Last week my friend and I had a dilemma. Where were we going to go for her birthday weekend? We played around with the idea of going to London or Spain, but as we both had been there before and I wanted to go somewhere new, we decided on the charming city of Prague. Being only a four-hour train ride from Berlin, it is an easy-to-reach destination for a weekend trip!
Being one of the oldest cities in Europe, the “city of a hundred spires” has something for everyone. Whether it is an adventure you are looking for, a romantic get away, a history excursion, or a party weekend, this is the place to be.
As we were only there for two days, we wanted to visit some of the essentials as well something unique. So for the first full day in Prague, we decided to knock off a few of the main sights. And the best way to do this? Join a walking tour. If you want to see everything and learn a lot in a short period of time, the walking tour is the way to do it. We went with Sandmans– they offer a free walking tour, the guides are knowledgeable and entertaining, and they are honestly one of the best in Europe.
The Essential Must-Sees
For over 600 years the astronomical clock has stood in the Old Town. Over the years it has been broken, damaged by war, and restored. It has been a must see for all visitors. From the clock, you can see the time (central European, Babylonian and Sidereal time), what day it is, month, year, and what current zodiac sign reigns. Every hour the statues: Death, Vanity, Sculptor, and Miserliness move and provide a little show, before the clock rings in the new hour.
Charles Bridge is named after King Charles IV and is one of the most famous and iconic bridges in Europe. The arched, Gothic style bridge connects the Old Town to Lesser Town. Lined along the sides with 30 Baroque statues of religious figures, this is an extremely busy albeit beautiful infrastructure. Best time to go? Very early morning or very late night. Otherwise you will be elbow to elbow with hundreds of other people.
You literally can’t miss the castle. Even if you don’t actually visit it, you will see it overlooking the city. The castle and its grounds cover 11 football fields. (Or so we were told!) We spent a couple of hours here, walking through the gardens, wandering over the cobblestone streets, and then ending it off at the vineyard.
Besides the essentials, there is so much more to see and do in Prague. But those will be saved for another day…