Sixt Europe Travel Guide – Prague
Over a week into Europe month and we’ve reached the Czech Republic and its dreamy capital city Prague! This historical city homes 1.3 million people and is the 14th largest city in Europe. As recently as 2014, it was ranked as one of the best cities to visit in the world by TripAdvisor.
The main attraction of this fantastic city include the Prague Castle, which is the official home and office of the president of the Czech Republic. To further consolidate its status as a historic city, Prague Castle has officially been lifted, by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world. It is also the most visited site in Prague. The castle has had 4 major renovations however has still amazed to maintain its illustrious command of the city.
Wandering along the Charles Bridge is one of the favorite past times of the visitors to Prague, however be warned it gets extremely busy with buskers and tourist grid locking the beautiful bridge, and as a result pickpocketing is also rife. Just off the Charles Bridge is Old Town Square, a walk through this square is a great way to absorb all the different varieties of architecture Prague has to offer, all in one place.
The different styles within Prague can be extended to Josefov, the Jewish quarter. Formally a Jewish ghetto, during the occupation of the Nazis during the Second World War rather than demolishing the quarter, the Nazis intended to preserve the area as a site for the planned museum of an extinct race. It is therefore one of the better maintained Jewish quarters in Europe that boasts six synagogues, the old cemetery and the old Jewish Town hall. The Lennon Wall is another representation of the somewhat unstable past of the Czech Republic. The wall was initially created in the 80’s following the death of John Lennon, who was considered a pacifist hero by the dissatisfied Czechoslovakian youths of soviet communism; the wall was used as an outlet to express their frustration against the oppressive regime. The wall is still being added to this day, by tourists and locals alike. If you look really carefully you can still see the remnants of the man himself.
Prague is overwrought with things to do, however by renting a car you can experience so much more! Sapa Vietnamese Market is just on the outskirts of Prague and is one of the most authentically Vietnamese markets in all of Europe and outside Vietnam itself, you can haggle and grab a bargain till you collapse. For this excursion, we at Sixt recommend VW Golf Variant which has a massive amount of space in the trunk, so you needn’t worry about how to transport all your bargains.
Another great day trip to take during your time in Prague is to Kutna Hora, an old silver mining town with historically gothic buildings from the 15th and 16th century. Not to be missed is the chilling Bone Church, which is furnished entirely with human bones. Take your VW Golf Variant to one of the more authentic beer gardens outside of Prague. Czechs drink more beer per capita than any other nation in the world, which leads one to assume it must be quite the delicacy. To ensure you won’t get lost on the sometimes confusing road in the Czech Republic, a full navigational system can be added to your dependable Golf. It is easy to acquire a car rental with Sixt from one of our 3 locations in Prague.