We’re headed to The European Summit (TES) Affiliate Conferences and we can’t wait! In the process of getting ready for the conference, we’ve put together a quick, travel guide for all the newbies visiting Prague! Check out what we suggest and make sure to find us at the TES conference. We can’t wait to say hello and talk offers with you all.
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15 Things to do in Prague:
1. Walk Across the Charles Bridge
Enjoy a walk across this 14th Century bridge. The Charles bridge was originally constructed in 1357 by Charles IV to replace an older bridge that had been washed away by floods. It was completed in 1390 but did not take the Charles’ name until the 19th Century.
2. Stroll Through Old Town Square
Despite the many invasions Prague has undergone, Old Town Square has remained relatively untouched since the 10th Century. The square is a great place to admire Prague’s architecture and see the world’s oldest operating astronomical clock. It was built in the 15th Century and is known as the best-preserved medieval mechanical clock in the world.
3. Go to the Prague Castle
The Prague Castle is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and has been an important symbol to Prague for more than a thousand years. The beautiful architectural building is crowned the largest ancient castle in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records, which holds three courtyards, a church, historical palaces, and multiple offices.
4. Admire St. Vitus Cathedral
The history of St. Vitus Cathedral is almost as old as Prague Castle. The first sanctuary of the church was built in 926; however, it was destroyed by Prince Spytihnev around 1060. The next design began in the mid -1300’s but wasn’t completed until 1929.
5. Devour Some Pickled Cheese
It may not sound delicious but try it anyway. Pickled cheese is a local favorite and a must-try while in the Czech Republic.
6. Eat a Giant Pork Knuckle
Calling all meat lovers! This pork cuisine, also known as Koleno, is a large piece of pork knee you’ll surely want to try.
7. Drink the Alcohol
You can’t visit the Czech Republic without trying one of the countries favorite liquors, Becherovka. The mix is distilled and blended with herbs and spices, and is a popular choice for locals. While you’re out drinking, you may as well try the country’s famous lagers Budvar and Staropramen.
8. Test Yourself at the MindMaze
The MindMaze is an interesting challenge inspired by the legends of alchemists. During the maze, you will have 60 minutes to escape the Alchemists chamber by solving a series of riddles and puzzles.
9. Explore the Jewish Quarter
Also known as Josefov, the Jewish Quarter is located between the Old Town and the Vlata River. In the 13th Century, Jews living in Prague were ordered to leave their homes, move to this area, and banned from living anywhere else. There is a cemetery in the quarter believed to be the final resting place of more than 100,000 people although only 10,000 headstones are shown.
10. View Prague From the Old Town Hall Tower
The tower is one of the most striking buildings in Prague and was initially constructed in 1338. Inside the tower, you can find a staircase or elevator that will lead you to one of the most beautiful lookout places in all of Prague.
11. See the Lennon Wall
Grab a camera and take a photo at the rebellious John Lennon Wall. This wall is filled with inspired graffiti of John Lennon and lyrics from the Beatles. Back in the day, the wall was a place where young Czech’s could air their grievances and frustrations they had about government and Communism.
12. Check out Prague’s Nightlife
The nightlife in Prague has it all! Prague provides options for the clubbers, drinkers, and music lovers. If you want a club, then you’ll want to check out the five story club Karlovy Lázně, but if you wish to listen to music, then stop in at Jazz Dock or Blues Sklep.
13. Visit a Museum
Do you like museums, but hate large crowds? Then you’ll want to check out the KGB Muzeum. This small museum was established by a Russian enthusiast and features a variety of memorabilia relating to the secret police of the Soviet Union.
14. Watch the Changing of the Guard
You’ll want to arrive at the Prague Castle before midday to ensure a good view and see the ceremonial changing of the guard.
- Did you know the guard only serve the Czech Republic president and in order to be part of the guard you must be between the height of 5’8 and 6’1?
15. Find Sigmund Freud
If you walk through the urban area of Stare Mesto within Old Town and look up towards the sky, you will be surprised to find a seven-foot-tall sculpture of the world-famous Sigmund Freud hanging from a metal beam. This art piece has become so popular it’s been found in cities all over the world, including London, Chicago, and Berlin.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Prague and can visit some of the places we suggested!
By: Lauren Van Sloten