We’ve got a fantastic selection of activities and nightlife options to keep you busy in Prague – but when you’re in a city as pretty and enchanting as Prague, it’s natural to want a little down time to explore the city too. We’ve put together a helpful guide of some low cost things you can do and see around the city to get you started, along with a little useful inside information too!
The Astronomical Clock – it’s the oldest working astronomical clock in the world, and so beautifully intricate that the clockmaker was (allegedly) blinded, so that he’d never be able to build another city a clock as magnificent.
Charles Bridge– 1,700 ft long, with 12 arches and 30 Baroque religious statues, Charles Bridge has offered the best views of the Vltava River since 1357. It’s also a fantastic place to pick up some authentic Czech souvenirs, as a huge number of artists set up shop and sell their wares here every day.
Prague Castle – Prague Castle stands dominant over the Prague skyline, so you’ll probably see it from a distance at some point over your hen weekend. If you fancy seeing it up close, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle still standing, and is far more than just one big building – it includes St. Vitus Cathedral as well as three other churches, four palaces, three halls, and a lot of towers and gardens.
There isn’t such thing as a bad time to visit Prague – in the winter, everything is crisp, cold, snowy and the very picture of an idyllic Christmas scene, and in summer it’s hot, bright, and lively. That said, if you know when you’re going to Prague, you might be able to time your visit to fit in with a few of the big Prague festivals.
April – Witches Night. A Halloween-esque festival that involves burning effigies of hags on bonfires.
May – Prague Spring. A music festival showcasing the best of symphony orchestras and chamber music. It’s been running since 1946, and is one of the best classical music festivals in the world.
June – United Islands of Prague. A more modern musical festival, celebrating styles as wide ranging as jazz, hip hip, rock and techno. There have been as many as 150 performers playing at the festival – including big names like Iggy Pop.
Prague Fringe. In the same vein as the Edinburgh Fringe, and often with some good English language performances and productions around.
July – Karlocy Vary International Film Festival. Recognised by the organisers of the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals, this has attracted names like Robert De Niro and Elijah Wood.
September – Prague Autumn. Like Prague Spring, but a bit smaller.
December – St Nicholas’ Eve. The only time (and place) you’re likely to see three grown men dressed as St Nick, an angel and a devil, and terrorising small children.
New Years Eve. People can and will throw fireworks absolutely everywhere, then get drunk and smash champagne bottles.
Czech isn’t one you’re going to pick up on the flight over – and unless you were at a very trendy school, you probably don’t have any GCSE Czech to fall back on in an emergency. Here are some key phrases to get you through:
Máš hlad? - Are you hungry?
Mám hlad. - I’m hungry.
Máte nějaká vegetariánská jídla? - Do you have any vegetarian dishes?
Mám dietu. - I’m on a diet.
Mám víno dietu. - I’m on a wine diet.
Kde jsou toalety? - Where is the bathroom?
Nemám peníze. - I have no money.
Zamiloval jsem se do tebe! - I’ve fallen in love with you!
Máš přítelkyni? - Do you have a girlfriend?
Zavolej mi. - Call me.
Mám přítele. - I have a boyfriend.
Jsem vdaná. - I’m married.