Prague hat been on my travel bucket list for ages since a) it’s super close to Vienna (just a 4hour train ride!) and b) everyone seemed to fall in love with this charming city. Now that we finally managed to visit Prague and discover its magic ourselves we can totally see why people love the Czech capital. It’s romantic, mysterious and warmhearted – art is in the air and beautiful architecture meets your eye. A poetic city – out of a czech fairytale. Also a city that seems to be obsessed with museums (even gingerbread and Apple got one) and cobblestones. Here are our favorite coffee & dinner spots and must-see places when visiting Prague:
Where to sleep:
We’ve stayed at the BOHO HOTEL PRAGUE, a beautiful boutique hotel with amazing modern interior, close to Prague’s key attractions. Our hotel room looked like a cozy, mid-century modern livingroom and instantly made me feel at home. Plus I’ve slept like a baby in the soft-as-a-cloud bed. Let’s not forget about the welcome drink with a view, that we got to enjoy at the lovely hotel bar and the breakfast is just on another level (waffles, french toast, poached eggs, fresh fruit)! I can absolutely recommend checking in at the Boho – you won’t regret it!
Boho Hotel Prague, Senovážná 1254/4, 110 00 Nové Město
EAT & DRINK
Our favorite coffee spots & restaurants:
You clearly haven’t made it to Prague if you didn’t go to CAFE SAVOY! This charming café serves yummy eggs benedict, hot chocolate and the absolute most delicious sweets I’ve had in a while (as Viennese cake lover that really is a compliment!). The cheesecake and the venecek ( a traditional pastry filled with Vanilla creme) were finger-licking good! Tipp: Make sure to reserve a table via Internet to save your spot. It’s incredibly popular.
Cafe Savoy, Vítězná 124/5, Malá Strana, 150 00 Praha-Smíchov
For Dinner we headed to KANTYNA – a cool looking butchers shop with a nice restaurant attached. Heaven for all meat loving people out there, let me tell ya. The concept is simply fantastic: you get a menu/score paper upon arrival, which you use for your orders. The butcher’s will tick off what you had and you pay at the checkout. The price is reasonable – the only minus would be that there are no english menues. You just have to trust the cook’s recommendations, but it’s worth it!
Kantyna, Politických vězňů 5, 110 00 Prague-Nové Město
Our absolute favorite Dinner spot was ESKA, a restaurant and bakery located at the Forum Karlin, serving modern Czech cuisine. The ambience is cool, minimalistic and welcoming – the concept is very original. Traditional local food transformed into modern cuisine, using some practices how our great-grandmothers used to cook. Potatoes cooked in ash with smoked fish, dried egg yolk and kefir are just a few examples…
Eska, Pernerova 49, Karlín, 186 00 Praha
You also need to try PRAGUE PROSCIUTTO, a traditional type of ham which is mildly beechwood-smoked and very tender. And of course there’s no Prague visit without indulging in TRDELNIK – a traditional sweet pastry. It is basically made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and cinnamon. Heaven!
Sights and Must-Sees
The best way to start any city trip is to get an overview of the city! I recommend to hike to the PRAGUE CASTLE, an UNESCO World Heritage Site with a beautiful city view. There is also the ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL (the largest temple in Prague) and the GOLDEN LANE.
We also took a RIVER TOUR on the Vltava River to discover Prague via boat. That’s also something we always do, though the 1h tour isn’t that spectacular. I’d recommend the 2h tour, which seems to be more detailed.
Another Must-visit is the CHARLES BRIDGE, one of the most recognizable old bridges in Europe. It is famous for its many ancient statues which will greet you like frozen ghosts. You’ll get a spectacular view over the Vltava River and the Prague Castle. But be aware that there are MASSES of Tourists! Still worth it though. We also bought a lovely artwork by a Czech artisan on that bridge – what a nice souvenir.
Make sure to stroll through the OLD TOWN and take a look at the impressive ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK at the old town hall. You’ll also find the TYN CHURCH (wonderful gothic building) and the CLEMENTINUM there.
Another recommendation would the KAFKA MUSEUM be, which is located right at the end of Charles Bridge. We spent hours there and absolutely loved learning more about Franz Kafka and his inspirations.
More must-sees: the NATIONALMUSEUM and the WENCESLAS SQUARE (located at the new town. You’ll also find a Sephora there, which is always a must-visit). We also visited a local art market across the NATIONAL THEATRE and climbed 186 stone steps to the top of the POWDER TOWER. A less crowded alternative for nice city views!
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