On a two week historic trip to Eastern Europe, Prague was my last destination to visit and I instantly fell in LOVE with this city. Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic, has so many unique things to do and see it made it a very interesting destination. It was so different from the other cities I visited like Berlin or Warsaw- which have their own personality quirks too. Prague isn’t always number one on a travellers’ bucket list but it should be and here’s 10 reasons to fall in love with the city:
Architecture is #1 for a reason! Prague is filled with Romanesque chapels, Gothic cathedrals, red-roofed buildings, beautiful bridges and cobbled streets, making it a sight for sore eyes.
Prague is very affordable and after coming back from Berlin, I would definitely say so. It is one of those rare places that’s amazing to visit that doesn’t come with a hefty price tag. Beer is cheap, and so is the traditional food! Everyone wins!
As one of the oldest European cities, its history is no doubt full of amazing legends and architectonic gems. When you’re in Prague you may feel like you took a step back in time as it was founded during the Romanesque period and flourished in the Gothic and Renaissance eras. Famous cultural attractions include the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square.
4) UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Prague’s architectural and cultural significance has been inspiring since the Middle Ages, and its historic centre illustrates its process of continuous urban growth to present day.
5) Old Town
Some would even call Prague a living fairy-tale canvas. It’s beautifully preserved Old Town quarter survived most of the damage from World War II. This medieval settlement was separated from the outside city by a circular moat and wall. Today it is covered up by the streets but is still known as the official boundary when entering the Old Town.
6) Astronomical Clock
Within the main square lies the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. Every hour since 1410, the medieval clock has paraded a procession of mechanical Apostles striking the time to the people of Prague. It represents the position of the Sun and Moon in the sky and displays astronomical details making it an amazing and beautiful piece of history.
Czech cuisine is influenced by the tastes of Germany and Hungary but with its own delicious twists. Whether you’re looking for traditional fare or street food, Prague is loaded up with hundreds of restaurants that will cater to your taste buds. If you can find a Beer garden go enjoy some Czech beer or greasy sausages.
8) You can hike the whole city
You can explore the whole city basically in one day from the Cathedral to the Old Square within a few hours. Learn about its history and tour the city where you’ll come across Prague’s most breathtaking views. Admire the heart of the city from either Letná Park or the observation deck of the tower of Old Town Hall.
9) Charles Bridge
This famous historic bridge is a sight to see. Walk over the Charles Bridge which crosses the Vltava river before dawn for an amazing sunset and to view the Prague castle in the distance fading into the darkness.
10) It has a little bit of everything
Visitors can explore Prague’s rich history by it’s visiting numerous museums, roaming through charming neighbourhoods and touring fascinating art galleries. There’s a ton of different things to do in this city you’ll never get bored.