Our world keeps changing and evolving constantly. Recently in this modern world, we often fall victim to fast life and routine. Travelling and vacations are what bring a little happiness to our lethal routine of life. But even so, we often wish for a short venture rather than a full week of holidays because they can energize us during the long days of work. Therefore, one-night trips are the best solutions for getting a combination of relaxing, exploring, and discovering.
Europe is one of the safest and most comfortable choices for backpackers and in general, one of the most favorite destinations for travelers. Whether you’re from Europe and wish for an escape to a different city or you’re on a trip around Europe, then a one-night trip to Prague is perfect for you.
How to get there
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic and as the Czechs say it is the center of Europe. For this reason, it is easy to visit and travel to and from other major cities in central Europe such as Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, or Krakow.
There are several travel agencies to help anyone with their trip to Prague. For example, there is Ryanair (airline), Wizz Air (airline), Regiojet (buses and trains), or FlixBus (buses) that are affordable for everyone.
Where to stay
Prague, as a popular destination, has several choices for accommodation from hostels, hotels, and Airbnb. Generally, when I travel to a new destination, I prefer a hostel or a hotel (depending on affordability and type of trip). When in a hostel or a hotel, you often have the chance to meet both travelers and local staff that can provide you with valuable information and recommendations for your trip.
Prague is divided into smaller parts that are well connected with public transportation. Usually, travelers prefer Prague 1 since it’s the most touristic concentrated part of Prague and is the closest to all attractions filled with restaurants, bars, and shops.
If you prefer a cheaper accommodation, but within the boundaries of the center, then Prague 4 will be best for you. It’s generally a residential area and quieter but has several hostels and pensions at affordable prices. Prague 4 is located by the river, and there is both a tram and a bus service by the river as well the red metro line, C.
Another popular part is Prague 8, which has metro connections with Republic Square and Wenceslas Square, two major touristic areas. Karlin, an area of Prague 8, provides several services for travelers such as bars, restaurants, and shopping malls, and is a 20 to 30 minutes’ walk away from the center.
Although I only referred to Prague 1, 4, and 8, many other parts of Prague are filled with historical and touristic attractions as well as restaurants and bars that will make your stay more enjoyable. Furthermore, all areas are well connected with public transportation and can be reached from the center within 30 to 45 minutes with public transport.
What to do
Prague is the perfect destination for exploring history from medieval times until modern times in Europe. Experience food and lifestyle in central Europe and have a shopping spree in the many shopping malls in Europe. An excellent way to see Prague from a local’s point of view is to follow the walking tours that are provided every day on different locations and attractions.
Places to visit
The Republic Square is the entrance to the New Town through the Powder Tower. The New Town was established by the Bohemian King Charles IV in 1348. There you will find significant buildings and centers such as Municipal House, Czech National Bank, and Palladium, the largest shopping center of Prague 1. Adjust to the square, you’ll find Na příkopě street, the most expensive street in the country, which leads to Wenceslas square.
The Powder Tower
It’s one of the original 13 city gates of Prague and separates the Old Town from the New Town. It was built in 1475, and in the 17th century, it was used as gunpowder storage, hence its name as the Powder Tower. To get to the Powder Tower, you get off to the Republic Square from the yellow line, B, of the metro.
Old Town Square
As you move from the Powder Tower to Celetná Street, you will get to the Old Town Square. It is a historic part of the Old Town and is located between Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge. Significant buildings and attractions are the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, the Baroque St. Nicholas Church, the Old Town Hall, and the Jan Hus Memorial.
During Christmas, the Old Town Square hosts the largest Christmas market in the country. Frankly, it is one of the most beautiful and romantic places to be at Christmas time.
Prague Astronomical Clock
The Prague Astronomical Clock is probably what Prague is known all around the world. It is a medieval astronomical clock, and it dated back in 1410. It is the third oldest and the oldest operating astronomical clock in the world. If you follow the free walking tour, you’ll be able to listen to the very interesting and if the not dramatic story behind the clock. Its inventor Jan Růže who was blinded by the then Prague officials so that he won’t be able to repeat his work anywhere else. As revenge, Jan Růže disabled the clock, and it was not repaired until 100 years later.
Charles Bridge is the oldest bridge in the Czech Republic, and its construction started in 1357 by King Charles IV and was finalized in 1402. In the past, it was the only bridge that connected the Prague Castel with the Old Town of Prague. Therefore, it served both as a tram and bus line. Nowadays, after renovations, it is only a pedestrian and touristic attraction. Indeed, the bridge provides beautiful, romantic and scenic sceneries of the Vltava river, the Old Town and the Prague Castle.
Apart from the beautiful scenery, while crossing the bridge, you’ll have the chance to enjoy several artists performing music or art. Although, because of the numerous tourists that cross the bridge daily, I recommend you visit either very early in the morning or late at night to get a proper taste of the bridge and the scenery.
Prague Castle, according to the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world. It was constructed in the 9th century, and it served as the seat of Bohemian Kings and the Holy Roman emperors. Currently, it serves as the presidential office of the Czech Republic.
Prague Castle’s buildings represent every architectural style of the last millennium. They include Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, Romanesque Basilica of St George, a monastery and several palaces, gardens, and defense towers. Also, there are several museums and events or festivals within the castle.
Petřín Lookout Tower
It is a 63.5-meter-tall tower in Petřín Hill that can be reached by a half-hour walk or by the Petřín funicular. It was built in 1891 for the World’s Jubilee Exhibition, and it was inspired by the Eiffel Tower.
John Lennon Wall
Although it looks like any other typical wall with graffiti, the John Lennon Wall in Prague has a rich history. After the assassination of John Lennon in the 1980s, an unknown artist painted a single image of the singer on the wall alongside some lyrics. Afterward, the wall became a means of protest and objections of the people of Prague. Today the wall represents a symbol of love and peace.
It is a small island in the Vltava river and is located on the side of Malá Strana. Charles Bridge crosses its northern tip, and can it be reached by the street Na Kampě.
It’s one of the main squares of the city and is in the New Town. It has a rich history, and until today traditionally, demonstrations, celebrations, and other public events occur there. At the end of the square, there is the Czech National Museum.
Vyšehard is a historic fort that was built in the 10th century. Within the walls of the port, there is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul and Prague’s oldest Rotunda of St Martin from the 11th century, as well as the Vyšehard cemetery. Moreover, the fort gives magnificent scenery of both the Old and the New Town of Prague.
The Jewish Quarter or Josefov is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava river. In the 13th century, all Jewish were ordered to leave their homes and relocate to this area. The people of the Jewish ghetto endured many sufferings. Still, thankfully, the most significant historical buildings of the region remained and are a living testimony of the history of the Jews in Prague.
Some of the buildings include the Maisel Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Old-New Synagogue, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery.