Discovering Downtown Prague
Follow along on our photo tour filled with travel tips of downtown Prague in the Czech Republic.
During our summer vacation in Germany we have been able to visit the Southern Bavarian area, the seaport town of Emden in Northern Germany, many small towns and villages in Franconia (where my family lives) and now the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague.
My parents visited Prague roughly thirty years ago and told us how dirty and smelly the city was back then. They needed a visa to visit the country and the few open stores had very little products on the shelf. Modern day Prague offers a completely different face as you’ll be able to see in the photos below. Today, Prague is one of the big shopping Meccas of the world!
Prague is the site of the European headquarters of many international companies.
According to wikipedia, Prague ranked sixth in the Tripadvisor world list of best destinations in 2016. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 6.4 million international visitors annually. Prague is the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome.
This time, instead of using the train as we did on our previous trips, we traveled by bus. Flix Bus offers comfortable and very reasonable bus travel throughout Europe. We were able to ride from Schweinfurt, Germany, to Prague for only $17 one way!
Arrival At The Train Station In Prague
We arrived at the train station in the late afternoon and walked the few blocks to our hotel. Hotel Adria is located right on the Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague. You can read our hotel review here.
The white and gold building is the Hotel Adria On Wenceslas Square
Many of Prague’s historical sights are within easy walking distance of the square. There are also countless luxury boutiques and tourist shops all around.
Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Vyšehrad (Czech for “upper castle”) is a historic fort located in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. It was built, probably in the 10th century, on a hill over the Vltava River.
Discovering Downtown Prague
Sailors are setting up a boat trips sign on the Charles Bridge.
The Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger, alongside the river Vltava (aka: Moldau),
it’s the longest river within the Czech Republic.
Nick and I booked a river lunch cruise with Prague Boats Cruises, you will receive a 10% discount when purchasing your tickets online. They offer 1 hour, 2 hour, lunch and dinner cruises. We were welcomed with a complimentary shot of local ‘moonshine’, received our own table with a nice view along the river front and the lunch buffet was acceptable as well. An accordion player serenaded us most of the way up and down the river. All in all the lunch cruise was a lot of fun and a good investment of our monetary resources and time.
Prague offers a ‘hop on, hop off’ bus tour as well. We didn’t realize this, but with your bus ticket you also receive a 1 hour boat tour. The Hop On Hop Off buses are equipped with headphones for informative audio recordings about Prague in 23 world languages. Take advantage of this service beforehand and you will receive a 10% discount! When ordering your tickets you do not need to know the exact date of visiting Prague!
You can learn more about Prague and the Czech Republic with this tour guide book by Rick Steve’s.
Prague is a very fun and vibrant city, with lots to see, and many outdoor seating areas.
The beer gardens are a great place to sit and relax during the warmer months (I can imagine the cold, eastern winds blowing through the streets in the winter, brrrr) The Czech’s are known for their good tasting beers, there are several breweries right in Prague. We tried a couple different styles, Pilsner Urquell for one, but our favorite ended up being the dark, creamy Velkopopovický Kozel beer, see picture below.
Kozel beer is a Czech lager produced since 1874. Their symbol on the label is a goat (Kozel means “male goat” in Czech). You can try all the different Czech beers and learn about them at the Prague Beer Museum, a non-brewery affiliated pub with over 30 beers on tap at any one time.
Cheers From A Local Restaurant In Prague!
We truly enjoyed our two day trip with Flixbus to the East into the Czech Republic to visit the city Prague.
It was very busy, with lots of people all around us, amazing historical sites and good food. We have lots of pictures of buildings and sites that didn’t make it into this article.
On our next trip we will head to Wuppertal, Germany, to visit my extended German family. Both Nick and I are looking forward to riding on the ‘Schwebebahn’ (Suspension Railway) and meeting family members, young and old.
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