My research into things to see and do in the capital city of the Czech Republic uncovered a whole lot more than I expected. An eye-opening lot more. Big Brother style brothels, bungee jumping, and clubbing in madhouses, if some of the recommended Prague ‘must-do’s’ are to be believed.
I had visions of fairytale baroque architecture, delicious beer and well, cobbled streets to mooch up and down. Whilst, Prague seems to be able to cope with my preconceived ideas, some others seem to be doing their very best at trying to lead me down a path of temptation.
A stubborn madam as ever, here are my seven things to see and do in Prague that are top of my research pile ready for my trip:
Yeah, I’m going with my sister, but it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the romance of the city. A tour in a vintage car looks like a super cute and unique way to enjoy the city.
From the photos I’ve seen Prague looks particularly pretty at night. A little boat trip down the Vltava River seems like another great way to take in all the main landmarks (even it is from afar). Alternatively, I’m always a fan of cycling round a new city and Prague is no exception. Or maybe, I’ll have my first go on a segway – now that could be entertaining…especially in the probable icy conditions.
♥ Czech Spas
I didn’t know too much about them and after surfing the net, I have to admit I’m quite intrigued. Peat bath or carbon dioxide bag treatment, anyone? Weirdly, it is claimed that the beloved Czech beer has health benefits, so naturally, you can bathe in beer at many of the spas if you wish.
Karlovy Vary (1hour 40mins from the city centre) is said to have a unique number of hot springs and certainly looks very pretty.
In Mariánské Lázně (1hour 50mins from Prague) there are said to be over 50 cold mineral springs that are used for the successful treatment of various disorders, though fit and healthy people are still invited to experience the spas.
♥ The Astronomical Clock
Despite it being popular since 1490, I didn’t know about this beauty until I accidentally stumbled across it on Instagram. It is said to chime on the hour from 8am until 8pm. It won’t cost me a penny to check this pretty construction out, so it’s on the list.
It featured in my first paragraph, so it goes without saying that I want to sample the famous Czech beers to decide on my personal favourite. Will it be Gambrinus, Kozel’s Medium, or Pilsner Urquell?
♥ Veggie Goodness
Dumplings and erm, meat on a stick? No, thanks. I’m going to be hunting down the best vegetarian dishes in Prague. Whilst I’m not necessarily a huge fan of vegetarian only restaurants, Happy Cow does offer up a good selection. The sampling platter (zucchini pasta, a quarter of a pizza, half of a burger, and fries) at Secret of Raw sounds really tasty.
Besides Prague Castle (claimed to be the largest castle in the world)…
…there is Karlštejn Castle, which is home to the Czech crown jewels.
The castle and chateau in Český Krumlov is rumoured to have a Baroque theatre and revolving auditorium in the chateau gardens.
Probably stemming from my love of Oxford, I’m keen to get some pics of the intricate statues lining the buildings.
I’ll be testing some of them out in January, so I’ll bring you all the details when I’m back. If you have any recommendations though, please drop me a comment so that I can check them out. X