Prague’s Perfection & Plotting my Return
Leah Walker June 19, 2013

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is famous for its rich history and was one of my very favorite stops on my fall Euro tour. I’ll be in Europe in July, and I’m plotting a summer return to the City of Spires. Even though I only spent three short nights in Prague, I’m convinced that it is a must-see destination.

Prague City View

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Apparently I’m not alone in my love for Prague. It’s estimated that the city receives over 4.1 million visitors every year. Perhaps some of the draw is the fact that it’s listed as a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage sites, meaning it has a unique history and many beautiful landmarks. I’m not sure if the Czech beer was taken in consideration when bestowing that honor, but I imagine it didn’t hurt their cause. The great beer is just one of the things I miss about Prague.

 Prague Castle Night

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But not just about history and booze, Prague is also known for being a romantic place. The mixtures of Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance buildings definitely are alluring. My friend, Gerard, thought the city to be quite romantic, as he proposed to his girlfriend, Kieu, on the Charles Bridge. Since Prague is relatively inexpensive compared to other European capital cities, feel free to roll out the red carpet for your loved one. Looking for good deals from Co-op Travel can also help the would-be Romeo stretch his dollar.

Wenceslas Square Prague Night

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History buffs know that Wenceslas Square is the central point of some of the most historic buildings within Prague and shouldn’t be missed. At the end of Wenceslas Square, the Grand Czech National Museum is just waiting to be explored. A grand statue of St. Wenceslas on a horse greets you before entering the magnificent museum.

Prague's Old Town Square

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My favorite part of Prague is the Old Town. I stayed just a short walk from the famous Astrological Clock and explored the area on a walking tour. Old Town is easily one of the most historical and interesting parts of the city and one to get lost in for hours. The cobblestones and narrow alleyways are worth the walk.

Prague's Astrological Clock

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One of the iconic symbols of the city is the Prague Castle. Its historic and romantic presence demands attention as it dominates the skyline. Apparently a whole day can be dedicated to the castle, but alas, I only saw it from the Charles Bridge. Visiting the castle will be the second thing I do when I return to Prague. The first?

Prague Beer

 Drink a Pardál.

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Leah Walker

Leah's a luxury travel and food writer who has as many stories as she does shoes. She documents her experiences whether that's in the lap of luxury or riding through a swamp in an airboat. Leah freelances and has contributor/editor roles with The Daily Meal, The Daily Basics, Bonjour Paris, France Today, Luxe Beat Magazine, Four Seasons Magazine, Forbes Travel Guide, and is a travel ambassador for Atout France USA. Leah's thrilled to call Paris home after being awarded the coveted three-year Compétences & Talents visa from France, though her talents don't extend to speaking French. Yet.

17 Comments

  1. Ahhhh, I need to visit Prague. I’ve always thought of it as a romantic and whimsical place, not as a booze town. And I feel like I could wander the old town for hours!

    1. You definitely could wander for ever! I am Czech (1st-generation American), have traveled from Tibet to Morocco, and Praha is still my favorite city to get completely lost in. You can’t go wrong. 🙂

  2. Yes, it’s time to go back to Prague!

    One of my favourite beers is Velkopopovický Kozel, the one which I’ve termed as the “velcro beer”, because the name spelled looks like “velcro”, and my attachment to that beer pretty much sticks like velcro. It’s dark and it’s good – it’s my kind of “cerny pivo”. 🙂

    I’d also like to recommend visiting Prague’s 2nd castle, Vysehrad, accessible from the Old/New-Town by foot or by train, and heading out to the old vinyards district, Vinohrady, just east of New Town.

    Thanks for your post, Leah!

    1. Haha…great analogy on the Velcro. I know how much you adore Praha adn I can see why. Thanks for the 2nd castle tip. Perhaps I’ll have time this trip. 🙂

  3. Hey Leah,

    Absolutely agree with you – love Prague to bits. It’s one of the most enchanting European cities we have been to in the last 5 years.

    Don’t miss the nuclear bunker tour and party next time you are in Prague. It’s amazing. We had compiled a list of our top 10 offbeat things in Prague – http://www.bruisedpassports.com/wheres/offbeat-prague-top-10 .

    I am sure you must have done some of these in your last trip, but if not, try to explore them the next time 🙂

    Have a great time there !

    Cheers

  4. So happy for you! Prague is one of my all time favorite places to be…I spent there 5 months and it never let me go. I hope to live there again someday…say ahoj to Vinohrady from me if you pass by:-)

    1. Oh, how lucky you must feel to have lived in such a wonderful city. I can’t wait to get back. It’s looking like less than a month. I’ll send my regards.

    1. Oh, what a great story you’ll have to tell. I’m just glad I didn’t spill the beans before Gerard did the deed!

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