Prague is renowned as the city of a hundred spires; however there is a lot more to the city than its historical architecture. Recently one of our intrepid team members visited Prague, for a long weekend and discovered some hidden gems of this beautiful city.
The Best View of Charles Bridge & Prague
Charles Bridge is undoubtedly Prague’s number one tourist attraction. Crossing the Vltava River, the 15th Century Bridge boasts small artisanal market stalls selling paintings, jewellery and trinkets along its stretch. The charming bridge is bookended by two towers; The Old Town Bridge Tower and the Lesser Town Bridge Tower which are perfect platforms for snapping cityscape photos. Although the Old Town Bridge Tower proves to be the most popular, the Lesser Town Bridge Tower is quieter and allows you to capture the bustling bridge in front of you, the Old Town as well as the Žižkov TV tower in the distance. The climb to the top takes you through several old storage rooms and the stairs aren’t for the faint hearted but the pay off when you’re at the top is well worth it.
Prague Castle, Sweet treats & Cafes
As you cross over Charles Bridge and walk under the Lesser Town Bridge Tower the roads begin to incline to take you to Prague Castle. The streets are lined with little cafes, shops and bakeries.
As you walk along Nerudova, cafes spill out on the street. One particular eatery is the Bread Gap, offering fresh sandwiches, coffee, local beer and cakes. The cafe also has a secluded courtyard at the back where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the street.
The sweet scent of Czech Trdelník (traditional spit cakes dusted with sugar, cinnamon and nuts) fills the air. These delicious treats can be eaten on their own or for those with a real sweet tooth you can choose to fill them with delicious ice cream.
Once you make it to the top of the hill the views back over Prague are again breath-taking. Entrance to the castle grounds are free of charge, however if you want to discover more an all access pass can be purchased at the entrance. Prague Castle harks back to the 9th Century and features St. Vitus Cathedral, the former royal palace, galleries and charming gardens.
Discovering the Old Town
In Prague Old Town you’re spoilt for choice on where to eat, drink and explore. Free tour guides in different languages are dotted around the main square which offer walks tours of some of the town’s most famous spots. One rather interesting discovery is the unique Apple Museum. The surprising exhibition is the largest private collection of Apple products in the world as well as some personal artefacts of Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The collection is a fascinating retrospective of Apple’s technological, company and design development spanning over 40 years.
Once you’ve quenched your thirst for knowledge a great little stop off for lunch is at U Supa Brewery. Founded around the time Charles Bridge was built it is the oldest brewery with a restaurant in Prague. Whilst you rest your feet you can sample their three delicious beers; Light, Semi Dark and Dark, each with their own unique taste. If your stomach is rumbling for some substance their Czech beer snack menu is something not be missed out on. The delicious wurst
Žižkov TV Tower’s Fine Dining Experience
The Žižkov TV Tower stirs polarising opinions, you either like it or you don’t. Construction on the tower began in 1985 and was completed in 1992. The primary function of the tower is transmitting TV signals, however in recent years part of the tower has been converted into an observatory deck, restaurant and one room hotel.
The Oblaca cafe and restaurant serves food throughout the day. You can start the day right with a fulfilling breakfast and panoramic views of the city in the cafe. However an absolute must for your visit is to dine at the Oblaca restaurant during the evening. Sat in the east facing pod and 66m above the ground you look out over Prague’s most iconic skyline and dine on modern international foods, savour fine Czech wines and delicious cocktails master blended by their bar staff. Once your dining experience has finished you’re then invited to continue your journey to the observatory deck, 93m up, where you can see Prague light up beneath your feet.
Discover your own perspective of Prague?
With regular flights from Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool the inspiring city of Prague is only a two hour flight away. The city is ideal for couples or small groups wanting to spend a long weekend away. City Breaks are something that we pride ourselves in, we can locate your perfect hotel, organise private airport transfers, seamless airport packages and much more. Here at TravelWise we’re here to help you make those travel dreams become a reality. Why not come into store and we can help you plan your next perfect city break.