About View From Prague blog
Prague is a pretty amazing place to be in and I’m not just saying that because this blog is all about Prague!
In this – oh-not-so-traditional Prague travel guide, I want to show you that you can enjoy Prague for what it is, in an easy-going kind of way and a non-touristy kind of way.
Yes, it’s good to visit all the obvious places, like Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Old Time Square; but it’s also great just to step away from the crowds and find a quiet coffee shop and just enjoy watching people go by.
I want to share with you my tips on getting the most from your first visit and how to discover parts of Prague that are perhaps not always mentioned in the traditional guide books.
I love history, and quirky stories about connections between people and places and I mostly explore Prague on the foot, so that I don’t miss anything.
I also love using the tram network, which gives you a chance to speed up things a little but still gets a sense of the different Prague areas, atmosphere and people. Recently I had a great fun designing a self-guided Prague tour based on the tram no 22 and I think I’ll do that with other tram routes too.
There is so much to see in Prague, but don’t feel that if you can’t see everything you have somehow failed as the intrepid tourist that you are. The best thing is that there is always something left for your next visit!
I’ve always enjoyed travelling and exploring new places but very rarely read the guide books before I visit.
I realised this was because I just wanted to experience my trip without worrying about missing out on the ‘top 10 tourist attractions and just enjoy finding things for myself.
But I always read the guidebook at the end of each day!
Apart from the centre of Prague I also love exploring the outskirts of Prague and finding amazing places like Pruhonice Park, walks around the Vltava river or forgotten chateaus and castles.
Since the public transport in Prague is so accessible, it’s also ever so easy to leave the city for a day out whether it’s to do a long day hike in the countryside or visit the historic town of Pardubice.
Before I moved to London 25 years ago, I took Prague a little bit for granted.
I studied and worked there, which meant that most of the time I would be rushing between lectures or the office or catching a train to get back home as I lived just outside Prague.
Prague was just a town, where I went to school or work and I prefered to spend my free time travelling around the Czech Republic and hiking in the countryside.
After I moved to London, I started to come back to Prague to spend my holidays here. And this is where things changed.
I started to explore Prague with different eyes. I had the time to sit in the Stromovka park and read a book or visit a museum that I’d been to last time when I was on a school trip as a child.
A lot of things have changed over the years and sometimes I really felt like a first time visitor, when a new building sprang up from nowhere, shops or places got re-named or new underground stations appeared.
For the last 5 years, I have had the most amazing opportunity to start spending even more time in Prague travelling, exploring and re-visiting Prague and the Czech Republic. It’s been a great adventure so far and I can’t wait to see what 2023 brings!