Prague | Czech Republic : A Quick Guide to Planning Your Adventure

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[ John Lennon Wall – Prague, Czech Republic ]

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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[ Our visitor for the week, Jeff, at the John Lennon Wall. – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Admiring the Prague Castle in the distance from the Charles Bridge. – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Watching the sunrise over the Old Town Square from the Charles Bridge. – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ The start of the Charles Bridge from the Old Town side. – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Walking along the river with our visitor, Jeff. Prague – Czech Republic ]
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[ An early morning in the Old Town Square. Notice the astronomical clock just to the right of the statue in the middle. – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Astronomical Clock – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Astronomical Clock – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Prague Castle complex – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Prague Castle complex – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Walking along the river on the Old Town side. – Prague, Czech Republic ]
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[ Letna Beer Garden – Prague, Czech Republic ]

[ Follow the adventure to Kraków]

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Mel & Suan says:

    Indeed. Most castles are best admired from afar, not unless the art and artefacts within are so compelling to see!

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    1. I agree! The Prague Castle was so beautiful from down on the bridge. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to see on the castle grounds.

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      1. Mel & Suan says:

        For us, most of the castles have been stripped of their content in the tumult of revolution and change! So, unless the castles have been “re-stocked”, it is really a shell that we walk into. That saying, it does not mean the murals and all are not interesting, just a little less than we’d expect!

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  2. jeffreygreer says:

    An unforgettable experience!

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    1. So much fun! I am so happy you were able to visit.

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  3. Future Expat says:

    Great pictures! I regret not seeing the Jewish Cemetery either, I’ve heard there are a lot of interesting walking tours throughout Josefov, maybe next time 🙂

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    1. I agree! Always next time, right? Thanks for reading 🙂

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    2. Yes, definitely! I took a really good walking tour in Prague. They are a great way to see a city. Thanks for reading 🙂

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