Prague’s maze of cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards is a paradise for the aimless wanderer, always beckoning you to explore a little further. Just a few blocks away from the Old Town Square you can stumble across ancient chapels, unexpected gardens, cute cafes and old-fashioned bars with hardly a tourist in sight.
As writer, Neil Wilson says: – ”How can you not love a city that has a pub with vinyl cushions on the wall above the gents’ urinal, so you can rest your head while you ‘go’? Where you can order a beer without speaking, simply by placing a beer mat on the table? And where that beer is probably the best in the world? But it’s not just exquisite ale and a wonderfully relaxed drinking culture that keep bringing me back to Prague. There’s also wit and weirdness in equal measure: a public fountain where two figures pee in a puddle, spelling out literary quotations; a 1950s nuclear bunker hidden beneath a city centre hotel; and a cubist lamppost. Quirky doesn’t even begin to describe it”
An equal of Paris in terms of beauty Prague’s history goes back a millennium. And the beer? The best in Europe. Yes you read that right. We are indeed talking about BEER – The best beer in the world (which just got better). Since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of the world’s finest brews. But the internationally famous brand names – Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar – have been equalled, and even surpassed, by a bunch of regional Czech beers and microbreweries that are catering to a renewed interest in traditional brewing. Never before have Prague’s pubs offered such a wide range of ales – names you’ll now have to get your head around include Kout na Šumavě, Svijanský Rytíř and Velkopopovický Kozel.
Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it’s known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with statues of Catholic saints.
So if you’re an explore in Prague – here’s a list of areas which will speak to you about Prague:
- Prague Castle – According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, an ancient symbol of the Czech State, the most significant Czech monument and one of the most important cultural institutions in the Czech Republic.
- Lesser Town – The Lesser Town (Malá Strana) is almost too picturesque for its own good – with its ancient burgher houses, quaint side streets and St. Nicholas Church, the Lesser Town is a favourite setting for movies and commercials. Here, and all around in the cobbled side streets there are small shops to browse, churches to explore and traditional Czech pubs and restaurants to discover; including some with fine views over the river.
- Jewish Quarter – The Jewish Quarter in Prague, known as Josefov, is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River.
- Old Town – Where does the true heart of Prague beat? On the Old Town Square of course! It is precisely here that winding lanes of the Old Town run, in order to spill out onto the most beautiful square in Prague. The elegant tower of the Town Hall with the world famous astronomical clock, the proud silhouette of the fairytale Týn Cathedral, the monumental Church of St. Nicholas and countless multicoloured houses of many styles lend this place a unique atmosphere, which will captivate all those who decide to take a look at its charm.
- New Town – The New Town (Nové Město) has historic buildings and squares, around which much of the modern development of the city has taken shape. Wenceslas Square lies at the heart of the New Town, and is a vibrant area of hotels, shopping, commerce, restaurants, entertainment and nightlife. This is where you need to stay if you are in town for shopping your wallets out and enjoying the best of the city’s night life.
- Charles Bridge – There is no way you will can miss out clicking pictures here. Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It was actually called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) during its first several centuries. There is a tower standing on each end of the bridge. Both the Staroměstská věž on the Old Town end and the Malostranská věž on the Malá Strana end can be climbed for a view of Prague and the bridge from above. Baroque Statues – A total of Baroque statues began to be placed along either side of Charles Bridge in the 17th century. Now many of them are copies and the originals can be seen in the Lapidarium . The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by being thrown into the Vltava from the bridge. The plaque on the statue has been polished to a shine by countless people having touched it over the centuries. Touching the statue is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague.
NightLife in Prague: The entertainment and nightlife is second to none in Prague. You are sure to find a club or bar that you like whatever your taste is. From dance to jazz clubs, gentlemens clubs, strip clubs to traditional Czech or English bars Prague has it all.
- The Prague Boat Party – The wildest party in prague. pre-party with *unlimited drinks, drinking games, amazing dj’s, v.i.p. access to the best clubs and more. The pre-party starts at 20:30 at one of the night clubs with free drinks for 2 hours and drinking games. Around 23:00 hrs you continue on to the dock for the boats departure. You then spend two hours rocking the boat and if you still want to continue after 01:00 you can join us for the after party at one of Prague’s great clubs. The best part is, the partying in Prague does not stop till the sun comes up. Check out the video below or visit www.boatparrtyprague.com
- Prague has an electric party culture like non other in Europe. It has a vast variety of club houses and discotheques and a mad party scene. Most of these parties or clubs start after 8 pm and continue till dawn. You would never be able to say that you did not get a chance to attend a party here. Pub Crawl is not a fashion, pub crawl is a fad or more so a norm in Prague.
- A list of clubs(2017) you ought to visit if you are a serious pub crawler : Karlovy Lazne – Roxy – Neone – U Buldoka – OneClub Prague – Cross Club and many more.
- An amazing contributor to the Prague Party scene are the Prague Party Hostels : If you’re traveling on your own and want to meet other like-minded party-goers, or you just want to make sure that you’re maximizing your opportunities for socializing from dawn to dusk, then you’ll want to check yourself into one of these party hostels in Prague for the duration of your stay. The most talked about hotels in Prague are – Hostel ELF – Clown & Bard – Hostel Marabou – The MadHouse Prague – Czech Inn – Retox –
Day Trips from Prague:
Karlovy Vary Day Trip from Prague – Take a day trip through the picturesque West Bohemian countryside to the world-famous spa town of Karlovy Vary.
Trip to Cesky Krumlov from Prague – Discover the popular, fairy-tale town full of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings and its castle, enjoy the lunch in local restaurant and explore the narrow, winding streets of the historical centre, filled with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings from the times of the Rožmberk, Eggenberg and Schwarzenberg noble families. Visit the local castle, the second largest castle in the Czech Republic, filled with ancient furniture, artwork and a lot of history.
Kutna Hora Day Trip from Prague – Visit Kutna Hora, an old mining town founded in the 13th century and famous for its silver mines, on this guided coach trip from Prague.
Vienna Sightseeing Day Trip from Prague – While in Prague, don’t miss this special opportunity to visit Vienna on this full-day guided trip. Discover the capital of Austria
Dresden Day Trip from Prague – Dresden, once known as “Florence on the Elbe”, captures all the magic of medieval Europe and the history of modern Germany.
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