Big thanks to Singtel Mio Tv and Travel Channel for sponsoring the first leg of our trip! It was my second visit to the Czech Republic and there was still so much to experience. The Corinthia Hotel Prague was lovely and it was kind of fun speaking to the camera and reacting to our itinerary (hopefully we didn’t look too awkward).
Anyway here’s a list of my Top 5 for the Czech Republic. It’s a mix of touristy stuff, culture and adventure.
(1) Getting lost around the Old Town Square
From an ever-changing cast of jazz musicians, street artists and dance crews, to alfresco diners, horse carriages and hordes of tourists snapping away, the Old Town Square in Prague is brimming with life. The cobbled square and her surroundings have largely remained untouched since the 10th century and is a great place to sit, tourist watch and bask in the charm. It is also an awesome place to start wandering as many of the main attractions are just around the corner.
Japanese basker doing his thing
(2) Explore the Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj) and beyond
Northeast of Prague, this picturesque protected region of rugged castles, bizarre rock formations and cosy villages amongst the pine forests make a great day trip away from Prague. Well marked trails pass through most of the towns and villages of the region, so it’s easy for anyone to hike or cycle around. A funicular ride up Ještěd offers excellent views during clear weather, but if you have a little more to spend, a bird’s eye view of Trosky Castle on a private plane isn’t too shabby too. ;)
Insane number of routes to choose from
For the more adventurous, there are many other areas like the Krkonoše Mountains where you can do multi-day treks. Look out for my next post on our Polish-Czech Friendship Trail adventure.
(3) Pivo (Czech Beer)
Drinking 264 pints of beer per person annually, the Czechs are the heaviest drinkers in the World. It is little wonder too as the first lager was supposedly brewed here. There are bars around every corner and beer is really cheap (well compared to Singapore everywhere is cheap). Light beers are most commonplace though darker ales and shandies (beer with soda) can be found too. Wanted to check out the oldest brewery U Fleků at first but didn’t get the chance. Reviews say they have really authentic Czech bar food so check it out if you’re heading there and let me know!
That said, it is still a really safe country and the only drunks you’ll probably meet on the street are Europeans here for their stag or hen’s night.
(4) Immerse yourself in history
From medieval times, being part of the Holy Roman Empire, World War periods, to post war communism and the Velvet Revolution, the country has gone through a long and varied history. The beautiful thing is, you can still find well preserved pieces of history throughout the country. And there are many free/affordable walking tours in Prague that help you appreciate and discover the baroque churches, Jewish quarters, communist secrets, medieval astronomical clocks and even beer!
(5) King Charles IV’s Legacy
Of all the things left behind throughout history, King Charles IV’s legacy is probably the most visible. In fact there is no escape as most of the main attractions like the Old Town, New Town (founded in the 13th Century, it’s not that new actually), Charles University, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral, are attributed to him. So embrace it and maybe even rent a Segway if you are tired of walking (ok no I don’t recommend the Segway unless it’s free).
p.s. Despite having the biggest club in Central Europe, nightlife isn’t that fantastic if you are used to partying in Singapore. There are plenty of nice small bar/clubs and strip clubs though!
So what are some of your favourite sights and experiences? Share them with me