Over the years we have been to lots of cities across the world, with some of our favourites being only a stones throw away. However, rewind fives years to our second European weekend break, we were complete travel rookies but knew we loved exploring new places and wanted to see as much of the world as possible. So, let’s talk about our trip to Prague.
Prague was my 21st birthday present from Mar, and what a fab pressie it was! We visited Prague in late August (straight after my birthday) and it just so happened to be the hottest weekend the city had experienced in years, so hot that the city had run out of fans! We were excited to explore this new place but weren’t able to do as much as we would’ve liked as it was just too hot.
Mar booked us into a lovely Airbnb overlooking a cobbled square – perfect for watching the locals go about their day to day life! We spent the weekend pottering around old town, enjoying the views of the city from the castle and soaking up the lovely weather on a pedalo on the Vltava river.
Here’s the top things we’d recommend for a weekend in Prague:
- Charles Bridge
- Prague Castle
- St Vitus Cathedral
- Old Town Square
- Old Town Hall
- Church of Our Lady before Tyn
- The Powder Tower
Prague is probably most famous for Charles Bridge. It connects Old Town Square to Prague Castle and is so so beautiful! The old cobbled bridge is always filled with tourists but is a must when visiting Prague.
The bridge features three bridge towers and is decorated by a continuous alley of statues. Along the bridge you will be sure to find plenty of musicians and artists, including caricature artists!
Prague Castle / St Vitus Cathedral
Possibly the second most famous sight in Prague. The Castle is beautiful, situated on the opposite side of the river to the old town, which means if you’re staying in Old Town you will get to walk across the bridge to reach the castle.
The castle is situated at the top of a hill, with beautiful grounds, including the stunning gothic St Vitus Cathedral. It is the office of the President of the Czech Republic and is home to the Bohemian Crown Jewels which are stored in a hidden room within the castle!
If you visit on a warm day (like we did!), make sure to take lots of water with you, and if it’s clear make sure you take in the views of Prague from the vistas surrounding the castle.
Tip: there is an air conditioned Starbucks en route to the castle with amazing views of Prague and well worth a visit (and a cold drink) on a summers day!
Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is the tourist hub of Prague. It features lots of restaurants, bars and of course two of Pragues famous buildings – the Old Town Hall and Church of Our Lady before Tyn.
The square looks most beautiful during golden hour when the buildings reflect the orange and reds from the sky! It’s also the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by with a cup of coffee at one of the local cafes!
You’ll be sure to find lots of street performers and musicians in the square. I believe it is the start of a lot of the walking, cycling and segway tours so if you’re looking to join one, this is the place to go!
Old Town Hall
Located at one end of the square the Old Town Hall is hard to miss. The clock tower boasts beautiful views across Prague and the Old Town Square, although we’re not sure whether you can still climb the tower like we did back in 2015…
Church of Our Lady before Tyn
Located at the other end is the Church – which looks amazing at sunset. This gothic church is a prominent feature of the Old Town Square and has been the main church of the city for centuries.
Other buildings worth stopping by:
The Clementinum is a historic complex in Prague and is in use as the National Library of the Czech Republic. I can’t tell you much more about it as we didn’t go inside but it’s worth adding it to your itinerary as the external architecture is beautiful!
The Powder Tower
The Powder Tower (or Powder Gate) is a gothic gate that separates the Old and New Town of Prague.
Again, there’s not too much to say about this one but definitely worth stopping by to check out the architecture and history.
Get yourself to Prague!
We had fantastic weather in Prague so we spent a lot of time just wandering the cobbled streets, relaxing in the local parks or hiring a pedalo on the Vltava river!
There’s plenty to do in this city and is a definite must for those interested in gothic architecture and cute little streets. With loads of great restaurants, cafes around Old Town Square and some interesting bars, it’s the perfect place for a city break.
We haven’t covered everything that Prague has on offer, but these are our top recommendations and if you are to visit Prague in the future, we hope this guide helps you plan your trip a little better!
Adios for now,
Char & Mar x