- Encounters with locals
- Place or Religious Monument
- Castle and fortress
- Place or Historical Monument
- Unesco World Heritage
I remember a traveller who I met in Prague who said to me "here you could hold a camera above your head for the whole day taking random photos and the majority of them would come out well". This is the extent to which the city, nicknamed "the doll house", is beautiful. The most central part, the Old Town district, or Staré Město in Czech, is known for its central square surrounded by the magnificent Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, the belfry and the astronomical clock, one of the oldest in the world and which moves every hour attracting crowds of tourists.
On the edge of the Old Town is the Josefov district where the Jewish ghetto was during the Second World War and which contains Prague's Jewish cemetery. Very impressive due to its scale and the way the gravestones are piled up in layers on top of each other, it's absolutely necessary to see, especially if history interests you.
On the other side of the mythical and amazing Charles Bridge which crosses the Vltava (pronounced Veltava) you can find the Malá Strana and Hradčany districts. The latter hosts the fortress castle, the residence of Czech kings and now of the country's president.
Going back down towards Malá Strana I advise you to pass through the vineyards which offer an amazing view over the Old Town, Charles Bridge, and the Vltava in a surprising wine-growing landscape.
In Malá Strana, you mustn't miss the Kampa Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the best I've ever visited, the Franz Kafka Museum which has an unsettling atmosphere, and the John Lennon Wall in order to leave your autograph there.
To the east of the Old Town, the Powder Tower is an unmissable stop before going into the Mustek district to visit the Museum of Communism which recreates the atmosphere of the daily life of Czech people before the USSR fell. More to the south in the New Town (Nove Mesto), don't miss the Dancing House, two buildings of contemporary architecture which look as if they're in the middle of a passionate waltz.
From there I advise you to take any tram or metro at random, if you're feeling adventurous, to discover the non-touristy districts of the city. This was how I found an unbelievable restaurant, for example, where the menu offered dishes made from all types of animal, from tiger to duck-billed platypus.
Above all, Prague is a place to visit for its architecture. The famous Charles Bridge in the heart of the Malá Strana district and the main square in Old Town are some of the landmarks that will leave an impact on you.
As for the cuisine and drinks, the prices are still affordable when it comes to the city's typical foods. On the main square, I found some barbecued pork shank, whose smell wafts through the air. It's rather pricey, but oh so good, and truly traditional.
For those who love getting wild and going out on the town, one of the largest nightclubs in Europe is located in Prague. It is spread out over 5 floors with various types of music. People who like that sort of thing should check it out, but it wasn't for me.
In conclusion, you'll always find something to see or do in Prague, during your trip to the Czech Republic.
Having lived for four years in this city, I can tell you that Prague does not leave you indifferent.
My best memories: seeing the snow cover the hundred towers in the city, firing the crossbow on the castle's Golden Lane, listing to Christmas songs at the opera, going on a pedalo on the Vltava in summer, going to Charles Bridge at sunrise, eating a 'smažený sýr' in a typical restaurant...
My favourite places: the Old Town square in winter, the lanes in Malá Strana in spring, going along the docks between the theatre and the Dancing House, the Jewish quarter, the Mucha museum, the Lucerna gallery...
Be careful if you're passing through Prague during a trip to the Czech Republic, you'll quickly fall under its spell!