon’s post on prague’s old jewish cemetery!
8. STROLL THROUGH NOVE MESTO
the new town (NOVE MESTO) is the youngest and largest quarter in prague. with many international hotels, theaters, chain stores, night clubs, cafés, restaurants and fast food restaurants located there. in my opinion the old town is wayyy prettier but the new town offers great variety of restaurants and yummy food.
9. VISIT ONE OF THE MANY MUSEUMS
prague is full of museums dedicated to the arts, history, architecture and much more. so clearly you can’t go to prague without at least visiting one museum. when my girlfriends and i were there it so happened that we ended up in the SEX MACHINE MUSEUM. why? we don’t know – it was a really spontaneous decision so let me just say that the museum is really unique and really really interesting, eye opening and worth a visit when in prague!
10. SPEND SOME TIME AT THE FARMERS MARKET
i absolutely looooove farmers markets!!! all the different smells, the freshness of the food, the laid back vibes,.. everything to be honest! i especially love to visit them when traveling though because i feel like it’s the best way to experience and taste the local cuisine. prague offers a great variety of farmers markets and you should definitely visit one of them to blend in with the locals as you try some of the best food the city has to offer.
have you ever been to prague? what are your favorite things to see and do there? let me know in the comments ↓