Things to do in Prague
Get Your Bearings in Prague
Avoid: Golden Lane unless you want to see a row of identical souvenir shops.
Hot Tips: Be sure to hop on tram 22 for an almost free sightseeing trip.
Caution: Book well ahead for a stay from April to September and over the Christmas period.
Hot Tips: Hotels in the Vinohrady district are moderately priced and only a few tram stops away from the city center.
Hot Tips: Ask for the poledni menu, the lunch menu, and eat what Czechs eat at non-tourist prices.
Be Sure to Sample: Pork, sauerkraut and dumplings.
Take It or Leave It: Book your tickets online at Ticketpro.
Hot Tips: Be sure to party in Karlovy Lazne five-floor disco next to Charles Bridge.
Things to do in Prague
Prague is known for...
1. Czech Beer:
When in Prague, you will need only one Czech word: pivo – beer and may be a second one pivnice, the place where you drink beer. In every street, alley and park you will find at least one pivnice. Grandmothers, grandfather, fathers and mothers and young professionals sit at long wooden tables and drink beer. No wonder because in what country is beer cheaper than fruit juice? Put a beer mat in front of you and nod at the waiter. Minutes later, he plonks a 0,5 l mug in front of you, pulls out a pen and marks a scrap of paper to keep track of your orders. Whether you drink Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, Budvar or Staropramen, you will most likely need two more Czech words; Na zdravi! – Your health!
Crammed with narrow alleys and cobblestone streets, Prague is a city with medieval feel. But in those days women did not wear high heels let alone stilettos. Think twice about what shoes you'll be wearing because the best way to get around Prague is on foot. The sidewalks are paved with exquisite mosaics of white, grey and red granite cubes, never level always full of bumps, with jutting corners and deep grooves; true hazards for unwary visitors.
3. Opera and Concerts:
Czechs are enthusiastic concert and opera-goers. The city prides itself in three opera houses, several magnificent concert halls and numerous churches for musical events. Works by local composers, Bedrich Smetana, Leos Janácek and Antonín Dvorák are always on the programme. Dvorak's Vltava from the cycle Má vlast, my home country, is always on the repertoire. The world premiere of Mozart's opera Don Giovanni took place in Prague in 1787 and is still performed two or three time a week in the Estates Theater.
4. A Hundred Spires:
Prague is allegedly The City of a Hundred Spires. But is this true or false? Do we count only the main towers or do we include all spires, turrets and belfries? You may have a few more considerations. Wait, until you stand on Letna Hill. A forest of towers stretches out before you. The telecommunication tower is easy to spot. Water towers, church spires, donjons and steeples reach towards the sky. Rows upon row of drab prefabricated high-rise apartment blocks stand tall on the periphery, reminders of Social Realism style. The reality is that Prague prides itself with several thousands of towers and spires.
5. Historic Center:
Charles Bridge bristles with statues and is a popular hang-out for a continuous crush of sightseers who listen to the buskers and buy souvenirs from the hawkers’ stands. Old Town Square filled with cafes in summer and the Christmas market in winter is the traditional heart of the city. A stream of tourists pours in to watch the spectacle of the astronomical clock, sit on the steps of the Hus Monument or people-watch over a glass of Pilsner Urquell.
A Hundred Spires