I didn’t knew much about Prague untill we decided to go somewhere for the weekend and lets say, Czech Republic standed out for being architecturaly interesting, affordable and for having the best pilsner beer from the world.
We went for a short weekend and we wished we could had stay longer. There is so much to do and see at this enchanting, medieval looking city, if you like to wander around without any specific destination, and still wanna see alluring things on the way, Prague is definetely for you!
The historical and cultural heart of the Czech Republic, Prague Castle is a complex of churches, halls, towers and palaces, making it the biggest castle in the whole wide world! This UNESCO heritage is easily to be spot as it’s located at the top of the hills of the city. With all these options you can easily spend the whole day at this sight. If your time is limited, be sure to at least get to the top of the tower for stunning views of the city, no doubts it is worth it!
Insiders tip: Do not miss the changing of guard at 12 am.
Built in 1357, this bridge is difficult to be missed – unless you are an early bird, the Charles Bridge is daily crowded by locals, tourists and on its way you will find plenty of artists presenting their work. Certainly you will be walking here more than once, at the end of the day can be a very romantic spot to admire the sunset and watch the flow of people roaming.
Eat Tdrlo or Trdelnik
I had to put this topic after the Charles Bridge because the most instagram worthy food picture you will be making at this trip, will be this local sweet treat – a spit cake, also known by chimney, most commonly grilled and top with nutella or a mix of walnuts.
But recently a new trend of chimney is getting attention on social media, specially on instagram – and it’s located right after you cross the Charles bridge and the Powder Tower on it’s right. The singularity of this chimney is the extra topping of ice cream, in attractive form and colors. I confess I am not a huge fan of sorbet but it looked so tasty I just had to have it, even if it was just for a instaworthy shot, which with no doubts, it was a hit!
Talking about food, we cannot forget to mention the drinks, and Czechs claim to have the best beer in the world. Although, the most famous is the Pilsner Urquell for its quality and flavour, craft beers became recently very popular as well, hence you can now enjoy every type of beer here – from classics to microbreweries, without question, a beer lovers place!
Old Town Hall and the Astronomic Clock
The medieval Astronomical Clock embelish the wall of the Old Town City Hall which can be found at the charming Old Town Square. Every hour, on the hour, the astronomical clock gets in action. The disctinction of this clock to others is that, some sculptures begin to move at the announcing hour – 12 apostles can be seeing passing by the window, above the dial as other sculptures representation, such as of the skeleton, the astronomer and the rooster.
The real deal!
For the contemporary art admirers, this building will be a delight for the eyes! Inspired in a couple dancing together, this is the reason the name of this building is the dancing house. Recently I learn that this place once before a office, now it has a restaurant, with same impressive interior as the outside, so there you go, one more reason to check it out!
Dine fancy with a view
Prague might be small comparing to cities like Paris, but it doesn’t dissapoint on the variety of good restaurants options, specially those that offer a great view of the city.
Therefore this is something that in my opinion, has to be done once you encounter yourself on this picturesque medieval city. The city offers a vast range of delightful restaurants with stunning views of this historical city.
We chose the Coda restaurant – located on top of the Aria Hotel, it offers an adorable view of the St. Nicholas church. Furthermore the food battles with the view for the attention, it is so tasty as good looking and the service is outstanding. Definitely one of the highlights of the trip!
Insiders Tip: Order here the typical Czech cuisine menu. It is definetely worth it!
Visit John Lennon’s Wall
This wall is called so because the locals started to grafit it with lyrics from the Beatles songs in the 80s, as a form of protest against the oppressive authorities during the Communist era, which forbided the free speech. Since then, new art is constantly replacing the old ones, but the message keeps the same – just positive thoughts and peace.
Have you ever been to Prague? What are your thoughts about it? I know that I’ll be back!