Prague is one of those soon-to-be iconic cities. Lots of people have been traveling there as of lately, and I definitely see why. With amazing public transportation and something to do around every corner, it’s a traveller’s paradise. We spent 5 days here and it was the perfect amount of time.
Prague is broken up into a bunch of different “districts:” Prague 1 all the way up to Prague 16 (yikes.. maybe it goes up higher but I’m 90% sure that its only 16). Either way, what you need to know is Prague 1 is where all the action is. Surely there is stuff to do in other Prague districts but all of the main attractions are in 1. Starting with Charles Bridge, a Prague icon. When I said earlier that everyone has been traveling to Prague lately, I really mean everyone. Maybe it’s because it’s so affordable, or maybe its because there’s so much to do, but everywhere you go there is a crowd…especially on Charles Bridge:
This photo was taken in the early morning, and as you can see, there are tons of people. Also, note the sky. I’m not sure if it is always like this or we just got lucky, but it was overcast and drizzly the entire time we were there. I only say “we got lucky” because I had just come from weeks of sunny days and I grew up/live in Tucson, the land of sunny days. Having gloomy days is a gift for a desert girl like me. Now back to the bridge. This bridge was really beautiful with all of the statues lining it as well as the many artists set up for portraits.
Our favorite thing to do in Prague was just walk around people watching and dilly-dallying in and out of stores as we went along. We really only used the public transport to get into Prague 1 (we stayed in Prague 4 or 5 in an AirBnb) or if we found a restaurant that looked cool and it was a little further away. We bought 2 general transport tickets for what ended up being ~$13 (USD) each that gave us 4 days of unlimited public transport, busses and street cars.
Like I said, around every corner there is a different attraction. I am convinced that Prague is the land of museums. There were serious art museums; interesting exhibits, like the Museum of Medieval Torture Devices…you should definitely go there; and completely silly museums like the Museum of Chamber Pots & Toilets. They are all pretty cheap to get into and will certainly be entertaining.
Among the “things to do” outside of museums, you could see one of countless plays and operas, walk around and see all of the historic buildings, walk around the many gardens and parks – we walked around the Royal Gardens and it was really beautiful:
While walking around the Royal Gardens we happened upon a “bird show” and got to learn a bit about owls and falcons and even hold some. They had an owl that was the same type as Errol from Harry Potter. Ask me if I fan girled? The answer is yes. I was really excited. Daniel, being a dude, opted to hold the biggest bird they had… a falcon. They had to cover up its eyes with a mask so it wouldn’t freak out… I think it made it look 10x creepier.
After walking around and spending so much time in the city, we were craving a little bit of the countryside. We hopped on a bus that went so far into the countryside (almost 2 hrs outside) that our public transport tickets didn’t apply anymore and we had to purchase bus tickets (they were still so cheap though!!! – don’t remember how much exactly). Daniel made friend with a few locals on his way to Prague and they suggested this awesome nature look-out that I don’t remember the name of. Party foul, I know. I guess the point of showing you this, though, is to show that Prague is much more than the city area with lots of attractions. The countryside is also amazingly beautiful and worthy of a small half-day trip.
This little canyon reminded me a lot of Sedona, Arizona and it would have been cool to hike down into the bottom if we had time and also if people actually did that.. which I doubt they do.
The rest of the time in Prague we goofed around, met up with a friend who was living there for the summer via study abroad, and had some really great food. I know that Prague is known for its beer, but I didn’t partake in the beer drinking because to be honest I don’t really like beer that much and I was a little over alcohol at this point. Some fun things to do in Prague: pedal boats! I had never done this before, but you pay [not that much money] to take the pedal boats out for a spin around the river that goes through the city. Here’s Daniel being cute:
We had quite the laugh over how many important landmarks we saw just on accident, and we assume to this day that they were important to this day because there were always large crowds around them. The Astronomical Clock, for example: As we were walking along we saw a bunch of tour groups merge into this tiny little courtyard around this big, beautiful clock. I took a picture because I assumed it was important…Yeah it turned out to be pretty important. Now for this castle building, I still haven’t a clue what it is but its really beautiful (aren’t I the worst?):
Now for this building at the end of the Charles Bridge, we went inside because we saw a bunch of people on the top of it and we were feeling a bit left out. OF COURSE the view was amazing. Here is the structure and the view from the top:
All in all, I think Prague is a place you should see if you are looking for a fun, packed place to visit. I am sure the hostel scene is really awesome here with so many young tourists in the city. A hostel that also doubled as a tourist information center that I visited often was the Charles Bridge Economic Hostel. It’s in the best location ever, looks pretty nice, and is also affordable. The nightlife is super fun and everything is super cheap. It is important to note that the currency in Prague is Czech Crowns. A lot of places do take euros, but they aren’t thrilled about it. I would definitely get the Czech currency and just avoid euros altogether – it’ll make your life much easier.
Would I go back to Prague? Probably not, its one of those cities that I wanted to see and was able to see everything in just a few days.
Do I recommend Prague? Definitely.
Note: Prague locals are certainly taking advantage of the tourism boom with food stands everywhere and a certain man with a python who just sort of throws the snake around people’s neck, takes their picture, and then charges 250 CZK each (which is about $11 -USD). Be aware of that dude, and anyone else that tries to take advantage or trick you.