Earlier this year I had the chance to go on an amazing surprise trip. I only found out at the airport I was heading to Prague and I couldn’t be happier. The trip has been truly amazing and unforgettable. Prague is really a fairytale city, full of scenic cobble stoned streets, picturesque sights and amazing views. Here’s how you will easily fall in love with Prague at first sight.
1. Take an early morning walk across the Charles bridge
The central landmark in Prague is the beautiful Charles bridge (Karluv Most), connecting both sides of the city over the Vltava river. The best time to walk the bridge is early in the morning, when it is not crowded. I did an early morning walk just after sunrise when the city was still very quiet and peaceful. During the day it will be a busy place full of street vendors, painters and street musicians. For nice panoramic views over the bridge and Prague Castle, you can climb the Old Bridge Tower at the Old Town’s side.
2. Stay in Mala Strana area
As I was staying in Mala Strana, I was lucky to get around this wonderful neighbourhoud everyday. In Mala Strana, you will find the cutest pastel houses, ancient cobblestone streets and romantic arches around every corner. It is the perfect area to aimlessly wander around and discover new sights every time. At the same time, Mala Strana is a more quiet area so perfect to relax after a full day of walking around Prague. If you are staying in the area, you are still very close to the Charles bridge so you can still easily get to the other side of the city. Also, if you are traveling on a budget it will be easier to find ‘cheaper’ accommodations in Mala Strana.
3. Visit Old Town Square
Old Town Square (Starometské namesti) is at the heart of the city of Prague. This stunning square is filled with beautiful architecture dating back to 12th century. The scenic views and vibrant atmosphere are making this place look like it belongs in a fairytale. The Old Town Square is also the perfect starting point for a visit of the Old Town, just pick one of the cobblestone alleys and start. For great views over the square and the typical red rooftops, I would recommend climbing either the Old town hall or to go to Terasa U prince in front of the Astronomical Clock. The latter is one of the most insta famous places of Prague, offering some fancy cocktails and food as well. Make sure you make a reservation if you want to be one of the happy few.;-)
4. Watch the sunset at Naplavka
Only a few steps away from the Charles Bridge, I would recommend the relaxing riverside of Mala Strana. More specifically, find your way to Naplavka to stroll the riverfront and watch the sunset. Nothing beats watching the sun go down out by the river, next to dozens of beautiful white swans. The golden hour at Naplavka was the most magical moment of my trip and I bet it will make you fall in love with Prague as well.
Last but not least, if you want to enjoy the beauty of Prague to the fullest you should definitely consider traveling in low or off season. It will be easier to get around the city, enjoy the views and visit Prague’s main attractions without any queues. As I was traveling at the end of February, I was able to enjoy Prague on my own terms far away from the tourist crowds. The end of winter and beginning of spring is a great time as temperatures are rising. Highly recommended!