Prague is beautiful and it never lets you go. If you are lucky enough to visit it, then likely you will end up doing the same things the majority of the tourists do: sightsee Prague Castle, shop at the Old Town square, take a picture near the John Lennon wall and cross Charles Bridge.
There is nothing wrong with checking all the “touristy attractions”, but there is just so much more to Prague, and I would not like you to miss that. When you take a few steps away from Prague’s most famous spots— a world brimming with lively culture opens up.
I was born in Prague and even if I lived in other cities, Prague will be always my hometown. It is a beautiful and unique city with many things to do and see. I will show you some secret, local-approved things you must do when in Prague. Here they are.
1. Exchange Prague Castle For Vysehrad Castle
I strongly recommend checking the lesser-known 10th-century castle of Vysehrad. It offers some great views of the river and the city but also features lovely grounds perfect for picnics and gatherings with friends. Some of Prague’s best beer gardens are located there and it’s a great spot for romantic getaways.
2. Enjoy Romantic Sunset at Rieger Gardens
Rieger garden is not seen by many tourists. It's a popular park in the Vinohrady district in Prague. It is only around 10 minutes away from Wenceslas Square.
Rieger Gardens are well known for its slanted field and lovely views of Prague Castle. The sunset seen from this park is spectacular. You can also purchase snacks and try local beers while watching films on the park’s huge screen.
3. Dance The Nights Away At The Promenade
I’ve spent countless summer evenings at Prague’s promenade on the riverside (Naplavka). It's the most fun and energizing place to be in the summer months. During summer every evening is packed!
People come here to play music, dance, chill, talk and of course drink lots of beer.
If you love food tasting and wish to try new things then also visit Naplavka but this time during the day, as it hosts Prague’s famous farmer’s market. The choice is spectacular and can satisfy even the most demanding.
4. Explore Street Art at Zizkov
If you wish to discover some ultra-cool districts, which aren’t close to the city centre then I recommend you see Zizkov.
It’s known to be a students district but older crowds also mingle there as it has countless bars with a cool vibe, a lot of street art and cafes. It’s also an old part of Prague, so the architecture blends with students atmosphere creating a very unique place.
5. Travel Back In Time
These spots are run by old-timers, host a mixture of hipsters, chess players, foreigners and philosophers. You can play video games, listen to 80s music, dance, drink, read books, attend events — all with the atmosphere of the golden days.
It feels like stepping back in time, as it vibrates with the atmosphere of the golden days.
6. Get Lost In The “Cyberpunk” Club
Cross Club is a very unique place. For years it’s been an integral part of the Prague cultural scene. The place showcases various music performances, cultural events and exhibitions. There is also a daytime cafe and a restaurant.
It’s a complete magical labyrinth this one, looks like it came from one of the Jules Verne books. It has a fascinating futuristic design, with many unusual artefacts, which has given the club its unique identity.
You will love the non-commercial music, cheap prices, relaxed attitude towards weed-smoking (smoking anything), and quite a nice selection of snacks in the cafe upstairs — but most of all, a really magical interior. It truly is a must-see.
The thing you will learn to love about Prague is that it’s so easy to walk long distances and encounter amazing cafes, places and people that will serve as an inspiration for living a more fulfilling life.
It is so easy to fall in love with Prague and there is the likelihood that upon visiting Prague once, you will never wish to go back.
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