You’ve already read about a typical touristy way to explore Praha! But that’s not exactly how we explored this mesmerizing city! A little like locals, a lot like explorers, some mainstream activities and some offbeat ideas were what defined our experience of Prague!
THE LESSER WRITTEN ABOUT-MORE ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE OF PRAHA
Prague was the central destination of our #VistCZ experience, which had us shuttling from one town to Prague and from Prague to another. Was it hectic or was it fun? Here’s how we experienced this beautiful city-
- 1. Travelled like locals using the Public Transport
- 2. Walked all over Prague
- 3. Charles Bridge
- 4. Attended a band performance in Praha 6
- 5. Bar hoping in Prague
- 6. Sloshed Saturday Night
- 7. Tredlniks and beers
- 8. Street Musicians in Praha
- 9. Exploring the Street Markets
- 10. Snake Around My Neck
- 11. Explored Czech from Prague
1. Travelled like locals using the Public Transport
Prague undoubtedly has one of the best internal transport systems in the city. Buses, trams, metros, taxis at regular intervals and in good condition had us hopping around the city effortlessly. In the first few days where Prague was our transit point for the next Czech destination, we stayed in Praha 6, a more local friendly area. This sure had us using the public transport a lot! And we’re least bit complaining about the same!
2. Walked all over Prague
PRAGUE IS A WALKING CITY. PERIOD. Get on your comfortable shoes and start exploring the city, you’ll have the best time peeping into the tiny shops, walking across the cobblestoned streets and enjoy the mixture of the local and tourist charm of this Bohemian capital!
3. Charles Bridge
Despite having skipped most of the touristy things on our itinerary, The Charles bridge was totally unskippable! This gorgeous bridge which is always filled with locals and tourists alike brings alive the charming side of Praha with street musicians, street artists, souvenir sellers all spread across this 621m long bridge. On either side of it, there’s a different shade of the city waiting to be embraced by its onlookers!
4. Attended a band performance in Praha 6
Like I mentioned, we stayed in Prague a lot longer since it was the transit point for us to explore the remaining Czech cities. While staying in Prague for transit, we were based in Praha 6 at the Prague Plus Hostels. The downside always was that we would be lazy or tired to go to the main town to explore the city on our free evenings. The better part, we got to explore the neighbourhood. Praha 6 was less vibrant when compared to Prague 1 or 2, but this place too had it’s own charm. One evening, we attended this live band performance (free of charge) near the Nadrazi Holesovice. The crowd was definitely high on substances, but the performance was a fun experience!
5. Bar hoping in Prague
Being in Prague and missing out on the bars could be synonymous to sinning, unless you’re a teetotaler. We didn’t really go for a Pub Crawl, but bar hoping, yes. We checked out the Hemingway Bar and the Anonymous Bar. Both being popular and loved by visitors! Hemingway was all class, Anonymous Bar was all levels of quirky with masked bar tenders! What was common in both was the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G cocktail flavors!
6. Sloshed Saturday Night
What can be better than a Saturday Night in Prague?
A SATURDAY NIGHT IN PRAGUE!
We spent our Saturday night in ROXY and Chapeau Rogue, the best clubs all over Prague. What came in between was some extra booze from the supermarket, but for the rest of the night the dancing went on!
7. Tredlniks and beers
I had probably seen hundreds of pictures of tredlniks and each time it had tempted me enough to want to eat it. Prague, the home of this desert gave some amazing combinations of creams and add ons with the tredlniks. The other cool thing that was a must have was the beer in Prague. The Pilsners were awesome and cheap! See there, drinks and deserts sorted already!
8. Street Musicians in Praha
Street music has always been a subject of fascination for many of us. A fascination that was well fed with some amazing musicians spread along the city of Prague. The best spots to find them were the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square.
DON’T FORGET TO TIP THEM WHEN YOU HEAR THEIR PERFORMANCE!
9. Exploring the Street Markets
Our trip to Prague was unfortunately not around Christmas, but the city had some amazing flea markets for the summers, providing a great range of street food and junk accessories to shop from!
10. Snake Around My Neck
I LOVE SNAKES! And I couldn’t be happier than to having help one with my own hands! Of course it came at a cost and I do feel sorry now, because the snake was probably drugged. So that was one tourist trap that I couldn’t escape!
11. Explored Czech from Prague
Prague is the city that one cannot resist falling in love with. There’s so much to do on a micro level to fully explore and experience this city! Another factor in support of the Czech Capital is it’s connectivity with the other Czech towns. We explored 4 Czech towns and came back after each one to Prague as it provided easy connections, and lesser time to travel to other towns! Now this is what I’d call a win-win situation!
Like I said, this wasn’t really the touristiest way to experience Prague. But it gave us a good perspective of how to commute, explore and experience the city. We also lived in a hostel with some great hosts (Read: Mc Sleep Hostel, Prague). Their staff assisted us on getting around. In turn, we hosted an Indian dinner party! How could this not be the city that I fell in love with?
Prague, I am coming back for you soon!
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Happy Travels To You!