Berlin is definitely one of the coolest capitals in Europe. Reasonable prices, laidback people and a very large range of activities. But fortunately there are also plenty of other cities in Europe which share some of these great features. A city in Europe which everybody should visit at least once in his life is Prague.
Close to Berlin
Prague is located in the middle of the Czech Republic and can be reached from Berlin in about 3,5 hours by car. If you take the train or plane you will be there even quicker.
Prague compared to Berlin
As they are two fascinating cities, it is interesting to compare Berlin and Prague with each other. The cities have a lot in common but also are quite different on some fields. Prague is a bit poorer but therefore also a bit cheaper. The temperature is a bit higher in Berlin but more people live together on a smaller amount of kilometres as well.
Below we have compared Berlin and Prague in a table:
|Habitants||1,3 Million||3,6 Million|
|Average Age||41,6 Years||44 Years|
|People per km||2500||3900|
Prague has a very rich history as you could read in the comparison with Berlin above. The direct consequence of this is that the city has many interesting landmarks and attractions to enjoy. Below we made a small list of great attractions you can visit in the capital of Czech, but keep in mind that there is a lot more to see besides that:
Vyšehrad: Basilica of St Peter and St Paul
One of the parts of Prague that I loved the most was the area around Vyšehrad. The word Vyšehrad means castle in Czech and this castle is located Southeast of the center. Because it is a bit out of town there are less tourists around Vyšehrad and even during the summer there is so much space here that it will not get too crowded. This made it much more comfortable to enjoy the different sights. Vyšehrad is located directly at the Vltava river and on the property of Vyšehrad you can find the very stunning Basilica of St Peter.
Vyšehrad-Citypark to chill
Around Vyšehrad you can find a large citypark where you can enjoy the sun or have a nice picknick with some friends. In total you can find 41 different attractions at Vyšehrad in Prague. On the image below you can find a map of the park and attractions in this part of the city.
Old Town Square
When you did your cultural trip around the different highlights of Prague Castle, you might want to take it easy at the Old Town Square. This square is located between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge and offers a lot of cute and cosy restaurants. In my opinion it is best to leave all the culture behind and enjoy the great atmosphere. The main attraction on Old Town Square is the Astronomical Clock, but I would not wait longer than 10 minutes to see a change of hour (It is kind of dissapointing if you ask me).
A smaller but cute attraction I want to recommend is the Dancing House. Especially people who enjoy architecture will enjoy this sight but because it is located directly at the Vltava River, the Dancing House is easy to combine with a visit to other attractions in Prague.
The Prague Castle
When you visit Prague you will not miss out on the Prague Castle. This castle stretches back to the 9th century and has been included in the Guiness Book of Records as the largest Ancient Castle in the world. The castle can be found in Hradčany neighbourhood and occupies an area of 70.000 m². On the property of the Prague Castle you can find the St. Vitus Cathedral, the St. George’s Basilica and the New Royal Palace.
Long Visit Ticket for attractions in Prague
Obviously, it is quite busy in and around attractions like the Prague Castle. Especially in the weekends you will have to stand in line to enter some of the main touristic attractions in Prague. If you are planning to visit more than one attraction it might be smart to buy a so called Long Visit Ticket.
Another main attraction in Prague is the Charles Bridge. This bridge over the Vltava River was constructed in 1357 and is more than 600 meters long. It can be quite crowded on the bridge but it is a must-see if you visit Prague. The view is great and you can shoot some great pictures. At the northern side of the Charles Bridge you can find some nice terraces under the bridge: Prices are a bit higher but it is a nice spot to sit. Because it is so busy at the Charles Bridge, I used a photo which I found on the internet, as you can see it was taken in the winter.
Tips for a great trip in Prague
Besides the several tips on the field of sights and attractions there are a few advices which could be helpful if you are planning to visit Prague or Czech.
- Czech is not a member of the Eurozone, which means that you will have to pay with Koruna’s. Make sure that your bank-cards are working in Prague
- Most ATM’s will charge extra and not all echange-offices are trustworthy, therefore it is smart to ask in your hotel/hostel where you can get money without being scammed.
- As mentioned above: Do not wait too long at the Astronomical Clock, if you pass it at the right time have a look, but do not expect a great spectacle.
- When you looking for a nice restaurant or some cheaper pubs, it is advisable to leave the mainstream touristic area’s. You can find real Czech food, nice personell and lower prices there.
- Use the public Transport. The tram, metro and train will bring you anywhere you want for just a few euro’s. But always get a ticket
- Do not visit the Waxmuseum in the center of Prague. It is very small and the likenesses of the figures are quite poor. In my opinion it is better to spend your money somewhere else.
A weekendtrip in Prague summarised
Prague is a great city to visit for a weekendtrip. You will find a lot of great attractions, nice restaurants and streets with a very nice vibe and atmosphere. It can get very crowded in the mainstream months, therefore it can be smart to visit the sights outside of the city or visit Prague off-season. All in all Prague is definitely in my top 5 of cities in Europe.
Below you can find some photos of our citytrip in Prague, just to get you even more excited.