Prague Unveiled: A Guide to Prague’s Best Experiences
Step into the timeless allure of Prague, where history and architecture intertwine to create an unforgettable experience. Welcome to “Prague Unveiled: A Guide to Prague’s Best Experiences.” In this blog, we’ll stroll through iconic landmarks like Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, delving into their stories. But our journey doesn’t stop there; we’ll also savor the city’s diverse culinary delights, from hearty Goulash to the famous Trdelník. Join us as we unravel the magic of Prague—one historic tale and culinary adventure at a time. Keep reading for an insider’s guide to the best this captivating city has to offer.
1. Old Town Square
Many of Prague’s Best Experiences took place in Old Town Square, which is the center of the Old Town quarter. Here there were shows, such as women dressed in traditional garb singing and dancing to classical music, vendors selling different foods unique to the Czech culture, and historical landmarks:
1. Church of Our Lady before Týn
A beautiful landmark we had the pleasure of visiting was the Church of Our Lady Before Týn, which is a Gothic church in the center of Old Town Prague. It was built in 1380, and is still considered the main church in the city.
2. Astronomical Clock
The Prague Astronomical Clock, also known as the Prague Orloj, was built in 1410. It is one of the oldest astronomical clocks still in operation and is located on the southern side of the Old Town Hall in Prague, Czech Republic. The clock was made by clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň and astronomer Jan Šindel. Over the centuries, the clock has undergone several renovations and restorations, but its medieval charm and intricate design have endured, making it a prominent symbol of Prague’s rich history and cultural heritage. At each hour, the clock’s “Walk of the Apostles” unfolds, showcasing animated figurines. At the surface, the “Walk of the Apostles” is a little underwhelming, but it’s still a must see and the clock is beautiful!
2. Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is one of the most famous spots in all of Prague and this landmark is very famous for its importance to the Czech people. For a long time this bridge was the only means for people to cross the Vlatva River between Old Town, Prague and Lessertown, Prague. Charles Bridge was commissioned by Emperor Charles IV and construction began in 1357. The bridge took 45 YEARS to build and is currently undergoing constant maintenance and restoration. Along the entire bridge, there are statues featuring different religious icons and symbols. This bridge also houses several vendors and incredible photo opportunities overlooking the river and Prague Castle. You absolutely cannot miss Charles Bridge during your stay as it is one of Prague’s Best Experiences!
3. Prague Castle
Prague Castle might be the most notable landmark you will encounter during your time in the city. Prague Castle is the residence of the President of the Czech Republic, Petr Pavel, and is the largest castle complex in the world! It has been used to house kings of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperors before it housed the Presidents of the Czech Republic. It is built with traditional baroque architecture, and its creation began in the year 870… so you might say… a REALLY long time ago! When you are standing in front of this building, you feel like you’ve been transported back to another century, and it really gives you the chance to imagine what life would have been like at the time of its creation. Below are a few things you can see while you’re at Prague Castle:
1. St. Vitus Cathedral
One thing you can’t miss at Prague Castle is St. Vitus Cathedral, the most important and recognizable religious monument in the Czech Republic! Within the cathedral are beautiful stained glass windows and the crown jewels of the Czech Republic! Something we did within the cathedral was climb up to the bell tower, which offered breathtaking panoramic views of Prague Castle, the city skyline, and the Vltava River. However, climbing up to the bell tower is not for the faint of heart as it is 287 stairs to get up there!
2. Saint George Basilica
Built way back in 920, this ancient beauty showcases Romanesque charm with its classic architecture. Venture inside and you’ll be greeted by a gallery of medieval art – frescoes, meticulously carved stonework, and a wooden altar. The basilica has this regal air too, being the final resting place for the Przemyslid dynasty.
3. Golden Lane
Golden Lane in Prague Castle is like a quirky time capsule. Picture this: a narrow alley with these cute, colorful dollhouse-like things from the 16th century. Back then, it was home to castle marksmen, but now these mini houses are all artsy shops selling handmade items. There are legends too, like alchemists trying to score gold and live forever. You can stroll, shop for unique souvenirs, and soak in the medieval vibes. Don’t skip the end of the lane where there’s a perfect view of Prague’s skyline.
4. Wallenstein Palace
Another beautiful place we visited while in Prague were the grounds of the Wallenstein Palace. The grounds featured incredible gardens full of vibrant flowers, ponds full of fish, and wandering blue and white peacocks. The nature surrounded us throughout the entire stroll through the palace grounds. Although there were several groups of people, it was peaceful and calming. We highly recommend setting aside time to explore this part of Prague, especially if you’re looking for some relaxation!
5. New Town
New Town in Prague is a vibrant and dynamic district that, despite its name, has a history dating back to the 14th century. Commissioned by Charles IV in 1348, New Town was designed to accommodate Prague’s expanding population. Today, it stands as a captivating blend of history, culture, and modern energy. The best things to do in New Town includes visiting The Dancing House (pictured above), walking in Wenceslas Square, and checking out the National Museum. While we much preferred being in Old Town, visiting New Town on your trip is a must see!
6. Fun Activities
This city isn’t just about stunning architecture and rich history; it’s also a playground for all you adventure seekers and culture buffs. From quirky experiences in charming neighborhoods to Harry Potter themed activities, Prague has it all!
1. Questerland – Harry Potter Escape Room
Questerland in Prague offers a variety of escape rooms, each with its own storyline, puzzles, and unique atmosphere. These rooms can range from historical mysteries to fantasy adventures. Participants find themselves immersed in a scenario and must use critical thinking, teamwork, and creativity to solve the puzzles and “escape” within the allotted time. For us, we HAD to do the Harry Potter themed room. As you may already know, we’re huge Harry Potter fans, so we had to jump on the opportunity! Their website can be found here!
2. Royal Czech Orchestra
Another fun activity we were able to go to was a showing of the Royal Czech Orchestra at St. Salvator Church in Clementium. It is at the entrance of the Old Town and was built by the Jesuits in 1578. This church is considered to be the landmark for traditional baroque architecture in Prague to this day. The Royal Orchestra was absolutely incredible and a very unique experience. We both enjoyed the classic music of famous composers like Handel, Schubert, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. Even people who aren’t necessarily into classical music would enjoy this experience for merely taking in the inside of the church and the history within.
3. Miniature Train Tour through the City
When you’re in the Old Town, we highly recommend taking one of the train tours through Prague. It’s a fantastic way to quickly see everything the city has to offer and learn some of its fascinating history. Also, it’s a perfect activity to escape the summer sun and catch a refreshing breeze while taking in the sights.
7. Food in Prague
In Prague, there are a multitude of options to eat. From hearty classics like goulash and trdelník to trendy cafes and fine dining experiences, Prague has something for every foodie.
1. Cafe Pascucci
Our favorite spot to eat was by far Cafe Pascucci, which was conveniently located directly across the street from our AirBnb! We came here multiple times a day for breakfast foods, such a croissants, sandwiches and desserts. They also had a wide selection of homemade drinks (the hot cocoa was AMAZING! So creamy and sweet!). On top of the food and drinks, the staff were wonderful and kind. We highly recommend checking this cafe out!
This was our first food experience in Prague, and is KNOWN for its traditional Czech cuisine. Well…. We definitely tried some interesting food here! The atmosphere and staff were very welcoming, and we really enjoyed the opportunity to try some food very different from what we would typically choose in the United States. We tried food such as goulash, potato pancakes, duck, and sparrow. We can safely say that Czech food is very heavy and wasn’t our absolute favorite, but we are glad to have tried it!
3. Trdelnik Stands
We tried many different types of trdelnik, a traditional Czech dessert (otherwise known as “chimney cake”. Our absolute favorite was the regular flavor with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, but don’t be afraid to venture out and try some unique flavors! This was easily our favorite thing we ate during our stay in Prague!
As you can tell, there is MUCH to do in Prague. Prague is easily one of our favorite cities in Europe and we hope to visit again one day! We recommend spending 3-5 days here to get the most out of your stay. We hope you all get to experience this beautiful and vibrant city at least once in your life!
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