This Christmas, we spent the holidays in the Czech Republic! Our time was filled with traditional Czech Christmas Markets, day trips from Prague, and delicious food and coffee! For the eight days we visited, Berty and I partnered up with Visit Czech Republic to discover the city and bring you the best Instagram spots in Prague!
Now, Berty and I realize we only spent time in and around the city of Prague for this trip. There’s so much more we want to see and do – experience the dreamy fairytale town of Cesky Krumlov, drink wine in the vineyards of Moravia, and explore the southern national park (Narodni Park Sumava) just to name a few. Therefore, we titled this post the “winter edition” because we know this won’t be our last time in this beautiful country. 😉 Enjoy!
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10 Unique Instagram Spots In Prague
For this trip, our goal was to break out of simply seeing the classic “tourist spots.” We know that they attract tourists for a reason – the beauty, architecture, and history in each place is hard to ignore! However, there are hundreds of articles out there already, sharing those exact locations over and over again. Berty and I love experiencing local culture, finding hidden gems, and seeing a popular place from a different perspective, so we made a goal to find and share unique places in and around the city, worthy to be called Instagram spots in Prague. 🙂
1. Charles University Botanical Garden
Tucked away in Lower New Town, this indoor botanical garden is the perfect escape on a cold winter’s day. Here, there is a huge collection of plants from all over the world for you to explore. Within the labyrinth of connected greenhouses, there is also an aviary filled with funny, noisy birds to entertain you. Berty and I timed our visit perfectly because we came when a movie was being filmed!
2. Bohemian Switzerland National Park
Just a two hour drive outside of the city is Czech Republic’s youngest National Park, Bohemian Switzerland. This park is full of unique sandstone structures, the most famous one being the Pravčická Brána. We went with an outdoor adventure company called Northern Hikes to hike and explore the area for a day trip outside of Prague. This was a fun way to see a new landscape without going too far from the city!
3. Vyšehrad Castle
Berty and I decided to come here on a whim. We were wandering around in search of something to see, and this castle was hard to ignore – it was towering over the neighborhood! This castle is located in the southern center of Prague, away from the hustle and bustle of Old Town Square. We easily wandered around this place all afternoon. Vysehrad has curated grounds, overlooks to the north and south, a neo-gothic church in the center, and many things to explore within its walls.
Stay late enough to have the lamps turn on for the night to see the city lights (and the Prague Castle!) glow in the distance. We were surprised to find that we were accompanied by just a few others – this place was quiet and tranquil.
4. La Boheme Cafe
Looking for a place to get our coffee fix (you know us, Seattleites) we came across this cafe tucked away on a side street in Vinohrady. The cafe’s attention to detail is stunning – they even had designer wallpaper in the bathrooms! If you’re looking to visit with friends, this is the place for you. They provide minimal wifi time, but it’s with the cafe’s intention that you invest time in the relationships around you (and of course, drink good coffee).
5. Charles Bridge
This location is not unique, we know. Cliche nonetheless, but we had to include it because you can have a very different experience here depending on the time you visit. This pedestrian-only bridge is a (if not THE most) popular attraction in the center of the city which connects the Prague Castle with Old Town Square. It’s usually busy during the day, but come at the crack of dawn or at night and you might just get the bridge all to yourself!
I don’t know if a place can get any cuter than this! This boutique hotel boasts a sophisticated stay within walking distance of pretty much any of Prague’s main attractions. The attention to detail in each room was evident: floor to ceiling white flowy curtains, darling wallpaper, and painted headboards are just a few of the things that make this place Pinterest worthy. There’s even a spiral staircase with a stunning view from the top!
7. Vršovice Neighborhood
Tired of Old Town Square and want to see what local life looks like in the city? This neighborhood is known to be the residence of the indie boutiques, nightclubbers, and coffee lovers. Vrsocive streets are lined with pastel-colored buildings which make the perfect backdrop for unique pictures of Prague. We suggest taking a walk to Havlíček Gardens to admire the “painted ladies” of Prague that line the edge of the park!
8. Pilsner Urquell Brewery
Take just an hour’s drive southwest of Prague and you’ll reach the beautiful city of Pilsen (also called Plzen). Here is where you can take a tour of the original Pilsner Urquell Brewery, which was founded in 1842. We went with Czexperience to enjoy a day of beer tasting, learn about the history of the city’s relationship with it, and of course, to eat delicious Czech food! The Pilsner Urquell tour is extremely well done, and the tour of the beer cellars feels like something straight out of a history book (which it totally is!). Czexperience focuses on tailor-made tours, small groups, and personal hospitality. If you are interested in seeing more of the Czech Republic besides just Prague, this company will show you the best that the country has to offer!
9. Czech Christmas Markets
If you’re visiting during the holidays, visiting the Christmas markets should be your first priority! Here, you’ll experience mulled wine, hot mead, beautifully decorated trees and tons of Christmas cheer. We had only heard of mulled wine and mead from Game of Thrones, so it was a fun experience trying it in real life. The best time to visit is in the evenings before Christmas, when holiday cheer is at its highest.
10. Grotta in Vinohrady Park
After some internet digging, we learned that these artificial caves and structures were built by a millionaire in the 1800s. It was used as a romantic garden restaurant but was abandoned and neglected around World War 2. Now only the structure remains, surrounded by a park to entice explorers and mystery lovers to roam around. Kind of spooky in the wintertime, but with the fountain on in the summer, I’m sure it gives off a completely different vibe.
What places would you consider unique Instagram spots in Prague? What are some of your favorite spots that deserve more credit? Let us know in the comments below!
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