PRAGUE: LIKE A LOCAL
For the month of May, we caught up with Christopher at Pentahotel Prague for all the hot tips on where to visit in the medieval heart of Europe. Architecture, music, beer, and don't forget the bridges… There is SO much to see and do in this gorgeous city.
1. Where to go to get away from the crowds.
The viewpoint close to the statue ‘Socha Panny Marie z Exilu’ and the Strahov Monastery - this area is really calming. Whenever I go there, there is no one, or maybe just a couple doing their own thing. It is a peaceful and quiet area with amazing views of grape vines, flowers, and the city (depending on which season you visit of course).
2. A must for music lovers.
MeetFactory, a non-profit organization and contemporary art centre set in an industrial building next to a railroad. They host art shows and band gigs:
3. Unmissable galleries or museums for any self-respecting art buff.
Muzeum Karla Zemana for old Czech movies. Check out ‘Cesta do pravěku’ – you might know it as Journey to the Beginning of Time.
4. The best local market and what to buy there.
The Dejvická farmers market. You can find locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, cheese, wine, milk products, eggs, flowers, seeds, meat, pastries, herbs… Everything you need to cook up a storm!
5. Place you would take your grandma?
I would take my grandma to Katedrála sv. Víta (St. Vitus Cathedral), the largest church in Prague (and check out the rest of the Prague Castle while you’re there too).
6. What’s worth checking out in the region around the city?
Lom Velká Amerika is a picture perfect lake in an abandoned limestone quarry. The River Sázava is also beautiful and very popular with paddlers.
7. Best local tip: something only residents would know.
For something a bit different you should explore Prague and other places in the Czech Republic by steam train!