Let Prague take over your senses
Some of the best places to visit in Prague sit firmly on the beaten track while others are insider tips offered by the locals. Our selection is no doubt a list amongst many but these are suggestions that have been tried, tested and very much enjoyed, sometimes more than once.
1.Visit the largest castle in world
Over 1,000 years old the Prague Castle has undergone many changes and facelifts throughout the centuries. As a result it has become the world’s largest showcase of many different architectural styles.
Though built in 880, the Prague castle is still the-head-of-the-state residence, despite its enormous size that represents certain challenges in the day to day running of the country. The former and most celebrated president Vaclav Havel used get around on a scooter for the corridors, connecting the different halls and offices within the castle, are endless.
The castle itself is an architectural riddle, spanning a mesmerising variety of styles adopted from around the world and adjusted to the taste and whims of local aristocracy.
St Vitus Cathedral, one of the highlight of the castle grounds, has a way of suddenly appearing in front of you, completely taking your breath away with its towering spiral.
2.See the sun rise over Charles Bridge
It took 45 years to build it and for centuries Charles Bridge remained the only ‘solid-land’ link between Prague’s Castle grounds and the rest of the city.
The world famous Charles Bridge attracts thousands of visitors but there are hours in the day when you can have this architectural pearl quite to yourself.
The advice is that you party hard throughout the night until the crack of dawn. When the sky begins to brighten with the rising sun, find your way to a riverside club called Lavka. It has a terrace which is incidentally the best place to witness the very first sun rays casting light over the bridge. Grab the moment and take a walk down this stone alley, lined with baroque-style statues watching your every step.
The crisp air of the early hours and the sun illuminating the bridge arches creates a fantastic photo opportunity.
3.Devour duck painted in all colours
The name U Modre Kachnicky (Blue Duck) gives a clue as to what ingredient dominates the cuisine and at the first glimpse of the menu, you’ll gladly give in to its temptation.
Many of the mouthwatering dishes of the Blue Duck contain duck in one way or another but lovers of game and straightforward steak will also appreciate this place. The duck carpaccio is worth trying as is of course the traditional roast duckling served with dumplings and red cabbage. The carefully selected red from the restaurant’s cellar accompanies the meals wonderfully.