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Dobry den! When I travel, I am looking for a cultural experience. I like to interact with people, learn about the country’s history, and architecture is like candy to my eyes. If you’re like me, then you’ll love Prague. Here’s how I would describe Prague: colorful, rich in history, and proud.

As Prague is a very popular travel destination, you might sometimes find it featured on Flytrippers’ cheap flight deals page. You can also use any deal to Europe and the self-transfer tip to fly to Prague for a lot less!

Here are the 3 reasons I loved this city — and my top 5 things to do and see in Prague.


Introduction to Prague

Let’s start with some history: Prague (Praha in Czech) was founded in the 7th century, during the Romanesque era.

Today, Prague is the capital of Czechia (known by its long form name, the Czech Republic, prior to 2016), a country that gained back its independence from the Soviet Union in 1989 through the Velvet Revolution, when the communist regime collapsed. 

The Dancing House, also called Ginger and Fred (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


When my husband and I started planning our honeymoon, we were researching different capital cities, looking for something different.

We wanted to get a taste of Central Europe, and based on pictures and what we had heard of it, Prague seemed like a perfect choice. And we were charmed by the beauty of the city and its people!

A view from the heights of Prague (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


3 reasons to visit Prague

Here are my main reasons to visit the Czech capital.


1. Medieval Prague

First, because of its history and geographical location, you might think Prague is a grey, cold capital. On the contrary!

The pastel-colored baroque buildings brighten up the city like no other, so a walk in Prague is like candy for the eyes, even on rainy days (we did experience quite a bit of rain there).

Colors of the Old Town (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


The capital has a rich medieval history and thankfully, a lot of its medieval architecture has survived for centuries and can be admired today.

There are several Gothic churches, like the St. Vitus Cathedral or the St. Nicholas Church. And, of course, the famous medieval Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock is the center of attention at the Old Town Square (the Staromestske namesti).

The Astronomical Clock (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


2. The people

Prague will charm you with the warmth and kindness of its people. As both a graduate in languages and a passionate language learner, I always make it a point to learn a few words in the language of the country I visit. Learning some Czech enriched my experience in this beautiful capital.

Musicians playing for tourists in the Old Town


We all know people appreciate it when visitors make an effort to learn some words in their language; it shows an interest in their culture and creates more significant interactions. Especially in such a touristy destination!

We had the opportunity to chat with a few people during our stay and all were most welcoming!

The famous John Lennon Wall filled with graffiti (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


The Czechs are proud people who have a reason to be proud!

Due to their oppressive past under the rule of the Soviet Union, they have an aversion to everything Russian. Having fought to regain their country’s independence and escape the communist era, they are really proud of their Czech culture, language, and history.

The colors of the Old Town (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


Coming from a French-Canadian background with its own history of language and cultural identity struggles, it truly touched me to see the Czech people’s pride and strong cultural identity.

In fact, the Museum of Communism is a must for someone who wishes to learn about the Czechs’ communist history to understand where these people come from and what they have overcome.

A photoshoot in the streets of Prague (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


3. Czech specialties

I no longer eat meat, but I wasn’t a vegetarian yet back when I visited Prague and the traditional Czech meals like the svickova or the goulash were delicious. Czech cuisine is very tasty. The meals are traditional, somewhat heavy, and very affordable!

The knedliky, a traditional Czech boiled dumpling made of bread is a staple food. It accompanies many traditional meals and is really good with the cream sauce served in the svickova (sirloin steak with vegetables and cream sauce).

For dessert, the trdelnik is a traditional pastry made from fried dough in the form of a cylinder filled with sugar, Nutella, and fruits. Delicious!!!

Enjoying a trdelnik (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


Finally, if you like beer, you’ll be pleased! According to my husband, Czech beers are both delicious and ridiculously cheap!

Pilsner beers were invented in the country, after all!

Husband enjoying Czech Pilsner (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


Top 5 best things to do and see in Prague

So what is there to do in Prague? Here are my top 5!


1. Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)

Constructed during the medieval era, the popular Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava River and is a beautiful piece of architecture! It also gives you a great view of the city.

Charles Bridge overlooking the Vltava river (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


2. Old Town (Staré Mesto)

The Old Town has the Staromestske namesti, a large square in the city’s center, with colorful buildings, churches, terraces, and restaurants. And of course, the Old Town Hall with its popular 600-year-old medieval Astronomical Clock (or Orloj). Interesting fact: since 1992, the historic center of Prague has been one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Colorful streets of Prague (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


3. Walking tour of the city

Going on a walking tour is a must, in my opinion! It’s a great cultural experience as it allows you to discover the historical part of Prague on foot (you can do it with a tour guide so you get all kinds of historical information effortlessly, or on your own). Some tours, like ours, also included a quick cruise (with a glass of wine in hand) on the Vltava River and a delicious meal in a traditional medieval restaurant.


4. Museum of Communism

At first glance, the Museum of Communism does look like it needs to be slightly revamped. However, it’s a great exhibit if like me, you are interested in history in general and in the Czech communist period. You’ll learn about Czech society and life under the Communist regime through several videos, pictures, written texts, and actual items from that period. Understanding the Czechs’ communist past is essential to truly appreciate today’s Prague and the Czech people’s strong identity.


5. Prague Castle (Pražský hrad)

Seen in the background of almost all pictures of Prague, the Prague Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered an ancient symbol of the Czech state. Standing tall and wide on an area of 750,000 square feet, it is one of the largest castle complexes in the world and overlooks the Vltava River and the city. The Prague castle also serves as the office of the President of the Czech Republic.

Prague’s Old Town and the Prague Castle (photo credit: Emilie Vachon)


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Prague is a true gem where you can get the best of what traveling really is: discovering a culture of amazing and proud people, learning about the unique and rich history, contemplating beautiful architecture, and enjoying great local food! 

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Featured image: A view of Prague (photo credit: Emilie Vachon, Flytrippers guest-blogger)

Original publication date: April 10, 2019

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Emilie Vachon

The first time I traveled on another continent, I did it alone and I loved the experience. For me, traveling is an investment on ourselves, an opportunity to discover and learn. Travels are enriching and essential experiences. I am passionate about history, writing and photography and I love to be able to combine all of my passions by sharing my travel experiences and the beauty of our world! Traveling for me is about walking for hours to discover new places, it's taking the time to contemplate breathtaking landscapes, it's about acquiring culture, but it's also about meeting exceptional people! My Instagram account is @lilirose_35 and my blog is

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Jean


    Quel walking tour recommandez vous? Merci

    1. Emilie Vachon

      Bonjour Jean!

      Je ne me rappelle pas le nom de la compagnie avec laquelle nous avions fait notre tour, mais je crois que c’était celui-ci:

      Nous avions un long tour de la ville et ses monuments historiques (en français!), la croisière sur le fleuve Vltava avec verre de vin/cocktail, et le lunch traditionnel dans un restaurant médiéval. Un tour de 6 heures en tout, en petit groupe de 12 personnes 🙂



  2. Debbie D.

    Prague looks absolutely amazing, thanks to your beautiful photos, Emilie! Love the “Fred & Ginger” house, especially, along with the history and baroque architecture. 🙂 Another one for the bucket list!

    1. Emilie Vachon

      Hello Debbie,
      Thank you so much for your message! Oh yes keep that one on your bucket list, it’s worth it! 🙂

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