Culture By Justin Gibson

Life in Prague

A Charmed Day in the Life of Prague

Endless culture and charm flood every square inch of the city of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic and the historical capital of Bohemia. A stroll through any of its streets awards a sense of walking back in time to eras of artistic enlightenment and quiet, fairytale-like enchantment. While there is no wrong way to spend a day awash in such moments of whimsical fantasy, some staples provide a deeper dive into the magic than others. For enjoying an absolutely charmed day in the life in Prague, here’s what to keep an eye out for. 

Cityscape - Prague, Czech Republic

The Spires

With a nickname of “The City of a Hundred Spires,” it may seem like it’s hard to miss seeing them: the majority of the city’s skyline feels plucked from the past and placed gingerly here in the modern day. But, not all spires tower over the horizon in the same way—some have a gravitas that merits specifically seeking them out. Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world and has been befit for kings and presidents since the 9th century. Any Praguer-for-a-day should plan to witness this compilation of every architectural style from the last millennium, even if it’s only in passing on the way to visit St. Vitus Cathedral. Tucked away within the castle complex, this cathedral houses tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors under its sprawling, Gothic-style flying buttresses.

St. Vitus Cathedral
Letna Park in Autumn

The Gardens

The city’s parks and gardens ensure that Prague’s timeless enchantment lives on well into the modern day: Verdant sanctuaries still stand peppered amongst the cityscape, allowing for prime times of peace and reflection while exploring the city. A visit to The Vrtba Garden provides the chance to admire peacocks and water-lily-littered fountains amongst the hedges and sculptures. Letna Park proves equally enchanting: sweeping panoramic views of the city and social-gathering friendly settings combine for a proper Bohemian outing. 

Strahov Monastery Brewery
Beer in Prague

The Beer

Consuming more beer per capita than any other country in the world, the Czech Republic is adamant that their beer is the nectar of legends—a sampling for yourself makes it hard to argue. While the majority enjoyed daily is pilsner lager, there’s a blooming of various pale, amber and dark beers to try thanks to the thriving brewing scene. Finding a place to sip and savor is not difficult as over 25 breweries are packed into the city limits, but for surreal settings to accompany your sips, seek out either Strahov Monastery Brewery or the Letná Beer Garden. The former is a monastery-turned-brewery sometime in the 13th century and located just steps from Prague Castle. The latter is located within the aforementioned Letna Park, providing drinks with a view.

Alcron Hotel Prague

The Alcron Hotel Prague

There’s no need for the fairytale of life in Prague to end just because the day has. For a residence that gives castles a run for their money, consider staying at The Alcron Hotel Prague. Centrally located in the city and just a lovely stroll away from all the main attractions, The Alcron stands out amongst the timeless charm thanks to genuine service and exceptional dining housed within its luxe art-deco walls.