Regarded by many as one of Europe’s most charming, colourful and beautiful cities. Prague has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe along with Vienna and Krakow. There’s so much history to explore, delicious treats to try and lots of fun at night too. Take a look at this Prague travel guide to find the best food to try, stylish hotels, fine dining, nightlife and places not to miss.
There are many sights in Prague to see not to mention the beautiful historic architecture. Charles Bridge is a fantastic example of this. In any Prague travel guide, you’ll find this statue-lined bridge at the top of the visiting agenda. Cross the bridge and take a look at the beautiful artwork on the only way of crossing the river Vltava until 1841.
The astronomical clock is a unique marvel to behold. The clock strikes every hour and you can see figures move in a wonderful display. The clock not only tells time but also shows the position of the sun and moon, as well as days and months. Crowds gather to see the little characters move around to entertain their audience.
Prague castle is another top place to visit during your stay. You’ll love to explore the castle complex dating back to the 9th century and seeing the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral inside. You can also see the changing of the guard if you visit at the right time. Check times locally or notice when people start to gather near the entrance. Definitely, a place that couldn’t be missing from a Prague travel guide!
For an interesting and unique place to see then think about visiting the Jewish cemetery. There are around 12,000 tombstones sticking up like jagged teeth from the ground. Due to the lack of space, bodies were buried on top of each other, graves being layered up as this was such a sacred place to be buried in the city. You can also enter the Synagogue and read about the history of the Jewish old town.
Although the city is gorgeous in the daytime you may want to go out and explore at night too. There are quite a few places worth seeing at night time.
Where to stay?
The old town has a lovely charm and is favoured with those who want to be in the middle of the action. You’ll find a range of accommodation to suit your needs. But if you are looking for luxury and style there are a few you should consider.
I have personally stayed at the Iron Gate hotel and can say it is a gorgeous boutique hotel with so much character. Its central location in the old town makes it great for those wanting to stay in the cities heart. Another great choice is La Ballerina, with beautiful boutique rooms and walking distance to all the sights, its a stylish hotel in a great location.
So the old town is the most popular but if you want a quieter, less touristy place to stay there are other choices. Vinohrady and Zizkov are thought of as the hipster side of Prague. It is further out but a good idea for longer stays. There’s also the calm and quiet Karlin. Just a few Metro stops from the centre, this laid-back neighbourhood has some lovely cafés and restaurants perfect for a relaxing break but close enough to see the sights.
What to eat?
Wander around Wenceslas Square and you’ll find the most famous and popular Prague pubs and restaurants. The native food is excellent hearty meals. Think meat and potatoes, dumplings and sour kraut amongst other delicious filling meals. Whether its local food you want to try or if you are craving Italian or Indian. Prague has plenty of food options for every kind of traveler.
Traditional dishes you should try include Palačinky which are thin Czech pancakes served rolled with fillings such as jam, cream and nuts. Another sweet treat is trdelník, a rolled pastry served warm and topped with sugar and nuts or cinnamon. For lunch or dinner try the Czech guláš which is like the well known Hungarian goulash but served with fewer vegetables and more meat.
A favourite local restaurant of mine is Pivovarsky Dum. This brewpub restaurant offers an amazing selection of beer and delicious hearty food in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The pork knuckle is especially tasty.
If its other cuisines you are looking for then you won’t be disappointed either. Ristorante Pagana is an excellent choice for friendly service and good Italian food. Or if it is Indian you prefer then try Rang De Basanti Indian Restaurant. Traditional Asian decor and great tasty food if you are craving a curry.
Getting there and around
Arriving in Prague by plane or train is the usual method of transport. From the airport, you can get the number 119 or number 100 bus direct to the city centre or the nearest metro station. By train, you will arrive at the main train station and you can get straight on the metro to where you need to get to in the city.
To get around easily try taking the metro. Alternatively, there are also plenty of cheap metered taxis if you prefer this way of travelling. Of course, there are also the famous trams which run along some routes and you can hop on and off with your one to three-day pass tickets. Tram 22 is the best way to get a scenic tour of Prague.
Do you need a Prague travel guide?
What do you think? Will you be using this Prague travel guide to help you on your next visit to this fabulous historic city? Whats not to love, great places to explore, yummy food to try, and luxury hotels to enjoy. Not to mention it is a very cheap city to visit by European standards. So not only a beautiful and interesting destination to visit but a budget one too. Have you visited Prague on a city break?