Prague, Czech Republic
Get in and around
Prague is easily reached by road and train. The city itself has an extensive train/metro system to get you around, though the Old Town tourist district is compact and walkable. My suggestion? Get a hotel or Airbnb on the outskirts of town, take the metro in and walk.
Things I did and love in Prague
- The Charles Bridge is a historic bridge crossing the Vltava River, and it is PACKED with people. So while the crowd-haters may want to steer clear of this attraction, I loved it. The bridge is lined with painters and various artists…I added a timeless painting of the Charles Bridge covered in colorful cats to my travel painting collection. Timeless, I tell you.
Hellooo, sensor dust.
- As with in Munich, the Sandemans Free Walking Tour is a must. You’ll get a concise and entertaining tour around the city as well as the chance to get some recommendations on what to do next. The tours run every day at 10:00, 10:45, and 14:00 leaving from Old Town Square.
- And even if you don’t do the tour, the Old Town Square should be one of your first stops. Not only is it home to the famous Astronomical Clock and clock tower (a bit overpriced/overcrowded but a nice view), but there always seemed to be some sort of event going on here. Great for people watching!
- Ukulele lovers who happen to be in/around Prague in late July, there is a Ukelele Festival and it is great.
- And apparently the famous John Elton wall was recently painted over. In November of 2014 on the 25th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the wall was painted all white for the first time, bearing the words “The Wall is Over”. I don’t know what it’ll look like when you visit, but this was it while I was there (July 2014).
Eating and drinking in the Czech Republic
- First off, Czech cuisine isn’t exactly vegetarian-friendly. Most meals revolve around pork, beef, and veal; therefore a majority of my meals here involved cheese platters and beer. I’m not complaining.
- The cuisine is also heavy in hearty soups (like goulash!), sourdough breads, potatoes and other hearty vegetables. I guess the big word here is hearty.
- For good food, get out of the city. The further from the city center you get, the better and cheaper the food (as is with most major cities).
If you like Prague, you’ll love Pilsen. Read about it here.
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