So little time, so much to do? 10 things to do for your first time to visit the City of a Hundred Spires!
Have you got 2 or 3 days only to get away with not much of a budget? Then the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague, is the best choice!
Prague is such a beautiful city. I was amazed with how intricately creative their architecture is. It’s history is also rich. But what amazed me the most was you don’t need much to stay in this city and appreciate everything it has to offer.
Here are 10 ideas of things to do in Prague for your first time there, or not:
1. See and walk across Charles Bridge during the daytime and nighttime
The Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vlatva River. It is the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town.
It is such a gorgeous sight, daytime or nighttime. It was the first site we visited when we arrived there and the site we visited the most while we were there.
2. Visit and walk around the majestic Prague Castle
The Prague Castle is a castle complex in Prague, known to be the largest ancient castle in the world. It is also the most visited attraction in Prague and home to the President of Prague.
You’ll definitely feel royalty while walking around the grand Prague Castle. Every corner in this castle is just so beautiful and I couldn’t help but take pictures, yet, even those pictures don’t give justice to how amazing it is.
3. Explore the Old Town Square
You’ll be in awe of how marvelously rich Prague is when it comes to their historical sites. The Old Town Square is another historical site, a historical square that is and is at the heart of Old Town, Prague.
I loved being around this area as even when it had a lot of people, you would see how this city makes its visitors happy. This is the best place to do people watching, something I started to enjoy as a way of relaxation.
4. Watch the Astronomical Clock move every hour
The Prague Astronomical Clock is a medieval and the third oldest astronomical clock in the world. As the clock strikes an hour, from 9am to 11pm, the Procession of the Twelve Apostles appear. It is a fascinating 27 seconds and it shouldn’t be missed when you’re in the city.
5. Appreciate the classic St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral is a Roman Catholic metropolitan cathedral and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. It is located in the Prague Castle.
It is the perfect example of Gothic architecture and you will be amazed with all the hidden gems here.
6. Adore the beautiful architecture and the Czech creativity
From the historic neighborhood along the streets of Mala Strana, to the modern dancing house, and to the futuristic moving face of Franz Kafka, you will be astonished with the Czech creativity.
Should I say that I was never really tired walking around the streets of Prague? This is because in every corner that my feet led me to, I would discover different creative gems. This city has a lot to offer when it comes to amazing architecture.
7. Enjoy the beautiful Prague skyline from Letná Park
Letná Park is a large park on Letná hill, built on a plateau above the steep embankments along the Vlatva River.
Prague has such a magnificent skyline and I think the best place to see it is in Letná Park while you’re just relaxing and it is a sight that will take your breath away.
8. Take a cruise on the Vlatva
The Vlatva River is the longest river within Czech Republic. It is known as the Czech national river.
Going on a cruise wasn’t in our plan but I thought it would be nice to go on it and see the gorgeous city of Prague from another perspective, from the waters of Vlatva River that is. That impulsive decision was worth it by the way.
9. Stroll around the city and pass by the Lennon Wall
A fan of the Beatles or not, the Lennon Wall is a must see site when in Prague. What used to be an ordinary wall was filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti to pieces of lyrics from the Beatles’ songs since the 1980’s.
Seeing this wall was somehow really inspiring for me.
10. Delight your taste buds with different Czech cuisines and pastries
I have never eaten in any of my trips before than I did in Prague that I gained 3kg in just 3 days of being there. Every day was literally a feast there. Plus you wouldn’t be spending so much to fill your hungry bellies.
2 restaurants I loved there was Lokal, a local Czech restaurant offering homemade Czech cuisine at the heart of the city, and Café Louvre, an elegant 100 year old café known as Albert Einstein & Franz Kafka’s favorite restaurant. My favorite would be the dish I had at Café Louvre. It was the svíčková na smetaně, a braised beef with creamy sauce served with cranberries and bread dumplings. Have I also said that their servings were no joke? I’d love to have it again when I visit Prague the next time.
I also enjoyed their desserts and snacks. The trdelnik that I had at Old Town Square. It is basically a split cake made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix. You can have it alone or with some spread or some gelato. I also loved the desserts made of honey there, from the honey balls we got in Starbucks to the honey cake, also known as Makronky, which I got from a coffee shop where we stopped by.
We had 3 full days to spend there but we were able to see most of the sites in just 2 days, so our 3rd day was just spent on walking around the city, eating some more Czech delicacies and relaxing while admiring how beautiful the city is.
Are you a traveler on a budget? Are you hoping to sight see a gorgeous city in one day then relax the next? Then Prague should be on your list!
I fell in love with this city. I know there are still sites I haven’t mentioned so I’ll reserve that for the next because I’m definitely be coming back!
Be pretty, be happy, be you! H~