How to see Prague in a Day - The capital and largest city in the Czech Republic is one of the most exciting and beautiful cities to visit in Europe, combining modern culture with medieval architecture. Cobbled streets, green parks and a deep historical past are combined with a magnificent backdrop of diverse architectural styles each standing side by side, including renaissance, gothic, rococo, art nouveau and baroque buildings, castles and palaces. Stepping out into Prague, you don’t need to be a culture vulture to discover its beauty or charm; simply walking around the city will unravel the secret of what makes this city so unique and appealing to visit.
If you’re visiting for a weekend or even a stag do in Prague you’re likely to have only a couple of days to explore the city. Inevitably, a lot of that time will be spent seeking out the best haunts to sample Czech beer, which is known to be some of the best in the world (by the Czech’s at least). However, it’s worth balancing your beer intake with what this culturally and historically rich city has to offer.
Seeing and Doing
Begin your day strolling across the pedestrian and impressive Charles Bridge. Crossing over the Vltava River, and joining Prague Castle with Prague’s Old Town, musicians and street entertainers adorn the bridge and the surrounding views of the city and river are stunning.
Walking around Prague castle can take hours, and if you’re only here for a weekend then time is not going to be on your side. However, simply catching a glimpse of the awe inspiring masterpiece will provide enough enjoyment. Home to the Czech President, it’s apt that the castle sits on the top of a hill overlooking the city below.
The Old Town across Charles Bridge is where everything meets and is one of the busiest areas in Prague. With sidewalk cafes and a bustling atmosphere, take some time out here to people watch and take in the eclectic mix of buildings surrounding the area.
Eating and Drinking
After the visual and cultural overload you will have experienced exploring the city, you’ll be pleased to discover that the Czech food is hearty and filling. It may not be particularly good for your heart, but it is certainly good for the soul with the main staples being meat, fried cheese and potatoes; more than enough carbohydrate to line the stomachs for the inevitably large quantity of beer drinking which will ensue later on!
With the Czech Republic holding the position as one of the biggest beer drinking countries in the world, it’s possible to find a beer anywhere you go in the city. Further, an added bonus is that the beer is cheap; a half litre stein of Staropramen or Budweiser will cost you roughly around just £2!
By night Prague transforms from historical and medieval to a wild and hedonistic party hub, with a great atmosphere spilling out onto the streets (it’s legal to drink on the streets in Prague) from the restaurants, bars and clubs in the city. It’s this atmosphere which makes it so popular with stag groups and locals alike!
The best area to start from is the Old Town where you will find old taverns alongside contemporary bars. It’s these bars where you can mingle with locals as well as fellow tourists depending on what sort of night you’re looking for. A particularly good venue to start your evening off in is Bombay Bar, which offers a wide variety of up to 150 types of delicious cocktails as well as sets from live DJs.
Another great night spot is the Wenceslas area (see above) which is situated next to Charles Bridge. In particular, it’s worth seeking out Karlovy Lazne, one of the largest nightclubs in Central Europe with five floors including differently themed music rooms from R&B to trance, all open until 7am for the party animals among you.
However, Karlovy Lazne is an international club so if instead you’d prefer a more authentic night out then make sure you wander down the side streets just off the Old Town main square where there are plenty of drinking taverns. Keep a look out for Kozicka Bar, a cellar bar which is only known by those who seek it out; you’ll be able to meet a trendy and young Czech crowd here for a truly local evening out.
Did You Know?
The “Prague Orloj” or Prague Astronomical clock was built in 1410 and is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world. Found on the side of the Old Town city hall, legend has it that the clock was in fact not built until 1490 by clockmaker Hanus, and that he wouldn’t show anyone how it was made, so he was blinded to ensure that he would never be able to make anything as beautiful again.
Useful Words and Phrases
It pays to learn a couple of words or phrases when travelling abroad, not only does it show respect to the people and the country you’re visiting, it also makes your own experience easier and more enjoyable. Luckily, Czech words are generally pronounced as they look so most are not too difficult to master!
Dobry Den – Hello
Prosím – Please
Ano – Yes
Ne – No
Dve piva, prosim – Two beers please (the phrase you’ll most commonly be using if on a stag do!)