5 Reasons Why Prague is One of the Best Cities to Visit in Europe
Prague, the Czech Republic capital, is one of the most popular European destinations for young and old people. How many friends or colleagues told you that they have spent some days there? Surely everybody talks more and more about this magic city. Thanks to the low budget with whom you can go there, you do not have to think twice about arrange a trip in Prague.
Below, a list of 5 good reasons why Prague is one of the best city destinations in Europe.
1. It is a city on a human scale.
You will never know until you give it a shot! Prague, although it is one of the most important European capitals, is a city where it's not difficult to move from one place to another on foot. From the northern area such as that of the Jewish Quarter to the famous Wenceslas Square there is a distance equivalent to 15 minutes of walking (or maximum 2/3 stops by bus or tram). Prague is thus a city that offers everything and for everyone, but it will make you avoid the chaos of the metropolis.
Getting lost among its narrow streets will certainly fall in love with the city and walk aimlessly also appreciate the most hidden places ... and who knows maybe you will find the next restaurant to eat something in the evening!
Place to explore: Kampa, especially during Christmas time when you can walk among the markets and savoring the overpowering scent. On summer Kampa allow to immerse yourself in peaceful green spaces, enjoying the wonderful view of the Vltava. Here you meet different centuries of history, passing from the oldest buildings in the Old City to the John Lennon Wall, magnificent expression and symbol of regained freedom after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Place to eat: Atlány Kampa Restaurace
Slow roasted half duck served with red cabbage and potato dumplings; Fried pork tenderloin strips with light potato salad, red Moravian wine at Atlány Kampa Restaurace.
Place to dream: Shooters Island (Střelecký ostrov), ideal place for a walk or read a good book. The little island is the same time immersed in the heart of the city but away from its hustle and bustle and where to observe in the quiet, Prague life flowing.
2. Low budget city ... why?
Spending four days in Prague will really cost you little, around 150 €. With this budget you can pay visits in many attractions and museums (in my experience were 5), city transports, restaurant meals (lunch and dinner with a main course and dessert not more than 15 €), a trip elsewhere (point 5) and some extra expenses.
To keep in mind that there are often discounts on tickets to visit the major attractions, especially for students under 26 years of age, exhibiting at the ticket the university card. So remember to bring it with you!
As for the transport you can choose to make a subscription for 24 hours with 110 CZK (equivalent to € 4.20), or 72 hours with 310 CZK (about 12 €). A basic ticket for 90 minutes costs 32 CZK, while the 30 min which is 24 CZK.
1) You can buy transports tickets as well as in stations or retailers (tobacco shops) even in supermarkets such as Tesco. If you use your credit card, go to the yellow machines around the city.
2) To understand how much you're spending in the currency of your country, divide the amount in Czech koruna for the exchange rate currently applied in your money. In euro, for example: 310 CZK: 25.669 = 12.076.
3. New trends: local bars and vintage style, hipster atmosphere and vegan food
Certainly, Prague do not fall behind in terms of new fashions and lifestyles, especially regarding young people. It is easy to find in certain places of the city the most recent youth fashions which are leaving their mark, as in the Zizkov district. Proliferate locals in vintage style and alternative that offer healthy snacks, breakfast and brunch with a rich and varied menu, pointing particularly of tasty vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Smashed avocado w/ chilli, lemon & rucola; Sliced avocado w/ sundried tomatoes, chream cheese, rucola and sesamo seeds at Coffee Room Prague.
Quite charming is the set of people who frequent these places, by whom alone drink a coffee maybe working on the PC, to young couples and lively groups of friends. For the evening there are plenty of pubs and clubs that make good music, often live, and where you can dine or drink something to really rock bottom prices! For breakfast or brunch: Coffee Room Prague (Korunní 1208/74, 101 00 Praha 10). For dinner: Bar Polo (J. Želivského 1790/35, 130 00 Praha 3-Žižkov).
4. Once upon a time there was a city surrounded by nature...
Prague is a city that does not miss anything. In the blaze of artistic and architectural styles that tell more than a thousand years of history and historical events which changed the history of the Czech Republic and Europe, you can not forget that the Czech capital stands on well 9 hills and is crossed by the Vltava river. Yes, Prague is not just history and art but also green spaces, parks and gardens! Definitely worth a visit the Petřín Hill, from which you can admire the splendid panorama of the city from above.
View of Prague from Petřín Hill
5. Prague and more ... outings!
Prague will certainly taste the typical life of the Eastern European capital, but to better understand how is living in the Czech lands, you need to get out and get away from the big city and organize a trip to some other neighboring towns.
If the time available is not so much, you might think of a visit to the town of Kutná Hora (70 km from Prague) to reach by bus or train (179.5 CZK roundtrip by train). Immersed in the heart of Central Bohemia, with its historic center and two churches of Santa Barbara and Our Lady at Sedlec is a UNESCO site.
In its neighborhood there are some silver mines that in the past gave work to locals. Surrounded by vineyards is also an important production areas of wines and among its major attractions are the Ossuary, the Italian Court, the Museum of the Bohemian silver and medieval mine, the Cathedral of St. Barbara and Stone house. This small village surrounded by nature, will allow you to off the grid, regenerate and get away from the tourist flows of the capital.
Place to eat: Restaurace V Ruthardce (Dačického nám. 15/10).
If you have more time, visit Český Krumlov. You can get there even with a Flixbus from Prague's main train station in just under three hours for a cost of € 18 return ticket.
By Maddalena Visentin