Prague…it’s a city that not many people would think about visiting but that’s what helps to make it something so special. It’s an underrated, hidden gem in Eastern Europe full of culture and I’d like to say great people, but they are a force to be reckoned with. Needless to say, Prague was a city I would 100% plan to return to someday, and I’d suggest everyone visit there at some point. One of the biggest claims is that it’s extremely cheap. I’m talking $1 for a liter of beer people. VISIT!
One of the must-see places in Prague, and probably the best thing to see in my opinion, is Prague Castle. You can go inside for some amazing views, but even seeing the castle in the skyline during the day and lit up at night will truly be one of the best things you see in this city. It might be one of my favorite views I have ever seen.
Charles Bridge is another beautiful site in Prague. It was built in the 15th century and still stands today as a walking bridge for pedestrians and street performers and merchants. The views of the bridge and from the bridge are again, absolutely wonderful to experience.
The Prague Astronomical Clock is something, I tell ya. It’s been chalked up to be top 5 most anticlimactic tourist attractions(Mona Lisa is #1). Learning about each of the dials and the history behind it is very cool, but the “show” that it puts on every hour is supposedly not as great as it seems! Nevertheless, it’s a great structure built in 1410, making it the oldest clock still operating in the world.
The streets of Prague are also fun to get lost in. The colorful buildings all pushed together are iconic of many European cities, but especially special in this little city.
The John Lennon Wall is another beautifully inspiring part of this little Czech city. It has been filled with John Lennon quotes, Beatles’ lyrics and other graffiti since the 1980s. This wall has been a global symbol for peace and love since it began as a student movement against Communist police forces in the ’80s and continues to stand for the same ideals today.
Would it be a Wandering Eats blog post without ending with food and drink of the city? Absolutely not! And Czech food will never, ever disappoint. First off, the Czech are actually known for being the country with the largest beer consumption, and their pilsners and brews do not disappoint(they’re also super cheap everywhere you go).
Food wise, traditional Czech dishes like beef goulash, roasted pork, dumplings, sauerkraut and all of the works are so homey and delicious.
Now for the best part…desserts. I’ll start with the fact that my grandma’s family is very Czech, and I have had the honor of growing up knowing the delicacy known as Kolaches. I also come from a city with a large Czech population, and we have kolache festivals every year. SO many people don’t know about these amazing little things, but my grandma and great-grandma have always made the best. So of course during my trip to the Czech Republic, I ran throughout the city looking in local bakeries to try some traditional kolaches and was so happy when I finally found some!!
But the greatest part of Czech culture, although I was told it really is Hungarian, are Trdelniks. These little things absolutely changed my life!!!! They are donut like and usually just coated in sugar. But of course the Czech have upped the game for us tourists and now fill them with ice cream, chocolate, whipped cream, fruits and a combination of them all. I’m telling you…these little things are unbelievable.
I can promise I will return to Prague someday, who else is in?