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11 Amazing, Free ways to Experience Prague

Prague is a city filled with history. Just walking through the city you can see and feel the past all around you. There are many things you can do and see for free and still get some of the best experiences in the city.

1. Walk the Royal Route


The Royal Route is a must! It will take you by the most important historical sights in Prague. Start at the end of the route (the Prague Castle) and work your way to its beginning at Prašná Brána (Powder Tower). This way you start at the top of the hill and walk down, rather than constantly up.

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2. Astronomical clock

If you have walked the Royal Route, you have definitely seen the Astronomical Clock. However, it is definitely worth visiting again. The clock was installed in 1410, making it the third oldest astronomical clock in the world. Make sure you are there on the hour to see the animated figures that appear as the bell rings, the four figures on the sides represent vanity, greed, death and lust. Each hour, you can also see the Apostles in the small windows. Prepare for hundreds of people showing up each hour to see this!

*Unfortunately, the astronomical clock is currently under construction, so you won’t be able to see it right now.

3. John Lennon Wall

The Lennon Wall is in the Lesser Quarter and it is filled with graffiti. This wall has been used as a way to bring up social grievances since the 1980s, when students used it against the communist regime. The wall still represents love and peace, and every time you visit it, it is different!

4. Petřín

Petřín is a great place to walk up to. The lookout tower is paid (150kc), but the area is beautiful even if you don’t want to climb up the tower. There are many views of the castle from different parts of the park and the gardens are gorgeous in the spring and summer, usually filled with various roses. At the Petřín hill you can also see the Hunger Wall, which is a long defensive wall built in the 14th century by Charles IV. At the time there was a large famine and the emperor wanted to give poor people jobs and food. The workers received enough food for their families as well.

A good way to get up to Petřín is either by walking up through the gardens or you can take a funicular up or down the hill, with any public transportation ticket.

5. Náplavka 


Náplavka is a great place to go for a walk along the Vltava river. The best way to get there is to take the tram to Jiráskovo náměstí, where you can also see the Dancing House. Then you can take the stairs down to the riverbank.You can walk along the water and enjoy a gorgeous view of the Castle. You can sit on the edge and dangle your feet above the water (beware of the swans, they can get a little territorial). Along the way you can stop on a boat for a beer or some wine, there are many choices for refreshments. On Saturdays you can also enjoy a farmer’s market on the riverbank.

6. Riegrovy Sady

Riegrovy Sady is a city park close to Wenceslas Square and the main train station. It is a great place to sit and enjoy the view of Prague and the Prague Castle. It used to be a vineyard, but that no longer exists. There are different restaurants and pubs around the park that you can stop at for some refreshments.

7. Metronome

You can either walk to the Metronome from the bottom or from the park side. If you are coming from Old Town, you can cross Čechův most and walk up the stairs to it. At the top, you will be rewarded with a view of Prague and of the Castle. Then you can continue to walk around Letná park. You can also do the opposite if you don’t want to walk up the stairs. The metronome was built in 1991 after a giant Stalin Monument was taken down.

8. Get lost in Malá Strana

Malá Strana or the Lesser Quarter, is absolutely gorgeous. There are many tiny streets and alleys that take to some of the most beautiful locations. For this activity, leave the map at the hotel and just walk around! Take a few turns down cobbled streets, enjoy the 18th century architecture and get lost in the time period. It will be easy to see why Prague is used to represent so many historical cities in movies. This part of the city hasn’t changed much in centuries. There are many small cafes and restaurants that you can pop into for either some food, coffee or beer.

9. Sunrise over the Charles BridgeIMG_0058

Whether you are out all night, enjoying the Prague nightlife, or you are willing to get up early, go to the Charles Bridge for the sunrise. It is never as empty as it is at 5 in the morning, so you can enjoy the view with the minimum amount of tourists. The sun rises from behind the castle, illuminating the city in the most stunning light. This is the perfect time to take pictures!

10. Stromovka

Stromovka is a large park that was originally used as a Royal Game Reserve. It is a beautiful place to sit down for a picnic or just enjoy a little bit of nature in the center of a city. You can walk to the planetarium or even walk to the Prague Zoo from Stromovka (both have entrance fees). As you walk through the park you can come across some of the older buildings, including a small summer palace that was built when the park served as a game reserve.

11. Divoká Šárka

If you are looking for a larger escape from the city, Divoká Šárka is a protected park that has a large gorge named after a female warrior, Šárka. It is a great place to leave the city behind and go for a hike through the nature reserve. There are multiple trails that can take you to either amazing views from the top or to the lake below. You can swim in the lake to cool down after your hike and if you fall in love with the area, you can even set up camp (for a small fee).

There are many other sights in Prague that you can see for free and more experiences! So just take a walk through the city and get to know the city up close.



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Mikulov: the wine and the hike

imageA couple of weeks back we decided we need to get to know our own country, the Czech Republic, a little more. We had a couple of days to explore, so we decided to go to southern Moravia for two and a half days. First stop was Mikulov.

Mikulov is a small town, but absolutely gorgeous. We spent half a day there but we wished our hotel was in the town, because we loved it so much.

By the time we got to Mikulov, it was well past noon and we were starving after spending the whole morning on the bus and train to get there. So we looked for a restaurant, where we could also enjoy our first glass of wine in the Czech wine country. We walked through the town and chose U Obřího Sudu. They had great food and great wine, so I definitely recommend it!

After food, wine and ice cream, we started our hike up to the Svatý Kopeček. The hill looked extremely daunting from the bottom, but up we went. Along the way there were information boards about the history, the area and the nature. Definitely give these a quick read, because you will learn lots of interesting things about the area you are exploring!

First tip, if you go on a hike, bring INSECT REPELLENT! We forgot to bring ours and ended up with huge swollen mosquito bites.


Second tip, bring lots of WATER with you! Even though the hike isn’t as long as it seems, when it’s hot, you need enough water to keep you going.

imageAt the top of the hill, we were rewarded with the most gorgeous view! It was nice to just sit and enjoy the city and the castle below us. Once we took about a billion pictures, we took another route down. Half the time we were hoping we were walking down the right way, because we were alone in the forest. It was a great way to get back down, walking around the hill the back way.

Since the castle looked so beautiful from the top, we went to look at it up close. We walked around the grounds in awe of the beautiful architecture! Definitely suggest you walk around the grounds, it’s worth the time.

We brought our afternoon trip to an end with some wine on the main square of Mikulov. This is a must! There is nothing quite like a glass of wine after a long day of walking.

Mikulov is a beautiful place, that if you get the chance, you definitely should visit! Even if you don’t have time to go up to the hill, at least stop by for the adorable town and wine!


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Charles IV 700 Anniversary Events

May 14th marks Charles’ IV 700th birthday. Charles IV was a beloved king of Bohemia and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in the 14th century. He was born in Prague and loved his country very much. He became a patron of culture and arts, since he founded various institutions, namely Charles University, and built many monuments and castles that are still around to this day. He is still remembered as a great and fair ruler and many Czech citizens like to say that world leaders could take a page out of his book and rule as fairly he did.


In honor of Charles IV, there are many special events in the Czech Republic this summer. Here are our top 5 events that are definitely worth going to! There are countless other events that will be interesting, but this is what we are planning on seeing.



Crown Jewels

IMG_0231.JPG (2)From May 15th until May 29th you can go see the the Crown Jewels of Charles IV at the Prague Castle. This only happens on special occasions, so the last time they were available to see was three years ago when a new president was elected. I definitely suggest you go see this, but be prepared for crowds. When we went in 2013, we got there before the opening at 10am and we still had to wait in line for 5-6 hours. After waiting for such a long time, we were let into the room and we got to see the jewels for a couple of minutes and then we had to leave. So it is up to you, if you want to dedicate so much time, but the jewels are rarely seen, so you might as well take advantage of it!  


Diamond Museum

The Diamond Museum in Prague just opened and as part of the celebrations of Charles IV, part of their exhibit includes gemstones from Charles’ IV era as well as equipment they used to saw the stones. The rest of the exhibit are diamonds and gemstones from the 21st century, probably still worth the visit! The special exhibit for the gemstones from the 14th century lasts until the end of August, so you should definitely go see them, while they are there!


Reenactment of the Coronation of Charles IV

One of the biggest events planned for the celebration of Charles IV will happen on September 2 and 3. There will be a historically accurate reconstruction of the coronation ceremony and all the rituals that are a part of it. Since this is such a special event, and on top of that free, be prepared for huge crowds, but if you are in Prague this will be a spectacular event that you should go to!




Karlstein Treasure

The Karlstein Treasure is a collection of 400 small items from the era of Charles IV. They include buttons, other accessories and objects used in the day to day life in the 14th century. During the Hussite wars, the residents of the castle hid these objects in the walls, so that the precious objects wouldn’t fall into the hands of the rebels. There they stayed hidden for the next 600 years, until the castle was being reconstructed and they fell out. Usually the Karlstein Treasure is in Prague, but in honor of the 700th anniversary of Charles IV, they were brought back to the castle.


Noc na Karlštejně

Noc na Karlstejne, will be a stage adaptation of a Czech musical film from 1974. It is a musical telling the story of Charles IV and his wife Elizabeth. Of course this stage production will be in Czech, so for those who do not understand the language, this might not be the right event for you. However, it will be a beautiful event that takes place right on the courtyard of the castle. I suggest you buy tickets soon, because they will probably sell out their 12 shows quickly.


If you are in the Czech Republic this summer and beginning of fall, definitely look into these events! There is a lot more that you can do in honor of Charles IV 700th anniversary, just keep your eye out for these events!


Bars in Prague

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Bars in Prague

Over the past few years we have gone to several bars around Prague, but before recommending any, we went back to test out our favorites over the weekend. Here are the bars we visited and what we thought about them.


Popocafepetl or just Popo

This is a student bar right by Old Town Square, which makes it a great location to start off your night. What makes it even better are the prices of the drinks. You can get 3 vodka Redbull for less than 150kc ($6.50), but be warned, there will be much more vodka than Redbull. You can also get a rum and coke for only 65kc ($2.70)! The service there was ok, it’s kind of what you would expect of a full bar. People were crowding the bar, so trying to get the bartender’s attention was a little difficult, especially when she seemed taken by the blond guy with blue eyes, who can blame her though :P. Another thing I noticed about Popo, was that everyone seemed to know each other. It is a student bar, so chances are that everyone goes to the same school, just make sure you have your own friends to keep you company. Lastly, depending on what time you get there, you may or may not get seats. We were lucky enough to find a small space at the bar, where we could stand while enjoying our drinks. Also, there is no coat check, so don’t bring too many things, because you will have to hold on to them all night. Popo is definitely a good place to start the night, mostly because of the cheap drinks :)


IMG_1633Harley’s Bar

This is personally my favorite bar in Prague! I love the music and the drinks and I never had an issue with the service. When you get there early you can sit down at the bar or one of the tables. But if you get there around 11pm you won’t be able to find a seat. The drinks are really good, but a little more expensive, around 150kc for a Tequila Sunrise, but boy are they worth it! After grabbing a drink you can join the crowd on the rather small dance floor and sing and dance to our favorite Harley’s anthem, Highway to Hell! After a couple more drinks you might even find the courage to join some of the people dancing on the tables. On some nights they have a special program or some theme. On other nights the bartenders have a fire show, which is really awesome to watch!



Next we went to Tretter’s, which slightly more high end, and by slightly, I mean if there was a place to bump into celebrities in Prague, it would be this bar. The prices, unfortunately reflect that, costing you about 220kc for a Margarita, which is still only around $9, but it is much more than the other bars we visited. The service is really nice and it is definitely one of those places where you tip, so keep that in mind. Sadly, we did not see any celebrities this time, but it was still a nice stop and a great place to sit down and rest our feet.


Karlovy Lazne

Lazne is one of those places everyone has been to. IMG_0058Everyone knows of it, because it is the biggest club in central Europe. It has five floors, each playing a different type of music, which means you can always find something you like. They also have an Ice Pub, which I visited for the first time this weekend. You pay 200kc ($.8.30) as a cover charge when you get to Lazne, and then 150kc ($6.25) to go into the Ice Pub (one drink is included in that price). I definitely recommend going into the Ice Pub, where you put on one of their ponchos and a pair of gloves and enjoy the icy room, that even has a throne you can sit on and take pictures. The best part of Lazne is that it closes at 5am and it is right next to the Charles Bridge. So I suggest leaving the bar in time to see the sunrise over Prague. The view is definitely worth it and it is the perfect way to end the night!


Other great places to go drink in Prague include TGIF, Nebe (especially for Happy Hour), Hard Rock Cafe and Bombay! Have a great night out!



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