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I'm taking my girlfriend to Prague in a couple of weeks for her birthday. Neither of us can take much time off work at the moment, so it's a short trip - probably there Friday, leave Monday, giving us only the weekend as full days in the city. Neither of us have been there before.

We don't want a rushed, touristy, run-to-see-X-then-Y sort of trip, but a more relaxed wander around the city seeing a few really cool, perhaps not well-known things, followed by dinner and drinks at good but cheap / fun restaurants and bars.

  • What really cool and perhaps not well-known things are there to see on a winter weekend in Prague?
  • What is a good district to head to for dinner or find a good bar to have a few drinks?
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How well do you handle jetlag? –  Karlson Feb 7 '12 at 15:50
    
I was in Prague a while ago and remembered it as my favorite European capital. You can really explore the Jewish culture there. The Charles Bridge is a must of course. And do not forget to try the Czech beer :) –  mithy Feb 7 '12 at 16:56
    
@Karlson, I'm in Germany right now, so it won't be an issue :) Mithy, Czech beer will be a must. The bridge looks cool, especially being pedestrian-only! –  David M Feb 7 '12 at 17:29
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@Mark Mayo - thanks for the bounty. I haven't got enough rep to offer one yet! –  David M Feb 13 '12 at 17:34
    
No worries. I like throwing them on unanswered questions to help knock some of them off - hate seeing them languish, and I've got rep to spare :) –  Mark Mayo Feb 13 '12 at 19:59
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I have been to Prague over a weekend once so here are my suggestions based on that trip. I am sure there are much more to consider.

Hradčany castle on the left bank of Vltava is impressive and the area around it worth a stroll. A bit to the south is a park on a hill reachable with a funicular. At the top is an old mirror house.

funicular

The old town is really nice to just wander around in

Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is truly an awesome piece worth visiting both in daylight and with a mystical vibe in the night

charles bridge

The old jewish cemetery may not be fun but truly amazing and interesting.

old jewish cemetery

And don't forget to sample their excellent beer with accompanying knödel.

Photos: charles bridge by chosovi, jewish cemetery by Ulf Liljankoski, funicular by marcella bona

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Thanks froderik! I love funicular railways, so I'll definitely check that one out. Knödel looks awesome too. I think, randomly, I actually found some in the supermarket here in Germany and cooked them a couple of weeks ago... I have a habit of buying random food I don't recognise when I'm in a foreign country :) –  David M Feb 13 '12 at 17:25
    
These hardly qualify as "not well known". –  nibot Jul 3 '12 at 21:23
    
probably true. I know I have commented likewise on an answer about stockholm (where I live). I think you should answer the question yourself - if it is a good answer it will be upvoted by me and perhaps also accepted by David M. (and benefit other visitors!) –  froderik Jul 4 '12 at 4:38
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I have been to Prague last year for 4 days, I recommend:

  • Prague castle (Pražský hrad), the neighbourhood Hradčany is composed of souvenirs shops, churches, palace …
  • the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí). If you are lucky to be around Christmas time. Nothing really beats the atmosphere here. Shops with mulled wine, ham, Trdelnik again.
  • I stayed at an hotel (orea hotel pyramida) near the castle, every day I was walking from the Prague castle to the bottom to reach Frank Kafka museum, then crossed the Charles Bridge (get up early there are tons of tourists) then the old town square. With this walk, you see most Prague sightseeing.

More information my blog on Prague facts

Hoping it helps others, even tough the author already went to Prague.

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I really enjoyed poking around in the indoor shopping arcades just off of Wenceslas square. Despite being right in the city center, they have an 'off-the-beaten-track' feel to them, and are full of many nice little finds. Catch a Czech movie, try to find the stunning Tesla Radio stained glass.

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Most of central Prague is full of tourists and its hard to escape them because that's where most of the interesting sights are. It will keep you busy if there are just there for one (long) weekend.

After a few days I needed a break from the touristy parts and just walked around in the more residential areas. I walked from the bus station at Florenc to Zizkov Hhill with the Jan Žižka monument and National memorial, then up the next hill to the TV tower and on to 'Church of the most Sacred Heart of Our Lord', then down via Nemesti Miru to the Folimanka Park and back to the river. There was nothing super special on the way but it was a nice walk and I saw a different part of the city. There were many restaurants and pubs in the area, much cheaper than the ones in the centre.

TV Tower in Prague

Church of the most Sacred Heart of Our Lord

From the Metronome in Letna Garden, you have nice views over the city and you could walk on to the castle from there. Petrin Hill to the south of the castle has a nicer park but less views.

My recommendation for central Praque is to get up very early, say before six to see the sights without any tourists. But I guess in the winter it will also be dark and cold, so maybe that's more a summer recommendation.

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+1 for these sights. We passed by both and also entered the church but I had forgotten about it. –  froderik Feb 11 '12 at 16:09
    
Thanks Peter. In winter, before 6AM may be a little early :) But looking around before the crowds are there is good advice! –  David M Feb 14 '12 at 10:53
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