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A Guide to "Czeching" Out Prague

Curator’s statement: Prague, Czech Republic, is one of the only places that wasn't completely destroyed during WWII. Prague has so much to offer from its history and architecture to its theaters and restaurants. Unless you speak Czech, road signs and street names will be more than challenging to read or navigate (but don't worry almost everyone speaks English.) To make sure you don't miss a thing, I've compiled all the best places from my experience, recommendations and research.


Things to do in Prague, Czech Republic

PRAGUE CASTLE "Lasagna of architecture" if you will, oldest and largest working castle in Europe. Absolutely worth seeing, but skip buying a ticket. Everything you need/want to see is free. PINKAS SYNAGOGUE Touching and emotional Jewish monument. The building has all the names of Holocaust victims from Prague written inside. This is also where the Old Jewish Cemetery is. The drawings from kids who were at the concentration camp in Terezin are on display here as well, definitely a must see. NARODNÍ DIVADLO This is a gorgeous theater on the river. We got tickets to a show for just under €20/person. The performance we saw was an opera, and it had English subtitles. This is a must when you go to Prague. Not only was the theater breathtaking, the performers were beyond talented. Dress to the nines, this venue is pretty dressy. Online they call it smart casual, so anything from American business casual to ballgowns will do. There are other theaters in Prague too, so check them out all the tickets are on the same site so confirm the venue when you buy. OLD TOWN SQUARE This is a giant square, here you'll find the Astronomical clock, Church of Our Lady before Týn, as well as a couple of pubs and restaurants. DANCING HOUSE This is built on the location of where one of the bombs dropped in Prague by the Americans. They have a rooftop bar, and if you go up to the top floor and purchase a cocktail you can sit on the terrace, with great views of the city overlooking the river. This is just past the National Theater. JEWISH QUARTER This was the only place Jewish citizens could historically own property in Prague. All of the museums are here. Look for small gold plates on the ground, these were placed outside of buildings where Holocaust victims lived and were taken to concentration camps as another way to showcase the history of the country. PAŘÍŽSKÁ STREET Most expensive luxury shopping street in Prague, like the Grafton Street in Dublin or Passeig de Gracia in Barcelona. CHARLES BRIDGE Big bridge crossing the Vltava River only for people not cars, definitely walk across, they cover this in the Prague Castle tour typically as well.




DAY TRIPS

Theresienstadt Ghetto; Terezín, Czech Republic: These were the concentration camps in the Czech Republic, only one hour outside of Prague. It was described on tours as “a concentration camp with some culture”. Hitler used it as a front for the Red Cross to make it look like less horrible, despite the horrible things still happening behind closed doors. There is a five-hour day trip.


Places to eat & drink in Prague, Czech Republic



BREAKFAST Coffee & Waffles - Great breakfast location where every dish is served with a waffle. The service is fast and efficient and the food is reasonably priced. This is a great place to start as it's close to the Jewish Quarter and the Old Town.

LUNCH & DINNER Kozlovna U Paukerta - This casual brewery has great traditional Czech cuisine & good Czech beers on tap. Alriso Rissoteria Italiana - Gluten-free Italian food, so so good, but a little pricey. Open Mon-Fri 13-17:00. Try the black ink penne and the bruschetta. Charles Bridge Restaurant - We went here before our show at the National Theater, the food was fantastic and the cocktails were great! I had the beef tartare and it was really good. This is right off the river and the ambiance is great. It's hard to find because you have to walk through the covered street next to the road. It's located in the portion that looks more like a mini strip mall building. Červený Jelen - This location is within a bank vault and reasonably priced. Restaurace Mincovna - Traditional Czech cuisine with good beers and reasonable prices. Nase Maso - Burgers.

DRINKS Vzorkovna Dog Bar - Great place for live music. Dancing Building - Rooftop bar with a view of the city. U Sudu - Underground bar. Anonymous & Hemingways - Fun cocktail bars. Mead Museum - A tasting bar for honey wines.

SWEETS & COFFEES Crème de la Crème - Great place for ice cream, near Kozlovna U Paukerta. It reminded me of custard, and the cherry chocolate flavor was great. There was a bit of a line, but it went pretty quick. Cafe Ebel - The best coffee in town!


Looking for more travel inspiration? Check out my guide, A Guide to Dublin, Ireland.

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