Top Tips for Visiting Prague!
Prague is undoubtedly one of Europe's most exciting cities. Not only is it beautiful, but it's steeped in history and has an amazing nightlife! Our Prague Marathon itinerary gives you plenty of time to explore this magical little city, so we've compiled some of our top tips about it here so you can make the most of your time there!
Prague is tiny, so it's easy to walk around the centre as well as to wander out to the neighbouring districts. If your legs are feeling sore after the marathon on Sunday, Prague also has an amazingly cheap metro which can get you across the city in minutes!
There are countless landmarks in the so-called City of a Hundred Spires; you could spend hours wandering around the Old Town Square taking in the amazing baroque and Gothic architecture! The Old Town Square is home to the Old Town Hall and it's marvellous Astronomical Clock that strikes each hour with a show of statues of the Apostles and other religious figures. Cross the river via the infamous Charles Bridge and take in the amazing views from either side. The bridge will take you to Prague Castle, and the fortress Vyšehrad, which contains the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, renowned for having one of the best views of Prague. On your return to the other side of the river, head to the nearby Lennon Wall to get the perfect Instagram picture! Whilst the initial image of John Lennon is long gone under layers of paint, the wall is still covered with Beatles lyrics, as well as symbols of love and peace.
After taking in the Old, head over to the New Town and Wenceslas Square. You can look around the National Museum, or just get a picture of the Square from it's steps. There are also plenty of shops around to pick up souvenirs, and lots of restaurants to head to for a post-marathon feast! The New Town is also home to the quirky Dancing House, which is definitely worth a visit!
There's a huge variety of great places to eat in Prague, with both cheap eats and treat-yourself restaurants readily available. Prague has a large Vietnamese community following immigration during the communist era. This has resulted in a number of excellent Vietnamese restaurants opening in the city, including Pho Vietnam in Vinohrady. There are no tables so get your Pho to go and sit in the sun and people watch! If you want to treat yourself after you've completed the marathon head to Aromi for high-quality Italian food. If you're looking to try local food, head to Eska for modern Czech cuisine.
Prague is renowned in Europe for it's nightlife, so you'll be in the perfect place to celebrate your marathon success! Roxy in Dlouhá is open till the early hours on Sunday morning, so if your legs can take it you can dance all night long! Almost every tourist who heads to Prague is already acquainted with the infamous five storey club, Karlovy Lázně. It's reputation has meant that drinks are expensive, but with five floors and countless rooms of different music, there's something in there for everyone.
If you don't fancy walking too far, there's a street full of bars opposite the hostel that you can wander down. There is a long history of brewing beer in the Czech Republic, and most Czech beers are on sale for a crazy low price. U Fleků is a nearby microbrewery and beer hall selling local beers at a good price, and if the sun is shining they've got a beer garden too!