Known and Unknown Places in Prague You Must Experience (Hometown Series)
The hometown series has taken us around the world, to small towns and big cities, as travel bloggers highlight the many unique things to do and food to try. In past articles we visited Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, the Spanish City of Valencia, the U.S. city of Boston, the German city of Berlin, San Jose in California, and more! Now, we will head over to the Czech Republic to discover the best known and unknown places in Prague with Nat from Nats Travel.
Prague is a beautiful city in the heart of Europe and one of the most popular tourists’ destinations. No matter the season, winter, summer, or spring you will always find things to do in this magical city.
Known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and cultural landmarks, Prague has something to offer for everyone. Whether you are interested in exploring ancient castles and cathedrals, strolling through picturesque streets, relaxing in one of the green parks, or enjoying the stunning view of the city, Prague has it all. In this article, I will provide you with the best known and unknown places in Prague that you can explore during your holiday in this magnificent city.
What to Do in Prague
1. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is the iconic bridge in Prague and one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe. Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River and connects Old Town and Prague Castle. You can enter the Gothic towers on either side of the bridge and climb up to enjoy a breathtaking view of Prague.
It is a nice walk from Old Town over the bridge towards the castle. However, if you want to take your experience to another level, visit the bridge in the evening when it is dark. The bridge is lit up by decorative lamps which take you back in time.
2.) Prague Castle
Prague Castle is a UNESCO heritage site and the most important cultural establishment in the Czech Republic. Moreover, Prague Castle is signed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest castle in the world.
There are several historical buildings and gardens that you can visit. For example, Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, and the Tower of the Cathedral where you can walk up to see Prague from a bird’s eye, and Golden Lane.
I really recommend visiting St. Vitus Cathedral when you are here. Also, the view from Prague Castle is wonderful. If you decide to pay a visit to Prague Castle, you better book one full day for it, including a break for lunch.
3.) Prague Markets
Prague hosts several different markets during the year that you can visit. There are Christmas Markets and Easter Markets, which are the most popular. Prague’s markets sell traditional goods and souvenirs as well as food and are completely different than markets in the Middle East, in Dubai for example.
In spring and through the whole summer there are several farm markets all over the city where you can buy not only some souvenirs and products from farmers, but also enjoy nice food, drinks, and sweets outside.
4.) The Narrowest Street in Prague
The narrowest street in Prague is really the narrowest and can be found in Mala Strana close to the Charles
Bridge. It is actually a staircase between two houses.
The street is so narrow that only one person at a time can walk through. Because of that, someone installed a
traffic light on each end of the street so people on the other side know someone wants to pass.
5.) Church of Our Lady Before Tyn
There are many churches in Prague that you can visit, and they are all very beautiful. However, one that stands out is the iconic church photographed by all tourists in Old Town Square.
The Church of Our Lady before Tyn is the most impressive gothic church in Prague. While you are on your sightseeing tour in Old Town watching the well-known Astronomical clock, you can also pay a visit to this beautiful church.
6.) Walk Along the Vltava River
Walking alongside the Vltava River is a great activity starting from spring till the end of the summer. The weather is nice, swans are swimming in the river, and restaurants are open where you can enjoy your lunch, drinks, or ice cream.
The best place for a walk is Naplavka from where you have a lovely view of Prague’s bridges crossing the river as well as part of the castle. There are also Farm markets happening here every Saturday.
7.) Devil’s Stream
Devil’s Stream, Certovka in Czech, is a 740 m long canal in Prague. It is also called Little Prague Venice as it is similar to Venice.
You can see part of the canal when you walk down from the Charles Bridge on the side of Malostranske Namesti. However, you can also book a boat tour which will take you along this canal.
This canal was created in the past to provide regulated water flow for the Mills. Three watermills survived till today and the best known is the Priory Mill.
If you take the boat tour or go to John Lennon Wall, you can see this mill as well as the waterman sitting next to it.
8.) Museum of Senses
Prague city can be proud of many museums. A lot of museums may not be interesting for children or teenagers however, few museums are so much fun for all ages.
One of them is the Museum of Senses where you will test all your senses. There are 50 different exhibits that you can go through, have fun, and take those cool Instagramable pictures.
9.) Rieger Gardens
Prague has many beautiful greenish parks and one of them is Rieger Garden located in Prague 2 Vinohrady. Except for the stunning view of the city, there is a beer garden where you can have nice Czech beer or something to eat.
Also, several cultural events and concerts are organized here during summer. If you have children, there is a playground to entertain them. For more activities with children in Prague during summer, click here.
10.) Take a Ride on the Historical Tram
In case you would like to see the most important parts of the city from the comfort of a chair, you can use the historical tram. There are line numbers 41 and 42 that you can use. Line number 42 operates on a principle hop on, hop off.
The lines run during weekends and public holidays only. Tram number 41 runs only from the end of March till November. For more details check the official website here.
11.) Paternoster Lift
Paternoster Lift is an old fashion lift that is not produced anymore, however, there are still some of them in use in Europe. Prague is one of the cities that has a few of these lifts in use.
These lifts have no door, no buttons and they do not stop. You just hop on and hop off. It is a very extraordinary experience.
If you want to try one while in Prague head to City Hall on Marianske Namesti in Old Town. Just for fun.
Where to Eat in Prague
If you want to try the traditional Czech food, there are many restaurants all over the city. Bear in mind that Czech food is very heavy and not very healthy. But many dishes taste delicious.
Some traditional dishes are goulash with dumplings, pork neck, fried cheese, fried chicken or pork meat with fries, duck with dumplings and cabbage, svickova, which is a creamy vegetable sauce with dumplings and beef meat. Let’s not forget about grilled sausages.
In these restaurants, you will definitely find some of traditional Czech food.
If you like beer, don’t forget to have a pint with your meal as Czech beer is the best.
One of the sweets that you must try is Trdelnik. It is a cinnamon cake that you can have with Nutella and ice cream and whipped cream or some other fillings. You will find them being sold all over the city.
Where to Stay in Prague
There are so many places where you can stay in Prague close to all the popular sights. I will mention two hotels, one of them is the 4* Mosaic House Design Hotel, which is a modern eco-hotel located in a quiet area, but close to the city center.
A little bit more expensive is the 4* Boho Hotel, located right in the city center.
In case you prefer apartments over hotels, you can try 4 Arts Apartments by Prague Residences, which is located in the city center.
Conclusion-Known and unknown places in Prague
Prague is a captivating city that offers a multitude of experiences. Whether you choose to explore the magnificent Prague Castle, wander through the charming streets of the Old Town, visit a museum, or relax in one of the parks, this city never fails to leave a lasting impression. With its timeless beauty and rich history, Prague promises an unforgettable journey filled with memorable experiences.
About the Author
Nat is a traveling lover obsessed with beaches, ocean, and sun and she is in love with Africa. Therefore, her blog, Nats Travel, is about beach destinations and Africa that she personally visited. She is an expat living in Prague but looking to move to Dubai.
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