Still cheap, although becoming increasingly touristed, this central European stunner will blow your mind but not your bank account. This is a city with a history-laden Old Town, smoky student cafés, and plenty of places to sink a famous Czech beer. You will not regret adding this Bohemian destination to your itinerary. Be sure to learn about the city’s past so that you can appreciate for what Prague has endured. My time in Prague was epic and I hope yours is too!
Looking over the Charles Bridge at sunset
Where To Go
- Wandering around the Old Town is a must, with beautiful buildings lining the cobbled streets such as the Astronomical Clock and Tyn Church. Be sure to look up above the shop fronts and admire the eclectic architecture.
- There are lots of free walking tours in Prague, and they are really good quality. These will give you an opportunity to orientate yourself and learn the basics of the unique history of Prague.
- A visit to the Communism Museum is actually really interesting and will show you the impact of Communism on the Czech people, and provide information on the struggles faced in the Velvet Revolution.
- The Jewish District in Prague is steeped in history and is definitely worth exploring.
- Prague Castle is set in a beautiful location and provides spectacular views over the city, wandering around here for an afternoon is a great way to relax and soak up the atmosphere.
- There are many ballets and operas going on in Prague, keep your eye out and ask at the Estates Theatre ticket booth to see what is happening. We got to see a really cool ballet for around $7AUD and the theatre is beautiful!
Where To Stay
There are some really great hostels in Prague so look for ones with good reviews and you’ll have a fantastic time in the city. I stayed at Art Hole Hostel and it was really good. The hostel had meals and beer for sale, free tea and coffee, and a lovely atmosphere. I met some cool people at Art Hole and there was always a group keen to hang out.
Looking down over the red roofs from Prague Castle
What To Eat
- Traditional food can be found everywhere. The further out from the city centre, the better the prices. Try some Czech dumplings (knedliky), goulash (gulás) and onion or garlic soup.
- Beas Vegetarian Dhaba is an Indian restaurant tucked in a side street of the Old Town, and although it’s not traditional Czech food, they measure food by weight and there is a happy hour where everything is half price. So for a backpacker/student this is irresistible!
- There are a whole bunch of student cafés that are incredible. My favourite is Café Kampus, which is also known as Bar Krásny ztrá. As you sit and sip your coffee, you are surrounded by the friendly chatter of smoking students. The walls are covered in juxtaposed images of the Velvet Revolution paired with modern upcoming event posters.
Being in the country that drinks the most beer per capita definitely has its perks, like the high amount of pubs, bars and clubs around. There are plenty peppered throughout the city and most of them have a fun atmosphere. To sample a huge selection of cheap Czech beers, head to the Prague Beer Museum which has over 30 beers on tap. Chapeau Rouge is also a nice, cheap bar with no cover charge. Just check out your local area and go to the nearest beer garden, it will probably be cheap and have loads of friendly people.
Prague houses the largest club in Central Europe with five floors with different themes, and it’s definitely worth a look. My recommendation is to find a bunch of people, and hopefully some locals will be able to show you a classic Czech night out. Nightlife in Prague is not hard to find.
We also tried the Tower Pub Crawl which wasn’t too bad, but if you can find a bunch of people to head out with, it is better doing it by yourself. Pub Crawls like this never head to authentic locations, and you don’t get the best feel for the local nightlife.