Lives in Uruguay
Since Sep. 2012
50-64 year old female
Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Castles, Historic Walking Areas
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Churches & Cathedrals
Neighbourhoods, Observation Decks & Towers
Observation Decks & Towers
Flea & Street Markets
Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Concerts, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Bars & Clubs
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
The Old town is the heart of Prague's Old district, and the place to start (of course it depends where you are staying). If you are at the other side of the river, then you start the "other way round" from the Castle district down to the Mala Strana and over the Charles Bridge over to the Old Town. But regardless of which direction you are coming from, this is a must place to visit.
Old Town Square is a huge place and a cannot miss when in the Old Town. You will pass through here a million times going back and forth depending on what you want to visit. There is plenty activity here, musicians, restaurants, historical sites, shops, souvenirs, and so on. A must see, a must be there place.
This is one of the main if not the main attraction at the main square. Lots of people waiting to see the figures which appear when this lovely clock strikes the hour. Well, you will see the same thing any hour, so go early in the morning or late at night and you will see it without the big crowds (and pick pockets who might be in the area).
While the old city connects with the rest of Prague through several bridges, this is the most touristy as it leads you directly from the Old Town to the Mala Strana and up to the Castle. Rivers of tourists over crowd the bridge and Karlova St. leading to it, as well as the streets leading up to the Castle. Plenty street artisans, musicians and the sort selling you souvenirs and Czech art on the bridge. As you approach the Bridge, try and avoid Karlova street and cut through the Klementinum (on the Old town part of the bridge)
The Prague Castle is a popular site, and you should study the opening times of all the attractions the district offers, depending on time of year. We did not care for entering the Castle, saw it from the outside and continued walking all around the area to see more of what it offered. Try and do this part of Prague at the start of your day, as it will take some hours and after that you can continue your tour around the city. The climb to the castle is quite steep but for those not wanting to walk up, there are alternatives, like a funicular up to Petrin Hill and then walk from there, or public transportation also available reaching nearby, so please check that out. (we did not use any of it and walked it all).
A gorgeous Cathedral, with loads of history and a must see for anyone, at least from the outside. Entrance fee included with the ticket bought to see some of the historical attractions in the castle district area, its interior is impressive as well. You are allowed in the entrance lobby area so to speak and will be able to take a glance into its enormous interior, but without the entrance ticket you will not be allowed further.
The castle district is like a small neighbourhood with attractions for most, so it'll take a few hours to do it all, Castle, Cathedral, Golden Alley and surrounding areas with ore attractions, churches, shops and the sort. We were there early in the morning soon before the Castles opening hours, taking pictures and as most of the tourists seem to come from the Old town area, and we were staying a few blocks down the hill from the Castle, we were going "against the current" so to speak, and it worked perfectly well in terms of avoiding big crowds. This area is worth studying in your travel guides and web prior to visiting, as it is almost a full days effort to walk up there. You might as well see it all.
On your way down from the castle, this is a good place for a bit to eat, or dinner all together. It is located in the main street which most people take to climb up to the castle. You would have to use this street back down instead of other alternatives to reach this restaurant. It is medieval looking, dark and lit with candles and the menu choices we tried were very nice.
The lesser quarter is a large area, steep in parts, and flat in others, like walking along the river. Plenty souvenir shops on the most popular streets, little restaurants and places to grab a bite, small hotels, currency exchange and other sites. You will definitely walk parts of it on your way up and down to visit the Castle, and as you walk from one bridge to the other as well, along the more quieter and less crowded river banks.
What a lovely place. Kampa island, its quiet streets (not sure if in high season this would be as quiet!) cannot be missed. You will have access several ways if you look at the map, and one of them is as soon as you get to near the end crossing the Charles Bridge from the Old Town into the Lesser Town, you will have stairs coming down from the left handside of the bridge on to Kampa Island. Or you can continue walking into the Lesser Town and then slightly to the left the narrow streets will end up leading you into Kampa island at some point. The Lennon wall is here, with the graffiti, Kampa island is place for some upscale housing, embassies and lovely streets. A few restaurants as well.
Famous cafe, with a lovely building and high decorated ceilings, its own patisserie and great menu for those with appetite at breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is located a block or so (on the mala strana side of the Vltava river), when crossing the Legii Most the "other" bridge to the Charles Bridge. Actually, if you were thinking of having lunch or dinner here instead of breakfast, then you can also consider the Kolkovna Olympia restaurant which is in the other corner, and a good one too.
Petrin tower is a view point on the top of Petrin Hill, surrounded by a vast park area, with its trails and paths, even a mirror labrynth at the top too. You can walk up there as part of your visit to the Castle District and the Mala Strana, or take a funicular from Ujezd street station (tram 22 and 20 leave you right there).
We liked this market, particularly for its cheap fruit like lychee and other small and larger fruits. There were plenty souvenirs as well, and being one of the permanent markets of Prague, it is open every day for an extended period of time. It is centrally located in the old town, a few blocks from the Old Town Square, amidst attractions, shops and restaurants. It cannot be missed, as it is on the beaten path between the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas Square shopping area that most people visit.
A rare museum for sure, kind of funny to see what it shows... probably a typical tourist thing, a trap if you will, but good for a fun time. It offers a collection of sex related gadgets and devices, some which really make you think, wonder, figure out its use and others that make you gasp or have a good laugh. It is centrally located as well, in Melantrichova street, close to the Havelske Market and in the way of the flow of tourists going from one end to the other of the city.
We stumbled upon this nice little restaurant more or less like you stumble against most places in the Old town, just by walking its narrow streets and turning in any direction trying to figure out the unpronounceable street names. :-) It was lovely place, fast service and great food, both local dishes and continental.
Even if you don't go to a concert here you should go in to see its lovely inside decor. The outside is very pretty too, it is located near the Jewish quarters, very easy to see in the map, and buy the concert tickets (for the Czech Philarmonic for example) right at their box office. It was very easy, fast service. Also, they don't have dress code, and while it is lovely to be able to dress up at night to attend a concert there, we didn't have the time or the clothes, and were there in very informal - yet clean and neat - street wear. We didn't feel out of place at all. There were all sorts of dress codes worn.
To be in Prague and not go and have at least a look at the inside of a nice, attractive Absintherie and watch how the beverage is prepared, is missing a part of the city life. If you dare taste a shot of absinthe, you choose how strong and most of the thrill (if any) is to watch it be served, with the burning of the sugar, and the pouring of the liquid from some cool looking bottles, even some with huge bugs in them.
Wenceslas Square is a long strip of a parallel two street boulevard which is lined with banks, shopping mall and shops at both sides. It is walking distance from the Old town square, and hoards of tourists will move to and from it all day long. The monument to Wenceslas is at the one end. Some great sausages are sold from street stands there, and of course the place has plenty restaurant choices.
What a nice place if you like Thai food. We came across this restaurant as we walked the city in every direction, from the river, to Wenceslas Square to the main train station. It was a super stop for lunch, great food and service.
A place were metro and tram lines cross, you can connect from here to any part of the city. Large square, basically a regular square with street vendors and artists, as well as transportation choices. What we liked was to walk from each of these places to the next, because it is how you enjoy an what you see along the way, and not necessarily only about destinations. You can walk very easily into the Old Town square area from here.
Not for everyone, but it is included in the guide as it is one of the few places in the world that has an IPilot experience location. So for those who might enjoy flying an Airbus 320 simulator, check it out at least as a curiosity.
Yummy Czech and international food choices! Sizzling Czech sausages cooked in beer (everything seems to have fantastic beer here), served in an iron skillet, accompanied by warm garlic bread and creamy butter, and a glass of one of the many beers the country has to offer. What a treat! So tasty, so filling. (it was Winter)
To end the day in Prague, a show of some kind must be seen. The show must go on, and the National Theatre, or Narodni Divadlo, offers a program worth checking prior to your arrival in Prague, to make necessary bookings and purchases in advance.