Accommodation: A two-bedroom, one-bathroom Airbnb apartment located just outside of the Old Town Square.
Pretty cool: Hum along to “Imagine” at the John Lennon Wall. This vibrant-colored graffiti-filled wall is full of inspirational messages, quotes and art. Next, walk along the Vltava River to the Letná Beer Garden. It’s a 20-25 minute walk, but you’ll take in great views of the city from across the river.
Don’t miss it: Set your alarm, grab a coffee and watch the sun rise from the Charles Bridge, the historic, gothic-style bridge with statues running along both sides. You’ll beat the tourists, who begin flooding in a few hours later. Be sure to rub the St. John of Nepomuk statue before leaving the bridge. Legend has it, you will return to Prague one day. And of course, visit the 600+ year old astronomical clock in the Old Town Square, which has an animated show every hour on the hour. It’s been voted the second most disappointing European tourist attraction, so who would want to miss that?!
Wish I had more time for: I wish I had visited the Old Jewish Cemetery, which inspired the design of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe [ in Berlin ]. And since the weather was perfect, I wish I had spent an afternoon paddle boarding on the Vltava River.
Must try food/drink: Pilsner beer, bread dumplings, pork, duck and sauerkraut. For a traditional [ and extremely affordable ] Czech dinner, head over to Lokál. I recommend making a reservation.
Here’s a hint: Most guidebooks recommend a visit to the Prague Castle, which sits on a hill overlooking the city. It is absolutely beautiful from the Charles Bridge. However, I was a bit disappointed while on the actual castle complex. Perhaps it’s because I have toured many other castles throughout Europe. Instead, I enjoyed the time I spent in the many beer gardens, on the Charles Bridge, in the Old Town Square, etc. I will give it another chance next time I’m in Prague. If you have visited the Prague Castle, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
[ Next stop ]: Overnight train to Kraków, Poland. Spend the extra money on a sleeper car.
Visited Prague before? Share your recommendations, tips and experiences in the comments below.
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