Prague. It’s perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its beautiful architecture, color, and rich history. Walking through Prague is like walking through a fairytale land.
Where To Stay
I will always, always suggest you stay in a hostel. Look back at every AWOW post I’ve written and you’ll see this is true. Hostels are the best way to meet locals and other vacationers. If you just can’t do a hostel, try AirBNB.
Where To Go
1. The Old Town Square – located smack-dab in the middle of it all, the square is a fantastic place to see locals perform traditional music and dance, find great food (try the gyros!) and enjoy seeing what Prague looks like on a daily basis.
2. Charles Bridge – probably one of the most recognized places in Prague, the bridge crosses the river Vltava, connecting Old Town to the Prague castle. It’s dotted with people selling their goods and allows a beautiful glimpse of the castle. Go at sunset!
3. The Prague Castle – I didn’t get to go to the castle, but it’s #9 on things to do on TripAdvisor.com. I wish I’d gotten to go… so you go for me and tell me how it is!
4. Astronomical Clock – another famous structure in Prague is the massive and oh-so-beautiful astronomical clock found just off the Old Town Square. When I was there, it was surrounded by about twenty brides and their grooms for photoshoots!
What To Do
1. Eat – anywhere. I had the most fantastic gyro bought from a vendor off the square. And the crepes are huge here. (Be warned: if you sit down with your American travel buddies, locals will take pictures of you stuffing your face with a Nutella crepe…).
2. Shop – Na Prikope is the best street for shopping. There are some luxury shops, but there are also beautiful buildings, flower merchants, and sights like the Municipal House on this street, too.
3. Museums – There are plenty! I didn’t get to go to any, but Lobkowicz Palace, The Slav Epic and Veletrzni Palac are three of the best. (There’s also a KGB museum for all you Alias fans out there).
4. The Prague Zoo – I didn’t get to go here, either, but it’s a world famous zoo. So… go.
5. Cathedrals – Religious or not, these places of worship are some of the most beautiful sites to see. My friends and I stumbled across one unexpectedly and spent a good thirty minutes just sitting in the pews, admiring the beauty. I believe the one we found was Church of Our Lady Victorious, Holy Child of Prague. The Church of St. Ignatius is another fantastic one to see.
Prague will make you feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. It’s also a great place from which to explore other parts of eastern Europe. Take a train or flight to Vienna, Austria or Krakow, Poland or even Munich or Berlin, Germany. (I took a night train from Prague to Krakow and then flew out of Krakow to Berlin!) It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I highly recommend Prague as a destination on your next European adventure.
All photos c/o Maggie Marshall. Photos may not be used or reproduced without express permission from the owner.