Most people visit Prague because it's one of the most popular destinations in East Central Europe. The allure of the historic baroque architecture, welcoming population, and delicious fare brings in visitors from across the globe—but you shouldn't go to Prague simply because everyone else goes.
Here are some real reasons to visit Prague.
Prague has so many attractions you can return to the Czech capital city again and again and never see all of them. Prague's diverse neighborhoods are each home to particular sights like Prague Castle and the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, so be sure to explore them all, from the Castle District to the Jewish District, from Old Town to New Town.
Prague's annual events can make your trip even more memorable. Take advantage of free events, seasonal events, holiday parades, and yearly markets.
Highlights include the Bohemian Carnevale at the end of February, and the Czech Beer Festival during the month of May.
Not only will you experience a taste of Czech culture, but you'll get some great photos, too.
Most of Prague's sights can be reached on foot, but if hoofing it doesn't appeal, or if the weather isn't cooperating, Prague's public transportation options make getting around the city easy. Hop on the metro, catch a cab, or use the tram. Most attractions are only a few minutes away.
Prague has a lively nightlife. Jazz clubs and other live music, busy pubs, modern clubs—all serving famous (and cheap) Czech beer mean that, after shops and museums close, you will still have plenty to do.
Among the favorites with tourists and locals are Chapeau Rouge's giant dance club, James Dean's retro jukebox, and the Hemingway Bar, which boasts over 200 types of rum.
Party all night if you choose at some of the locations.
Looking for designer clothes or unique jewelry? How about seasonal ornaments and decorations? Souvenirs, all-natural soaps, puppets, glass, or antiques?
For everything from high-fashion to the latest trends, try the Kotva Department Store, which has five floors of stores. While in the Old Town district, Cerna Ruze is a shopping complex that is likely to have everything you seek, and during warm weather, street fairs pop up across the city selling food, crafts, and other home goods.
You can easily double your luggage when you visit Prague, so pack light or bring an extra bag. Finding souvenirs of your stay won't be a problem.
If you're looking for live classical music, Prague's churches and palaces offer evening concerts throughout the week and on the weekends. Jazz or other live music can also be easily found.
During one of the city's music festivals, like the annual Prague Spring International Music Festival in the late spring/early summer, its schedule is packed with performances, so check what's on in Prague before you go.
If you want to get out of the city, take a day trip to one of the many locations that are easily accessible by train in a few hours.
Castles, spas, and medieval towns are all potential day trips and will add another dimension to your trip to the capital. The spa town of Carlsbad is about a 3-hour train away, the nearby Karlštejn Castle makes for stunning photos, and the "bone church" in Kutna Hora will appeal to those craving a touch of culture and history.
Czech Beer and Spirits
Czech beer can be enjoyed for less than a bottle of water in Prague. Other spirits, like absinthe and plum brandy, are also on menus in Prague—try them all to determine which is your favorite.
For fans of Prague's most famous beverage, pilsner beer, the birthplace of the brew is in the town of Pilsen, an easy one-hour train ride away and a fun day trip.
Czech Art, Literature, and Culture
Prague is home to many world-famous artists, authors, and poets, and museums throughout the city are dedicated to these individuals.
The Mucha Museum and the Kafka Museum are both popular Prague attractions During Prague's holidays and festivals, folk performers, and choral groups take to Prague's squares and give free performances.
Though a ticket to Prague from the States might seem steep, the actual cost of your visit can be manageable. Though more expensive than other Eastern European destinations, Prague has plenty of free things to do, and many other attractions are still less expensive than they would be in Western European countries.
For low—or no—cost outings, take in the view from the Petrin Observation Tower, take a tour of the grounds at the Prague Castle and Wallenstein Gardens, or marvel at the classic design at the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn in the Old Town Square.