Famous Prague Sites to See
Less than thirty kilometres from Villa Gineta lies one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Prague has been called The City of Hundred Spires, Golden Prague, and The Mother of Cities for a reason. You can immerse yourself in its rich history, dive into the culture, and wonder at its magnificent architecture.
You can explore the five historic quarters of Prague, including Hradčany, with the impressive Prague Castle, Malá Strana (Lesser Town) on the left bank, and crossing to the right bank over the famous Charles Bridge. This leads you into Staré Město (Old Town) with its unique Jewish quarter Josefov, and onto the lively Nové Město.
The city has something for everyone, with theatres, operas, concerts, shopping, cafes and restaurants.
While Prague offers a wide range of cuisines from all over the world, it would be a shame to leave the Golden City without sampling some of its traditional culinary delights.
Prague’s classic dish, known as vepřo-knedlo-zelo to the locals, is a heavy platter of pork, dumplings and sauerkraut usually accompanied by litres of beer to ensure proper digestion. Another favourite, svíčková, is a lean, tender cut of beef, ladled with zesty cream sauce.
Classic Czech goulash or schnitzel (řízek) are still to be found just about everywhere, alongside Prague’s golden lagers. It is also worthwhile looking out for the ‘’tankové pivo’’ signs, which indicate a special supply of unpasteurised beer kept in steel containers shipped direct from the breweries – surely the finest Pilsner, Gambrinus or Bernard available.
Off the Beaten Path
Apart from the main tourist attractions, Prague also has many interesting things to do off the beaten path. In Žižkov, the Prague TV tower, with its alien babies crawling up its side. You can take a ride to the viewing platform and enjoy a drink at the bistro-bar while taking in the 360 degree view of the city. Located in the Vyšehrad castle, the Vyšehrad Cemetary is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places in Prague. You can see the tombs of a very important group of Czechs, such as art-nouveau artist Alfons Mucha, Karel Čapek, writer and inventor of the term robot, and composer Antonín Dvořák. The artwork and tombstone sculptures make the cemetery alone worth a visit. Ask Phillippe for more secrets!
Prague has an excellent public transportation system of metros, buses and trams, which are an easy and inexpensive way to get around the city. The metro system stops running at 12am, but there are night buses and trams for those wanting to explore the nightlife.
Beware of pickpockets, especially in the touristy areas and on the trams. At currency exchange offices, be careful as the exchange rate posted is sometimes not the rate you receive. Confirm the rate and the amount you will receive before handing over any money. Similarly, there are a lot of rogue taxi drivers, who take advantage of tourists. It is always safer to call one of the reputable taxi companies, such as AAA or Modrý Andel.