WIT Global Correspondent Wailana zipped over to Prague for a weekend.
There are few cities as enchanting as storybook Prague, capital of Czech. This city has boomed in the past two decades in terms of tourists, which means there’s a lot to see and do and in even a month you won’t see it all!
But what if you just have barely a day to explore the “City of a Hundred Spires” ? Here is my quick guide for 24 Hours in Prague:
Breakfast: Tricafe (Anenská 3). The old little cafe is tucked away on a quiet street in the heart of Old Town. It’s a cozy, sweetly decorated coffee shop just a few minutes’ walk from Charles Bridge. Grab a chocolate cheesecake and cafe latte for breakfast—because—why not. If you’re more a meat-and-eggs for breakfast kind of person, there are a lot of traditional Czech places nearby you can pop your head into.
Morning: Wander Old Town (Stare Mesto). On the right bank of the Vitava river, the Old Town of Prague is where you’ll find souvenir shops galore, quirky design stores and Czech crystal. If you have time, pop into one of the interesting museums here—Torture Museum, Beer Museum, Jewish Museum… there’s even an Apple Museum on Husova street that houses a collection of computers and Apple products from 1976 to 2012. This is also where you’ll find the medieval astronomical clock, installed in 1410 and the oldest clock in operation in the world.
Lunch: Cross the beautiful Charles Bridge over to Malá Strana, Prague’s “Little Side” of the River. On the bridge you’ll find many musicians (didgeridoo anyone?) and street vendors selling their wares. It’s mostly handcrafted jewelry, paintings and portraits, but look out for the guy selling framed antique clocks. Make your way south following the river to the Art & Food Had Restaurant (Plaská 617/4) for an exquisite lunch. The dishes are absolute gastronomic delights, from the devastatingly delicious octopus to the broiled beef cheeks.
Afternoon: Go all out tourist in Malá Strana and climb up past shops of puppets and absinthe to the huge castle complex. It’s not in vain that Prague is famous for its architecture. Here is where you’ll find the gothic masterpiece of St. Vitus Cathedral, complete with gargoyles and soot-black exterior. Pay the extra koruna into the highest tower of the cathedral for an great perspective over the city.
Evening: There are some great museums open up until 10pm in Prague—I dropped by one of the atmospheric, Prague Ghosts and Legends Museum (Mostecká 18). It was like walking through a haunted house, with dolls, life-size skeletons, and clusters of alchemical devices.
After-Hours: There is no end of pubs in Prague, but if you want something really special, I recommend Hemingway Bar (Karoliny Světlé 279/26), a luxury cocktail bar themed after the author’s life. The cocktails here are like no other—original concoctions served in teapots, in jam jars, in The Hulk cups. And yes, they do serve traditional absinthe.