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!
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!
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 trdelník, 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.
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.
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).
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).
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!
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 Černý 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!
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.
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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