Why pretty Prague should be your next city break

Jade Braham

Jade Braham

In the heart of Europe lies a city where time stands still and history is woven into every corner. Prague*, the capital of the Czech Republic*, now known as Czechia, has an old-world charm that effortlessly captures the imagination of travellers from around the globe.

Prague's popular Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock
Prague's popular Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock © Rostislav Glinsky - Shutterstock.com

Wander through the enchanting Old Town Square, where the glimmer of jewellery shops showcasing Moldavite sparks the imagination. Or lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleys, where you'll stumble upon beloved cultural delights like trdelník shops, offering delectable local pastries for those seeking a taste of tradition.

Prague is also a vibrant hub of modern luxuries, from thriving cafes and restaurants to decadent spas. Whether you're an inquisitive soul, a group looking for merrymaking or a couple wanting a weekend set in a romantic location, here's why Prague should be your next adventure.

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Old Town Square

If you've ever googled Prague, you'll probably have seen the Old Town Square. It has been the city's central marketplace since the medieval period, and surrounding the Jan Hus Memorial, a statue of a religious reformer burned at the stake, you'll find a row of colourful buildings.

Below them are several lively restaurants and quaint shops, and adjacent is the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn. If you look closely, you'll notice one steeple is slightly bigger. This is because they represent Adam and slightly smaller Eve.

There's also the Baroque St Nicholas Church and The Old Town Hall. You'll have amazing city views if you climb the latter's tower. What's more, in wintertime, Prague's famous Christmas market* is held here.

Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock* in the heart of the city's Old Town Square is a captivating symbol of medieval engineering and artistic ingenuity. It dates to the 15th century and is adorned with intricate carvings and painted motifs.

The clock not only displays the time but also tracks the movements of the sun, moon, earth and zodiac constellations and the Twelve Apostles emerge to bless the city every hour between 9 am and 11 pm.

Moldavite jewellery shops

Many streets in Prague have jewellery shops with display windows offering a mesmerising selection of Moldavite, a rare and captivating gemstone formed by the impact of a meteorite on the Earth millions of years ago. There are a variety of designs with this deep green stone, from delicate earrings to statement pendants.

Chimney cake

No trip to Prague would be complete without indulging in the city's iconic chimney cakes, known locally as trdelník. You won't miss them as every street has a trdelník shop. Even if your eye happens to skip the building, your nose will smell the irresistible blend of sweetness and spice.

Chocolate-coated chimney cake or trdelník
Chocolate-coated chimney cake or trdelník © Photoillustrator - Shutterstock.com

The scent begins with a tantalising hint of caramelised sugar and cinnamon, mingling with the comforting aroma of freshly baked dough roasted over an open flame.

This dough is rolled into a cylinder shape, which can be coated with chocolate and filled with ice cream, fruit, nuts and more. They're perfect for cold evenings and a pick-me-up as you explore the city.

National Museum

The National Museum is a majestic Neo-Renaissance building towering at the top of Wenceslas Square*.

Its grand façade is a must-see for architectural photographers, while its interior takes you on a journey through history, culture, and natural wonders; plus, there are dome ceilings with intricate frescoes and ornate decorations to marvel at.

The grand interior of the National Museum
The grand interior of the National Museum © Alwyn22 - Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The museum's extensive collections span various disciplines, from archaeology and anthropology to geology. The medieval collection has some exquisite manuscripts and fascinating weapons. But the best bit is the room with over 600 gemstones.

Food galore

Prague's culinary scene is a vibrant tapestry of flavours, blending traditional Czech ingredients with international influences. Savoury classics like goulash, schnitzel, and hearty dumplings are a must-try! You must also try Medovina, a hot honey wine with herbs and spices.

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Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge* was built under the patronage of King Charles IV in the 14th century. This Gothic structure is the oldest bridge spanning the ltava River. There are 30 Baroque statues of significant figures in Prague's history, and you can marvel at them as well as the street performers on your way to the castle.

Prague Castle & Zámecké Schody

Leading to the castle is Zámecké Schody, the 13th-century castle stairs. You'll have exquisite city views with every step you take.

Prague Castle* is recognised as the largest ancient castle in the world, encompassing a diverse array of architectural styles, from the Romanesque Basilica of St George to the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral.

Inside the Basilica of St George
Inside the Basilica of St George © Angelina Dimitrova - Shutterstock.com

This sprawling UNESCO World Heritage site dates to the 9th century and has been the seat of power for Czechoslovakian presidents, kings of Bohemia and Roman emperors.

Make sure you see Golden Lane, the castle's most charming spot. This is a cobblestone alleyway of quaint, colourful homes, which housed the castle's craftsmen, merchants, goldsmiths, the writer Franz Kafka, and more.

Strahov Library

Within the historic walls of the Premonstratensian monastery at Strahov, the Strahov Library is one of the best-preserved historic libraries you'll ever see.

It boasts around 200,000 volumes, globes and maps. The most well-known parts are the Baroque Theological Hall and the classicist Philosophical Hall, sporting frescoed ceilings, ornate furnishings and exquisite detailing transporting visitors to a bygone era.

Spa indulgences

For anyone looking for relaxation and rejuvenation, try Prague's spas, which are housed in historic buildings, grand hotels and modern wellness centres.

The most culturally immersive experience is a trip to one of the beer spas. Here, you soak in wooden tubs filled with hops, malt, yeast and herbs, known for their purported health benefits and skin-nourishing properties. As you rest, sip on delicious Czech beer to complete the indulgence.

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Jade Braham

Jade Braham

Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2024 in: City Culture Europe

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