Living up to its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the old world charm of Prague has enchanted countless visitors over the years. The delicate architecture, priceless works of art and richly storied past make the capital of the Czech Republic a must-see destination for the traveller with an open heart and a yearning for knowledge.
Prague’s iconic sights are well documented – including the stunning St Vitus Cathedral, the imposing Prague Castle and the graceful romantic lines of the Charles Bridge – but as in any ancient European capital, there are many more that are not so well known.
The John Lennon Wall
You certainly don’t have to be a fan of the mop-topped four to appreciate both the hopefulness and despair of this site. Created in the 1980’s as an outlet for students to protest the constraints of the communist regime under which they existed, the wall became a symbol of rebellion for creative youth of the city. Today, while perhaps more a nod to nostalgia than a political statement, it’s still a living work of art, with both locals and tourists contributing to its ever-changing façade.
The Prague Metronome
This quirky piece of Prague’s history marks the spot where the infamous dictator, Stalin, once sat and ruled with an iron fist. It’s certainly not hard to see why – the views over the city are amazing! This giant piece of art really is as it sounds: a functional metronome, which was created in 1991 by Vratislav Novak to occupy the space once home to a statue of Stalin. Today, the area around Letna Park is a vibrant meeting place for the youth of the city, who come to talk, drink at the nearby Letna Beer Garden, and enjoy the concrete fun of what is, essentially, a giant skateboard park.
This tranquil, ambient cemetery is situated on the site of the very first settlement in the city. In a show of reignited national pride and identity, the cemetery was established in 1880’s as a fitting tribute to the important and much-loved artists, poets, philosophers and academics of the time. Wandering through the leafy, twisting pathways lined with intricately carved headstones and emotive, whimsical sculptures is a relaxing and thought-provoking way to spend an afternoon.
By all means take in the inspiring well-known attractions of Prague, but if you want to explore a slightly different aspect of this wonderful city, wander the back streets, take a turn around a blind corner, and seek out some of the quirkier sights as well.
How to Get to Prague
Located to the northwest of the city centre, Prague Airport is the city’s main international airport (although there are three smaller airports as well). At around 20 kilometres from the city, the journey by road from the airport to central accommodation in Prague will take around 30 minutes. Shuttle Direct provides a range of pre-booked Prague airport transfers on a shared or private basis. Our fully insured, comfortable vehicles and friendly drivers will enable you to arrive at your accommodation calm, relaxed and with no hold-ups.
Where to Stay
ATS Hostel Arnosta – For excellent accommodation on a budget, ATS Hostel Arnosta offers the perfect solution in the centre of Prague. With a number of options, the rooms are all clean, airy and light. There are shared bathroom facilities and a communal kitchen for guests’ use. The ATS Hostel Arnosta is just a kilometre from the historic Old Town and a short walk from Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge.
Cloister Inn Hotel – Situated in the centre of the city in a very quiet location, the Cloister Inn Hotel offers the best of both worlds. The well-appointed rooms feature an elegant décor, modern bathrooms, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The Cloister Inn Hotel is just five minutes’ from the Charles Bridge and a short walk from the historic Old Town.
Hotel Kings Court – The elegantly appointed 5-star Hotel Kings Court boasts a prime location in central Prague, close to the exclusive Na Prikope shopping precinct. The luxurious rooms feature chic décor, air-conditioning and flat screen TVs. The onsite Spa Kings Court offers a steam bath, Finnish sauna and a pool, while the Vodka lobby bar and restaurant provide views of Republic Square.