Prague, Czech Republic blends the old and the new, and parts of the city seem small, while other parts seem large. Aside from the main tourist attractions, such as the Charles Bridge and Astronomical Clock, Prague has a world of diverse and fascinating things to offer.
With so many things to see in Prague, what will you do first?!
When visiting a new city, apart from seeing as much of it as I can, I also like to sample delicious local food typical of that area. If you ask me, there’s no better way to get an inside glimpse at how a local tastes and sees the city than to simply ask a local. So I jumped at a chance to attend Prague Food Tour’s “Comfort Food Tour,” which was an ideal way to experience Prague.
A nice taste of Czech cuisine
Owned and operated by locals, the tour takes you to their favorite hand-picked local spots for food or drinks and provides a delightful way to learn more about the Czech cuisine and culture. Starting outside of the city center, our guide Leona offered us tidbits about the dishes we ate, as well as about Prague and the Czech Republic as well. We stopped at a varied mix of establishments that ranged from impressive restaurants to quaint cafes.
Inside one of our stops – simple & adorable
Prague Food Tour’s website perfectly describes their culinary tours: “we want to show you around the city as a local friend who just happens to know the food scene inside and out.” Each tour accommodates a small number of people for a more intimate experience, and by the end of the tour you feel like you’ve made a handful of new foodie friends. Prague Food Tours also offers a Czech Food Tour as well. For more information and to book your tour, visit http://www.prague-food-tour.com/
The best way to end a great tour: dessert!
Once you eat your way through Prague, you might wish to exercise it all off! With so many different modes of transportation in Prague — from the metro, to the trams, to your own two feet — it’s very likely you might use each of these forms of transportation throughout your stay. However, another way to see Prague would be via a bike tour. Praha Bike offers a variety of tours, from city tours to country tours, as well as standard bike and Segway rentals. We were able to go on the Panoramic Castle tour, which allowed us to leisurely see a handful of different places in Prague in a short amount of time.
Looking out over the Vltava River
We rode through a number of beautiful green parks, gifting us amazing views of the city. Stopping at several points along the way, it was a great opportunity to get that “picture perfect” photo above the river. We also learned more about what we were looking at in terms of the history behind a monument or descriptions of different types of architecture.
Admiring Prague Castle
As a group, we made our way to the Castle. Since it was later in the day, there was practically nobody there, which made it all the more enjoyable. Our timing was perfect and we even got to see the Changing of the Guards. The Panoramic Castle tour offered a deeper understanding of Prague and took us to a broad range of sites. See Prague from a different perspective by booking a bike tour with Praha Bike; visit http://www.prahabike.cz/ for more information.
Top: Sunset from Vysehrad; Bottom: Prague Castle seen from Petrin Park
One of my favorite things about Prague was its number of green parks. On our way to Petrin Tower, we took a meandering walk through Petrin Park, seeing everything from small ponds, to large rock formations, to a prodigious amount of trees. For being so close to the Charles Bridge, it’s a surprisingly serene and vast oasis where you can savor a few hours of respite. For a picturesque evening stroll, check out Vysehrad, especially around sunset. Located a little outside the city center, the view is the best reward. Wandering around the grounds, there are so many unique views of Prague to take in and enjoy.
Yes, those are giant sculptures of babies!
Speaking of unique views, definitely check out the Zizkov Television Tower for some magnificent aerial views. Considered to be the second ugliest building in the world, it still boasts a beautiful view from the top and is only a subway trip outside of the city center. Upon entering the building, a quick elevator takes you to the observatory level. With floor to ceiling windows, you can soak in the 360-degree views of the city.
Great view from the observation floor
For a nice change of pace while in Prague, rent a paddle boat or a rowboat from one of the many rental companies on the Vltava River. I rented a paddleboat for an hour and felt it was a fantastic way to get away from the tourism hustle and bustle. From the river, you can see Charles Bridge, Dancing House, and many other landmarks.
Even dogs love a relaxing day on the Vltava River
There are a ton of unique activities in Prague to experience. Once you see the main tourist attractions, be sure to get lost in all that Prague has to offer off the beaten path — and take in all the beautiful views!
Danielle Sheridan is a photographer based out of New York. You can view her work at http://www.daniellesheridanphoto.com