Travel

Your city guide to Prague

Prague, the historical capital of Bohemia, offers many great tourist attractions, museums and beautiful gardens. This is an ideal city to do walking tours in. There are also decent transport links to the outskirts of the city by way of tram and bus. Prague is perhaps most known for its nightlife, but don’t let this put you off – the city still has plenty to offer besides pints.

 

Old Town Square

Old Town Square has many historical buildings for you to feast your eyes on. The most popular tourist attraction here is the astronomical clock, the science behind I still don’t quite get. Powder Tower, a black gate, separates the old town from the new town. Also located in the old town is the old new Synagogue, where the Golem of Prague is.

 

John Lennon wall

Disclaimer: John Lennon never actually visited this wall, its name was derived from an anti-communist sentiment during the Velvet Revolution, due to the fact the Beatles were seen as a symbol of “evil capitalism.” This started out as a place where people could graffiti Beatles lyrics onto as a way of protest, but it is still in use today. Many tourists take their own spray paint and put a message on the wall. If you see a green Á, that was me!

 

Gardens

There are beautiful gardens to visit in Prague, my favourite was the Gardens below Prague Castle and the Wallenstein Palace gardens. The Gardens below Prague Castle feature vineyards, fountains, stone architecture and spectacular panoramic views of the city. You will be able to spot the mini Eiffel Tower from these gardens. The Wallenstein gardens feature statues from mythology, as well as peacocks and koi ponds. The most interesting thing about this garden has to be the man-made stalactite wall, where you can pick out human and animal faces among the rock formations.

 

Karlovy Lázně

Allegedly the biggest nightclub in Europe, Karlovy boasts five floors and an ice bar in the basement. I highly recommend a visit. Each floor is for a different genre of music: charts, pop, R&B and hip-hop, oldies, and a chill floor for chatting. They also don’t pull pints; the beer comes up through the bottom of the glass using a magnetised system. The strangest thing about this nightclub is the fact the age limit is 16, so do be warned: young ones will be running around. Make sure to hit the oxygen bar before you go home to avoid the hangover the next morning!

 

Museum of Communism

The Museum of Communism details Communism’s history from Marx and Engels right up to its collapse in Czechoslovakia (this was before the Czech Republic and Slovakia were created). There are historical documents on display, video interviews with Czechoslovakian refugees who fled the Communist regime or more unfortunate others who were forced into labour camps for stepping out of line. There are also lots of propaganda posters, and what stood out to me was how many women featured in them, participating in the workforce. A stark contrast to Ireland at that time.