Prague is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and it’s true! However, beauty attracts people and if you visit Prague during the high season – which basically starts at the end of April, so I’ve noticed – you can’t get over the fact that there are a LOT of people. Today I’m sharing 4 ways to escape from busy, touristy Prague!
I don’t think I need to explain how the famous old town of Prague looks during the high season. Want to see the astronomical clock? Get in line! Drink a beer on one of the touristic squares? Be prepared to pay extra and so on. Now, if you’re a bit like me and you don’t like masses of people around you (and you don’t enjoy holding on to your bag like it’s your baby), try and escape the busy parts for just a little bit. Here’s how:
How to escape touristy Prague
Explore Prague sector 2
Walk up the Wenceslas square until you reach the museum. Walk around that and you’ll notice that there are NO tourists. What you can find there is a very popular neighborhood amongst locals with beautiful, big apartment buildings and great restaurants. Wandering through Prague 2 was like a breath of fresh air to me. Metro stop: Namesti Miru or Museum
Another castle, yet least touristic as the famous castle where ALL the people go. I’ll admit that you will find some tourism here but in small doses I found it to be a quite enjoyable experience. When you walk up the hill, you’ll find many things to see, including the castle, a beautiful park, a cemetery and a few great restaurants.
Extra tip: Don’t forget to take a look at the suicide bridge. This bridge was very popular for committing suicide back in the day. Since then they placed a fence and the attempts drastically decreased. Maybe not so fun but certainly interesting!
Metro stop: Vysehrad
A tour agency that connects tourists to locals. If you’re sick of seeing touristic Prague, book an experience with one of Guidilo’s locals to see something different. I did two experiences with them and I can’t tell you enough how much I’ve learned by doing that. Also, it made me discover Prague sector 2 for which I’m still very grateful.
When you need just a few minutes of pulling yourself together (read: trying not to kick people because it’s just so overwhelming), try the Cathedral Café! Their slogan is ‘a little touch of heaven’ and being located just behind the very busy central square their garden is indeed a place to chill out while sipping on their delicious coffee.
Address: Tynska 11