The darling of Eastern Europe, this city in Czech Republic has been rated as one of the top destinations each year. Prague or Praha, is a city peppered with steeples, covered in brick roof tops, and plenty of cobblestone streets.
When I arrived to Prague, I really had no clue how large a city it was until going to the top of Old Town Hall. The sprawling views of the city felt like it would take ages to see everything. With neighborhoods popping up with trendy cafes and eateries, alongside the main sites there is plenty to do. Spending five days in Prague felt like the right time to really be able to enjoy each of it's gems, whether it was Old Town or the hip area of Vinohrady.
I think what got me about Prague was the welcoming spirit of everyone met. It was warm, and they were all so happy to show us where to go, where to eat, and what not to miss. One perk about traveling to Czech Republic is that the exchange rate of the dollar to the local currency of the Czech Koruna is in our favor (by a lot), so the price of eating out was affordable. Often a pint of beer was only one or two USD, and meals being as cheap as $10!
A quick travel guide to Prague
How to Get to Prague
- With multiple direct flights from major European cities and even from the US, it's best reach by air. If already traveling in the region, there are multiple trains that come into the city. Once on ground, the public transportation is quite extensive and there is no need for a car. Be careful of local taxis as they are notorious for upping the prices on tourists, so be sure that it is a reputable taxi before getting in — best to have someone at the hotel or restaurant call for one. Uber is also becoming popular, which was great to use for longer distances when there.
What to See in Prague
Of course there is plenty to see in Prague, so let's keep to the highlights:
- Charles Bridge (best photographed in the morning for no crowds)
- Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock
- Castle District & Prague Castle
- St Vitus Cathedral
- Top of Old Town Hall for views
- Josefov (Jewish Quarter & Museum)
- Wenceslas Square (shopping area)
- Letna Beer Garden for sweeping views over the river
- Strahov Library (one of the oldest libraries, a must see)
- Vrtba Garden (quiet, perfectly manicured gardens)
- National Theatre for ballet
Best Day Trip from Prague
- We decided to take one day trip to Cesky Krumlov and I highly recommend it — one of my favorite small towns to date. Here is a full post on how to get there and a short guide.
Where to Eat in Prague
This all depends on budget, and what you would love out of your time. There are plenty of local restaurants serving Czech cuisine and classics, as there are the hip, trendy spots. I loved a mix of the two, and each one was special in it's own way.
- Mozaika for cozy cuisine (Vinohrady District)
- Cafe Imperial for fine dining brunch (near Old Town)
- La Gastronmica di Aromi for mid market Italian fusion (Vinohrady District)
- Kofein for well priced tapas (Vinohrady District)
- La Bottega di Finestra for great lunch (Old Town)
- Grand Cru Restaurant for 4 course fine dining (Old Town)
- La Boheme Cafe for coffee (Vinohrady District)
- Cafe Savoy for fine dining fusion Czech cuisine (near Old Town)
- Restaurant Mincovna for trendy cuisine (Old Town)
Where to Stay in Prague
- Though it is nice to be based in the Old Town, the area of Vinohrady is a great place to be submerged into the local scene. Depending on what you want to do or how much time, either neighborhoods is great. Any 4-5 star hotel in the old town will suit just fine for location. If you are looking for more of a local experience in a chic flat for a great price, I'd highly recommend this Airbnb listing — close to transit and great food. We spent most days doing the "tourist" spots in Old Town and retreated to Vinohrady for dinner.
Where to Take Photos in Prague
- As I mentioned before, the early wake up call for sunrise on Charles Bridge was worth it. The views from Letna Beer Garden are incredible to see the bend in the river. The steps up to Prague Castle make for a great view back into Old Town. Another favorite was from the top of Old Town Hall.
Travel well, travel often. Xx