This post was most recently updated on November 28th, 2016
For the most part, Prague is one of those cities that you don’t want to plan out too much. Prague’s alluring alleyways all beg to be trod upon, and its colorful, varied architecture demands to be noticed.
Prague’s sights will intrigue you, enchant you, leave you wanting to know more and see more. So see what you’ve come to see, but more importantly, see what there is to see. Take it slow; take it all in.
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As you wander through Prague’s old cobblestone streets, lost in a daydream of a Prague when the Old Town was brand new, you might also wonder about the tall tower looming in the distance, or that grand cathedral dominating your view.
When was this built? What happened here?
And as you journey on, you might pass by some of Prague’s traditional cafés and restaurants whose aromas will delight your senses and make your stomach grumble. Where should we stop for lunch? I hope we find a good place.
In a city like Prague, bursting with mystery, and perhaps even a little magic, you will desperately need the perfect travel companion to show you what you wouldn’t have uncovered on your own, to teach you what you couldn’t have learned.
As you lose all sense of direction, captivated by Prague’s grandeur and beauty, refer to Prague Travel Tips: An American’s Guide to her Adopted City, by Krysti Brice. This guidebook will accompany you on your exploration through Prague, and expertly show you the way when you want to be shown.
Brice, a resident of Prague for over two decades, expels her knowledge of Prague into Prague Travel Tips, detailing its history, important landmarks, exciting activities, fine restaurants, and much more. If you enjoy her guidebook, then you may even consider booking a private, custom tour with Brice, like I did for my food tour, which was the best day of my Prague trip.
By day and night, tourists crawl through Prague’s narrow streets, completely crowding the city. However, before the sun comes up, you’ll find Prague eerily empty; there’s something special about being the only person out and about, hearing only the noises of birds’ wings flapping overhead and the Vltava River rushing by.
Rise early, before the sun, and allow the Prague sunrise to greet you from over the Old Town Square. Ride the metro over to Mala Strana and sit on the bank of the Vltava, next to the glorious Charles Bridge, and gaze up in awe as the sun kisses the sky good morning, radiating hues of golden orange. What an amazing start to your day; Prague at sunrise is the best possible way to experience this beautiful city.
If seeing more of the Czech Republic interests you, Český Krumlov, a small city in the Czech Republic which many regard as one of the most magical, romantic settings in all of Europe, may be worth a visit.
It’s possible to visit this city on a day trip from Prague, but you may want to allow more time here; maybe spend a night or two. Before you venture off, however, make sure you’ve had plenty of time in Prague to get lost, indulge in the hearty cuisine, and gawk at its memorable architecture.
As I said before, Prague is best experienced slowly. A whirlwind tour through Prague, specifically to see the major sights (the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral), is not the way to do it, if you can avoid it. See those sights, yes, but take your time; sit at a café; people watch; stroll the streets and bridges; marvel at the artful architecture; experience Prague’s magic.
And don’t forget to take along Prague Travel Tips: An American’s Guide to her Adopted City when you go!
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