I grew up in a small city called Skalica in Slovakia. This city is surrounded by beautiful forests and rivers. This nature left an impression on me as a kid.
I’ve been living in Prague, the most beautiful city in the world, for seven years now. The capital of Czech Republic is not just a city with amazing architecture, but it also has many beautiful gardens, forests and rivers.
If you look through my photography website – www.petercech.com – you will slowly understand why I love Prague. It’s not just a city with a couple of churches, one town square and nothing else to explore.
If you visit Prague for more than two or three days, and wake up early for sunrise, you will realise that Prague is the most beautiful city in the world. I mainly love sunrises in the spring because of their natural beauty.
The people of Prague are another massive asset to the city too. They are open-minded and friendly. To meet them you should try and explore different places than just Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square which are mainly filled with tourists.
My Favourite Places and Memories in Prague
The place that I love to visit the most in Prague is Petrin Hill. Here you can see Prague from above. There’s also less people than at other popular places like Charles Bridge. Petrin Hill is equipped with a large garden and it’s the perfect place to go running.
My second favourite place is Naplavka, just before the Railway Bridge. This is the destination where I took a sunrise photo which won first place in the bird category for nature photography in October, 2019. Thirdly, I love the many towers and buildings in the city centre of Prague.
I have many cherished memories from these places and many other places around the city. One particularly memorable experience was on a foggy morning by the Vltava River. Because of global warming, fog in spring has pretty much been lost. Now fog is only around in the season of Autumn.
For my sunrise photo, I had to wait for around a year to find the perfect conditions! I managed to capture the desired photo on the third day of trying. The level of fog was just about right and the swans entered the frame perfectly.
Top 3 Must-See Architectural Wonders of Prague
The first amazing piece of architecture that everyone notices in Prague is Charles Bridge. Of course, the best time to visit is after 10pm or before 6am to avoid the crowds. This is especially true if you want to take photos without many people on the bridge.
Prague Castle comes in second place for architectural beauty. Ideally visit the castle in the early morning and walk around 300 steps to the Cathedral of St. Vitus. Here, you will be greeted with breathtaking views.
The tower is so big too! You must not be afraid of seeing many people at Prague Castle as it is a very popular destination in the city.
The third most impressive architectural wonder of Prague is a place called Vysehrad. There are other amazing places that you should visit like Petrin Tower (the Eiffel Tower of Prague), surrounding towers in the city centre, and (of course) the wonderful zoo and botanical gardens.
The Perfect Day in Prague: the Most Beautiful City in the World
The perfect day in Prague depends on the time of year that you are visiting. In general you should start with sunrise on either Petrin Hill, Prague Castle or directly on Charles Bridge.
If you have good luck, you might get an amazing foggy morning with the sun seeping through – the most rare weather condition in the city.
After breakfast, the city centre shouldn’t be too full of people. Visit the Old Town Square or Prague Castle. Most of the crowds start to build up after lunchtime and towards the evening.
When the crowds come, I recommend going to a botanical garden or to the zoo. Near Charles Bridge you have Vrtbovska Garden or Valdstejnska Garden. Both are beautiful spots!
In the evening, it’s good to spend some time by the river. You can go on big boats called Prague Boats or smaller ones called Prague Venice. These boats will take you on a tour down the canals of Devils Channel. I highly recommend this activity.
Tips for Prague, the Most Beautiful City in the World
In Prague you can find every type of food that exists in the world. There are more vegetarian options than in New York, believe it or not! One of the best places for dinner which has amazing views is Zizkovska Tower.
Other places I recommend are Teresa U Prince in the Old Town Square, T-Anker at Namesti Republiky on the top of Kotva House and Cafe Imperial.
When it comes to practical tips, you must be careful about changing money. It’s now law in Czech Republic that if you change money for an extremely bad rate, you then have 3 hours to claim it back. This protects people from money exchangers who flagrantly rip people off.
The average rate is 1 Euro = 24-25 CZK. However, in many places in the city centre and directly at the Vaclav Havel Airport they might only give you 17 Czech Koruna for 1 Euro.
My final piece of advice is to go on a boat trip to explore Prague, the most beautiful city in the world. You won’t regret it!