Although public transport in Prague is decent (they have functional trams Edinburgh readers!) you are best exploring the city on foot. Start off in the bustling centre of Wenceslas Square. This is the city’s modern heart and as the day goes on it swells with shoppers, stag nights and curious tourists. There are a smattering of decent shops and bars here but it’s the atmosphere and frenetic nature of the area which holds the greatest appeal.
From Wenceslas Square you’re only a few minutes’ walk from the Old Town Square. Here you should take a peek at the excellent Astronomical Clock before settling down for a coffee and a little people watching at one of the numerous outdoor cafes. Once your curiosity and caffeine cravings are sated you’ll be ready for the scenic stroll to the famous Charles Bridge.
Before you get there though there are a few stops you’ll need to tick off your must do list. The first is ancient beer bar U Fleků. Located not far from the riverbank in the New Town, this famous pub has been serving its own special beer since 1499. Reckoned to be one of the world’s best booze experiences you’ll want to sample a few of their finest wares before tucking into some excellent local goulash.
With the day wearing on you should swing back the way you came and pop into the Czech Ghost Museum. It’s a sort of haunted house filled with gruesome glimpses of Prague’s eerie past. And if it doesn’t get you the mood for Charles Bridge nothing will.
Approach the bridge in early evening and you’ll see it in all its glory. Massive, atmospheric and with stunning views of the castle and grand buildings, you’ll struggle not to fall in love with it.
Once you’ve finished exploring the bridge you should cross to the west bank. Here you can let your feet do your thinking for you and take whatever street you fancy.
Eventually you should end up at the castle, which is in fact a series of large buildings and not one in particular. If it’s still a decent hour and you’ve not gotten totally lost you should check out Golden Lane a tiny street famed for its spectacular 14th century houses.
After all this you’re sightseeing should be satisfied and all you’ll need to decide is which side of the river to party the night away. Wenceslas Square and its surrounding area offer plenty of tourist friendly options, but more discerning travellers would do well to get in with some locals and find a chilled out cellar bar where food and drink can be had for under a fiver.