You wandered through the Old Town Square, marvelled at the size of the St Vitus cathedral, and even taken a few snaps of Prague Castle, one of the oldest in the world. But stepping off the beaten track can unlock some hidden gems that are both affordable and unique to Prague.
I could have gone to Paris, but I saw the same thing in Prague for free
Rather than wait in the expensive elevator queues in Paris, visit the mini-Eiffel tower in Prague known as the Petrín Watchtower. Sitting at the top of the 318 metre high Petrín Hill, the Watchtower is 60 metres tall with 299 steps and has a magnificent view over the city skyline. Pick a day with good weather and you may be able to see the highest mountain Snezka in the Czech Republic.
If your appetite has been whet for grandiose attractions, they don't come much grander than Strahov Stadium. With room for 250,000 spectators, it is the largest stadium in the world and contains a miraculous 9 full-sized football pitches. Built in the height of the Communist era, this monolith is, ironically, no longer used for competitive matches and has taken on the role as a humble training ground for AC Sparta Prague.
By now, your head must be spinning from the scale of Prague so head to a quaint Baroque Franciscan Garden for a bit of R&R. Located in the centre of Prague, Františkánská zahrada was established in 1357 and features many benches for you to enjoy your lunch in the midday sun.
Less than the price of a coffee
Avoid the queues and steep entrance fee of Prague castle and head to its lesser known and arguably more beautiful counterpart, Vyšehrad castle. Built in the 900s, this historical fort also contains Vyšehrad cemetery which holds the remains of many famous Czech historical figures along with Prague's oldest surviving building.
You might have to actually pay the same price as a cup of coffee, but you'll get a coffee in return along with the chance to marvel at the only Cubist cafe in the world at the Grand Café Orient. When you've finished your coffee, stop by the Gallery Kubista also in the same building to learn about the history of Czech Cubist architecture.
They say size doesn't matter and the Museum of Miniatures certainly proves that. Turning the conventional museum setup on its head, all exhibits require microscopes to view and feature some of the most entertaining artworks you'll ever see including a camel literally passing through the eye of a needle.
It wouldn't be a visit to Prague without a pint or two
The Czech Republic loves its beer with the highest beer consumption per capita in the world and Prague is no exception. But the best way to learn about the local beer is by consuming so head to the Prague Beer Museum that is neither a museum nor restaurant nor pub but features 30 beers on tap from genuine Czech micro-breweries. If that sounds too mainstream, you might want to check out the Strahov Monastic Brewery which has been brewing beer since 1628.
Your accommodation was so cheap, so treat yourself with a night out at…
The home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rudolfinum, or the State Opera at the National Theatre. Head to these venues and avoid the people in period costumes for the authentic classical music experience that has kept Prague alive for so long. Before you head out with Prague's high society, you'll want a suitable outfit from Parížská Street. With its high concentration of luxury shops, this shopping paradise is Prague's answer to Paris' iconic Champs Elysées.
If you have a few days to spare, hire a car and take a day trip to the UNESCO World Heritage medieval town of Ceský Krumlov. The quaint streets will charm you, lined with Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque houses of wealthy, historical nobleman, while the town's Renaissance castle hosts an impressive collection of notable furniture, antiquated weapons and Flemish tapestries.
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