Prague: a city full of Medieval magic

Recommendations for off-the-beaten-path places to see and explore in Prague.

Prague is one of the most popular European city destinations. Whether it is a city break or an extended stay, travelers have been descending on Prague ever since budget airlines began flying to the city’s airport. Prague attracted nearly 30 million foreign tourists in 2015 alone. Many of those who traveled to the city visited Prague’s rich historical venues and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

While it is a city of medieval magic, Prague also attracts hen and stag parties as men and women let their hair down for one last big party before marriage. Due to this, Prague has gained a reputation as a party city. Combined with its bars, clubs, and often times cheap drinks, groups can have plenty of fun in the city. Cheap prices for hotels, food, and drink was one of the initial reason tourists began visiting Prague. While prices have reason for certain things, the city is still relatively cheap to visit.

Travelers have a unique world view when visiting Prague. A CityPals guide can make the Medieval City even more magical with distinctive tours of hidden gems. Prague is a wonderful city and it is even better off the beaten path and away from groups of tourists.

Picture of Charles Bridge in the center of Prague which connects between the two old parts of the city.

Charles Bridge in the center of Prague connects between the two old parts of the city.

Divoká Šárka

While the city of Prague is a gorgeous medieval gem, Divoká Šárka provides travelers with a window into the Czech Republic’s countryside. The park is an ideal green space for hiking, golf, and even swimming on hot days. Divoká Šárka isn’t merely a park, but it is a wide-open valley with lush forests on all sides. It is easy to reach from the city center of Prague via tram. Travelers can spend an entire day stretching out in the wonderful park.

Picture of Divoká Šárka park in Prague during the fall.

Divoká Šárka park during the fall.

Petrín Lookout

The Petrín Lookout Tower is a miniature version of Paris’ Eiffel Tower. It stands 63-metres tall and provides gorgeous panoramic views of the Czech capital. Located on top of Petrín hill, the tower actually gives a much better view thanks to its location on top of it. A CityPals guide can give travelers all the history of Petrín Lookout Tower during the 30-minute walk up the hill. Travelers may prefer to take the funicular railway up the hill instead before climbing the tower’s steps.

Picture of Petrin Tower in Prague

After climbing 299 steps to the the top of Petrin Tower, travelers can enjoy spectacular views of Prague.

Kafka Museum and Statue

Franz Kafka’s writing is love by millions of people around the world. Called the “Dante of the 20th century”, Kafka’s work has touched people in the way that only true literary artists can. The Kafka Museum is dedicated to the writer’s life and work. Visitors can tour the museum and find out more about the legendary novelist. Anyone not familiar with Kafka’s work can certainly learn all about why he is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. There is also a giant statue of Kafka’s head travelers can snap selfies in front of. Problem is, the statue is so big, it may be difficult to get all of Kafka in the frame.

Picture of David Černý's Statue of peeing men outside the Kafka Museum in Prague

David Černý‘s Statue of peeing men outside the Kafka Museum.

Alternative Art

After the fall of communism in 1989, Prague experienced an increase in art, creativeness, and expression. For 41 years, the communist regime suppressed any kind of individualism in the Czech Republic, yet once it ended, citizens began expressing themselves in new ways. Art was one of those ways and the city’s alternative art scene flourished. Abandoned buildings across the city have been transformed into art spaces. The Smichov neighborhood, a traditionally working-class area, has thrived as an alternative art hotspot. A CityPals guide can take travelers to all of the best art venues on a trip to the city.

Picture of wall art on a residential wall at Smichov Neighborhood in Prague

Nice artwork on a residential wall at Smichov Neighborhood in Prague

Museum of Torture

Prague is home to some cool, off the beaten path museums. From the Ghosts and Legends Museum to the Musical Instruments Museum, there are some interesting places to visit. Travelers looking for something a bit macabre and unique, can find it at the Museum of Torture. It contains around 100 exhibits of torture used throughout history. Some of the devices would have been used in medieval Prague. Located on Celetná Street in the center of Prague, visitors can get a look into the history of the disturbing devices located inside.

Picture of the entrance to the Museum of Torture in Prague

Dripstone Wall

Dripstone Wall is definitely freaky to view and it may leave some tourists with a few nightmares. Yet, it is one of the more unique travel sites in Prague. Built between 1623 and 1630, the Wallenstein Palace is the location of the Dripstone Wall. Situated in an area called the Grotto, the wall looks like a collection of skulls dripping blood from the distance. Upon closer inspection, travelers realize the wall is actually made up of rocks coming out of the structure. It is believed there could be a passage way into the Dripstone Wall as the design makes it appear there is one. However, no one has ever found a hidden passage inside in the more than five centuries since the palace was built.

Picture of the Dripstone Wall in Prague

Prague offers tourists an extraordinary travel adventure. Whether visitors want to see some of the top tourist sites or something off the beaten path, a CityPals guide can show them the best parts of The Medieval City.

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Comments (1):

  1. Martina

    January 15, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Quite true! I am from Prague and there is so much in my city to explore! I would just like to add to the Petrin Hill that it is the best place to visit for families. The funicular ride is fun for all kids, once up there they can take a pony/horse ride from the station to the Petrin Tower for a few dollars each, and right next to the tower there is a Miniature castle with a mirror maze and a room of fun curved mirrors inside. There are also several playgrounds on the hill. Your children would also enjoy hearing a legend about the medieval defensive wall running down the hill and why it is called Hladova (Hungry) Wall.

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