Somewhere different to stay – accommodation in Prague
Are you planning on a trip to Eastern Europe
? There are many places worth visiting in the former Eastern Bloc and Prague
should be a first port of call for anyone thinking of travelling in the area. Wimdu offers a great selection of accommodation in Prague from apartments, guest houses and rooms for travelers looking for something different than a hotel or hostel in Prague. Check out what our Wimdu Hosts have to offer you! They know Prague better than anyone and are able to answer all your questions, point you in the right direction and share their stories on life in the Czech capital.
Prague’s castle is the largest castle in the world covering 18 acres of courtyards, grounds and buildings.
Skoda, one of the world’s oldest car companies, is based in Prague and means ‘pity’ in Czech.
Writer Franz Kafka was born and grew up in Prague.
Prague has its own miniature Eiffel Tower located on Petrin Hill.
Prague – one of the few cities not to be destroyed
is a stunningly beautiful city situated deep in the former Eastern Bloc. Prague is steeped in history and is full of fascinating architecture
, winding streets
and engaging history
. Prague was fortunate enough to not be destroyed by the world wars and its old world charm remains intact. Prague is also something of a party capital and transforms at night in a fun-filled mecca for those who like to burn the midnight oil. Prague is an extremely popular tourist destination but there is so much more to the city than meets the eye. Here at Wimdu we’re keen to tell you more about what the city is really like and what lies beneath this beautiful city’s surface. It’s our job in fact – we want you to ‘travel like a local
’ and our Wimdu hosts will help you settle down and point you in the direction of the real Prague.
Before we dive beneath the surface let’s run through Prague’s top attractions and sights. In order to gain a full appreciation of Prague’s history, a visit to Prague Castle
is in order. Prague Castle dominates the western banks of the river Vltava which runs through the city centre. This castle consists of as complex collection of buildings, churches and palaces. The church that stands out the most is St Vitus Cathedral
, built with inspiration from the religious architecture of Southern France. There are no less than 10 palaces in the castle complex and it is worth spending time at this magnificent site. From Prague Castle, it is just a short walk to the city’s Old Town Square
. This area is popular with visitors and many cafes and restaurants line the edges of the square. One of Prague’s most famous monuments is located here – the Prague Astronomical Clock
. This clock was installed in 1410 and is the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. It is well worth admiring the clockwork show of figures that moves slowly round the clock and the calendar dial with medallions representing the months.
An architect’s dream
Time should be taken to appreciate Prague’s masterful architecture. The Jewish quarter of Josefov
is a fascinating area of cramped gothic architecture. The city is known as a ‘living textbook of architecture’ and features not only Gothic architecture but also examples of renaissance and baroque design. One way to gain an appreciation of the city’s design as a whole is to go to the top of Petrin Hill
, also located on the western side of the river. You can either ascend the hill via the funicular or walking takes just under half an hour. Prague is known as ‘the city with a thousand spires
’ and we’re sure you’ll agree with this when you’ve seen the view!
Prague has plenty to offer the curious traveler and many unusual sights that are worth a visit. Located at Velkopřevorské náměstí, the Lennon Wall
was once a normal wall but since John Lennon’s death has been covered in graffiti tributes to the Beatle. The wall was a source of annoyance for the communist regime at the time. Czech youths used to air their grievances on the wall and this eventually led to clashes on the nearby Charles Bridge. Today, the wall is a symbol of youth struggle and is a homage to global piece.
Another of Prague’s more unusual sites is the Žižkov Television Tower
located in the Žižkov district. The tower is visible from all over Prague and is an exceptionally odd-shaped building. Perhaps even odder than the shape of the tower are the giant climbing babies that artist David Cerny has attached to the tower. The tower has a bar and a restaurant and is a must for any fans of strange architecture.
Getting around Prague
(called Vaclav Havel) is located 40 minutes from Prague city centre. Our top tip is to take public transport into the city centre and not be charged high rates by taxis. The Prague metro service will take you right into the centre of the city and is a great opportunity to see this Soviet built transport system in action. All metro stations are safe and clean and there is plenty of information available to those who don’t speak Czech! There are good bus and train connections to Berlin
which is 4 hours away. Nuremburg and Dresden are also very accessible from Prague. Krakow
in Poland is 5 hours away. Plan your former Eastern Bloc trip with Wimdu today!