Time spent in Prague can only be described as mesmerizing. The architecture of the old town, the cafes in city squares, and the mix of medieval and communist history create a wonderful and unusual city atmosphere. I had no expectations of the city before my arrival, which might be why it completely blew me away. Prague is a thriving place of history and tourism, absinthe bars and traditional restaurants. There is no other city quite like it!
Early in my visit, I had the chance to meet up for coffee with a friend I knew from elementary and high school. He and his girlfriend had been to Prague several times before and were completing a visit to the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia when we crossed paths. The 'insider' information they gave me allowed me to make the most of my time by checking out the truly unique aspects of Prague.
If you're headed to Prague, here are my top three recommendations for your itinerary:
Meander Veletrzni Palac - A national museum in Prague showcasing 19th century European painters and modern Czech artists. It's located a bit outside the city center, but is still very accessible. The art ranges from impressionist portraits to darker themed installations grappling with poverty and war.
Dinner at U Flecku - Founded in 1499, this is one of the oldest restaurants and breweries in Prague and it serves traditional Czech food. You can count on a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a strong pint of beer to accompany your goulash and dumplings.
Relax in a Bier Garden - Summer in Prague means that outdoor beer gardens pop up along the river and in the parks. Head to the riverside in the late afternoon or for the sunset to enjoy a cool beer and live music. There are a few that give you a beautiful view of the Prague castle at sunset!
There's much more to see, of course, and honorable mentions include the peacock garden, Jewish cemetery, and Lenon wall.