Prague, known as the City of a Hundred Spires due to its Gothic churches and Baroque architecture, is a beautiful city full of charm. I’ve got to admit, I had Prague down as a destination for lads holidays and stag do’s, so I was pleasantly surprised at how historical and cultural it was.
For me, one of the best things about Prague is the fact that it’s small and easy to navigate everywhere on foot. Oh, and the cheap Czech beer of course! If you have two days to spend in Prague, here’s what I’d recommend you see and do:
You can’t visit Prague without taking a walk along the iconic Charles Bridge. Visit first thing in the morning to avoid crowds and make the most of the views from the Vltava river, then come back again later to experience the buzz of the market stalls and street artists.
A huge, charming complex of palaces and chapels on the top of Castle Hill. Walk up the Old Castle Stairs and enjoy the panoramic views of the city below. The complex itself is free to visit, you’ll only need to buy tickets if you want to access some of the monuments.
St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral is an example of Prague’s Gothic architecture at its finest. The interior is simply stunning with its looming Gothic archways and vibrant stained glass windows. This is one of the monuments in the Prague Castle complex that’s free to visit.
John Lennon Wall
Back down the Old Castle Stairs you’ll find yourself in the quiet, modern neighbourhood of Malá Strana (Lesser Town). Be sure to stop by the famous John Lennon Wall with its 80s-inspired graffiti of Beatles lyrics and quotes. One for the gram…
Old Town Square
Stare Mesto (Old Town) is the cultural core of the city and where we spent most of our time wandering around the maze of cobbled streets. Here you’ll find buskers, street performers and there may even be a local festival going on. A traditional treat you have to try is a Trdelník (Chimney cake) – a cylindrical doughnut covered in sugar and filled with ice cream. Sickly but delicious! Add mulled wine for the perfect combo.
A popular sight outside the Old Town Hall is the Astronomical Clock, a medieval piece which is now a classic symbol of Prague. On the hour you’ll see crowds of people gathering in front of the clock to witness the musical show of Apostle figures parading through the window. Admittedly, for the hype, the show was a little underwhelming, but a must-see nonetheless.
Old Town Hall
Venturing inside the Old Town Hall is well worth the visit and provides a fascinating insight into the history of Prague, with museums and exhibition spaces within the impressive grand halls. I’d definitely recommend climbing the tower for spectacular views of the Old Town and surrounding areas.
Church of Our Lady Before Týn
A classic Gothic church with its iconic twin spires that appear to loom over the Old Town Square. The exterior is like something out of a wicked fairytale and looks particularly magnificent at night. The interior of the church is extravagant and ornate in true Baroque style. It stands out spectacularly against the orange-tiled buildings around it.
There’s a few other brilliant places to visit in Prague, including the lively commercial area of Nové Město (New Town), which we visited for it’s great range of shops and restaurants, as well as the historic Jewish Quarter.
Here’s a video of highlights from our 2 days in Prague: