Travelling around the world can be a tricky thing to do. Not only dealing with foreign languages and money, you’re left grabbing at the fabricated ‘touristy’ versions of the real places you want to visit. Taking a trip in order to avoid such things, my friend and I decided on going to Prague to locate some hidden gems that most travellers simply overlook. Leaving the comfort of England with little more than a few backpacks, we were ready to explore.
Landing on the outskirts of the city, we knew that the first thing we had to do was locate somewhere to stay. Certainly not left to the last second, we took a few wrong turns and discovered the Hotel Troja. A four star hotel with a very reasonable price tag, we were stunned by the wonderful glass dinning room as well as gorgeous view of the city.
Already more than pleased, we knew that we actually had to go out and explore rather than rest in our comfortable beds. First thing we wanted to do is gain a lay of the land. With so many different ways to do this, including visiting the popular Prague Castle, we decided on avoiding the crowds by finding the Petrin Tower. We were given the option to climb up or take the lift and, due to simple laziness, we decided on paying the £3 fee to get to the top. Offering a 360-degree view of the city, the Petrin Tower offers a fantastic opportunity to see the entire city as well as a great part of the Czech Republic.
We decided on looking for some historical buildings that would appeal to the curious traveller. Finding history is not a difficult task in such an old and beautiful city, so it didn’t take long to stumble upon the Lereta Monastery and Treasury. This Baroque shrine holds some of the greatest treasures in all of Prague, including the ‘Sun of Prague’, a diamond-studded monstrance. Located in the heart of Prague, it’s a must see location for any tourist.
We mutually decided that our next location had to be relaxing and fun. With different definitions of the above words, we settled upon a place that everyone would enjoy: the Prague Zoo. Hanging out with everything from the antelopes to the zebras, the zoo was really quite impressive, especially seeing as it only cost us around £6. We explored the zoo grounds for almost the entire day and I don’t believe we actually saw everything!
Our stomachs grumbling, our travelling had to stop for a brief moment so that we could grab a bite to eat. Eating out in Prague is a delight, especially since the capital offers such a vast array of food. We decided upon the Artisan Restaurant & Café, which served up an array of European dishes. Selecting a pasta dish, I was more than happy with the service and so too was my friend.
On our last leg of the journey we wanted to see two of Prague’s great performance halls in one day: the Rudolfinum and the National Theatre. As we are both musicians, we enjoy listening to the acoustics of magnificent buildings. Attending a show in one and simply walking in to look at the other, both halls will delight to visit. Whether you want to see a fabulous performance or simply enjoy the architecture, I would highly recommending popping in to either one.
As our journey came to a close, I still feel like there was so much more to see. I enjoyed visiting sites largely neglected by the public and would gladly do it again. If you ever get the chance to visit Prague, take the time to visit these amazing locations, I know that you won’t regret it.
Author Bio: Michal Kniec, after completing a History degree in Canada, decided that a little change of scenery would do him some good and moved across the world to Manchester. Now studying law, he loves to write, cook, and travel as much as possible on this pale blue dot.
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