What I did and saw:
Old Town Square-
The Old Town Square is the most prominent square in Prague. It has a large historical significance and dates back to the 1100’s. Some of the major sites in and around the square are the Church of Saint Nicholas and the Astronomical clock. During the winter the Old Town Square plays host to a market and some concerts.
The Prague Castle is the largest castle in all of Europe. The St. Vitus Cathedral is located at the Prague Castle and is the burial place for former Czech royalty. It is the largest cathedral in Prague in terms of both size and significance.
The Charles Bridge is another part of Prague with historical significance. It is a pedestrian only bridge that connects the Old Town area to the Prague Castle area. There are also numerous statues situated along the bridge
Sandemans Walking Tour-
As I have mentioned in previous posts, Sandemans Free Walking Tours area great way to see a city. The tour in Prague did not disappoint and provided some cultural and historical context, and also provided me with some good recommendations. I also went with Sandemans to Kutna Hora (see below).
New Year’s Fireworks-
I was fortunate enough to be in Prague for their New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day fireworks displays. The New Year’s Eve display was done by the local citizens, and the New Year’s Day display was done by the city.
Jewish Quarter (Josefov)-
The Prague Jewish Quarter, know as Josefov, is the site of the old Jewish ghetto completely surrounded by the Old Town area of Prague. Like many parts of Prague it is very historically significant and was the birthplace of the author Franz Kafka. The Jewish Museum in the Josefov area gives a glimpse into the lives of some Jews that have lived in Prague.
Letna Park and Metronome-
The Letna Park area offers some great views overlooking Prague and the Vltava River. When I was there the Metronome was and interesting thing to check out in the area, but I have heard metronome is no longer working.
Saint Wenceslas is the patron saint of Bohemia and the inspiration for the “Good King Wenceslas” Christmas carol. It is also the site of many demonstrations. Some of the most famous demonstrations took place during the Velvet Revolution, also known as the Gentle Revolution, when power was transferred from the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia to the Czech Republic through non-violent means.
Dancing House and Kafka Monument-
The Dancing House is a very uniquely shaped building that makes it appear as if it is dancing. It offers a nice terrace area that provides some nice views. You can access the terrace (and its views) for the price of any food or drink. The Franz Kafka Statue is a segmented statue of the famous author’s face that rotates to show his complete face. The “metamorphosis” aligns the panels to reveal Kafka’s face.
John Lennon Wall-
The John Lennon Wall is a wall covered in graffiti, many of it paying homage to the Beatles and/or John Lennon.
Kutna Hora Sedlec Ossuary-
The Kutna Hora Bone Chapel (Sedlec Ossuary) is one of the most unique buildings I have ever been in. A Christian family wanted to encourage people to think about the after life, so they had a church built using the bones from somewhere between 40 and 80 thousand cadavers. It is extremely interesting in a very macabre way.
Where I ate and drank:
Monolok Cafe, Mezi Srnky, and La Bohème Café-
Monolok Cafe, Mezi Srnky, and La Bohème Café were all great places to grab breakfast and great coffee.
Dos Mundos Coffee Roastery and Double B Coffee & Tea-
Dos Mundos Coffee Roastery and Double B Coffee & Tea are both nice places to grab great coffee.
Super Tramp Coffee-
Super Tramp Coffee is a nice place to get a great coffee, beer, or snack.
U Brejšku is a nice place to grab a cheap, local Czeck meal.
Anonymous Bar is a cool speakeasy in Prague. The drinks are served by staff wearing Guy Fawkes “anonymous” masks.
Absintherie is a nice place to try Absinthe from around the world made in the traditional methods.
Black Angel’s Bar-
Black Angel’s Bar is an awesome, chill, spot. They serve extremely high quality cocktails.
Tynska Bar and Books-
Tynska Bar and Books offers high quality drinks and cigars. They will also offer pairings of the two. The environment offers a good place to have a relaxed conversation.
Lokál Dlouhááá is a food hall that serves local Czeck food. It is a nice place to check out some of the local fare.
Sad Man’s Tongue Bar and Bistro-
Sad Man’s Tongue is a cool place that offers food, drink, and great service. It is a nice place to pass some time with friends.
Good Food Coffee & Bakery-
Good Food Coffee & Bakery serves the Czech dessert “trdelnik” in a variety of different fashions.
Strahov Monastery Brewery-
The Strahov Monastery Brewery, or Klášterní pivovar Strahov is a great place to get some craft beer and good Czech food.
Roesel Beer & Cake-
Roesel is a new Czech place that offers tasty food and drink.
Where I stayed:
Post Hostel Prague-
Post Hostel was a very nice place to stay in Prague. The beds were nice, and each one had privacy curtains, a reading light, a large shelf, and outlets. The rooms were larger than average, and lockers were well-sized, and the WiFi was good. It is situated about a thirty minute walk to the Old Town, but there are some cool cafes and coffee spots (see above) close to the hostel and on the way to the Old Town area.
How I got around:
I flew into Prague, and once in Prague I used the metro and the bus to get to my hostel. Once I was at my hostel, I walked everywhere I went in Prague with the exception of my bus trip with Sandemans to Kutna Hora.
My favorite thing:
Prague has many things to offers and an immense history. With the architecture, walking around felt like I was in a movie. My favorite things were the Bohemian vibe, great coffee, and fun fireworks.
My least favorite thing:
I was in Prague during the winter which offered many benefits (beauty, markets, firework), but the weather was also a bit rough. Also, while Prague does offer some good food options, they don’t offer an extensive amount of variety.
For next time:
Next time I would like to try some more of the food and drink, and I would also like to visit more sites and museums. I would also like to go in the summer months to enjoy some of their beer gardens.
Welcome to the Healthy Explorer Blog. If you like travel stories have a look around my blog and check out my podcast— maybe you'll find an extra spark for your own adventures.