Prague, Czech Republic is a city rich with unique history, and having only really existed as it's current independently ruled country for about the last 30 years, is quite a treat to visit. (Previously it was Czechoslovakia under Communist rule and several others in the centuries prior.) We spent several days here and loved how compact and easy it was to get around with public transportation. It was easy to hit the highlights and do a bit extra with our time to really get a feel for the city.
Since Prague structures date back to Medieval times, the streets of Old Town can be a little confusing at first glance. A walking tour will give you a good orientation and touch on some of the many highlights such as the astronomical clock and the old Jewish quarter. A great tour guide will also guide you through the historical changes of power throughout the city and show important locations on the path to the Czech Republic's independence. Our tour left us by the famous Charles Bridge which you could walk over to head towards Prague Castle.
Prague Castle was built in the 9th century and is a beautiful sprawling complex with much to see and do. It is the seat of the head of state and houses many artifacts important to the Czech Republic. If you are planning to really explore it all, give yourself plenty of time as entry into the ticketed areas typically runs with normal business hours.
Letna Park is easily accessible by public transportation and is a popular spot for locals to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. You can take a funicular up to the top (which we recommend) where there is a lookout tower and a mirror maze. As you head back down, you are transported into a lush forest with many walking paths where you will see many runners, hikers and bikers. If you continue on, you will get to beautiful lookout spots with a great perspective of the city below.
Bonus: Eat Like a Local
While there's not a ton of food that immediately comes to mind when you think "Prague" there is still certainly plenty to give a try while you're here. The "chimney cake" is a favorite sweet and can be found at little shops all around the tourist areas. There are also plenty of Czech cuisine restaurants around to give more traditional savory dishes a try as well.
|Trdelnik (Chimney Cake)|
What is your favorite thing about Prague? Or if you haven't been yet, what are you most looking forward to when you visit?