Visiting Prague is going to feel like travelling back in time- the capital of Czech Republic is the epitome of architecture, filled with medieval and Renaissance buildings, theatres, it is mysterious, thrilling and a delight to walk through its cobbled streets.
The former Czechoslovakia was under German occupation during WWII (1939-1945) but it was not extensively bombed. A big part of the city remained untouched maintaining thus, its Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque and Art Nouveau style. So if you do find yourself wandering in the streets of this picturesque city with its UNESCO World Heritage Site historic centre, do not miss the opportunity to discover everything that it has to offer.
Take a walk through the Old Town Squere, which served as a public square and a market place between the 10th and 20th century, admire the neo- Renaissance building of the Prague National Theatre, wander in Wenceslas Square for some shopping- originally it served as a medieval horse market and visit the National Museum located next to the square. Of course you shouldn’t forget about the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall Tower. The Clock dates back to 1410 and tourists gather around to witness the magnificent moving display on the hour. If you would prefer a romantic stroll, Prague has the best place for that; the 600 years old Charles Bridge. The bridge has rows of beautiful baroque-style statues and is said to be the city’s most iconic landmark.
But Prague has much more to offer. Prague Castle is said to be the largest and oldest castle in the world. As for museums, Prague has plenty of good ones. Visit Veletržní Palác also known as the National Gallery to see art collections from the 19th till the 21st century including works by Picasso and Van Gogh. Visit Prague City Museum, opened in 1898, to find out about the history of Prague from prehistoric times up until this day. The city is also filled with Catholic churches, the most famous being the Church of Our Lady Before Týn and St Vitus Cathedral. The Gothic architecture of both churches is breath-taking and their history worth discovered. St. Vitus Cathedral is also home to a 14th century mosaic of the Last Judgment.
But of course let’s not forget about the food and drinks! Prague is a city filled with restaurants with top chefs and bars behind its cobbled streets. Have some dinner at Sansho, a friendly place where British chef Paul Day collects all his supplies from local farmers to create masterpieces. It is said to be the most ground-breaking restaurant of Prague, as there is no menu, the waiters will present you with the dishes available on the day as it all depends on market produce. Alternatively why not dine at Nejen Bistro, with its award winning interior design? This is one of the finest meat based restaurants in Prague, with the freshest steaks, excellent beef ribs and Nejen’s signature dish; Black Angus burger. After dinner, take a walk to Vinograf for a lovely glass of wine. A very relaxed atmosphere with knowledgeable staff to help you choose the perfect wine, Vinograf is a great place to have a relaxing evening. If you are a beer person though, the best choice would be to grab a pint at Beer Geek. With a total of 32 taps, this Czech pub offers beers produced locally as well as other brewers from all around the world.
Prague is a city filled with history and life, where one street is going to lead to a new revelation each time, from Gothic churches, to museums, galleries, bridges, restaurants and bars, this city has it all. So if you do find yourself in Prague, take your time to take everything in, as it opens a brand new magnificent world ready to be discovered.