Updated: Sep 4, 2019
Last weekend I had the chance to visit Prague for two days with my friend. I came to Prague 3 years ago. I've visited almost all the sights. This time I wanted to explore local places. Because Prague is full of tourists in the summer season. For this reason, travel becomes tiring and boring. So I decided to explore local and tourist-free places on my two-day Prague trip.
I found someone who was hospitable about the place to stay and I was lucky. I was going to stay at a place 20 minutes from the city center at no charge. Of course, luck isn't always on your side.
We arrived in Prague on Friday evening. Due to some troubles, we had no place to stay for the first night. On a rainy Friday night, we couldn't even decide where to eat dinner. We were searching for a hostel to stay and finally found a hotel which is called Chili Hostel within 15 minutes walking distance from the city center. We paid 450 CZK per person for a shared room but there was no one else in the room. It was a pretty nice and cozy hostel. After Friday night, we were ready to discover the city. But before, some necessary information for you below to discover Prague,
The guide book will be helpful for you. I can suggest to you free guide book on the Old Town Square. One of the travel agencies (does not matter which one) have Prague Use It guide which was very helpful for me and hope that it will be useful for you too. (Also you can check it out their webpage, https://www.use-it.travel/home )
Here is the tourist places that you should run away from them, during the high seasons.
*Old Town Square
*Charles Bridge - Entrance fee for the rooftop:170 CZK (overcrowded)
For sure you want to visit them but I can suggest to you, go and discover these places early in the morning around 7-8 am, probably there will not be many people in those tourist places.
There was a lot to explore but we had to choose places to visit carefully. You'll have to walk a bit from the city center to find non-touristy places.
We know that we have to run away from Old Town Square. This place is full of tourists and overpriced restaurants, but you can discover some hidden places inside the Old Town Square.
Before I went to Prague, I discovered one Youtube channel which is called Honest Guide. They really know what kind of places you should visit. I recommend watch it Here is their Youtube channel:
And here are the places that we discovered:
*Statue of King Wenceslas Riding an Upside-Down Dead Horse
*The Globe (Cafe & Bar, at the same time Bookstore)
*U Rudolfina (Restaurant which has Czech dishes)
*Skautský Institut (Cafe & Bar)
*T-Anker Sun Terrace
Statue of King Wenceslas Riding an Upside-Down Dead Horse
My first hidden place discovery was close to the main train station. Inside the building, there was upside-down horse sculpture which is unknown to tourists. The sculpture is a mocking reference to the most famous equestrian statue of King (and later, Saint) Wenceslas that sits in Wenceslas Square, and possibly a mocking nod to Czech president Vaclav Klaus, although the artist will not say what his intentions were.
The second discovery was for Friday night. We found a pirate concept bar which is called Propaganda, away from the crowds of the city. It is a must-visit bar for those who love the theme bars. It is also an ideal place for those who want to escape the crowds during the summer season. It was just 15 minutes from the city center. Prices were quite cheap. Add it to your to-do list. ;)
The third hidden place was for Saturday breakfast. After spending the night in a peaceful and comfortable Chili hostel (which was 15 minutes far from the city center by walking), a new day could start. We didn't have to go far from our hostel to have breakfast. Right next to the Chili hostel, we went to The Globe Cafe which has delicious breakfast, at the same time has a bookstore inside the Cafe. I ordered the classic American pancake and americano. My orders heralded the perfect day.
What is inside of svíčková?
As I told you before, a typical Czech dish called Svíčková (beef sirloin in cream sauce). The dish is served with bread dumplings, sour cream and cranberry sauce. Combination of sour cream and cranberry sauce with beef is so delicious, you should definitely try.
If you do not want to go far from the city center and at the same time want to take cheap beers or coffee, here is another hidden cool place, called Skautsky Institut. It is so close to the Astronomic clock. Drink a beer and enjoy the moment.:)
If you want to take a deep breath inside the city center Botanicka Zahrada will be the best place for you. You can discover inside the big garden, a different type of flowers and rocks. Even you can eat blackberry from the boughs. Entrance is free.
The final discovery was for one of the most beautiful rooftops which is called T-Anker Sun Terrace and it is located at Náměstí Republiky. You can go and have a look, If you want to spend more time there, they have a restaurant & bar for you to enjoy the moment.
Note: Price can be a little bit expensive but it is worth it.
To find new hidden places, you need to get lost around the city. 100 % sure that it will be worth it and exciting. If you discover local places which are not very known in Prague, you will not want to go back home.