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Prague is such a beautiful city. If you have been before you will understand why they call it the Paris of Eastern Europe. Being close to the UK and reasonably priced, Prague attracts a broad range of visitors from older couples looking to relax to large groups of stag and hen dos. At Clock Out Check In, we think that it’s the perfect city for a couple to explore on a long weekend away. It has great food, lots to see and do and, of course, it’s all very cheap. But if you’ve only got a weekend in Prague, what should you do first? Well, here are our top 5 things to do in Prague.

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1 TAKE IN THE VIEW FROM THE STRAHOV MONASTERY

View from STRAHOV MONASTERY

Feeling fit? Good. The walk up from the Lesser Town to the viewpoint at the Strahov Monastery is a struggle. The viewpoint is located at the top of a steep hill and we were both out of breath by the time we had reached the top. Although looking back – it could have just been me! In any event, the view at the top is absolutely worth it. Looking out over Prague you understand why it is sometimes called the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’. Take your time to enjoy the view and explore the monastery before wandering down the hill to Prague Castle.

2 CHECK IN TO…CHARLES BRIDGE

Prague - Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is easily the most iconic tourist attraction in Prague and there is a good reason why. It is absolutely stunning! Construction on the bridge, which connects the two sides of the city, began in 1357 and was completed at the beginning of the 15th century. The bridge is over 500 metres long and has three gatetowers. It is also adorned with over 30 statues which line each side of the bridge as you cross. We think the best time to visit Charles Bridge is first thing in the morning or later on in the evening as you will avoid the worst of the crowds. You can usually find a number of street performers and artists on the bridge too but just be careful to watch out for any pickpockets.

3 VISIT THE PRAGUE BEER MUSEUM

Prague Beer Museum

A museum dedicated to beer? Could this be real? Sorry to have gotten your hopes up but the Prague Museum is not actually a museum at all. It’s a bar! But it’s our favourite bar in Prague and worthy of a place on the list. This is the best place in Prague to try out the Czech Republic’s most famous export – beer. The Prague Beer Museum stocks more than 40 beers on tap and offers a tasting board of 5 beers which you can mix and match. Our personal favourite is Merlin which tastes a bit like a caramel flavoured Guinness.

4 CHECK OUT THE VEGETARIAN OPTIONS

STYL & INTERIER SOUP

Lunch at Styl & Interier

MAITREA Burger

Dinner at Maitrea

After booking our trip to Prague, we were initially worried about a lack of vegetarian options for Vicky. From recollection, my last visit was very meat heavy but we couldn’t have been more wrong. On our trip we discovered that there is a real hub of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Prague which were among our favourite places to eat in Prague. Our particular favourites were Maitrea and Lehka Hlava, two vegetarian restaurants which are run by the same team but offer different menus.

5 LOSE YOURSELF IN THE OLD TOWN

Prague Old Town

The Old Town in Prague is the central hub of the city. All roads in the city seem to lead back to the Old Town Square with its beautiful town hall and astronomical clock. Be careful though, this part of the city is also the most touristy so it is best to avoid the restaurants and cafes immediately on the Old Town Square itself. Instead we prefer to wander slightly off the beaten track down the narrow cobbled streets of the Old Town where you can find a few hidden gems. By doing this we found a number of bars and coffee shops that we loved and were full of locals. Our favourite was Pauseteria which is well worth a visit if you’re in need of a coffee and a piece of cake to refuel after a busy day exploring.

Have you been to Prague? What are your favourite things to do? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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