When you think about the fabulous city of Prague, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is ‘stag parties’. And it’s true that there a lot of them that visit Prague for a long (or short!) weekend. It’s easy to see why – it’s still remarkably cheap compared to most other European cities and is easy to get to. Basically a perfect stag location.
But if you’re the type that enjoys city breaks with your partner or friends, then Prague is the perfect city and it’s becoming more and more popular. It’s certainly a city that I would highly recommend!
I’m extremely lucky that my Dad actually lives in Prague after moving out there with work. So for the last 13 and a half years I’ve been visiting this fabulous city a couple of times a year to see him. But I can honestly say that my visits never get boring – I absolutely adore the city and everything about it! My Dad is really very fortunate indeed that he can call it home.
There has been a fair amount of change over the years that I’ve been visiting – certain shops or bars that were favourites have closed down or moved, new shopping centres have been built, more international brands have opened shops there. All the usual things that you’d expect with a thriving modern European capital.
But there are some things that haven’t changed. The people, the currency (it hasn’t adopted the euro!), the public transport system which is utterly fantastic, and of course the stunning architecture that makes Prague such a beautiful place.
One thing that I find particularly fantastic about it is the genuinely different seasons they have. Being British I naturally like to talk (and moan!) about the weather a lot, but as the seasons in the UK seem to become less and less distinctive from each other, it’s refreshing to know there is a place where they actually have proper seasons! The summers are usually really hot and the winters are bitingly cold. I remember being there in the summer once when it was 43 degrees Celsius and in the winter it has been known to get as low as -16 degrees Celsius during the daytime.
I won’t go into loads of tips about where to visit or what to see if you’re planning on taking a trip there, as you can find most of that stuff online anyway. But here are 5 things to think about:
- Drinks are cheaper if you go off the beaten track. Just like any major tourist city, the bars and restaurants in the main tourist areas charge much more than some of the more local ones. There are plenty of bars and cafes all over the place and if you just look down some of the side streets you’ll find really good quality bars where drinks are a fraction of the cost.
- The public transport system if amazing. You can get a 24 hour transfer ticket that allows you unlimited use of the metro, tram or bus for 24 hours, and at 110Kc it’s really very cheap. Make sure you validate your ticket on the first use and don’t risk not buying a ticket as there are ticket inspectors around on a regular basis and the fines for not having a ticket are quite severe.
- There are lots of tourists! This seems like such an obvious thing to say for a major European city, but nevertheless it’s true! There are always loads of loads of tour groups with a tour guide wandering around the place and you often find that the common sense of the people in those groups is unfortunately lacking. Tourist group dodging skills are essential.
- The Czech language is crazy! But it’s also fascinating. It’s a Slavic based language so it’s basically nothing like English or any other Latin based language (like French, Spanish etc). But most Czech people speak English now, which wasn’t always the case, so you won’t be stuck trying to figure out what people are saying. But I always find it a good idea to try and memorise a few simple words as they will appreciate you making an effort to attempt to speak their language.
- Take in all the amazingly beautiful architecture. There aren’t many other places that have such awesome buildings that are hundreds of years old, so take in as much of it as you can. It’s what makes Prague one of the most fabulous cities in my opinion so just soak it all up and appreciate it and the history behind it all.
One of my favourite ever views is that of Prague Castle and St Vitos Cathedral from the opposite side of the river. It’s what makes Prague for me and everytime I see it, it makes me happy!
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to visit for a few days, or over a long weekend, then give Prague a go. You won’t be disappointed!
Until next time, much love! x