Discover the secrets of Prague

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.

The Charles Bridge in Prague Photo: My Destination Prague

The Charles Bridge in Prague

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.

Carriage at Prague Palace Photo: My Destination Prague

Carriage in Prague Palace

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!

Carriage rides around Prague Photo: My Destination Prague

Carriage rides around Prague

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.

National Theatre in Prague Photo: My Destination Prague

The National Theatre in Prague

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.

Rudolfinum in Prague Photo: My Destination Prague

The Rudolfinum in Prague

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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    September 29, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Well done.. there is a lot to see in Prague! Although not nearly as grand and impressive as the royal courts, castles, churches, synagogues and state concert halls, I also loved visiting Franz Kafka’s house museum and Villa Amerika, Dvorak’s house museum.
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    Henry Williams
    September 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    nice post those are some nice buildings

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    Debbie @ European Travelista
    September 30, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Great recap of Prague, a city I have yet to visit. The pictures included show a very beautiful city!
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      September 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

      @Debbie yes, after reading this guest post I’d love to see something more of Prague

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    September 30, 2011 at 9:32 am

    oh Heather,
    I don’t know who Dion is, but I don’t like having my thoughts taken and repeated by someone else. It is a _very_ unpleasant experience.

    I recommended the Kafka house museum to you and the readers, partly for the reason you suggested: to connect with fascinating and well known people through the places they lived in. But the architecture of his street is also worth visiting in its own right.
    Hels´s last blog post ..Maharaja splendour in Canada

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      September 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      So sorry Hels, oops-should have spotted that one, thanks for your original recommendation – I’ll definitely put it on my Prague to see list

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    Geo @ WeCruise
    October 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Very nice article and photos. Did you take them or are they stock ones of Prague? Keep up the good work
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    Pistoia Italy
    October 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    I’ve been to Prague this summer and I can only confirm that there are so much beautiful things to see there!
    Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square are worth a visit on their own, but they’re just two of the things to see there. Also, you should not miss a visit to Vyšehrad
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    September 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

    @Dion – Thanks for your recommendation – the Kafka house sounds most interesting, I love connecting with facinating and well known people through the places they lived.

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