Things to do in Prague – Czech Republic

Must do

Prague is  the town eleven centuries old, in my opinion it is very beautiful (see picture).  Some of monuments are on the list of cultural heritage of UNESCO. They are  built in the romanesque style, the gothic style, renaissance, baroque, rococo, art nouveau and in the more modern styles. There is also the charming old historical center with many romantical places and real “old-czech” pubs in Prague, where you can get typical Czech dinner and worldknown Czech beer. Most admired highlights of Prague : the Prague Castle (Prazsky hrad), the Vysehrad Castle (Vysehrad), the Old Town (Staré mesto) + the Jewish Town (Zidovske m?sto), the Lesser Town (Mala strana), the Charles Bridge (Karluv most), etc

What do you like best about your city?

The Prague Castle with the Cathedral of St.Vitus, the Charles Bridge, the National Cemetary at the Vysehrad Castle, Staromestske namesti (=the Old Town Square) with  the historical astronomical and calendar clock, view of 12 apostles  at every hour  and the view tower (with an elevator) –  all as  parts of the Old Town Hall.

Best Walk

I  would recommend  the Strahov Monastery with the first view of Prague, the Prague Castle with  the St.Vitus Cathedral and the second view of Prague, then the Old King Way from the the Prague Castle thorough the Lesser Town, the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square to the Powder Gate.  From the Old Town Square it is possible  to reach the Estate Theatre (here there was the World premiere of W.A.Mozart „Don Giovanni“),   the Wenceslas Square, the Jewish Town .  From the Strahov monastery  to the Estate Theatre you  walk 3 km.

Best Restaurants

In my opinion  Czech beer is  worldknown.  There is a lot of pubs in Prague. I am recommending  the alehouse „U Fleku“  with the interesting  Cabaret  (address:  Kremencova st reet 11).  U Flek? is the oldest brewery in Prague.  The other  alehouses: U Bonaparta (Nerudova 29),  U dvou kocek (Uhelny trh  10), U Medvidku (Na Perstyne 7). In those alehouses you will drink various types  of the Czech beer.

In  Prague there is also a lot of  wine taverns, for example Klasterni vinarna (Narodni  8), Tri gracie (Novotneho lavka), U Golema (Maislova 8)

As for restaurants: U kalicha (Na Bojisti 12), Vikarka (Vikarska 6), …..

Best music/Festival

Prazske jaro (=Prague Spring)  the most famous Czech music festival  of the classic music – from  May12 (anniversary of the death of Czech composer Bedrich Smetana)  till the inception of June

Struny podzimu (=Strings of Autumn) – convergency of the classic and jazz music (in October and November)

Prazsky podzim (=Prague Autumn)  – not only classic music (in September and October)  Verdi  Festival (in August)

Letni slavnosti  stare hudby (Summer Festivities of Early Music) – music of various historical music styles  (July and August)

Tanec Praha (=Dance of Prague) – (May, June)

Mezinárodní jazzový festival Praha(= International Jazz Festival Prague) – performance is not determined regularly.

Particulars of all above-mentioned festivals must be consulted by internet

Best Nightlife

The Karlovy Lazne –  One of the coolest places in Prague to hang out if you’re into serious clubbing is the Karlovy Lazne, located close to the Charles Bridge. Spread over five floors, this is the biggest club of its type in Central Europe. Address: Novotneho Lavka 5, Old Town, Prague 1

Best  Day Trip Out of the City

The Karlstejn Castle – founded in 1348 by Czech and Roman king and emperor  Charles IV. as a stronghold intended to house the imperial coronation jewels.  The Karlstejn Castle is now  a National Cultural Monument.

Something that not many tourists would know about 

Prague Old Gardens:

Prague Castle Gardens (founded  in 1534): The Royal Garden, The Riding School Terrace Garden, The Garden on the Bastion, The Garden of Paradise, The Garden on the Ramparts, The Hartig Garden. These gardens are free of charge

Wallenstein Garden – is bordering Wallenstein Palace. This garden is in Baroque style. There is the great salla terrena in this  garden

Vrtba Garden – unique Baroque architectonic gem of the Lesser Town under the Prague Castle.  This Italian style terrace garden was built in 1715-1720 for earl Jan Joseph Vrtba (the highest chancellor of Prague Castle). Famous Baroque sculptor Matyas Bernard Braun provided all the sculptures for the garden.  It is said the Vrtba garden is the most beautiful baroque garden  north from the Alps

Palace Gardens below Prague Castle  –(Palacove zahrady pod Prazskym hradem) are situated on the southern slope of the Prague Castle.  The Ledeburg  Garden  was  designed by Baroque maestro J.B.Santini  in 18th century. Valuable are:  The Small and Large Palffy Gardens, The Kolowrat and the Small Fuerstenberg Gardens too.

 

 

 

 

 

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