Feet Do Travel want you to explore one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with our guide to visiting Prague.
Czech cuisine might not be something that’s easily found elsewhere in the world, but in some ways that makes it one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Similar in a lot of ways to Austrian, German or Hungarian cuisine, the food tends to involve a lot of dumplings, rich sauces and fermented vegetables, but don’t let that put you off!
Traditional sweet treats such as trdelník (pastry topped with sugar, nuts or cinnamon) or palačinky (filled crepes) can be found on most street food stalls, while the versatile chlebíčky (open-faced sandwich) is a deliciously filling meal that can be eaten at breakfast or lunch. A firm favourite in Prague is the smažen syr, which is a dish of deep-fried cheese served with fries – ideal for cheese lovers and perfect for filling you up in between seeing sights. Make sure to try street food stalls as well as restaurants to get the full palette of Czech flavors.
Prague is home to some of the finest art galleries in Europe. A comprehensive selection of impressive art can be found at the National Gallery, which displays progressive 20th century Cubism pieces alongside classical works from the Old Masters. Another gallery with a strikingly similar name is the Prague National Gallery where more than 14 million artworks are stored and displayed.
You can’t visit Prague without paying homage to the Czech architect and artist Alphonse Mucha who also has his own dedicated museum known as the Mucha Museum Prague. Besides museums, there is a plethora of street art on every corner, much like some of the other alternative cities in Europe, though most worthy of note is the John Lennon wall near Charles Bridge and the Kafka wall in the district of Zizkov.
Prague is well equipped with an abundance of hotels, guest houses, and AirBnB options so there is something for every budget. The Hotel Sax is a contemporary hotel hidden away in the Old Town, featuring boutique rooms with funky artwork and decor, while the Dum u Velké Boty is a quiet B&B located near Prague Castle. The Hilton Hotel is an upmarket venue that has been home to the European Poker Tour for the last 13 years while the Hotel UNIC is ideal for anyone looking for closer proximity to trendy bars and nightlife scenes.
One of the best things about visiting Prague is walking around and spotting landmarks, monuments or famous buildings at every turn. Prague is a stunning blend of beautifully preserved Baroque, Renaissance, Gothic, and Art Nouveau architecture, framed perfectly by Charles Bridge which crosses the Vltava River. The bridge was built in 1357 and is jaw-dropping during the day, but at night it comes into its own as it is lit by the buildings behind it, creating a truly breath-taking spectacle.
The fairy tale Prague Castle is the biggest ancient castle in the world and is absolutely worth spending a few hours wandering around to take in its immense beauty. The Prague Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square is one of the most visited sites in the city as it is an intricately detailed clock that is utterly unique to Prague.
Whether you want to visit Prague for a quick getaway or a longer break, this city has everything you could need and more for a truly enjoyable stay. It is no wonder that it is fast becoming one of the most visited cities in Europe! There is so much to do here that we’re sure you’ll want to make a return trip.