Known as the ‘City of a Thousand Spires’, Prague is one of Europe’s architectural wonders and a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site visited by an impressive number of curious travellers every year. But architecture is just one of the main attractions of this charming European capital. From history and art to delicious foods, great beers, spectacular views and friendly locals, the Czech Republic’s capital has all you need to have a memorable vacation.
If you want to plan a memorable trip, but you can’t decide on the destination, here are ten reasons to visit Prague.
1. The City is an Open-Air Museum
With beautifully arranged streets, bridges, and historical and medieval-looking buildings that surround bustling squares, the city of Prague is an open-air museum. History enthusiasts can satisfy their thirst while wandering around the city, but there are also plenty of interesting museums available. If you want to learn about Prague’s past, don’t miss visiting the Museum of Communism. You will be amazed.
2. One of the Oldest Astronomical Clocks
While you wander around the beautiful streets of Prague, the medieval astronomical clock will catch your attention. Installed in 1410, this is the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world, but it is the only one still operating. So, stop for a moment and let the clock amaze your eyes with its procession of Apostles and the moving statues. This is also one of the best selfie spots in Prague.
3. It’s Heaven for Architecture Enthusiasts
As mentioned before, Prague is a European architectural gem. Expect to see fascinating Gothic cathedrals, Romanesque chapels and cellars, as well as beautiful baroque palaces. Admire the unique Cubist architecture and the charming Art Nouveau buildings, and let the architectural diversity inspire you. The truth is that you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate the architecture of Prague. And if you don’t know where to begin your architectural adventure, the Cathedral of Our Lady and the Wallenstein Palace are great spots.
4. Prague Has Spectacular Views
If you are a romantic traveller, you will deeply fall in love with the Czech Republic’s capital and its views. There are many hillside parks and towers you can climb and admire the surrounding landscapes. Just don’t miss seeing the views from the Charles Bridge and the Old Town Hall Tower. Also, climb the hill to the Strahov Monastery and stop at the Bellavista Restaurant to enjoy a drink or something delicious to eat. You won’t be sorry.
5. There’s Music Everywhere
Do you love music? If you do, you should visit Prague right now. Music is everywhere in this charming city. Not only can you listen to classical music in most of the palaces and churches, but there are also great street musicians everywhere. All you have to do to listen to good music is put on your walking shoes and start exploring the narrow streets of Prague.
6. It is the Perfect Destination for Memorable Parties
Not only is Prague a fantastic destination for history lovers, art aficionados, and romantic couples, but it is also a great place for party animals. Though it known for its jazz and classical music, there are plenty of other live music venues you can enjoy. And if you love clubbing, you can choose from a great range of clubs and enjoy every type of music from pop, rock, and techno to Latin and hip-hop. Prague definitely has it all.
7. The Czech Republic Has Great Beer
Did you know that the Czech Republic is the country that has the highest beer consumption per capita? And it has been the capital of beer since the 10th century. So, you will have a huge choice of bars where tasty Czech beers are served. Just make sure you don’t miss tasting
Staropramen and Budvar, as well as yummy craft beers from the best breweries in the country. And if you want to catch a glimpse of the history of beer, visit the Prague Beer Museum.
8. …And Delicious Food
What goes great with beer? Food, of course. And Czech food is delicious. The city is filled with traditional restaurants, and the prices are friendly. Indulging in Prague-style beef goulash and the delicious yeast bread dumplings is a must. And in the morning, just grab a homemade sandwich, known as obložené chlebíčky. Too hard to pronounce? Don’t worry, most people in Prague know English.
9. Prague is an Affordable Destination
One of the main reasons people choose to visit Prague is that it is an affordable city. Whether you are a foodie, a history aficionado, a party animal or a traveller who wants to enjoy everything a city has to offer, you will be able to see Prague without having to spend all your savings.
10. People are Very Friendly
Last, but definitely not least, Prague is a tourist-friendly city. Locals are happy and always ready to help you with directions and to answer your questions. And, as mentioned before, most of them speak English. So, you will feel not only safe but also welcome in this charming city.
Not Ready to Do It Yourself?
This list should help you plan your ultimate escape to Prague. However, if you don’t think you can put together an itinerary that will completely satisfy your needs, why not hire a company that will do the work for you? This way, you don’t have to stress about missing something important. Just pack your bags and enjoy the best of Prague.
About the author
Rebecca is a translator by day, and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. You can read more of her exploits at RoughDraft