I headed to Prague for the very first time last September and while I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it like I had expected to I did have a very nice long weekend with my best friend exploring a new city. There’s quite a lot to do in the city (especially if you like drinking beer) but here are six things I feel you have to do on a trip to Prague.
Climb up St.Vitus Cathedrale
For me St. Vitus Cathedrale had the biggest wow factor for me out of everything in Prague and the outside is absolutely stunning with such a gothic feel and you can choose to climb up the tower to reach the views at the top. Now considering the cathedral already sits on a pretty tall hill climbing up gave absolutely amazing views even if I did feel like I was going to collapse when I reached the top. Sometimes I regret walking up attractions as I don’t feel the view is worthwhile but this is one which certainly was.
Take a trip out to Kutna Hora to see the Bone Church
One of my main reasons for wanting to go to Prague was to see the Bone Church located in a neighbouring town of Kunta Hora. Now you can do the trip yourself by navigating trains and finding your way from the station but we opted to pay a tour guide to take us especially as it included a few other location visits and an authentic Czech lunch. The Bone Church is pretty surreal as the whole church is decorated in the skulls and bones collected from over 40,000 human skellingtons including a huge chandelier, benches and an altar. It was fascinating and a good way of celebrating the dead as opposed to hiding them away.
Eat a Trdelnik
Of course, the top thing to do in the city had to revolve around food but what a snack it is. Trdelnik is rolled dough which is wrapped up round a stick where it is cooked and topped with sugar, nuts or cinnamon. You can pretty much find these at any street food stall but remember there are queues at certain places for a reason and generally it’s worth waiting a few extra minutes. You can get them stuffed with ice-cream or you can get a plain one coated in Nutella. Of course on my trip, I had both variations and I did prefer the Nutella one as although it was messier it was nice being warm still.
See the Astronomical Clock on the hour
One of the things Prague is most famed for is the Astronomical Clock which is the oldest working clock of its type in the world so it’s definitely worth seeing. Every hour hundreds of people surround the tower to watch it go off and while it isn’t incredible it is fascinating at how old the whole thing is. I’d suggest going pretty early if you can so you can avoid some of the queues, if not grab a coffee at one of the cafes looking out on it so you have a good spot.
Check out the artwork and messages on the John Lennon wall
The John Lennon wall is the only part of Prague where you can legally graffiti and add messages to the public wall and it was lovely reading all the positive messages of peace and love, especially in the world we live in today. To be honest, there’s no real connection to John Lennon as I don’t believe he ever visited, I think it’s more about his peace and loving persona which influenced this wall. Again it’s another place which can get very busy as I saw people doing fashion photo shoots against the wall (softbox lights and all) so it’s worth going early, or later.
Walk across the Charles Bridge
I absolutely love bridges and areas which are pedestrian only (it’s what made me fall in love with Venice) so the fact that the Charles Bridge is car-less is really nice as it feels so tranquil and means you can wander around looking out on the views of the city without feeling like you’re in someone’s way. There are usually loads of arts and craft stalls across the bridge selling nice unique gifts so it’s definitely worth stopping to have a look as you cross.