The Best of Prague: A Prague Walking Guide

Medieval, magical and inviting… Prague is one of Europe’s most memorable cities that continues to awe me time after time, even after a handful of visits. The allure of the Charles Bridge on an icy morning in January, the beauty of a sunset in the warm summer nights and even the city covered in a thick layer of snow that brings your fingers to freeze through thick woolen gloves – there has been no time in Prague that I haven’t felt completely embraced by this intriguing city. And yet while Prague may look like a small town riddled with tales to span centuries, the city of Prague is sprawling with many different neighborhoods offering their own unique flair. Here’s how to discover the best of Prague in a self guided Prague walking guide.

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Know Before you Go: Prague for First Timers

If this is your first visit to Prague you have likely seen the postcard views, intriguing architecture, and perhaps fallen victim to the eery allure of the Charles Bridge on a winter’s morning. Each season brings a new feeling to the city of Prague, but in all honesty there is no bad time of year to visit. The first time I visited Prague was in a thick layer of knee-high snow in 2012, followed by a spring visit a couple of years later. The last time I found myself in Prague was at the end of Autumn and beginning of winter, but even an in-between season visit brought the magic of Prague I have come to know and love. It is without hesitation that I say the best way to see Prague is on foot, so be sure to pack some comfy shoes, a bottle of water, some cash for the endless amount of pitstops you are about to endure and get ready to see Prague!

Route walking time: 1 hour, 20 minutes without stops

Distance: 5.9 kilometres

1. Vrtba Garden

Although an unlikely and often unheard of point to commence your walking tour of Prague, Vrtba Garden is the perfect positioning to begin exploring the Prague’s lesser quarter. Built between 1715 & 1720, the garden was constructed in traditional baroque Italian style, with perfectly trimmed hedges in symmetrical formation. Not only is this a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle outside of the entrance, Vrtba Garden also offers magnificent views of the surrounding landscape, making it the perfect positioning to commence your walking tour of Prague. This is one of Prague’s few “lesser known” attractions that any visitor will tell you you cannot miss, so be sure to make the most of this insider tip and allow yourself a good hour here in the serenity!

What: Jardin vrtbovská

Where: Karmelitská 373/25, 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia

2. St. Nicholas Church

From the Vrtba Gardens, take a left toward St. Nicholas Church, a short 350 metre walk away. This church serves as a central point in the lesser quarter of Prague, where you can see the livelihood of this neighbourhood at every turn. Step inside to marvel at the baroque architecture of this church, which replaced a 13th century gothic church that was also dedicated to Saint Nicholas.

What: Baroque Church in Lesser Prague

Where: Malostranské nám., 118 00 Praha 1-Malá Strana, Czechia

3. Prague Castle

From the Church of Saint Nicholas, get ready to begin your upwards climb towards Prague Castle. Be sure not to miss Pražská čokoláda (Prgaue Chocolate), located at the base of the stairs and famous for their chocolate covered almonds (with free samples!) Be sure to allow at least an hour or more to explore the Prague Castle complex, as there is much to see once inside. This is also one of the most confusing castles to visit in Europe (if you ask me), with no clear indication of where to head next, so be sure to consider a hosted guide or at the very least an audio guide if you wish to make the most of your visit. The 9th Century Castle attracts many visitors each year, all vying for their photo of the straight-faced guards placed at the entrance to the castle. Be sure to drop by Golden Lane for a look at some artisanal shops, before heading onwards to St. Vitus Cathedral.

What: 9th Century Castle

Where: 119 08 Prague 1, Czechia

4. St. Vitus Cathedral

Located next to Prague Castle you will find St. Vitus Cathedral, home to the Archbishop of Prague. The history of this Roman Catholic church is almost as old as Prague itself, so be sure to step inside for a step back in time.

What: Gothic Cathedral

Where: III. nádvoří 48/2, 119 01 Praha 1, Czechia

5. Lennon Wall

Heading back down-hill, be sure to stop by the Lennon Wall before stepping foot on Prague’s most photographed attraction: The Charles Bridge. Just before you cross the bridge toward the Old Town of Prague, you will find this graffiti wall inspired by John Lennon, complete with song lyrics and peace signs, which was created in the 1980’s.

What: Lenon-inspired graffiti wall

Where: Velkopřevorské náměstí, 100 00 Praha 1, Czechia

6. Charles Bridge

Onwards to the Old Town, you absolutely cannot miss the chance to walk across the Charles Bridge: the reason many visitors choose to visit Prague! This historic bridge crosses the Vltava River and is hands down the biggest highlight of the city. Although overcrowded on a good day, the best way to see the bridge is once in the morning, once during the day, and once in the evening. The bridge boasts 16 arches and is lined with a total of 30 Baroque statues and figurines.

What: Historic Bridge named after King Charles IV

Where: Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia

7. Josefov

Completely surrounded by the Old Town, Josefov is a time warp neighbourhood previously known as the Jewish ghetto. As one of my favourite neighbourhoods to wander in Prague, today you will find an abundance of antiques stores, clock stores, postcards and souvenirs. One of the must see places in Josefov is the Hebrew clock on top of the Old Town Hall – located underneath the regular clock and running backwards.

What: Former Jewish ghetto

Where: Josefov (neighbourhood)

8. Old Town Square

As the historic centre of Prague, one absolutely cannot miss a visit (or a few visits!) to the Old Town Square of Prague. The various architectural styles are evident in one 360 turn, with an abundance of village life and attractions to visit within a short distance of one another. The best way to experience the Old Town is to wander through the many alleyways and boutiques without a plan or direction.

What: Historic Square in the Old Town

Where: Staroměstské nám., 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia

9. Prague Astronomical Clock

Whilst in the Old Town be sure to wander over towards the large crowds to get a glimpse of the Astronomical Clock – full of legends and mystery.

What: Medieval Astronomical Clock

Where: Staroměstské nám. 1, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia

10. Wenceslas Square

After a complete history lesson of the oldest parts of Prague, head towards Wenceslas Square in “New Town” for a look at real Prague or more accurately, where you’ll find locals in one of the busiest shopping areas in the city. It is here where you will find many international brands and designers.

What: Main shopping area

Where: New Town, 110 00 Prague 1, Czechia

11. Prague National Theatre

Onwards toward the Vltava River, make your way to the Prague National Theatre. Along the way you will pass by Cafe Louvre – one of the gorgeous time-warp cafes I would recommend a pitstop at for a coffee or hot chocolate. Another great cafe stop is right by the National Theatre, named Cafe Slavia, one of the oldest cafes in Prague where a pianist plays in the evenings, coat check is a must and smoking inside is still fashionable.

What: National Theatre to enjoy Opera & Ballet

Where: Národní 2, 110 00 Praha 1, Czechia

12. Vltava River

Walking along the Vltava River, this is undeniably one of my favourite strolls in all of Central Europe! Along the way you can marvel at the architecture to your left, whilst taking in the gorgeous views of the Vltava River on your right.

What: Longest river in the Czech Republic

13. Fred & Ginger’s Dancing House

Finally, end your walking tour of Prague at the must-see-to-be-believed Fred & Ginger “Dancing House”. Although out of the way, it is here where you will see the sprawling size of the city of Prague, view of the old trams as they pass by and take in the views of the Vltava River.

What: Architectural marvel

Where: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Praha 2-Nové Město, Czechia

Over to you! What were your highlights from Prague!?

 

These 9 Office Prints are Everything

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As the one room in the house where inspiration is not just a help but an absolute requisite to getting anywhere in my day, I’m borderline obsessed with framed prints surrounding me in my office. From city maps to quotes that will get my butt in to gear, these 9 office prints are the perfect addition to any office space (and also the perfect gift!)

London Print by Rifle Paper Co

VW Print by Carley’s Camera

Champagne Print by The Atelier

Fashion Print by Anum Tariq

It’s up to you Print by Sugar Paper

New York City Print by Rifle Paper Co

Good Vibes Only Print by The Aestate

Donut Print by The Aestate

New York City Girl Print by The Atelier

A Guide to Visiting Moorea

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Arriving in Mo’orea

After landing in Tahiti, we made our way by plane over to Mo’orea – just a short 7 minute flight or alternatively 30 minutes by ferry (and much cheaper as I learned on the return!) From the ferry terminal or airport you can catch a taxi to your accommodation.

With limited hotels and guesthouses available on the island, I would strongly recommend booking in advance to secure your accommodation. We checked in to the Sofitel Mo’orea which was beautiful if you’re after beach bungalows or overwater bungalows.

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Discovering Local Way of Life

On the first day arriving in Mo’orea, I was already claiming to everyone that it was my favourite island in Tahiti – based purely on the warmth of the people and the laid back atmosphere (or what I would call the “real” Tahiti I was in search of!) Everyone we met was so eager to share their culture with us and I before we knew it we were weaving baskets, making flower crowns, dancing (Tahiti style!) and feeling more and more welcome the more we travelled around.

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On-Island Activities

There’s another reason I loved Mo’orea quite a bit more than other islands, which you might have already guessed from the heading is because of all the activities! As someone who likes to take it easy when looking around (rather than hopping from one attraction to the next), I really enjoyed our day quad-biking through the mountains without anywhere to be or a time slot to fit in to. Unfortunately we were also planning to go horseback riding in the mountains, however with crazy storms that grounded all flights for two days, it is little wonder that we were not able to do so!

One thing I would have liked more time to do is to venture off on hikes around the island (there are heaps on offer!) Unfortunately the rain delayed our arrival to the island and made our time here really limited, so if I could make one last suggestion it would be to definitely book at least a week to discover Mo’orea!

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With thanks to Tahiti Tourism for making my visit to Tahiti possible and so memorable!

 

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

 

A Guide to Bora Bora, Tahiti!

Somewhere that has long been on my bucket list, I finally got the chance to escape to paradise this week by visiting Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Now some of my reality-tv-show loving readers will known this of course as one of the Kardashian holiday destinations (myself included – I do love a good reality show binge), but for most of you Bora Bora is one of the few idyllic locations around the world home to the iconic water bungalows. Below you’ll find all this and more in my complete guide to Bora Bora, Tahiti!

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Arriving in Bora Bora

After spending a couple of nights on the main island of Tahiti (a great way to catch up on jetlag if you’re arriving from the Europe), I hopped on a quick 45 minute flight to Bora Bora. Upon landing I was (not so) warmly welcomed by rain and lots of it, but the idea of stepping off a plane and straight on to a boat to my resort was too lovely to let a little storm get in the way of my happiness.

On the subject of weather, I would highly recommend you visiting Tahiti in January as rain is almost a guarantee (there wasn’t a day it didn’t rain on my trip and most days we didn’t see sunshine). Bad weather patterns aside, Bora Bora is too beautiful not to still enjoy – especially for honeymooners and couples looking for an island escape.

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Check In: Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort

The hotel boat transported us from the airport straight to check-in, where I happily snagged the keys for my overwater bungalow. The images speak for themselves and despite the miserable weather, it was a beautiful few days in paradise (despite the in-room cock roaches you might have read about on twitter!!!)

Prices are sky high in Bora Bora and although this resort is rated as four stars, you’ll need to save your pennies before coming here. Once at the resort be sure to keep in mind that all of your food and activities are an additional cost and will soon blow your budget if you’re anything like me and can’t say no to dessert at every meal.

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Resort Activities

Around the resort there were plenty of activities to keep one busy: jet skis for rent, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking… you name it. In a way this reminded me of the Maldives and the endless activities my boyfriend and I got up to there, however with the storms continually rolling in, much of my time was spent indoors or running through the rain from one eatery to another (when you have no options left, food is always a good idea).

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Around Bora Bora

One thing I would strongly suggest you do when visiting Bora Bora is to escape your resort. Although it is easy to stay in one place and eat your favourites off the menu three times a day, I promise you there is so much more to discover when you venture in to “town”.

My absolute favourite experience of my entire stay was at Villa Mahana – a new addition to my list of favourite restaurants around the globe. Not only was this a lovely dining experience with a gastronomic menu, but it also gave me the chance to try local Polynesian foods with a modern, French twist. Safe to say I left nothing on my plate(s) that night.

Another great restaurant I escaped to was Lagoon by Jean Georges, found at the St Regis hotel in Bora Bora. This dinner was a little more fancy (requiring more of a dress code) and delicious as well.

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Getting There

I flew to Tahiti with Air Tahiti Nui from Australia. While this did involve a transit in Auckland, it was a pretty seamless flight path and if you live in one of the major cities (unlike me from Tasmania!), then you will reach Tahiti within the same day you begin flying.

Beyond Bora Bora

Although it is tempting to arrive in Bora Bora and beach yourself at one resort, I would strongly recommend you venture beyond this island to explore other parts of Tahiti. Personally my favourite island was Moorea, full of dramatic scenery and less outside influence. You can read about my guide to the top islands to visit in Tahiti here.

Special thanks to Tahiti Tourisme for making my visit possible and going above and beyond to provide an incredible experience for my first time in Tahiti! I’ll be back!

 

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!