When you think of Prague, Czech Republic the first words that come to your mind are probably either charming, romantic, scenic, or anything that falls within those categories. And who can honestly blame you for that? With buildings and sights seemingly out of a perfect painting, there’s no way one wouldn’t admire Prague.
Prague’s history goes back to medieval times, which explains the Gothic architecture in buildings and churches. It was the capital of Bohemia, the largest historical region of what is now known as the Czech Republic. Prague is also the country’s largest city.
There’s just so much to see and do in this magical city so here are 7 of the things you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Prague.
1. Explore Prague Castle
Don’t let the name fool you. What you think might just be one enormous palace is actually a building complex covering thousands of square meters of land. The Prague Castle is a perfect starter for anyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the city.
Inside the complex, you’ll find different structures such as the Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, St. Vitus Cathedral, and more.
Suggested tour: Get a tour guide who knows a lot about Prague’s history and listen to stories of the old monarchs who once graced the halls of these buildings.
2. Dine the Medieval Style
Think you’ve tried every unique dining experience you possibly can? Think again. In Prague, you can actually get a table at a candle-lit tavern, medieval times style.
Get yourself a glass of Czech beer (which, most people say, is one of the best in the world) and have a full-course medieval meal as you enjoy a night of performances like the olden times. This is also a fun way to immerse yourself in Prague’s local history.
Suggested tour: This 5-course meal experience is complete with a fire dancer, a juggler, and even a fortune-teller. Aren’t you interested yet?
3. Get to know more about Jewish History in Prague
Jews in Prague go way back to the 9th century and has managed to survive even up to this day, despite events like the Holocaust affecting them. There’s still very much a good part of Prague where you’ll find synagogues, a Chabad centre, Jewish schools and more. You may take on a day trip to get to know more about the Jewish heritage in Prague and their history in the country.
Suggested tour: This Prague Jewish Quarter tour will also take you to synagogues around town as well as the Jewish cemetery.
4. Visit Prague’s Most Famous Tourist Spots
Of course, a visit to Prague won’t be complete if you miss out on getting on a cruise down the Vltava River, eventually passing the Charles Bridge. There’s also the Old Town Square, one of the city’s main tourist attractions where you can find picturesque buildings and churches.
Other notable places are the Lesser town which is another cluster of houses, cafes, and shops as well as the National Theater which is an important figure in Czech art.
Suggested tour: Visit all those places and more by joining an organized full-day Prague tour.
5. Go Truffle Hunting
This might be unheard of for most travelers, but you can actually go and hunt for truffle around Prague! If you’re a foodie who loves truffles (or maybe just a curious tourist who’s up for some unique adventure), this is the perfect opportunity for you to get to know more about the truffle industry in Prague. You’ll even get to eat a tasty truffle-flavored meal in the process. Isn’t that a good deal?
Suggested tour: Join truffle farmers and a trained sniffing dog look for these expensive treats and share a meal with them afterward.
6. Have a mug (or more) of Czech Beer
Who doesn’t love a good mug of beer? Doesn’t that sound refresh after days of roaming around and exploring the city? Lucky for you, Czech beer is quite known to be one of the best in the world so you’ll get to enjoy it while you’re in town.
Try the Pilsner Urquell while you’re at it as this is known to be the most famous type of Czech beer.
Suggested tour: Don’t just settle for one place. Go bar hopping and get a taste of the best Czech beer.
7. Have a taste of Prague
Whether you like eating sweets or something tangy, Prague cuisine always has something to offer you. Don’t leave Prague without trying out their famous Chlebicky which is, in layman’s term, an open-faced sandwich. You can also give trdelník or chocolate-filled chimney cakes a shot.
Suggested tour: There’s so much food to try while in the country that the best way to do it is to join a food tour!
Where to Stay in Prague, Czech Republic
Where to stay in Prague, Czech Republic if you’re a Backpacker
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Hours: Check-in from 14:00 / Style: Modern / Star: 4.5 star
Location: Ve Smečkách 19, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia
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Where to stay in Prague, Czech Republic for Families or Couples
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Hours: Check-in from 15:00 / Style: Modern / Star: 4 star
Location: Záhřebská 264/9, 120 00 Praha-Vinohrady, Czechia
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Where to stay in Prague, Czech Republic if you want Luxury
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Hours: Check-in from 15:00 / Style: Modern / Star: 5 star
Location: Pštrossova 14, Prague, 110 00, Czech Republic
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I get a Tourist Visa to Prague with a Philippine Passport?
To be able to see Prague and a whole bunch of European countries, you must apply for a Schengen Visa. Make sure that you’re well-informed about the procedure and requirements to make sure you don’t miss a thing when applying!
2. Is it safe to visit Prague, Czech Republic?
Definitely! Crime rates in Prague are low and even most women do not feel threatened when walking down the street at night. Not only that, but the city is quite easy to navigate as well, so it’s perfect even for solo travelers.
3. Is it expensive to visit Prague, Czech Republic?
Prague can be quite easy on the pocket if you’ll be considering other European countries as the benchmark for expenses. If you’re really good at budgeting, there’s a possibility that you can reduce your expenses to less than $25 a day.
Accommodations can go as low as $10 a night while transportation only averages for about $1 a day. You can also have a good meal for under $5. Please note that Prague isn’t using the Euro as its currency. They have their own currency called Czech crowns (CZK).
4. How do I fly to Prague, Czech Republic from Manila?
Major Middle Eastern, Asian and European airlines fly from Manila to Prague via connecting flights. Stopovers are typically in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Bangkok, Muscat, Guangzhou, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Xiamen, Incheon, Singapore and a few more.
A one-way flight to Prague can go for about 16.5 hours long, including stopovers.
5. When is the best time to visit Prague, Czech Republic?
Just like several other European countries, Prague is best visited during milder seasons like April-May and September-October, though both seasons can be quite cold.
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