City Review: Prague, Czech Republic

Molly City Review, Culture, Food 0 Comments

If I had to describe Prague in one word it would be magical. The capital city of Czech Republic, also known as the city of 100 spires, makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time into a fairytale. Not only that but it’s home to the world’s first pilsner and beer is cheaper than water. Prague was our third stop on a recent Eastern Europe vacation and our favorite city of the trip! Use points to fly into Václav Havel Airport or take a high speed train from another European city, just make sure not to miss Prague. Gothic churches and ancient castles combined with excellent bohemian cuisine and endless beer made for a fabulous trip. Here are some of our Prague favorites!

Clocktower and Castle

When looking for accommodations make sure to stay in the Prague 1 District. This area includes Old Town Square and is within walking distance to most everywhere you’ll want to go. You’ll find that Prague has very reasonably priced accommodations. We stayed in a great AirBnB on Dlouhá Street for less than $100 per night. If you haven’t tried AirBnB yet sign up here and get $30 off. I highly recommend staying on or near Dlouhá Street as it has a locals vibe and some of the best restaurants and bars. If you’re looking to use hotel points check out the Intercontinental, Marriott and Hilton Prague Old Town.

 

Must Do Activities Include:

  • Free Walking Tour – great way to start off your trip! We took the Royal Walk Free Tour by Prague Tours and really enjoyed it. Very knowledgeable guide and lots of local tips (like not to pay more than $1.50 for a beer or you’re getting ripped off!)
  • Old Town Square – historic square home to the medieval astronomical clock and the gothic Church of Our Lady before Tyn (looks like a real life Disney movie). Just avoid this area when looking for places to eat as the restaurants are very touristy and overpriced.
  • Astronomical Clock – dating back to 1410, this is oldest clock of its kind still operating. Every hour on the hour you can see the clockwork show known as The Walk of Apostles in action. The clock itself is a must see but while it was neat to watch the show, I’m not sure it’s worth fighting the crowds.
  • Old Town Hall – this is the building that the astronomical clock is mounted on. You can take an elevator up to the top and get spectacular views of Old Town Square. Tickets are ~$5 and you can book mobile tickets in advance  to skip the line and save a few cents.
  • Charles Bridge – famous bridge that crosses the Vltava River. The bridge is decorated with baroque style statues and is stunning. There are vendors selling goods and street musicians serenading you as you walk by. Make sure to check it out all lit up at night as well (plus it’s a lot less crowded)
  • Prague Castle – take the Charles Bridge across the river to check out this magnificent castle built in the 9th century, which is still home to the President of the Czech Republic. Wander the grounds and make sure to check out the beautiful gardens. We were lucky enough to be there on Charles IV’s 700th birthday and got to experience the festivities.
  • Letna Beer Garden – take a break from the busy city and head up to the Letna Beer Garden for breathtaking views and refreshing beers.

Our favorite Bars & Restaurants Include:

  • Bakeshop – great little bakery in the heart of Prague. Stop in for a coffee and pastry for breakfast.
  • Nase Maso – this place is a meat lover’s dream. Choose any type of meat you want and they cook it for you on the spot. We tried the burgers and sausages and both were delicious! The inside is quite cozy but is all part of the experience.
  • Lokal – do not miss this restaurant. We liked it so much we ate dinner here twice! This place is about as authentic bohemian as you can get. Beef shin goulash and fried cheese are a must try! Best part is the never ending fresh off the taps Czech pilsners that cost about $1 each and keep coming until you tell your server to stop.
  • Prague Beer Museum– fun pub with over 30 beers on tap. They offer flights so you can try out all different types of Czech craft beers.
  • Hemingway Bar– craft cocktail bar inspired by Hemingway himself. The handcrafted cocktails are delicious and served up in unique and interesting ways. We really enjoyed the drinks and speakeasy atmosphere. Just make sure to make a reservation or get there early (they open up at 5pm).
  • Black Angel’s Bar– swanky cocktail bar in the basement of the U Prince Hotel. Great atmosphere and excellent drinks.
  • Make sure to try Trdelnik when in Prague. This delicious Czech cinnamon-sugar pastry is baked over an open flame and sold by street vendors all over Prague. My favorite was with nutella and ice cream inside. Yum!