If you are looking for a city break that combines rich and impressive architecture, romantic cobbled backstreets, heaps of history and good food and beer, then you don’t need to look any further than the Czech capital.
Prague is easily one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and a haven for explorers and romantics alike. A city which feels like it is built on a maze of endless hidden backstreets, there’s a new underground bar, gothic church or cute café around every corner.
The city can be filled with people in the summer. It was the fifth most visited tourist destination in Europe in 2017, though after spending some time there, it doesn’t really come as a surprise when you hear that.
Therefore, is it in winter when I believe Prague looks truly magical and is best visited. Though do wrap up warm, as temperatures regularly drop down to the minus figures in the early months of the year.
The snow falling down onto the Charles’ Bridge is a beautiful sight to take in, whilst wrapped up in a café just over the banks. The spires, towers and heights of Prague Castle looks particularly haunting in the cold. Grab a hot wine to go, and take in each of the different styles of building located within the grounds.
If you are there for a short city break, there are a few sights, tastes and experiences that could really enrich your stay.
Take in the sights of Prague
Old Town Square is a must-see, especially to take in the impressive astronomical clock. However don’t dwell too long here. Instead, embrace your spirit of exploration and wander aimlessly down any of the backstreets surrounding the town centre. You will be spoilt for choice when you come across the endless ancient churches, cosy bars and historic statues which seem to be on every other corner.
You can easily lose half a day exploring Prague Castle and the Ornate St Vitus Cathedral. I would wholly recommend packing a warm coffee flask or a bottle of fizz if the weather is warmer, and enjoying it from one of the many viewpoints looking out over Prague and the river Vltava. Take half an hour to pause and take in the incredible views of all the eclectic architecture from the city below.
Lastly, I couldn’t recommend a night-time city tour by GetYourGuide enough. It was the best way to discover a city away from the tourist filled centre, and discover much more about the history in the Czech Republic.
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As you wander down the endless cobbled back streets, or over the Charles Bridge, do it while savouring one of the famous Czech Republic Donuts, the Trdlenik (yes, I had to Google how to spell that).
A cinnamon and sugar flavoured donut cone, filled with rich chocolate and ice cream. They are the future of city-based delicacies.
When it comes for something more substantial, Prague has more than its fair share of cosy cafes, atmospheric underground restaurants and traditional Czech beer halls. Restaurant U Mlynáře, located on the Castle side of the river, serves up traditional warm Czech food, in addition to its own delicious brewed at source beer. It’s a must for a no-frills but heart (and body if you’re travelling in the winter) warming meal.
The Tavern by Seven Swabians is a must visit, although I would advise going for lunch or later drinks, if you want to avoid the medieval-style entertainment and banquets regularly attended by stag and hen parties. It’s located in a lower level cave, with long rustic tables, delicious food and a wide range of beers. The dim candle lit rooms make you feel like you are truly immersed in the history of the city.
Alternatively, if you are all Goulash and dumpling-ed out, then you must try Maly Buddha. This Asian restaurant has endless atmosphere, from low lighting, incense burning and traditional decorations adorning the walls. This was easily our favourite meal which we ate whilst in Prague, and it was a steal for what we paid. The Thai vermicelli and the vegetable spring rolls are truly delicious. Do be warned though, they only take cash, however don’t worry if you get caught out like we did, there’s an ATM just around the corner.
Top Tips – Prague
The city itself has so much to offer just by wandering around on foot, so make sure you leave aside a half day to just get purposely lost in the old town.
We found that the mini-markets were overpriced in a city that is known for being purse-friendly, and it was much cheaper to get food, service and a drink in a small café or bar.
In winter it can get really very cold, so pack layers upon layers.
Visit the Strahov Library, it’s such an impressive place to explore, and can easily be reached from Prague Castle.
Stay on the Prague Castle side of the bridge. There’s some great places to eat, drink and relax, including restaurants overlooking the river and hidden down old passageways.
Have you ever visited Prague, or do you plan to soon? Share your top tips in the comments below and we will feature the best ones on the blog.