The Best of Prague: 8 things you MUST do

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The Best of Prague: 8 things you MUST do

Today I’m excited to share 8 tips for what to see and do in one of my favorite European cities, PRAGUE.

1 | Go on the Taste of Prague Tour.

Seriously, the best tour I’ve ever been on, ever. The tour kicks off with a shot of home-made Slivovitz (plum brandy) then followed by a walking tour of the city with pitstops at four restaurants. Expect fantastic food (immediately delivered to the table upon arrival to each restaurant – I felt like a celebrity), an entertaining and educated guide and gaining a much better understanding of the city’s complex history. Note: Taste of Prague did NOT endorse this suggestion.

2 | Visit the Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square.

It’s hard to avoid this major tourist attraction, but admittedly, it’s pretty cool and definitely worth a stop. Enter the doors just below the clock and you’ll be whisked up to the top of the bell tower for beautiful views of the city.

3 | Embrace the coffee culture.

Coffee is incredibly popular in Prague, probably because they know exactly how to make the perfect cup. Some of my favorite coffee spots are: Kafka Cafe (directly below our Airbnb apartment, I loved the decor), Cafe Savoy (oh man, the breakfast there is unbelievable) and I Need Coffee (authentic local spot, fast and reasonable).

4 | Eat (many) Trdelniks.

You’ll see these babies spinning all throughout the streets. Beware, they are terribly addictive. Rolled cylindrical pastries, they’re served hot and coated in cinnamon and sugar. They literally melt in your mouth. 
























5 | Visit Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral.

Prague Castle is actually more of a small walled city with beautiful narrow alleys, historic buildings and the mammoth St. Vitus Cathedral church. Seated on the top of a hill just across the river from the city center, the views castle and cathedral are a sight to behold. I absolutely loved the colorful stained glass inside the cathedral so be sure to duck and take a peak.

After visiting the Cathedral head down to the deer moat, just outside of the castle. It’s a neat little retreat, nicely hidden just below the mobs of tourists. Constructed in 2002, it’s provides a peaceful link between two large fields hugging the castle walls.


6 | On Saturday, head down to the river to the Farmers Market. 

Throughout the year a picturesque Farmers Market is setup along the river bank on Saturday mornings. Strolling the river walk, browsing local handcrafts and tasting scrumptious Czech specialties made for one of my favorite European mornings. Afterwards, continue further down the river (away from the old town) to the historic Vyšehrad Fort. Truly stunning views of the river and a small vineyard greet you at the top. Lovely.

7 | In the evening, grab drinks at Hotel U Prince’s gorgeous rooftop terrace.

For a lovely view of the twinkling Old Town Square the rooftop bar is the place to be. After your drinks are downed, head back downstairs to the cozy Black Angel’s Bar.

8 | Drink Pisner Urquell on the river!

I mentioned the Farmer’s Market already, which is further away from Old Town, the riverfront right beside the Old Town is not to be missed as it is very much a part of the Old Town vibe. We loved munching on popcorn and slurping down yummy Pilsner Urquell (a fantastic Czech pils) right on the river at Slovanka. Also a must (and incredibly popular with tourists), a stroll across the Charles Bridge.

Not sure where to stay?

Check out our Airbnb apartment right in the Old Town center. Absolutely perfect location and ideal loft-style apartment for a couple. We’re definitely going to stay here when we return.

The view from our balcony:

Lodging Recommendations:

If you’re a visual person like me, here’s a handy dandy map with all my recommendations:

Happy Travels!
P.S. For more ideas on what to do in Prague, check out The Crazy Tourists’ list of 25 must-do’s while in the city.
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  • I want to visit this city so much! I studied abroad in Salzburg, but I never made it to Prague.

  • Prague is such a cool city. I’ve been twice.. but I feel like I still missed out on some of these!

  • Great post. I learned some things I didn’t know about Prague. It’s my third favorite city, but I have to say, it’s not the best food I’ve ever had, but you said the food tour was great so maybe I’ll have to give it a try. I’m actually posting a top things to do in Prague myself on Monday! I love Prague.

  • I love these suggestions! I’m headed to Prague next week and am definitely bookmarking this post! You gave me so many wonderful suggestions 🙂

  • I’m all about drinking my weight in coffee on vacation!

  • I never thought of doing a walking food tour when traveling but since reading about your two experiences I am definitely looking up a walking food tour the next time I travel!

  • I have been trying to go to Prague for the Christmas markets for years!!! I have to go – even if it’s just for that coffee!

  • beautiful city, beautiful photos! Thanks for the tips!

  • Great tips! Can’t wait to head to Prague!

  • …THANK YOU for this–me and my Aunt are hoping to visit Prague together this winter, so something like this is just what I needed!!…

  • I’ve never been to Prague, but it’s on my short list. It just seems like the perfect mixture of mysterious and romantic–like I could just wander and find the most random, wonderful shops and restaurants full of history!

  • Great post! We’re headed to Prague soon, so I loved reading this. We’re planning to bring our dog, any tips for where dogs can/can’t go?

  • Hi Alicia, that’s awesome, we love being able to bring our dog with us on our trips, most of the time at least. Like Germany, they’re really lax about where dogs can go in Prague, pretty much anywhere but the grocery store. 🙂 I presume you also live in Europe?

  • Of course, Shannon! I hope you have make it over there too, it’s one of my favorite cities! 🙂 Less hustle and bustle and more beautiful historic buildings, that kind of thing!

  • Natalie, you really know how to paint the picture! You’re exactly right. Especially after the tour, I felt like everywhere we turned had a huge story behind it, because.. well, it did. 🙂

  • Yay! Glad to have helped! I really recommend our Airbnb apartment too. It’s perfect for two and SO reasonable. 🙂

  • Great! Are you heading over there soon?

  • It’s easy to take pretty pictures in a pretty place! Prague is definitely one of my favorite destinations in Europe. 🙂

  • Oh I love that idea! Perhaps we can rendezvous at the Christmas Markets this year? I bet the city is just enchanting!

  • I bet there are a ton in Croatia.. speaking of, I can’t wait to live vicariously through your travels! 🙂

  • Yes ma’am! I completely agree! I’ve really gotten a taste for black coffee and need to head back to Prague to see if I can taste the difference between the cups at all the different cafes. You know, for important research. 🙂

  • Ah, jealoussss, I want to come along in your suitcase! My family is coming next week but lets squeeze in a coffee or something before then!

  • Oh, I love that you have your cities ranked- I’m curious now, what’s the rundown 1-5? For me #1 might be Amsterdam or Paris or London… (I’m terrible at this game)

  • Not to be cliche, but now you just have more reasons to go back, right? 🙂 Where else have you loved traveling to? I’m always looking for ideas for my bucket list!

  • Oh boy, I should have talked to you a week ago, I was in Salzburg this past weekend for 3 nights and had a wonderful time. We spent a lot of time in the outlying areas (Hallstatt and Zell Am See) but the city itself is a dream. How lucky that you got to live there!

  • i just love italy in general. so i know i mentioned cinque terre. venice photographs beautifully. but it smells kinda bad there haha. i loved verona too.

  • I went to Prague some months ago and I also made a lot of posts about my trip, and I went to some of the exact places! I actually made a short movie about my trip which will be up soon. Anyway I really love your post – Keep up the good work and have a great day ^___^

    Cindy | mazedays.blogspot.com

  • Oh that’s a tough one. I have my top three for sure but If I had to pick a top 5 I’d say, #1 London, #2 Amsterdam, #3 Prague, #4 Colmar, #5 Regensburg. For now anyways.

  • thanks for making my day with this post! we are moving to Prague in about a month and I am stockpiling all of the tips I can find. I’m so happy to hear that you loved it, and all of these sound like AMAZING activities!!! thanks again for sharing 🙂

  • Oh great list! I haven’t been to Colmar or Regensburg but now you’ve really piqued my interest. 🙂

  • I’m heading to cinque terre next month, I’m reallllly excited.

    You’re right about Venice, there’s definitely a prominent Venice-funk.

  • Awesome, thanks! Yupp, just moved to Stuttgart

  • Yea I live really close to Regensburg so it’s a smallerish city that I absolutely love and frequent.

  • Prag looks like such a beautiful place to visit! It’s high on my and my boyfriend’s travel list now that we’re moving back to Germany and the architecture really looks gorgeous! By the way, your new blog design is seriously amazing – I’m so in love!

  • Such a helpful post! i’m going to Prague this summer so I’ll save this article!

    http://www.thetouristoflife.com

  • Sooooooooo pretty!! I can’t wait to go! Food tours are SUCH a great idea. I think they are really taking off!

  • Yay, welcome! If you’re ever in the Heidelberg area I’d be happy to show you around 🙂

  • Thanks so much Cindy! I love that you made a video, flogging is something I’ve always aspired to do. I look forward to seeing yours! 🙂

  • Oh wow! That is positively, absolutely, amazingly, (and lots of other -ly words) WONDERFUL. I’m really excited about your move to Praha. You lucky duck, you! I may pester you down the road for tips for when I return. 🙂

  • I know you’re familiar with Heidelberg already but if you need any help with the move definitely let me know. I’d be happy to check out apartments for you guys! 🙂

    Glad you like the redesign of the blog, I’ve been spending lots of hours fiddling with the HTML. I’m really happy with how it came out too. 🙂

  • Me too – in fact I went to the farmers market this morning and picked up yellow cherry tomatoes (not sure of their actual name) and strawberries, I’m feeling quite domestic. 🙂

    I need to go to Lyon, don’t I? When do you suggest visiting?

  • Thanks, Joyce! I have to give all the credit for that to Casey at We Took the Road Less Traveled, she gives a great tutorial on how to do it. Now I make my own custom map for nearly every single trip I go on. 🙂

    http://www.wetooktheroadlesstraveled.com/2014/02/create-cutsom-itinerary-map-with-google-maps.html

  • Oh fun! That’ll be such a great city to visit during the summertime. Drink some Pilsner Urquell for me! 🙂

  • Yes, I agree! It’s such a great way to get a real feel for a place. Usually the cuisine indicates a lot more than the regional produce but a lengthy history that can be so fascinating. OR, if you’re like me during the food tour we went on in Paris, you don’t listen to any of it and just delve into a blissful caloric high. 🙂

  • Prague was one of my favourite places to visit when we went InterRailing a few years back. It’s such a beautiful city. I love these tips and photos too!

  • I will! 😉

  • I’m from Prague and I’m ALWAYS so HAPPY and EXCITED to read that somebody visisting and enjoying this city! Awww and those comments, so much love! That’s awesome. I’m really glad that you enjoyed Prague 🙂

  • I lived briefly in Prague and loved it. Such a gorgeous city! The food tour rather surprised me, mostly because I associate Czech food with hardy more than gourmet but it is good. I love that many of these things seem new/different than what I got to do and there’s other things I could easily see being on the list. Praha has so many wonderful things to do.

  • You should…it was very lovely! We went in August (mid August), it was lovely and not overly crowded. However, a few restaurants were closed taking their holiday, but we did not run into too many that were closed. It is a university city, and I got the feeling that it is a bit more calm if you go between sessions. It is also suppose to be really lovely near Christmas.

  • Thanks so much Kerri! I completely agree, Prague is certainly one of my favorites too. Where else did you love?

  • Yay, you lucky duck Andrea! Do you think I missed anything? (Of course I did!) What would you add to this list?

  • Isn’t it funny how you think you know a city then someone else goes and visits and gets a completely different experience? I’ve been feeling like that a lot lately when I see DC posts. Why I didn’t take the time to take the elevator up the National Monument completely baffles me! Anyways, yes, you should definitely check out the Taste of Prague food tour when you get the chance. I agree, the food isn’t exactly light but it ended up being a great segue into discussing Prague’s complicated history. I loved it!

  • I live in Prague for almost five years now. You have perfectly captured all the best from Prague. I love it here and love your post!

    Thank you, Lucie.

  • Prague looks absolutely gorgeous. I’ve never been because it’s a bit of a stag-do destination for Brits but I’m definitely adding it to my wish list! Great post.

  • What a beautiful city!

  • Thank you! I am so excited too! I hear so many amazing things about that city. I hopefully will be an expert the next time you do visit and would LOVE to share some tips…as soon as I know them haha!!! 🙂

  • That’s so sweet of you, Margo! I’m actually going to move back into my old apartment (I subletted during my stay in Norway), but once my boyfriend and me decide to move together, I’m definitely going to ask you for advice. The housing market in Heidelberg can be so frustrating and confusing – I’m glad I don’t have to go through this right now! 😉 But thanks so much for offering the help! 🙂

  • Sorry for such a late reply!!
    My other favs were Budapest, Amsterdam, Florence and, and…. it’s too much choice. I think Berlin, but we didn’t get to see too much but I had a feeling I would like it 🙂

  • Yum, trdelniks! They’re so tasty.

  • Went there a few years ago and had the best eclair I’ve ever had in my life at a small place right off of Old Town Square. I had to fight of the friends I was with because it was the only one they had and it was to die for. Prague is so awesome, Charles Bridge was wonderful and the rail had to be something you need to try yourself. We had a bit of a problem with that and was fined because we didn’t understand how to use the Pass properly. No biggie, all part of the experience. Kind of like getting a ticket in Paris(which we also did!) Anyway love it and would love to go back and see more. The palace was amazing as was everything we saw. These pictures just bought it all back. Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Agreed! I wish they had them here in Germany, but perhaps that’s a good thing health-wise. 🙂

  • Hi Linda! I completely understand that eclair-battle. Dan and I had something similar happen in Paris with a stuffed croissant (because he really did eat more than half!). 😀

    I actually don’t have any experience on the rail so this is good to know – always have the right pass.

    Happy that the post brought you back to those happy memories! Prague really is such a special place. 🙂

  • Ahh, Budapest, yes! Dan and I are soo eager to go there and check out the baths. I envision it as being an exotic, kind of off-beat, destination. 🙂

  • Hmm, not sure I can swing it this August but a french Christmas market certainly sounds inviting. I like that it’s a university town, like Heidelberg, it gives a place a young, fun, vibe. 🙂

  • Actually, I see them here sometimes at festivals. The name is different when they’re sold here, but the taste is same.

  • Prague is gorgeous! I can see myself returning to this city again and again to indulge in their food and culture. I can see why you’re addicted to Trdelniks as I was too! LOL! I had to eat it everyday to satisfy my cravings.

  • Great tips for Prague! I just went for the third time and really enjoyed it – much more than on previous trips. I think it can be hard to find the cool things to do or see when most people just visit for a short weekend, but there’s actually quite a lot to do there!

  • I just had to revisit this guide because I just booked our Prague trip 🙂 Love all of your tips! Hopefully we will have some lovely fall weather as well!!

  • Chelsea Zinck

    Hi Margo…My husband and I are planning a trip to Prague, Budapest, and maybe Vienna (we’ve been before, and are considering going back, since it’s not too far) around Christmas time. Anyway…I’m curious about the language barriers. I know enough basic German to get by. I’ve been trying to learn some Hungarian, but WHOA, it’s hard! Would you say that there are a decent amount of English speakers in Budapest and Prague that would be able to help interpret menus, directions, etc?

    • Hi Chelsea, sorry that I just now saw this! Yes, you’ll be totally fine getting around speaking English. All three cities have a large number of English speakers and signage typically has English as well. In Budapest you may have in inquire for an English/tourist menu but for the most part you’ll be just fine. Enjoy your trip! 🙂

  • Jordan Kennedy

    Margo this is amazing! I stumbled across this post from a pin on pinterest and I’m so glad I found you! I’m getting married in 9 days and we’ve decided to wait until May to go on our honeymoon so we have more time to plan and we’ve both thought Prague would be nice and after reading this we definitely want to make this one of our stops! Great photos 🙂

  • this is awesome! I am headed there tomorrow and just got 10x more excited after reading this! thanks for the tips!