Hello everyone and welcome back to the blog! I know this is the post you’ve all been waiting for…part 2 of my Prague Bucket List! If you missed part 1, make sure to Czech it out!
As I mentioned in Part 1, this part 2 will consist of the best things to do in Prague that require an entrance fee or ticket; however, these activities are definitely worth your money. Also, since I am a student, the cost of these sights are not expensive at all.
For nature lovers: Petřín Hill and Gardens
I never realized how extensive the Petřín area is, but it is huge! There are so many different hiking paths, gardens, and lookout points as well as different attractions. The grounds are free, but the most popular activity, the Petřín lookout tower, has an entrance fee. You are able to see the lookout tower all over Prague; it looks like the Eiffel Tower. Other activities in Petřín include: the mirror maze, extensive hiking/walking trails, and beautiful gardens. I visited Petřín on a crisp, windy fall day, so buying a trdelnik to warm me up was one of the stops I made. Trdelnik is not actually Czech, but it is a touristy dessert. It is made of rolled dough wrapped around a stick, and then it is grilled over an open fire. Next, it is rolled in a mix of sugar and walnuts. Pro tip: always get the chocolate one because it is filled with Nutella inside – delicious!
For sports fans: O2 Arena for a hockey game
Ice hockey is the biggest sport in the Czech Republic and Prague’s team “Praha Sparta” plays at the O2 Arena. If you visit Prague during hockey season, you have to go to a game. In order to do this, you will need to purchase a public transport ticket as well as a ticket to the game. To get to the O2 Arena from Prague 1 or 2, take the metro line B from to the stop Českomoravská. Wear something red as the team’s colors are burgundy and white. Make sure to grab a snack and a beer while inside because the food at the arena is way cheaper than it would be back home in America.
For a look into Czech history: the Klementinum
I have mentioned the Klementinum before in my blog and Instagram posts, but it still remains one of my favorite spots in Prague! The Klementinum is a Jesuit complex that holds one of the largest Baroque libraries in the world and it boasts its own Meridian hall which astronomers used to tell time. The best part about the Klementinum is its own astronomical tower which has breathtaking 360 degree views of Old Town Prague. One thing to note with the Klementinum – there are lots of stairs! The lookout tower is 68 meters high and there is only one way up (the very old staircase). The only way to visit the Klementinum is by a guided tour. Adult tickets are 300 Czech korunas. If you are a student, you can get a ticket for 200 Czech korunas by showing your student I.D.
For bar enthusiasts: Vzorkovna
Prague is known for its nightlife and is home to some pretty cool bars. One that we have found and come to love is called “Vzorkovna.” It is an underground bar with swings, foosball, live music, and the walls are covered with writings/artwork of past visitors. Also, the owner of the bar has a dog that is basically the size of a miniature horse. You will see the dog wandering through the bar and in and out of the different rooms. When you get to the entrance of the bar, you only have to pay 100 Czech korunas (which is about $4.50 USD) and they give you a white card (like a credit card) and that is how you pay for your drink(s). 100 korunas will get you two drinks so it pays for itself. Vzorkovna has a super cool atmosphere unlike any other and I highly recommend “Czeching” it out to feel the local vibe in Prague!
Well, that completes my Prague Bucket List! If you plan on visiting Prague in the future, make sure you Czech off all these sights during your trip. Also, stay tuned for Jeremiah’s post tomorrow, and make sure to come back for my post next week!