Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe. Its wildly eclectic mix of history and culture make for some stunning views and interesting activities, which is why there’s always something new to discover at every corner. It’s a photographer’s dream, as you can see in my Prague photo gallery.
Since there are so many noteworthy places to visit, it can get overwhelming. For the first time visitor, here are some things you must see or try.
1. Stroll Through the Old Town Square
Prague’s iconic Old Town Square seems to be frozen in time. Despite having been around since the 12th century, it remains largely unchanged from its time as the city’s main marketplace. Its various architectural styles bring to light how old it really is.
Snapshot-worthy points of interest include the beautiful Astronomical Clock from the 1400s and the Old Town Hall. From the latter’s hall tower, one can get a fantastic panoramic view of the entire city.
2. Help Yourself to Some Pork Knuckle
Pork knuckle is a popular in the Czech Republic, and is therefore a must try. It is usually marinated in beer and served with vegetables and bread.
One of the best restaurants to eat a giant pork knuckle is Mlejnice. Aside from pork knuckle, Prague is also famous for its goulash and other Czech classics, like garlic pork and cabbage pancakes.
3. Visit the Largest Castle
Prague Castle spans across more than 7 hectares because of its expansive courtyards and historical buildings. These include the fascinating St. George’s Basilica and the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral. Because of this, it is the largest castle in the world. It serves as both a residence for the president of the Czech Republic and a popular tourist attraction.
The castle has been around for thousands of years, hence the variety of architectural styles, from Romanesque to Gothic. Aside from the aforementioned attractions, the Golden Lane is also worth a visit. Here, you can find a row of miniature houses that are replicas of the artisans’ homes in the olden times.
4. Explore the Library
It’s rare to find a library more beautiful than Prague’s Klementium Library. Its interiors are the perfect example of Baroque architecture. Aside from its collection of over 20,000 books comprised mostly of foreign theological literature, the library also features ceiling frescoes and historically valuable globes. At the head of the hall, you can also find a portrait of Emperor Joseph II.
5. Have a Beer
Prague has a long and fascinating history with beer, as various monasteries were said to have created some of the first ever varieties of beer. The Czechs are proud of their beer-drinking roots, which is why they aim to create the best beers in the world. You can judge that for yourself by visiting one of the city’s many bars.
Prague’s nightlife is world-renowned, so you can add that to your itinerary, too. You’ll be happily surprised that they sell beer at really cheap prices. Make sure to try out local beers like Budvar, Pilsner, and Staropramen.