What to do on the weekend when studying in Prague
Visiting a new city or country is a thrilling experience. Every moment of every day you get to absorb new information. Whether it is the architecture, the food, the language, or the people, there is so much to learn about your new surroundings. Even if you are not studying in another country, but rather a neighboring city, there are always new surprises around every corner.
More than 40,000 international students come to Prague to study each year. Some come for 1 week and others for 1 year. No matter the case, your first weekend in Prague should be all about exploring your new surroundings. Here are some of our suggestions on how to spend your weekend in Prague.
Friday: Take an evening stroll along the Vltava River
The Vltava River is breathtaking. It is a must-see when visiting Prague. It is the perfect place to take an evening stroll and truly soak in the beautiful scenery of the city. It is the longest river in the Czech Republic (435km). Here you can see a number of famous bridges, namely the Charles Bridge. This construction of this bridge started in 1357 by King Charles IV and was finally completed at the start of the 15th century.
Saturday: Enjoy a walking tour and learn some history!
There are a number of tours you can find to learn about the vibrant history of Prague. On a budget? Try Prague’s free walking tour. This three-hour tour will last 3 hours and fill you with everything you need to know about the city from its history to the best areas to do your souvenir shopping. Even though it's free, make sure to tip your tour guide!
Sunday: Visit Prague castle and dinner at Kantýna
As stated by the locals, “you have not visited Prague unless you have been to Prague Castle.” Dating back to the 9th century, Prague Castle is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, so make sure when planning your trip to the castle to set aside a significant block of time to enjoy each and every part of it.
After a long day touring the Prague Castle, we suggest having dinner at Kantýna. Kantýna is a meat lovers paradise. Everything in this fantastic restaurant is self serve. Simply take the card your host or hostess gives you, walk up to the butcher and select your meat. Alternatively, walk up to their ready-made food selection and select on the spot your dinner. This is not a restaurant for vegetarians!
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