Prague City Breaks – What You Need to Know
Hradcany District a.k.a The Castle District
Overview: This famous area of Prague is overshadowed by the biggest castle complex in Europe. Don’t visit Prague Castle expecting to see a massive palace, instead you’ll find vast grounds made up of a variety of palaces, churches, galleries, museums and gardens. It’s definitely worth a visit to see explore of Prague’s famous gothic architecture.
Where to eat: Be careful, many of the eateries around the castle are tourist traps. But if you’re starving and can’t make it to Mala Strana, head to Maly Buddha – a reasonable priced Asian restaurant that serves about 40 different types of tea.
Keep it cheap: You can pay for a long or short tour ticket to the castle grounds, but it’s free to visit the First Courtyard, the Royal Gardens and St Vitus Cathedral.
Mala Strana District
Overview: This tiny area is next to Hradcany, on the west side of the Vltava River. It’s always busy here, but its home to some of Prague’s most iconic attractions. You can trek up Petrin Hill (or pay to go up on the funicular railway) and enjoy the vintage amusements at the top. Or you can soak up the bohemian atmosphere in one of the traditional pubs and admire the winding streets and baroque style buildings.
Where to eat: Café Savoy has an excellent reputation and serves up an amazing breakfast. You can also book ahead for an evening meal. It serves excellent coffees and a decent wine list.
Keep it cheap: Explore Charles Bridge at sunrise to enjoy spectacular views of the city without the usual busy crowds.
Old Town District
Overview: It sounds cliché but the best way to explore the heart of Prague is to get lost in the winding alleys and lanes of Old Town. However, if you’re short on time, make sure you see the views from the Old Town Bridge Tower, haggle at Havelska Market and take the obligatory photo of the astronomical clock.
Where to eat: Tuck into some tasty food at the U Sadlu restaurant. Ignore the cheesy medieval décor and you’ll find a reasonably priced restaurant with a delicious traditional Czech menu. Enjoy dishes like roasted duck, stew with dumplings and sausage with sauerkraut, all nicely washed down with local beer.
Keep it cheap: Visit the Church of Our Lady Tyn for free, and admire its gothic towers and the tomb of Tycho Brahe, a famous character in the fields of astronomy, astrology and alchemy!
New Town District
Overview: Don’t be fooled, New Town is still incredibly old; it dates back to the 14th century and is home to a lot of important Prague history. New Town is popular with visiting groups on clubbing holidays as its home to a lot of the major nightclubs and bars in Prague. In a very old city, New Town boasts some contemporary architecture that’s definitely worth a photograph.
Where to eat: Enjoy some quality Italian food at the Kogo restaurant. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for enjoying pizza and pasta dishes, or steak and seafood if your budget allows it.
Keep it cheap: Discover the world’s only Cubist lamppost and the bizarre Dancing Building for free in New Town.
Put together by Steph Sheehan, expert for cheap travels in Prague for lowcostholidays.com