Essential Prague

Food, Things to Do — By Jacy Meyer on June 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

“What should we do?” is always one of the first questions asked by travelers researching possible holiday spots. If you are choosing a city, you want to know about nightlife, hotels, restaurants and other not-to-miss sites. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the wealth of information out there; but thank goodness NileGuide has a way for visitors to target their interests and research aspects of a city that are most appealing to them. Guides are our way of grouping together the most attractive points of a destination by theme.

Every city has its own special charm; but Prague stands out as one of the most alluring. And we don’t say that just because we are getting paid to. If you are planning a visit or are already here; these are our top 3 Guide picks for getting to the heart of Prague. As a free bonus for loyal Local Flavor readers; we’ve added another point of interest we find cool.

Visual Prague Even half-hearted artsy-fartsy types will appreciate this itinerary as it walks through the major sites of the city (Old Town Square, Charles Bridge) but also bring you to the lesser known, but still very cool neighborhood of Prague 7.

Bonus bit: Built from a former mill, Kampa Museum houses a permanent collection of art from František Kupka and Otto Gutfreund but also offers some exciting diversity in their temporary exhibitions which focus on modern central European art.

Prague Cafes While not as storied a café culture as say Vienna, Prague’s reverence for coffee, cake and deep discussion is reflected in her many cafes. This is a round-up of a good sampling; from fancy-schmancy to comfy cozy.

Bonus bit: Off of Wenceslas Square in the New Town, Café Lucerna offers up a classic café experience inside the Art Nouveau Lucerna pasaz.

Prague’s Best Kept Secrets Everyone wants to know what the locals do; especially when it comes to eating out. Here are a few tips for stretching your wings outside of the city center.

Bonus bit: Vyšehrad is a favorite of locals; thanks to its lovely park, beautiful views and important place in the city’s history. Site of Prague’s original castle; fortifications walls, a very cool cemetery and beautiful church make this a lovely afternoon wander.

Photos courtesy of Kruhme and Maggiejp

Tags: Art, Cafes, museums, off the beaten path, Parks