A layover in Prague is an exciting adventure for me. I love its history-oozing architecture, rebellious street art, delicious bohemian cuisine, and tasty craft beers. I can never grow out of Prague’s fascinating charm, no matter how many times I visit the city. For me, every inch of the city is alluring. So, I am elated to share my favorite Prague experiences.
Mesmerizing Prague: Castles, River Cruises, Vibrant Neighborhoods
If it is your first layover in Prague, I guarantee you will be left speechless. I remember how tongue-tied I got because the city is, hands down, mesmerizing. Also, it is not just the ancient buildings and the renaissance architecture that will take your breath away; it is how you go about sightseeing. To sum up, Prague is simply enchanting.
This ancient castle is the first place you should visit if you are in Prague. This is where your landing in Prague feeling sinks in. This massive 570-meter long fortification has a Guinness world record for being the world’s largest ancient castle.
If you have a short layover in Prague, you can spend it all here itself. The castle hosts so many of Prague’s top attractions that you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else.
While you are getting awe-inspired by the castle, check out the Golden Lane. It is a charming street that hosted Goldsmith shops in its time and has a mysterious Alchemist legend surrounding it.
I loved The Old Royal Palace, where I saw the Change of Guards ceremony in the day and the light and sound show at night.
Charles Bridge Stroll & River Cruise:
Whenever I am in Prague, the explorer in me comes to the fore. I can’t resist the temptation of strolling through its narrow streets and soaking in its smell.
One of my favorite places to take a long stroll is the Charles bridge. I love admiring the sandstone architecture and statues here. I can simply get lost in my thoughts.
During November & December, just before Christmas, the city has a lantern lighting ceremony. It is a beautiful sight. There are 46 gas lanterns along the bridge, and each is gas-lit—a really fantastic sight.
Post the lantern ceremony, the crew and I like to take the Vltava River cruise. The illuminated sites glow majestically in pitch dark silhouette. Some of my favorite sites from the cruise are Petřín Tower, Dancing House, and Prague Castle.
Old Town Square:
Finally, if you want to capture a memory of visiting Prague, don’t forget to visit the Old Town Square – ‘Staromestske Namesti.’
This insanely beautiful square (some say in the entire world) offers innumerable historical sites to see and things to do. This is where every celebration in the town takes place, so you can imagine the vibrant energy this square is filled with.
My favorite site for the iconic ‘going-to-Prague’ selfie is the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square.
During December, the square hosts the famous Prague Christmas Markets and fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Taste the mouth-watering traditional Czech ham or sweet dough from a street stall or enjoy a street performance. The square guarantees entertainment all year round.
Quirky Prague: Street Art, Unique Museums, Comedy Shows
The best thing about a layover in Prague is that it makes you feel alive. There are so many exciting places to visit and activities to undertake that you will never have a dull moment in the city.
Graffiti & Street Art:
Prague promises that your art hopping won’t be boring. The most enticing Graffiti wall in Prague is the John Lennon Wall. It is the perfect selfie spot, a symbol of rebellion and downright beautiful. The wall has been painted over and repainted by 30 artists who have kept the flame of free spirit alive.
Apart from the Lennon Wall, the Marching Yellow Penguins installation along the Vltava shoreline at Kampa Park is another one of my favorites. I find it adorable and enlightening at the same time, considering it represents voices against climate change.
Several other Franz Kafka street sculptures by the artist David Cerny sprawled throughout the city also offer fantastic selfie opportunities.
Again, Prague ensures that nothing about it is boring. It has over 280 museums, each one immeasurably interesting.
The top quirky museum is the Apple Museum. It houses all the Apple computers from 1976 to 2012. Being a techno junkie, I love visiting this place every time I am in Prague. To make the experience all the more authentic, the museum offers Vegan food aligned with Steve Jobs’ food preferences.
I am always a child at heart, and toys will always be my favorite, no matter how old I get. So the Toy Museum here is my go-to museum. I love the old Czech toys like the Märklin model trains, model planes, and even the Barbie Dolls.
Jára Cimrman Theater:
If you love theatre and traditional Czech dry humor, you must catch a Cimrman Play. Jára Cimrman, a fictional character, is said to be the greatest Czech of all time.
These plays offer laughable alternate narratives of famous historical events, where Jára Cimrman achieves all significant breakthroughs. Still, due to some unfortunate incident, he is unable to get credit for his genius.
The shows are uniquely hilarious. These always make our crew have a hearty laugh before our layover in Prague comes to an end.
Delicious Prague: Craft Beer, Bohemian Flavors, Vegan Delights
Finally, if you are in Prague, could you not taste its authentic flavors and homebrews? I am sure that can never be true. Some of my favorite things to do in the culinary aspect of Prague are:
If you are a beer lover like me, Prague is your heaven. Like everything else in Prague, Prague’s brewing culture is historical too. There are some breweries so old that they have been brewing since the year 993!
You can create your own tour or take a guided one, but you are ensured to taste some of the finest Bohemian beers while you are in Prague.
My favorite microbrewery here is U Fleků with its 8 beer halls, beer garden, beer museum, and of course, innumerable tap beers.
Traditional Bohemian Food:
In Prague you can combine your beer tastings with some most authentic Bohemian flavors.
If I have to pick just one dish, it will be the beef steak tartare. I can’t forget the burst of juices when I had my first bite of it. Nase Maso is the restaurant I can’t thank enough because the steak was heavenly.
I keep going back there or each layover in Prague. I even love their Pilsner with my steak as it increases the flavors multifold.
Over my several visits to Prague, I have grown to love their vegan cuisine very much. I love meat, but if well-made, vegan food has its own unmatched flavors.
When in Prague, the crew always makes it a point to have at least one delicious vegan meal at Loving Hut.
I have tasted their whole menu in all my layovers combined, and it is perfect for every meal. I love the Thai Curry and Risotto if I want something to last the entire day.
For a quick bite, I go for their Bun Bo Hue comprising rice noodles in vegetable broth with soy slices.
Also, their Homemade Lemonade and Fruit Cider are out of this world!
Na Shledanou Prague – You are treasured in my heart
I can never be bored in Prague. I’ve heard that the traditional marionette theatres in the city host awe-inspiring puppet shows. I am definitely catching one on my next layover in Prague.
Even the MindMaze escape room is another fun activity that our riddle-loving crew wants to explore. On our next visit to Prague, we will be solving some mind-bending clues. I am already dreaming about it; I hope we stop by Prague very soon!