Think of the big cities in Europe and you’ll probably think of the classics; London, Paris and Rome to name but a few. All are beautiful cities with bold architecture and a history that would take years to study but there are few capitals which can rival the greats of Europe, until you mention Prague.
The capital city of the Czech Republic has everything to be a strong contender against its European rivals. Vivid orange tiled roofs create a stunning backdrop for the church spires, towers and palaces which dot the horizon. The bridges which cross the Vltava River are also some of the oldest stone bridges in the world.
With a rich history and many cobbled streets to wander between, Prague is an intriguing place full of museums and art galleries, and the Old Town Square is perfect for taking part in the age old activity of people watching. Oh and did we mention that Prague has some fantastic bars and creates some of the best beers in the world?
The first thing that has to be mentioned, if you didn’t already know, is that the beer in Prague is probably some of the best in the world. (Ask a native and they will tell you that it is the best in the world). However, it’s up to you to decide! As the homeland of Pilsner, locals take their beer very seriously and the “liquid bread”, as it’s called in Prague, is available nearly anytime of the day. Good news if you’re on a stag or hen do then!
Individual microbreweries are the place to sample unique beers that you might not find anywhere else and to get the real experience of Czech beer, find yourself a Tankovna where you will discover some of the freshest beer around.
However, sampling the varieties of the golden beverage which are available in Prague would be a bad idea on an empty stomach. Luckily, this city serves up some exciting dishes to accompany all that beer. Bread dumplings served with roast pork and juicy beef sirloin with a delicious vegetable gravy are hearty main dishes. For a lighter snack, enjoy some pickled cheese, pork sausage or thin Czech pancakes filled with fruit, sweet cheese or ice-cream! Whether you’re lining your stomach for the night, satisfying a hungry belly or wanting to ease that hangover, there’s food here for all occasions.
Avoid the crowds and start the day with a dawn walk over Charles Bridge, one of the oldest stone bridges in the world. Marvel at the 30 stone statues perched on the sides and, if you need it, rub the foot of St John Nepomuk for some good luck!
After you have stepped off the bridge, mosey down the maze of cobbled streets and you’ll end up in Old Town Square. Here the prominent Astronomical Clock has without fault told the time for over 600 years and gives budding astronomers a guide to the paths of the planets and stars. Take in the sights from the ground or head up to the top of Old Town Hall Tower to really appreciate the view.
If you’re into seeing the bird’s eye view of a city, climb the 299 steps, (or take the lift, it’s a lot easier!), to the top of Petrin Lookout Tower. There’s some great views to be seen of the city, especially at sunset when the terracotta roofs glow in the evening light. After the sun goes down, be sure to catch the “Lighting of the Sights”, where the buildings of Prague are lit up in order, according to their age. The oldest buildings in Prague are illuminated at dusk followed moments after by their newer counterparts.