We are very blessed in Europe that we have so many wonderful cities within close proximity of each other, with cheap and regular transport links from around Europe. Over the years I have tried to go to as many of these classic European cities as possible, and one which I have returned to more than 4 times, is the Czech capital of Prague. There is so much to love about this city and so much to explore within its walls, in fact its fair to say that I generally find something new each time that I go. If you haven’t been to Prague yet, here are just 5 reasons why you need to make it the destination for your next weekend break.
For history lovers, Prague is a wonderful city to visit and explore with all of the trappings that a classic, and old European city should have. Here you will find the largest castle complex in the world, with over 70,000 square meters of castles, turrets and outhouses. Furthermore Prague was fortunate not to be heavily damaged after the two World Wars, which means that the majority of its historical architecture, plus gothic and baroque installations are still in place.
You can get a really good read of a city once the sun goes down, and in my view this is when Prague really comes to life. The nightlife Prague offers is very varied and suits just about every type of traveler. For example you could relax in the old town with a fine wine and watch the people passing by, you could go to see world-famous DJs in a number of lively nightclubs, or alternatively take tours throughout the city, which glows at night.
The Charles Bridge has been standing over the Vltava river now since 1402, it has survived the Thirty Years war and even floods, yet it still stands tall as one of Europe’s oldest bridges. This is without doubt the best place in the city to do so people watching, and on an evening the vendors come out selling local food and knick-knacks. Whether snapping a shot from afar, or standing on top of it, this is a truly iconic bridge which you mustn’t miss out on.
A huge draw to coming to Prague is the low cost of just about everything that you may wish to see and do, making it one of Europe’s cheapest cities. Whether you are buying food in a restaurant or beers in a bar, the cost will blow you away, and what is more, the quality is not diminished because often low price, service and the products are very good indeed.
This is the beer capital of the world and there is more of the fizzy stuff drunk here than anywhere else in Europe. Throughout the city there are several specialized beer bars, which offer hundreds of beers, both international and domestic, after all, it would be rude not to partake in tradition during your time here.
I could go on and on, but the best way to find out how great Prague is, will be to head there on your next break.