What not to miss in Prague.

My family and I visited Prague in the summer of 2019, and while it’s been a year since then, I haven’t been able to properly talk about the cities we visited. If you want to see my posts on some other cities we visited on our trip, I’ll link them below!

  1. Budapest (Photography Series)
  2. Why I Loved Vienna.

Prague was the third city in our itinerary, and we spent 2 full days here, going around doing regular touristy things. Now, you can find touristy things pretty much anywhere so I won’t go into too much detail about them, rather, these are things that I think you absolutely cannot miss out on in Prague.

I’ve also included my travel vlog for Prague below, so you can also go through that to get the feel of the city! Hope you like it!

Chimney Cake

I cannot even begin to describe how heavenly chimney cake is, and if you visit Prague, you certainly cannot miss out on this beauty. Locally known as trdelnรญk, it’s thin strips of dough put together to form, well, a chimney-like roll which can have pretty much any filling you want. The ice cream ones are super popular, but my personal recommendation would be a simple chimney cake with a coating of caramel on the inside. It very legitimately melted in my mouth, and it tasted like what I imagine ambrosia to taste like.

You’ll find so many little cafes serving this, but here’s a tip. Instead of sitting down at a cafe, go over to a shop that is dedicated to making these, watch them make it right in front of you (it’s so fascinating) and eat it when it’s warm while you walk around the cobbled streets of the city.

Holding up a chimney cake (sugar-coated roll topped with a swirl of vanilla ice cream and a little melted chocolate) against the backdrop of Prague's cobbled streets.
My second chimney cake of the day.

An evening walk on Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is the most famous bridge in Prague, and true to that label, it is lovely. While it can get a little crowded in the peak of the day, the vibe is definitely worth it. With street sellers hawking their wares; paintings, little jewellery, colourful touristy magnets and more, the place is extremely vibrant. With the view of the majestic gateway on one end, and the serene water of the Vltava river beneath, the bridge is a wonderful place to watch the sunset. And, I mean, a chimney cake will be a great addition to the moment.

Just saying.

We stayed within walking distance to the bridge, and I think going around the curve and catching the first glimpse of the weathered stone bridge always made me feel so *gasp* (I can’t describe it).

A pillar on Charles Bridge.

Prague Castle

Okay, this is definitely a touristy thing to do, but I loved this castle so much! My parents did want to take a guided tour of the inside of the place and while that sounds fun in an informative way, we took one look at the huge line and changed our mind. The line to take a tour wraps around the entire castle, and if you want to do that, I’d say get there super early, and maybe see if you can get an express pass or something if it’s not too expensive.

Once we’d changed our mind, we just began wandering around, and honestly, just that slow walk around the grounds of the gothic castle was so lovely. If you’re big on gothic architecture (like I am), walking around and admiring the dark stone walls of the castle will make hours seem like minutes. I remember finding a shaded spot to sit on the floor and just staring up at the towering architecture before me.

There’s also this restaurant within the grounds that has outdoor seating overlooking the city, and in the summer, with the breeze cooling the effect of the sun, sitting there is just divine. Even apart from that, there are a whole lot of cafes and restaurants around the periphery of the castle, and once you’re done looking around, you can find yourself a nice place to have a meal and drink some beer (beer in Prague is probably cheaper than anywhere else on the planet. So many types of beers. I dislike beer myself, but my parents definitely enjoyed it).

Dark, gothic architecture of Prague Castle
Prague Castle.

Church Concert in Old Town Square

This was another thing that just fully rounded off our Prague experience. Old Town Square is a vibrant, bustling place surrounded by churches and other lovely architectural sights, and instead of just going in to take your pictures and look around, buy yourself some concert tickets! We took a very last minute decision and decided to go for a classical music concert in St. Nicholas Church, and it was a beautiful experience. The soft light in the church, the humble silence, and the first chords of the music made the moment unforgettable!

St. Nicholas Church before the concert started.

Find bits of Franz Kafka

If you’re someone who loves Franz Kafka’s ideas and writings, or just find him an interesting person you want to know more about, Prague is probably the best place to be, considering it is his birthplace. I’m not the biggest fan of Kafka, and I still haven’t fully completed reading ‘Metamorphosis’ (it’s on my reading list), but I do have a friend who adores him. And after months of listening to his excited voice tell me more about Kafka and his life, I couldn’t help but feel a certain affinity with the strange man. And so I tried to find bits of him on our trip.

The two places I visited were Kafka’s Head, a rotating sculpture made by David ฤŒernรฝ as a memorial to the author, and The World of Franz Kafka, an art gallery which tried to display the insides of Franz Kafka’s mind. From the eerie spiral staircase that descended into darkness, to the cavern-like catacombs in the dark that showed us the below-ground-level parts of Kafka’s home, and the positively hair-raising dark room filled with artifacts from his life and screens playing films of his movies; this place was an experience in itself.

Since my family didn’t care much for Kafka, I went to the second place alone, and as someone who’s scared of the dark, I can safely say it was a little terrifying. But, I’m extremely glad I went.

There’s a lot more places that you can visit and you can curate a little Franz Kafka tour for yourself and also enjoy the views the city has to offer that way!

“Are you trying to reach something that you suspect exists, but you cannot formulate for yourself? A visit to the exhibition will give you a strong metaphysical experience. From the exposition you will feel that our world is chaotic, unknowable, and the whole exhibition just paraphrased it.”

Just sit in a bus, man.

This is something I want to incorporate into every trip I take. I’ll leave a little extra time before I leave, to just sit on a bus, and go wherever it takes me. A local bus can show you the intricacies of a city better than anything else. You’ll have people getting on, going about their daily life; going to buy groceries, to meet friends, for music lessons, work, school, shopping, everything! You’ll be passing the touristy areas for sure, but if you stay on long enough you’ll see the neighbourhoods, the houses, the regular things a person living in the city would see, and the feeling is surreal.

I loved this person’s shoes on the bus.

My Travel Vlog


I’m going to end this list here before I remember a number of other little things that I feel I need to add! I’d love to hear what you loved in Prague, or what you’re looking forward to, if it’s on your travel list!

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35 Comments

  1. This was actually so helpful! Me and some of my friends have talked about visiting Prague next year (when Corona is over – fingers crossed) and I’ll be sure to put some of these locations and attractions on my “to-see-in-Prague-list” ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Ah, I’m so glad it helped!! And a trip with friends sounds like so much fun! I would love to travel out of the country with my friends too, someday!
      Hope you get to go soon!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I visited Prague a few years ago, it is a beautiful city! I recognized some of the things you visited, that is so fun to see and I can confirm that your tips are very good ones.
    Taking a bus is also a very good tip to get to know a city better. Your vlogs are so fun, I hope to see more ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m so glad you agree (a little validation really goes a long way hahaha)! Just going around in a bus has actually become one of my most favourite parts about visiting a new city!
      Will definitely be bringing out more vlogs soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  3. I love love love Prague and therefore I LOVE this post. I am such a fan of your travel posts and videos! Also saw your latest IGTV video recently and just wanted to let you know that I find your video content to be super enjoyable and so ~pretty~ on the visual side. I would definitely not be mad if you chose to feature/produce more multimedia content in the future… I am A FAN, is all I am trying to say :’)

    I visited a lot of the places you mentioned in this post but also just aimlessly walked around the city and explored (my favourite thing to do). I also did a midnight ghost tour through Prague with my cousin, it was AMAZING. They told us all about the old legends, creatures and ghosts from Prague and their backstories. Walking around the city in the darkness with fire-lit torches and hearing all about those stories was spooky and so much fun! Also, I don’t know why but I stared at that picture of the shoes on the bus for SO LONG my god they are so pretty I want them.

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    1. Ah I am so glad you liked the IGTV film thing! You’re actually the person who first made me want to pick up a camera and make little videos! I think it was a summer snippets video, and also the little video you made on the beginning of spring! So, I mean, if I’m doing anything video-related, just know you’re like the unKnOwIng mentor (well, you know now hahaha).

      Also, wow, a ghost tour sounds like so much fun!! I think I remember seeing a little pamphlet about it and I thought it’d be fascinating, but my family is very pro sleeping before midnight, and that combined with my weird (but mild) ability to attract supernatural occurrences would just make it terribly scary. But if I ever travel with friends, I think I’d love to try it!

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  4. I felt nostalgic just reading this blog! We went to Prague years ago but for educational purpose only. I hope to visit the country again soon. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience xx

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  5. Fantastic post and fantastic photos! Sounds like you had a great time exploring some of the most beautiful European cities. I’ve never been to Prague, but always wanted to visit. It’s such an amazing place to explore and photograph, especially the panoramic views of Prague. Thanks for sharing and fueling my wanderlust. Can’t wait for next blog post ๐Ÿ˜Š Aiva

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    1. Thank you so much! It really was lovely to visit Prague, and out of the cities we visited on our trip, I think Prague was one of my favourites! I would definitely like to revisit the place for a longer period to explore places we couldn’t because of the lack of time, and just fully immerse myself in the city’s culture!
      I’m glad you liked the post, and I hope you get to visit Prague soon!

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  6. You really brought back to life the amazing city for me! Would really love to visit this city leisurely,happily over a month; just walking around and taking bus/tram rides & yes, eating trdelnรฌkโ˜บ๏ธ

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  7. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous Arshia ๐Ÿ’“ My parents visited Prague and absolutely loved it, they said it was beautiful so Iโ€™m very interested in visiting too! ๐Ÿ’• About to watch your Travel Vlog video as I watched the lat one and really enjoyed it ๐Ÿ’• Thank you for sharing this wonderful travel vlogs, I really like them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much!! โค
      I hope you get to visit soon, because it really is a beautiful place! And I'm so glad you like my vlogs, hahaha, I love making them for sure! โค

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  8. Hi there! First of all, I absolutely love your blog layout – it’s so aesthetically pleasing and unique!! Second of all, Prague sounds so amazing, I’d love to visit some day, and try out that chimney cake (it’s making me drool). Your vlog was also really cool, do you post regularly on your Youtube Channel alongside your blog? Keep up the amazing work, arshia! Can’t wait for your next posts ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you like the layout :))) Prague is definitely beautiful, and I really hope you get to visit (and have the chimney cake of course, hahaha)!
      Ahh, I’m so glad you enjoyed the vlog because it was definitely fun to make! I don’t really post regularly since I just decided to put up the travel vlogs on there! But maybe someday I’ll end up posting short films and original songs on there, who knows!
      Thank you so much, once again!! โค

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  9. Wow, someone please get me a chimney cake! Looks delicious.

    I know of a few people who have visited Prague. It’s not somewhere you’d really think to go but it seems full of interesting places. Its rich history is undeniable. I love what you said about just sitting on a bus or some transport and observing people and places as they are. Everything just right and people in their element. It’s fascinating.

    Franz Kafka sounds like a brilliant thinker. I wonder what philosophies he’d share over dinner.

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    1. It certainly is delicious!

      That’s very true! When my parents finalised the list of places we were visiting, even I was surprised to see Prague instead of a very typically touristy place. But I am so glad they chose this city because I would never think of it myself and I’d end up missing out on a very, very beautiful place.

      Hahaha, you’ll hear a lot about the absurdity of existence, I’m sure. Definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’ll open your mind to a very different plane of thinking.

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  10. That chimney cake looks RIDICULOUSLY good omg I need, also I love the fact you took a photo of someone’s shoes haha, that’s definitely something I’d do. It’s always the little details that make you smile !! xx

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    1. It was SO SO good, oh god, I’ve never missed a particular food item so much before!
      It’s lovely (and very comforting ) to know I’m not the only one doing something like that lol!
      xx

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    1. Ahh, me too! :(( I can’t wait to travel once it’s safe to do so again!
      Oh, the chimney cake really was something, and I know right?! Gothic architecture really is in a league of its own, oof.
      xx

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  11. This looks amazing! Prague is definitely on my list of places to visit. Girl, those chimney cakes look so good…why have I never heard of them ๐Ÿ˜‹ omg, I had to read Metamorphosis by Kafka when I was in college, and now it’s one of my favs. I have it in the comic book version too, pretty cool to read it in that form.

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    1. You should definitely visit when you get the chance! Chimney cakes truly are little bits of heaven that we’ve been blessed with!
      Ahh, I still have to read it! Maybe I’ll check out the comic version, and that’ll be easier to settle into!

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