The Czech Republic is one of the most beautiful travel destinations I have ever been to. Prague is much like other European big cities but with an artistic flair. You will find art installations integrated throughout the streets that pay homage to the country’s rich history.
Mom and I stayed in Mala Strana, to avoid being in THE most touristy area. Our Airbnb was in the perfect location, close to a trolley station a great coffee shop, and a cat cafe!
But let’s not dwell on the negatives, I never really like people to begin with. What the city lacks in niceties it makes up in breathtaking views.
Top 10 things to do when visiting the Czech Republic
The top attractions and things to do in the Czech Republic are relative. I read countless blogs that told me that the Walk of the Apostles was a “must-see” and I would hardly say so. Here are just a few of the top things to do when visiting the Czech Republic.
Old Town Prague
Visit the Astronomical clock at the top of the hour for the Walk of the Apostles
DON’T STOP READING PLEASE! The Walk of the Apostles is one of the most disappointing displays I have ever seen. I’ve seen cuckoo clocks that have more pizzaz. But, everyone who comes to Prague should show up just 2 minutes before the top of the hour to see what I’m talking about.
Old Town Prague’s square becomes congested with hundreds of tourists that are staring up at the clock just to see the Walk of the Apostles. Watch it and then move on with your day.
|Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia|
Walk across the Charles Bridge at Sunset
Charles Bridge is lined with saints and street vendors connecting Mala Strana and Old Town Prague. I found myself walking across it often partially because I didn’t exactly plan my itinerary in the most logical way possible. My favorite time to be on the bridge was during sunset.
Prague really shines when the sun sets and you can appreciate the soft glow of the historic lanterns and spires in the city view. This shot is from the Old Town Bridge Tower. See my next must-do in Prague’s Old Town for the best place to get a photo of the city.
|Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia|
Pay the 100 Koruna and go to the top of Old Town Tower
On both ends of the bridge are towers that you can walk up and take a picture from. Of course, it’s not free but for 100 Koruna its worth the price just to get a few photos from the top.
I really enjoyed the view from the top of Old Town Tower. It will give you a beautiful view of Prague Castle and the city’s own mini Eiffel Tower.
|Karlův most, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia|
Admire the Lennon Wall
Don’t hate me, but I’m not really a huge John Lennon fan. I’m sure if I took the time to listen and research I would really grow to appreciate his history and his music. In fact, I spent a few hours listening to Lennon’s music after visiting the Lennon Wall. Just reading the messages and the street art on the Lennon Wall gave me a good sense of the type of person John Lennon inspired.My mother on the other hand was much more familiar with his contributions to society.
Lesser Town Mala Strana
Explore the Prague Castle grounds and St. Vitus Cathedral
The main thing to do in Prague’s lesser town of Mala Strana, across from the Charles Bridge, is the Prague Castle grounds. There are three tiers of tickets you can buy to go inside the different displays and historic buildings within the Castle. The main attraction is St. Vitus Cathedral.
St. Vitus Cathedral is lovely during the day but is even more beautiful at night. On our last night in Prague, mom and I wandered the grounds just before closing. There were no lines to get in and no one inside to ruin our photos.
Take a walk through Kampa Park
Our Airbnb host suggested walking through Kampa Park to get to Prague Castle. On our first full day in Prague we did just that. Kampa Park was very close our Airbnb so we said “why not?” It was one of the most beautiful ways to see the city and soak in the lifestyle of the locals. Local Czechs take their dog to the park and will just sit on a bench and enjoy the fall leaves. It’s definitely a life I admire.The walk is a bit strenuous but you get to see the Mala Strana from a whole different angle. Removed from the cute colorful buildings, Kampa Park instead shows you a slower and less touristy side of Prague life.
Enjoy a tea at the top of Prague’s Dancing House
On the topic of the best views of Prague, have you considered going inside Prague’s Dancing House? The architect styled these buildings to look like a woman and a man dancing. Inside you can take the elevator up to the cafe on the top floor.There is no charge to go to the cafe so don’t be intimidated. Once you are in the cafe though, they will require that you dine with them before going out on the terrace to take your photos. Mom and I shared a piece of blueberry cheesecake and some tea to warm us up. Well worth it.
Try a bit of EVERYTHING from Naplavka Farmers Market
The Naplavka Farmers Market was not on my original to-do list for Prague. It actually fell into my lap when I was eating my cheesecake at the Dancing House. Local magazines are a great way to see and experience a city as a native. Naplavka Farmers Market is the first and largest farmers market to bring the farm-to-table lifestyle back to the homes of Prague. It’s so large that the market takes up both sides of the river and sells more than food, but also clothes and crafts too.Naplavka Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 8 AM to 2 PM beginning in February and going until Christmas. BRING YOUR APPETITE!
Cesky Krumlov is a real-life fairytale town, just ask buzzfeed. When I hopped off the bus and came over the hill to this picturesque enchanting little town of 300 people, a smile crawled across my face. From start to end, I was singing Belle’s opening song from Beauty and Beast.“little town, it’s a quiet village..every day.. like the one before.”
Do not try and book a tour to Cesky Krumlov online, you will be ripped off. When mom and I tried to find a tour bus there, tickets were going for $300 for guided tours. Save your money and visit the bus station called “Student Agency” just outside of Old Town to buy a ticket for $40 roundtrip. Mom and I walked to the station and it didn’t take more than 20 or so minutes.
After my trip below Paris’s streets to the Catacombs, I had to see what other creepy things to do in Prague existed. The Czech Republic is home to the Sedlec Ossuary, AKA the bone church. Thousands of human bones were used to make the decorations in the church. The bones of 40,000+ bodies from the 1400 and 1500 were exhumed during the building of the new church after the city was rampaged by another army.Kutna Hora itself is a pretty sleepy town. They have a city center but we were too lazy to walk all the there considering the walk was along a main highway. Mom and I bought our bus ticket to Kutna Hora from the same station we got our Cesky Krumlov ticket.
|Riverbank Rasinovo nabrezi, Prague 2|
Prague comes alive at night. I highly suggest that you stay up late and wander the streets with your camera at night. There are way less people to ruin your photos and the baroque architecture comes to life. Details you never saw in the day come forth at night.
Prague is such a beautiful city. The Czech Republic is such a beautiful country. Make a stop in Prague on your next Eurotrip and you won’t regret it. Travel to Prague to escape the mundane beige of suburbia and enjoy a Trdelnik while you people watch.