What to do in Prague on a mini-weekend?

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I have made a small compilation of things to do and see when in Prague for 3 1/2 days. Enjoy!

I was surprised there was such a lot to do in Prague, and we just skimmed a few things. But the heat was crushing, so I have an excuse! Still, we managed to squeeze in enough between our air-conditioned siestas to make us want to come back to this beautiful city.

Hop-on-hop off tour

At first I was not too keen on this, simply because the buses were small and cramped with people, and on the big square in Old Town tourist were lining up to get on-board. But on Thursday the weather was back to normal, and the tourists were shopping instead, so we got on-board. In most big cities the buses are huge and swallow a lot of people, but in Prague they are more like mini-vans. Thus the wait to get on board. This has to do with the small and narrow streets you pass through.

But a hop-on-hop-off is the perfect way to get an over-view of the city and if you are going to the Prague Castle I suggest do it on a day with a pass on a hop-on-hop-off. The streets are very steep, and you don´t want to be exhausted once you have actually reached the castle.

Just remember the price for the card  (630 Cz) doesn´t ´t cover the 20 Cz (approx 8 SEK or 0,80 euro or 1 dollar) you have to pay in deposit for the plastic card you get on the bus. I happened to witness two German women making such a fuzz about this fee that the poor young host took his own money to pay for them (I would have simply thrown them off the bus, they were too rude!). Being a deposit you get that money back when you finish your hop-on-hop-off.

An alternative that is nice if you just want to see the most important places and take some photos is a small train that also starts at the big Square in the Old Town. Its cheaper (250 Cz) but with no stops and takes about an hour. It´s slow enough that you can take really goos photos 🙂

 

Charles-Bridge

You can’t go to Prague without visiting the Charles-bridge! Unfortunately you will not be the only tourist in the city, so the bridge is crowded with tour-groups and single tourists and vendors and street-artists…

It´s part of the charm in a way, but look after your wallet!

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My suggestion is to try and go to the bridge in the morning, preferably around 9-10, to be able to cross in relative calm. Another option that I haven´t tried is to do it in the evening.

The views from the bridge are stunning, but the main reason for walking over this bridge is the beautiful statues that adorns it, around 60 I was told. The bridge was for a long time the only one connecting the two parts of Prague, and as a Swede I can appreciate the history of it as well. Swedish troops actually invaded the Prague Castle during the 30-year war and tried to pass the bridge as well. They didn´t manage that, but they did ransack the castle for valuables, some that they took back to Sweden ( the infamous Silver Bible among other things).

On the other side of the bridge you will find Prague Castle, and that area is worth a full day of exploration in itself.

A quirky museum

Prague is a city with a sense for the burlesque, and you can find museums that are a bit different, apart from the “normal” art and history.

 

 

I just love the Vampire teeth on that babusjka! And a museum of mediaval torture instruments? Yes! Who would want to miss that?

Walking in Old Town and the Jewish Quarters

This is also a part of “must dos” in Prague, and that part of town is next doors to the Old Town. Prague is a green city and everywhere you will find parks to rest your tired feet.

In the Jewish Quarters you will probably buy a Golem, since it´s more or less mandatory.

Shopping

This was a bit unexpected, but the shopping was really good in Prague. They have all the big brands and some more. And the prices are low compared to Swedish prices at least.

The Czech currency is called kona, and I never quite got used to it. It was worth 0,40 SEK and so I always had to convert it on my phone calculator! But if you do, you will find this city is a bit of a shopping paradise. They like big shopping malls, and Palladium in the city centre has most of everything. Especially sportswear seems tot be popular.

You can also find all the big luxury brands in Prague, conveniently on the same street in central Prague close to the main square in the old town (sorry, Czech street-names passed me by).

Go to a concert

As the language will inevitably be a barrier, music is a good option for one who likes culture.

We went to a concert in the City Hall, one of the oldest Art Deco-buildings. The concert, performed by artists from the Prague Orchestra was great, and the Hall was magnificent.

 

Now this was my last post from Prague, hope you enjoyed!

 

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