With its rich cultural heritage and myriad cafes, bars and historic architectural attractions, Prague is an amazing place to visit. However, while there are plenty of famous attractions, advertised to tourists as “the things to see” when you visit, it’d be a shame to stop at those. Here we have compiled some of our lesser-known favourites so you too can experience some of the off-the-beaten-track parts of Prague.
Vrtbovská zahrada, Karmelitská
A gorgeous terraced garden situated in the very centre of Prague, there are few better places to come for views of the city. Despite its central location and excellent views, the garden is reasonably quiet, making for a lovely, relaxed atmosphere, and has its own Wi-Fi, should you want a quiet, beautiful place in which to work.
The Vysehrad, also known as the “Castle on the Heights”, is a gorgeous section of Prague. Attractions include Gothic ruins, a church and a cemetery, as well as the spectacular views of the city, reminiscent of those from Gaudí’s Park Güell in Barcelona. Entry to the Vysehrad is also free, meaning you can save your money for other parts of your trip.
The White Whale, Male Namesti
A true locals’ bar, the White Whale is the place to visit if you want to drink like a resident. Small, low-key and easy-to-miss, the Whale is open all day, and is ideal when you feel like a break from the crowded cobbled streets and the constant walking of a sightseeing holiday in Prague.
St. Michael’s Church, Petřín Hill
Tucked behind the trees of Kinský Gardens, St. Michael’s church is as small as it is weird. Three squat, tapered, lumpy spires make up the roof of the church, which is one of Prague’s finest churches, albeit in a very different sense to the city’s more grandiose Baroque and Gothic buildings. This part of the gardens is also rarely frequented and quiet, making for a nice, peaceful atmosphere.
Love Lock Bridge, Velkoprevorske Namesti
This nameless bridge follows in the tradition of Europe’s other love lock bridges, where couples will scratch their name into a padlock, lock it to the bridge and discard the key in a symbol of unbreakable love. This is a particularly attractive example, however, as densely clustered with multicoloured locks as a vine with ripe grapes. Well worth a visit.
Friends Coffee House, Wenceslas Square
Near the famous square is this quiet, virtually unknown little café. With a free miniature library and coffee roasted on the premises, the Friends Coffee House makes for a relaxing little oasis from the bustle of the city.
How to Get To Prague
For those interested in train travel, Prague is reachable from many destinations, being the country’s primary rail transport hub. This makes it popular among Interrailers as well as those who simply enjoy travelling by train. Travel within Prague is possible via tram and the metro. Prague also has an airport, from which we offer a Prague airport to city transfer service.
Where to Stay
Hostel Downtown – With a central location and clean, comfortable no-frills accommodation, Hostel Downtown is ideal for those on a budget. Featuring Wi-Fi, a lounge, computers, laundry service and shared bathrooms, the hostel is simple but comfortable, and about a five minute walk away from Národní Třída Metro Station, making it an ideal place from which to base your sightseeing.
Wandering Praha B&B – With private and shared bathrooms and an in-house laundry service, Wandering Praha is a charming, family-run bed and breakfast that prides itself on being welcoming, clean and comfortable. A good choice for those still in search of excellent value, but wanting more privacy and comfort than a hostel can offer.
Alchymist Prague Castle Suites – For those with a taste for grandeur, Alchymist offers unforgettable luxury accommodation. From its Italian-fitted rooms to its marble bathrooms, from its daily wine and cheese tastings to its butler service, Alchymist promises to deliver everything you could want from your hotel, and then some. Alchymist also features a gym, complete with sauna and hot tub, and is located just over five minutes on foot from the world famous Prague Castle.