Top resources you need to see before you visit Prague
If you’re asking . . . but why would you want to visit Prague? . . . then stop reading this right now. Go look at this photo gallery immediately.
Did you? Good. Any more reservations? Didn’t think so.
Now that we’re all on the same page and drooling over the “city of a thousand spires,” here’s a link roundup of the the most helpful resources to make your Prague travels a smashing success.
Start with Lonely Planet’s scrumptious overview of the city – including the whimsical urban setting, art appreciation, and beer extravaganza. Next dive into Yes and Yes’ mini travel guide, a bite-sized bit of Prague’s flavor, straight from an expat who lived in the city and called it home.
“Old Prague was a story-book city caked in grime: ancient, soot-blackened. History lived in every detail: in the deerstalker rooftops and the blue-sparking trams. He wandered the streets in disbelief, photographing everything, images from Kafka crowding into his head. With the turn of every corner it came back to him: the special frisson you get behind enemy lines.”
― Philip Sington,
Prague boasts much to see! Check the hours and ticket information of Prague’s great museums here.
One site that you definitely don’t want to miss is the Prague Castle – the world’s largest ancient castle.
Though the castle admission costs about $14 (if you want to see everything – cheaper tickets are available for certain parts of the castle) many of Prague’s other attractions are absolutely free. Cruise through this free list (and this one while you’re at it).
My fav free Prague activity? The city walking tour. The tour covers many of Prague’s major highlights in three hours (with both English and Spanish speaking guides).
“The streets of Prague were a fantasia scarcely touched by the twenty-first century—or the twentieth or nineteenth, for that matter. It was a city of alchemists and dreamers, its medieval cobbles once trod by golems, mystics, invading armies. Tall houses glowed goldenrod and carmine and eggshell blue, embellished with Rococo plasterwork and capped in roofs of uniform red. Baroque cupolas were the soft green of antique copper, and Gothic steeples stood ready to impale fallen angels. The wind carried the memory of magic, revolution, violins, and the cobbled lanes meandered like creeks. Thugs wore Motzart wigs and pushed chamber music on street corners, and marionettes hung in windows, making the whole city seem like a theater with unseen puppeteers crouched behind velvet.” ― Laini Taylor,
Not only is Prague famous for its beer, its renown for its culinary scene – which blossomed in recent years to include many foreign flavors as well as traditional Eastern European food. I love Andrea’s helpful list of cheap and tasty Czech street food (though you’re on your own with pronunciation!) Visit this article for another description of some of Prague’s iconic foods (and some rather unexpected – who knew Vietnamese pho was a highlight?).
If food’s your top priority in Prague (c’mon now, admit it!) a glance at the New York Time’s meal-by-meal breakdown of what to eat, where & when is a must.
(Vegans fear not! Veggie Visa has a helpful guide to eating vegan in Prague.)
“Prague. Praha. The name actually meant “threshold”. Pollina had said the city was a portal between the life of the good and … the other. A city of dark magic, Alessandro had called it.”
― Magnus Flyte,
Brush up on your Czech language skills with the Travel Linguist‘s free videos. Czech speakers walk you through a series of mini lessons on common words and phrases:
“The sun tells the best joke of a day full of them, setting so spectacularly that you can almost smell the tropical paradise lazing somewhere over this rim of endless, gray socialist towers. Miles of square windows explode orange, red, and purple, like a million TV sets broadcasting the apocalypse. Clouds unspool. The sky drains of birds.”
― Tod Wodicka,
From their handy review of favorite hostels and top things to do in the city to their stunning photo gallery and super informative Prague travel guide, consider Randi and Michael over at Just A Pack your Prague-visiting experts. Any good trip planning session to visit Prague (or anywhere in the Czech Republic!) should devote a few hours to their site’s resources – at least. (Psst: don’t miss their discount code off your first taxis ride in Prague.)