Discover the Old World Style of Prague
Situated in central Bohemia, its no wonder the largest city of the Czech Republic has a super Bohemian feel to it. You too will feel far away from it all as you walk the ancient streets of this beautiful city. Think Indiana Jones meets Alias – the architecture and cool vibe of this place will win you over the second you arrive. Also known as Praha, this city is mysterious yet quite inviting with friendly locals to welcome you. Oh, and wait until you recognize the black iron gates of the Charles Bridge from the Tom Cruise flick Mission Impossible!
Prague lies on the Vltava River in the heart of Central Europe. The city is accessible via train from Vienna (4 hours), Salzburg (7 hours), and Zurich (9 hours). An extremely walk-able city, everywhere you turn, you’ll see history! Ready for some trivia? Apparently, Prague Castle is the largest continuous castle complex in the world! A city that’s like a blast from the past – from the unbelievable views at Prague Castle, to the old world feel of the Josefov Jewish Section, its no wonder Prague is one of the most visited cities in Europe!
The opportunities for travelers in Prague are endless… from bustling artists on the Charles Bridge, to relaxing in pubs with the local “pivo” (beer), this Central Prague will undoubtedly to “wow” anyone! Whether you’re in the mood to take a hike to Prague Castle, relax on a cruise down the Vltava River, buy unique jewelry and artwork on the Charles Bridge, or watch the 12 Apostles appear from an astronomical clock – there’s something for everyone here.
Czechs are known for their beer and drinking it up with friends – so join them for a Pilsner Urchel or Staropramen. And don’t worry about filling up the palette – there’s no chance to go hungry in this city. Most dishes are heavy on meat and incredibly filling and the city offers a wide range of eating options.
Check out journeyPod’s picks for some of the top dining destinations:
Svata Klara - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were spotted here only days before journeyPod arrived – figures! Svata Klara is located in a natural cave.
U Seve Matouse – A classic Czech-style steakhouse, with made-to-order tenderloins in traditional sauces such as green peppercorns or mushrooms, U Seve Matouse is just a short walk east of the Prague Castle and located in a former shoemaker’s workshop (where it was once possible to get your boots repaired while lunching). Definitely worth a visit with its delicious food and reasonable prices, considering its “prime” location.
Vikarka - The largest restaurant located within the Prague Castle, Vikarka offers Bohemian cuisine and draws inspiration of modern international flavors. Don’t get too alarmed if your drink takes a while to come out – this place was built in area that used to house alchemistic workshops! No worries now, but the restaurant has done a nice job of keeping its mysterious atmosphere that dates back to the Emperor Rudolph II period.
Prague offers an abundance of local libations. Here’s some of what journeyPod suggests:
Becherovka- A herb-based “health” drink concocted by a doctor. Considered an apertivo (a before dinner drink), It has a bitter taste similar to that of Campari – but is sure as heck refreshing on a hot day in Prague! Be like a local and mix it with club soda.
Another drink is a Slivovice. Sounds like something out of the Harry Potter series, right?! Well, this super strong plum brandy should be treated with r.e.s.p.e.c.t. — think Italian Grappa!
The third suggestion is the Absinthe – and only because you cant get the real stuff in the States!
When you’re ready to relax with a cold “pivo” or a refreshing Beckerovka, head over to where the city locals go:
U Zlateho Tygra - A traditional Czech pub, guests here sit at wooden tables. Just make sure to get here early – the place fills up fast!
U Pavouka – Translated to “The Spider”, this great restaurant/bar is located in the heart of Old Town on Celentna Street and offers great live music nightly.
With a number of accommodations to chose from in Prague, here’s just a taste of our suggestions:
Hotel Josef - Located in the city of Prague and a five minute walk from the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Powder Tower, State Opera, concert halls, Hotel Josef is only minutes away (by taxi) to the Prague Castle, National Theatre, National Museum, the Exhibition area or the Congress.
The only hotel in the city that offers a recreational courtyard in the middle of the two hotel buildings. The hotel is also surrounded by the area’s stock exchange, ministries, bank headquarters and office centers. Staromestská Nam. (Old Town Square), Mustek or Nám. Republiky underground stations are 500 m away. Listen in for more info on Hotel Josef!
Hotel Maximilian - Just a few steps (though, who’s counting?) from Old Town Square, the Maximilian is situated on Haštalská (possibly the oldest street in Prague), facing St Agnes Monastery (definitely the oldest). And, in just five minutes: you can find yourself just about anywhere in the city!The Chinese believe that “the way back is the longest way”, fortunately for us, Hotel Maximilian is the shortest path. Providing comfort, style and location with ease, the hotel makes it easy to settle in and be spoiled by the staff and the surrounding magic of Prague.
This 4-star property is designed for luxury, and is the first in Prague to have a traditional Asian Wellness studio provided by Zen City Spa.
Zen allows guests to enjoy The Floating Centre, the first and the only one of this kind, which offers the concept of harmonizing your mind and soul. In a 7-metre shell-shaped bath, guest float on water enriched with natural crystals (Dead-Sea-Effect) and experience a unique feeling of weightlessness, absolute silence, deep relaxation and peace. The water is renewed after each usage and the strictest hygiene, used for many years in hospitals is ensured, so you can achieve your absolute glow… after a long flight, before a tough business meeting or to simply just feel good!
Stay tuned for a Prague Destination Guide…
Shout-out to Jim for his excellent recommendations!