The Golden City – Prague.

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Prague, Czech Republic. What a beautiful city! It was an extreme adventure to get there from Germany due to a few mishaps, although. Long story short, we got on the wrong train, ended up in small town at 10 pm where no one spoke English. I had to use the little German I knew, because most Czech people understand a little German, at least, to communicate with people and try to find a hotel to stay in for the night. We eventually got to one hotel, which had no one in reception and the doors were locked, so we had to find another one. We finally did a few hours later and were so so happy! So – lesson learned…make sure you get on the correct train, and definitely ASK if you are not sure!

Where to stay in Prague? If you’re traveling with few people, find a nice hostel. If you’re traveling with more than a few, I’d suggest looking into hotels, airBnB’s or home-stays to get the most for your money. You’ll want to stay near the main square, Old Town Square.

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Old Town Square

If you don’t stay near the main square, that’s fine, there is a lovely subway to take you everywhere.

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Muzeum Stop, Prague Subway

What I did there:

  • Sandeman’s Free Walking Tour – The guides work based off your tips, so they do a great job. Our guide happened to be from right near my hometown in Wisconsin…what a small world! Book ahead online for the tour, they fill up fast here. The tour included Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, the famous Clock Tower, churches, synagogues, and more. Check out their website for specifics.
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Clock Tower
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Old Town Square
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Charles Bridge
  • Prague Castle. You do have to pay to get in, but it’s not that expensive. It is absolutely massive, with multiple buildings that make up the “castle”. Check out the parks surrounding it as well!
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Park surrounding the castle
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St. Vitus Cathedral
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St. Vitus Cathedral
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St. Vitus Cathedral
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St. Vitus Cathedral
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St. Vitus Cathedral
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Tiny houses/shops within Castle grounds
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View from Castle
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View from Castle
  • The Jewish Quarter. It is the most expensive neighborhood to live in, in Prague. It’s also very gorgeous, but comes with a sad history. There were many synagogues we visited here, saw artwork from children who had been in concentration camps in WW2, and a cemetery where 110,000 were buried.
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Names of Jewish people who passed in WW2
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Cemetery in Jewish Quarter
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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Quarter
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Rolls Royce getting towed!

Tips to know:

  • Their currency is the crown (kc). 200 crowns is about 7 usd. You should be able to get a good meal and a beer for 200 kc, if not, you are over-paying. Overall, Prague is pretty cheap compared to other European countries.
  • St. Norbert’s is a great area to find good food and craft beer. There is also a mini version of the Eiffel Tower built in a park in Prague, that you can see in the distance in the picture below:
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View from St. Norbert’s neighborhood
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View from St. Norbert’s neighborhood
  • Try the Trdelnik – a pastry doughnut topped with sugar and walnut mix. They are delicious.

Prague is full of gorgeous parks, most of which have fantastic views. I can’t recount all the names of the parks, but any map will serve justice. The architecture there is also extremely colorful, especially with gold, which gave the nickname to Prague, the Golden City. Also nicknamed the city of stars/points because of all the church steeples.

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Park overlooking most of Prague
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Prague architecture

The only thing I did not do here that I would suggest to you, is taking a river boat tour!

Thanks so much for reading, and I hope you make it to Prague!

You can always check out my website to find out which destinations I’ll be writing about next.

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  1. I loved reading this! I lived in Prague for 6 months back in college and will be returning this November to show my parents, boyfriend and sister around. This got me so excited to head back there! Especially the Trdelnik!!

    1. Thanks for reading! Hope you and your family enjoy the trip!

  2. Well written and beautiful pics Jessica!!. Looking forward for more.!!

    1. Thank you very much!

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