Prague: Affordable, Touristy, and Fantastic

Last updated: 13 September 2017
Originally published: 13 September 2017

Everything must come to an end and Prague is where our Europe road trip journey terminates. It’s been a great adventure for the both of us, but it’s now time to move on. Before we do that though, we want to share with all of you the time we spent in Prague; one of Europe’s best cities (in our opinion) and a great place to finish our expedition.

Prague city

As the capital the Czech Republic, Prague wasn’t exactly what we expected. We thought the place was going to be expensive, but it turned out that the city was actually very affordable and had some great tasting food to boot. The city has some amazing architecture and incredible structures throughout; some of the best we’ve seen in Europe.

Charles Bridge

So, without further ado, here is our guide to Prague, complete with the walking map you see below. Whilst this guide may not have everything, it’s more than enough to cover a short stay in the city, and we even have a great place to eat to recommend (keep reading to find out where).

Prague Castle

We started off our tour of Prague at the Prague castle. What better place to begin our tour of the city than in this architectural wonder built in 970AD? Of course, the Castle isn’t the same as it used to be, but it still holds the same magnificence we can imagine it had over 1000 years ago. After all, this is the largest castle from ancient times in the world and a great place to get lost in.

Trdelnik

Make sure to visit the St. Vitus Cathedral within the castle walls whilst you’re here. If you’re still in the city at night, also head over here to view the castle’s reflection along the waterfront. It’s a perfect photo op.

St. Vitus Cathedral

If there was ever a building which just epitomized everything which could possibly be a cathedral, the St. Vitus Cathedral is it. Located within the walls of Prague Castle, this is a must for anyone interested in either architecture or religious history. It looks absolutely splendid from the castle itself and is definitely a highlight in the city’s skyline.

Prague street

Having taken over 500 years to complete – starting in 1344 – the attention to detail is incredible. It’s a mix of modern Neo-Gothic and Romanesque styles, which manage to come together perfectly in a fusion of epic heights.

Make sure to visit the St. Wenceslas Chapel. Here you’ll find an unbelievable jewel encrusted altar, all for you to look at in its magnificence. There is also the 97-meter climb of the cathedral’s main tower, which will net you some great views of the city itself.

Charles Bridge

Next, we headed over to the Charles Bridge. As one of Europe’s most iconic bridges, the sights here are worth the walk over. The bridge goes for 520 meters and has a total of 32 ‘unique points of interest’ for you to check out. We have to say, we’re not sure if we managed to catch them all, but we’re sure you could with a bit of searching.

Charles Bridge

The Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock

After this, we headed over to the Old Town Square. Once again, the square is surrounded by buildings exhibiting a range of different architectural styles and designs. Take, for instance, the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, or the medieval astronomical clock. The medieval astronomical clock is one of the most famous in the whole of Europe and is definitely worth seeing.

the Astronomical Clock

We weren’t here during any special time of the year, but if you manage to line your trip up with either Easter or Christmas, the square is home to huge markets which sell every festival item you could imagine. The Christmas markets here are the largest in the Czech Republic and are made to resemble medieval markets.  

The Lennon Wall

Whilst this was once just your normal, average, boring wall, since the 1980’s (despite a short period in 2010) it has become something more; it had become the Lennon wall. Now it’s home to a countless amount of graffiti and artwork inspired by (that’s right) John Lennon.

The Lennon Wall

The wall was actually a source of great annoyance to the communist government during the late 80’s, as it became a place for young people to write grievances and problems they had on. Countless layers of paint now rest on the iconic wall and are constantly being replaced by new artists.

The Lennon Wall

A Lovely Meal

Whilst we were out, we ended up stumbling across and eating in a restaurant which we just have to tell you guys about. That restaurant was called Hastalsky Dedek. The food here wasn’t only AMAZING, it was AMAZING FANTASTIC!

Food in Prague

If you happen to be in Prague and looking for a great place to eat, make sure to visit this place. You’ll have more than enough to eat and you’ll feel great once you’ve finished it all. If you head halfway through the day, you might want to schedule in at least an hour to have some post-lunch relaxation before you start back on your exploration of the town.

Affordable, Touristy, and Fantastic

Prague was a lovely destination and one we’re glad we penned in on our travel plan. The city’s history is incredible, as is its architecture and structures. We loved being able to walk around the city and fall into all the touristy places we met along the way. Everything was also quite easy to access, making the trip even better for us.

Prague

Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to see everything we wanted to, so we’re planning on going back at some point and checking it all out again. Hopefully next time we’ll be able to cover everything and put together an even more thorough guide for you guys to follow. Of course, if you have any recommendations, please don’t hesitate to let us know. What do you think is the best thing to visit in Prague?

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24 Comments

  • Good 24-hour itinerary on Prague :)
    Prague is one of my favorite cities in Europe! :D I might go again (for the third time) in October to see Prague in autumn. My favorite place in Prague is definitely Charles Bridge, no matter how crowded it can get. Prague is just the perfect city break for all kinds of people. So glad I live nearby!

  • I’ve been to Prague only twice. The first time was in 1994; the second, in 2000. I can’t begin to describe how much had changed between those visits, and I can only imagine how much has changed since! Although, from your photos, it looks like the streetcars haven’t changed much.

  • I’ve heard they have a pickpocketing problem there, is that true or just rumors? Prague looks like something straight out of a fairy tale. That clock looks amazing!

  • I’ve been in Prague 5 or 6 times and discover a lot of great place. My favorite is Alfons Mucha museum, Vitkov and Prazsky Metronom with incredible view to the city, and I’m big fun of Jewish quarter (great atmosphere of this space), and i like David Cerny sculpture walk! And of course i love the most famous tourist attractions like golden lane and Hradcany with great stained glass in St. Vitus Cathedral. I recommended to you visit Prague in November – not so many tourists, and beautiful Charles Bridge in fog.

  • I haven’t travelled a whole lot, but gosh when I watch your posts i m right there experiencing it!!…and I LOVE your one pictures…Thank you so much for sharing your experiences`

  • It is a long time since I visited Prague, but I really enjoyed my stay. I didn’t see the Lennon Wall I didn’t know it existed!

    I did however get to up inside the tower where the astronomical clock is located and see the apostles on the inside. This was part of the Old Town Hall guided tour and we were lucky enough to have a private tour. Inside on the first floor of the clock tower is a chapel that was built in 1381. You can see the window (not original) of the chapel from the town hall square. Here is a picture from the inside the chapel.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/-cherrypie-/2389107799/

    After the tour our guide asked us what our interests were and gave us some suggestions, one of which was the Wallenstein Palace Garden. We took her advise and found it to be a hidden treasure.

    https://www.gardenvisit.com/gardens/wallenstein_garden_czech_republic

    Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog :-)

  • Yep! Yep! Yep!

    My life in Prague was my first expat experience. I went there for 6 weeks, and didn’t go home until two years later! And since then, I still try to go back every year.

    A few years ago, I took my son to Prague and showed him where I used to live, work, and hang-out. Most of my Czech friends and old haunts are gone of course, but Prague is still as beautiful and as cheap as ever!

  • I’ve never thought seriously about visiting Prague up until recently but have always been fascinated by its history – and seeing tons of positive reviews makes me want to go asap! Thank you for sharing this :) also loved the photographs

    maria )

  • I don’t think I could name a favourite in Prague. It was a wonderful place to visit and it completely charmed us.
    While we were there, we took in one of the many nightly classical concerts that go on in the city, and that was definitely a high point. It isn’t something I would normally have on my must-do list, but there were just so many of them that we figured why not give it a try. The venue, the acoustics, and the music were all outstanding.

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