The 5 Best Things to do in Prague
1. Visit the Prague Zoo
The Prague Zoo is easily one of the worlds best zoos. The Zoo is located several miles outside of the city center and encompasses a vast portion of land overlooking Prague. Not only will you see many extraordinary animals, but you will also have one of the best views of Prague from atop the Zoo’s hill. To add to the Prague Zoo’s excellent location is its excellent and often interactive exhibits. You can go to lemur island to feed ring-tailed lemur’s or head into the Indonesian exhibit where free flying fruit bats swoop past you (warning, this can be quite frightening).
My personal favorite exhibit was that of the Chinese giant salamander, one of the most endangered species on the planet. Prague Zoo is one of only a handful of zoos that are able to properly care for and exhibit these ancient giants. They currently hold the worlds largest Chinese giant salamander (which is simultaneously the worlds largest amphibian) named Karlo.
The Zoo will cost you around 200 Czech crowns, about 9 dollars, and even less if you are a student. Tickets can be bought at the door, for more information about the Prague Zoo visit their website, here.
2. See Prague Castle
In the center of Prague lies Prague Castle, the largest castle compound in all of Europe. Here you will find incredible views of the city paired with history of Prague and it’s castle. You can walk the castle grounds and cathedral for free. However, if you want to see inside the castle you will have to pay for one or all of the tours or exhibitions offered. Heres a look at the different tickets offered:
You can buy your tickets on site, each ticket will vary slightly in cost from 350 to 250 Czech crowns ($15 to $11) and will be less with a student ID. For more information about ticket prices, visit their website here.
3. Explore the Museums
Prague has many museums, ranging from specialized museums such as the Jewish Museum or Communism Museum to larger museums like the National Technology Museum. Here’s more about some of the best Museums in Prague:
Price: $13 for adults, $11 for students
My personal favorite museum in Prague, the Communism Museum, walks you through the history of communism in the Czech Republic from just before Hitler came to power until the fall of the Berlin Wall. The museum does an excellent job of giving perspective on what life was really like for Czech people during the decades of communist rule in the country.
Price: $7 for adults, $5 for students
The National Technical Museum gives you an excellent, hands-on, look into how many of todays modern technologies were constructed. From the invention of cameras to cars, planes, and more, the National Technical Museum covers a large breadth of technological advancement throughout history.
Price: Between $15 – $10 depending on ticket, $23 for both
Here you can explore some of Prague’s ancient synagogues, see the Old Jewish Cemetery, and explore some of Prague’s Jewish quarter. Their are two separate tickets or a package of both tickets that you can buy. Each will show you different synagogues and aspects of the famous Jewish quarter. Here is a link to their website with all ticket details.
4. Go for a Hike
Outside of the city center of Prague there are multiple beautiful hikes and biking pathways to explore. One of the most popular hikes starts at a McDonald’s (of all places) and ascends into a view over one of Prague’s national parks before descending into the park itself. For the location of the hike entrance, click here. Simply, follow the steps down behind the McDonald’s to begin your hike. Fortunately, the location can easily be reached via public transport.
5. Try the Street Food
Nearly every street in Prague will have someone selling the pastry, trdelník. Essentially, trdelnik is a rolled piece of soft dough, similar to donut, that is rolled around a spit and roasted over coals. The pastry is then coated with cinnamon and sugar and sometimes filled with cream, Nutella or ice-cream. Personally, I found that plain trdelnik’s tasted the best. Also, make sure that whatever vendor you buy from is cooking the pastry over coals not gas. Cooking over coals is the traditional manner in which trdelnik are cooked and, in my opinion, taste better too.
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