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A First Timer’s Guide to Prague

Whether you’re looking for some fascinating history, some incredible architecture, or tonnes of good food, Prague’s the place to go! Here’s my first timer’s guide to this magical city.

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Prague is an absolutely beautiful city! It’s a perfect weekend getaway, as you can see all of the main sights within two or three days.

Here is my First Timer’s Guide to Prague

When to Go

Prague is the most crowded and hot in the summertime. I’ve heard that late spring and early autumn are absolutely AMAZING with perfect weather and fewer tourists. If you don’t mind the cold, winter is a beautiful time to visit this city, and there won’t be many tourists around (excluding Christmastime).

Average Temperature in Prague

The weather in Prague is really lovely throughout the year, but note that if you’re travelling during the summertime, most hotels/restaurants/places in Prague are not air-conditioned.

 Where to Stay

Luxury: The Old Town Square Hotel

This hotel is absolutely STUNNING. The rooms and bathrooms are large and so comfortable, but the best part about this hotel is the location. That’s what you’re paying for. It’s right in the Old Town Square (you probably guessed this). I highly recommend getting the executive suite if possible- there’s a balcony that overlooks the square and eating breakfast on it is a must!

Mid Range: Hotel Pod Věží 

The staff here is SO amazingly friendly and helpful. Every night, there was a little gift in the room- such a lovely touch! They own the creperie and in-house restaurant which are both excellent. The breakfast is amazing- lots of variety and fresh fruit.

Alternatively, Hotel Clement

A modern airconditioned hotel with a lift. The staff was REALLY nice. Air conditioning and lifts are hard to come across so I recommend this if these are important to you! Pod Vezi also has AC and a lift.

Budget: Hostel Mango

Hostel Mango’s location is fabulous! It’s in my favourite part of town. They change your towels every day and clean your room if you have a single. The location for the price can’t be beaten.

What to Eat

Waffles & Coffee – This is a breakfast/brunch must! You guessed it, waffles and coffee are the stars of this show. I love a good savoury waffle and can recommend the Bliny waffle with salmon, sour cream, & dill, though the waffle with seasonal mixed fruit and maple syrup is sugary goodness. 

coffee and waffles: what to eat in Prague

Chimney cake (tradelník) – This traditional Czech dessert can be found ALL OVER the old town. It’s a hollow pastry tube rolled in cinnamon sugar, and it can be filled with Nutella, ice cream, fruit, or whipped cream. 

Crème de le crème – the best gelato I’ve had in a while! The lavender gelato is a MUST. They have lots of vegan sorbet options.

creme de le creme ice cream: what to eat in Prague

Las Adelitas – If you’re craving Mexican food, Las Adelitas does it pretty well! I recommend the horchata- yum. 

What to See & What to Do

You can easily see the main sights of Prague within a few days. I’d recommend spending about 3 days here.

Charles Bridge – the most famous bridge in Prague; usually quite crowded but the architecture is beautiful! In the summertime, there are vendors along the bridge and it’s nice to walk around. 

Old Town – Make sure to wind through the alleyways and to visit Old Town Square. The Astronomical Clock is beautiful. 

Prague Castle – This castle is huge and beautiful. I recommend visiting closer to dusk. While you can’t enter the palace, you can walk around the grounds and it’s absolutely worth a visit! St Vitus Cathedral within the castle is a very beautiful cathedral.

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Malá Strana Area – This area is less crowded than the other side of Prague. I personally like this side better because it’s a LOT less busy. There are adorable narrow streets with loads of eateries and cafes. Make sure to visit the Lennon Wall

Wenceslas Square – This area is a shopping area. It’s a nice place to walk around.

Head of Franz Kafka – This is an iconic sight in Prague. Essentially, it’s a moving statue that rotates into a head (you may have seen this go viral on facebook). 

Day Trip to Pilsen – If Prague is a little crowded, Pilsen is another beautiful town in the Czech Republic that’s worth a day trip!

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