Some call it the Golden City, others call it the City of 100 Spires. Whatever you decide, a visit to Prague should be at the top of any sightseeing list. Just a short flight from the UK, Prague is an ideal short hop getaway to experience tasty food, beer on tap (apparently the best in the world), stunning sights and more in the capital of the Czech Republic.
Visit Old Town Square
This medieval heart of Prague bustles with tourists but it’s no wonder — Old Town Square, the astronomical clock, the churches and the cobble stone side streets are so charming that it would almost be a crime not to walk around and soak up the history.
Tour the Astronomical Clock and Town Hall
At the heart of Prague’s old town is the Astronomical Clock, built in to one side of the Old Town Hall Tower, dates from the 15th century.
To fully appreciate the clock’s intricate construction, join the crowd in front of the tower to watch the procession of the Twelve Apostles. It kicks into action on the hour, every hour, you won’t be able to miss the crowds that gather each and every time.
For a fee, visitors can climb or ride to the top to experience terrific views of Old Town square and the rest of Prague. This includes a tour of the neighbouring historic halls as well. View fees and timings of the tour here.
The original seat of Czech kings — and now, Czech presidents — is a beautiful complex of palaces, churches, towers and gardens offering splendid views over the city. Saint Vitus Cathedral will leave you speechless and the tiny houses on Golden lane will give you a shimmering sense of its centuries-old history.
If you are on a budget trip, you can walk through the castle area for free (including Saint Vitus Cathedral). I recommend taking tram #22 up the hill above Prague Castle (stop: Pohořelec) as it’s quite a steep walk. Tours by Segway are also available which makes the ascent a little more enjoyable.
The most iconic (and unfortunately, the most crowded) place in Prague is Charles Bridge, a beautiful stone bridge completed in 1402 and lined with 30 statues of saints.
The bridge is stunning at night but densely populated with tourists clambering for a good photo. I’d recommend visiting in the early morning or late evening to really take in the location, sans the crowds.
Whilst you’re in the area, also visit Křižovnický Square on the Old Town side, possibly the most beautiful square in Prague.
Take a city tour by Segway
Whilst sightseeing around Prague, I decided to take my first trip on a Segway as a fun way to explore, with Yellow Zebra Tours. This turned out to be a blessing as it included heading uphill to Prague Castle (which I later returned to on foot) on a beautiful and clear evening.
Segway tours have become very popular. If you are into it, it’s a fast and fun way to see things. Just be careful when navigating the pedestrians.
Visiting Prague? Read on for my top five tips to make the most of the city.
- Three lines of the metro operate from 5am to midnight. The night trams usually run every 30 minutes.
- Czech taxi drivers are infamous for their prices. Try to avoid hailing a taxi on the street because the price will be higher. It is best to agree on a price before getting in.
- Unfortunately, Prague’s city centre is not made for cyclists. Think twice if you are thinking about renting a bike.
- Try to avoid the restaurants in the tourist areas which target visitors. Just turn a corner and you are sure to find a place with better food and prices.
- Even though the forecast says 20 degrees Celsius and sunny weather, bring a sweater. In the Czech Republic, you can never be sure, and the metro is always cold!
Many thanks to Prague City Tourism for providing a tour of the Astronomical Clock and Town Hall. For more information about Prague, visit the Prague City Tourism website.