Things to do around Prague
Things to do around Prague
While the neighborhood that the school is located in, Zizkov, houses an amazing selection of restaurants and bars, there are many other districts to explore in Prague. Just a short distance from school, the Karlin neighborhood is part of Prague 8. Starting at the bus station Florence and extending east behind the Vitkov park, Karlin is filled with cool bistros and cultural activities.
One of the best cafes to visit if you’re interested in exploring the neighborhood is Kasarna Karlin. Located in old army barracks, the square makes great use of the space by not only making it open to the community but by also housing an exposition of the history of the barracks on the walls of the square itself. As a bonus, they also host outdoor movie screenings during the summer.
Located on the waterfront next to Prague 4, Vyšehrad is a beautiful medieval castle that offers activities year-round. The castle holds the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul, behind which is the Vyšehrad cemetery that holds many historical czech figures, such as Alphonse Mucha and Antonín Dvorák.
While the castle offers amazing views of Prague year-round, the best time to go is on a clear, sunny day. Enjoy a cold or hot beverage at Hospůdka Na Hradbách, a beer garden at the entrance of the castle, and enjoy the scenery.
Vitkov is a park whose first written account dates back to the 14th century! A short distance from school, Vikov holds a monument to a 19th century leader which can be seen from almost everywhere in Prague. While it’s history has an important place in Czech history, today it is enjoyed by many as a place to visit the National Museum, take a nice jog, or simply have a nice spring picnic.
While the park can be visited all year round and doesn’t close, my favorite time to go is in the spring. In my opinion, it is the best time to enjoy the cherry blossoms before there are a lot of tourists. Bring a blanket and admire the views of the city!
Located on the Vltavska, the Czech National Theater was unveiled to the public during the late 19th century and is considered by many as the epicenter of Czech opera. A beautiful building both inside and out, seeing at least one show at the theater is a must if you’re staying in Prague for a while. It can also make for a great gift – I received some tickets for my birthday!
Playing mostly classical pieces, the theater offers shows in three genres: ballet, drama and, of course, opera. A great excuse to dress up, my favorite part about the theater was the incredible view from the balconies outside the theater. Depending on what show you choose to see, the tickets can be quite affordable.
Sapa Market is located in the southern part of Prague 4 in the Prague Libuš neighborhood. Located about an hour away from the center of Prague, this market is home to dozens of Vietnamese restaurants, boutiques and grocery stores. While many of the shops are reserved for wholesale business, you can enjoy many delicious, authentic dishes and drinks. If you’re interested in learning more about the market, there are guided tours available.
Outdoor Activities Near Prague
This abandoned quarry is located in the Beroun District and is surrounded by hike trails, picnic spots and scenic views. If you’ve already visited Karlštejn and want to explore more of the area, the hike trail can be accessed starting from the train station Karlštejn.
The university often offers guided trips to Karlštejn, which dates back all the way to 1348. Commissioned by the then King of Bohemia, Charles IV, the gothic castle is one of the many castles located in or near Prague. While it is a beautiful trip to make year-round, it can be best to experience it during the fall and the early spring!