(Sunset reflection at the Old Town and a crystal store.)
Escape into the preserved cobblestone walks, walled courtyards, and spire dotted skyline of Prague. Be magically transported to the majestic past as you walk through the streets of this capital city, moving among the mix of cathedrals, towers, and domes along with establishments offering a more modern and energetic take on Prague’s cultural scene.
There are plenty of things to discover and enjoy in Prague. Below are just five of the reasons why going to Prague is included in most people’s travel wish-list:
1. The Attractions – There’s a great number of museums, architectural sights, and other places to see in Prague. Particularly interesting are the Old Town and the New Town, two locales that are popular among tourists for the historic buildings and monuments they have as well as the beautiful panoramic sights and quaint parks.
2. The Activities – Prague’s old world charm is not deficient in exciting things to do. Among the things that you should try when visiting Prague are sightseeing flights and river cruises. Sightseeing flights give you a bird’s eye view tour of the city on board a helicopter or a hot air balloon. While you’re at it, you might even want to try skydiving in Prague.
(Prague’s Orloj -600-year-old Astronomical Clock – at the Old Town and a balloon floating above the city.)
3. The People – The people of Prague are jovial and accommodating. They are actually the best people to show you around the city. Walking tours conducted by locals themselves can be requested right off the street, usually free of charge with the locals regaling you with historical tales made more interesting with their personal commentary and anecdotes. It is also an acceptable practice for tourists to join a group of people to banter with during drinking hour.
4. The Food – Prague has a number of restaurants serving up local cuisine. Lunch time is busiest in the city since this meal is traditionally regarded as the main meal of the day. Expect to be served a selection of meat dishes, usually pork or beef, with sidings of dumplings or potatoes. Street food can also be enjoyed in Prague with vendors dishing out Czech style hotdogs right at the Old Town Square and in New Town’s Wenceslas Square.
(My plate of larded braised beef with a thick sauce of carrot, parsley root, celeriac, and chantilly cream – served with dumplings on the side. View of a church from the corridors of a nearby palace.)
5. The Booze – Prague’s beers and alcoholic drinks are considered to be one of the come-ons for international travellers. In this part of the world, these drinks cost even less than drinking water. Bars and pubs would have their own selection of brands. The more adventurous drinkers would have a ball with the all-night bar hopping and drinking parties called pub crawls – there’s one at The Crawl and another group that meets in front of the Astronomical Clock.
Prague really has a lot to offer to travellers looking for more than just amusement parks and shopping sprees during their vacations. The adventurous and independent traveller yearning to discover some of the world’s cultural treasures would definitely enjoy a week or two in Prague.