Prague has become a very popular destination for me when it comes to a long weekend. Over the last few years I have seen a recurring pattern in popular places, a few of which I would like to introduce.
The guide is for people interested in technology and art, who like to spend time in coffees and work there. Less for tourists who are in Prague for the first time.
The VNITROBLOCK is an old industrial building in which regional artists can exhibit or sell their works as well as a coffee where you can get varied dishes and drinks. There is also a dance school on the first floor and I personally like the ambience of the place very much to be able to work relaxed while eating and drinking. The exhibitions change regularly and you get new impressions with every visit.
The Paralelní Polis is also better known as Bitcoin coffee and is the ideal place for people who want to buy their Bitcoin coffee and cake and exchange ideas with other people. In the cellar there is a small makerspace, which you can have a look at if you ask friendly. On the first floor is the Paper Hub, a beautiful coworking space where you can rent a workplace for a small fee.
The Pavilion serves as a showroom for regional designers presenting their furniture or interior collections. The building is reminiscent of an old train station and is also open on Saturdays and Sundays and can be entered freely. When I’m around, I like to stop by for a side trip.
The Cross Club is a great place for people who like indie music, who like steam punk, who like to eat a snack and want to get involved with something new. A really special place that wants to be explored. The house is angled and you actually have to walk through the many rooms and niches more often until you have explored every corner once. The interior consists mostly of reused objects. The music can be very unique and it is advisable to take a look at the programme before the visit. The crazier the interpreter, the better. Attentive readers recognize the rocker switch wall, which I have copied from the model of the Cross Club. For me the Cross Club is a must when I’m in Prague.
Prague television tower
The Prague TV Tower not only appeals to me as a photographer but is also a nice place to relax in the bowl-shaped seats. I can recommend to go to the TV tower at night and watch the hustle and bustle of the city and take pictures. If you are lucky, a thunderstorm is approaching and you can watch the natural spectacle at a great height. I have never experienced the television tower “full”. There is always a very pleasant atmosphere.
The cemetery Olšany Cemetery covers a huge area within the town and is a great place to go for a walk in the shade, especially in summer. Interesting are the areas with very old grave towns and tombs, which are partly dilapidated and have a very special charm
Those who like Asian Fusion Kitchen will get their money’s worth at SaSaZu. One of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. The location, the food, the people. If you want to have dinner in the evening you should get a reservation on their website. During the day I could always get a place spontaneously.
In Pět peněz you can find rather good Czech food. Nice ambience and really tasty food.
Stalin / Metronom
The Stalin / Metronom is in the summer for many (rather younger) people a meeting point for a mixture of sport, music and meetings. From the metronome, which commutes over the city, you have a beautiful view over Prague’s old town.
Old Town Bridge Tower
Many people unfortunately just walk past the Old Town Bridge Tower when they walk over the Charles Bridge. The Altstädter Brückenturm can be climbed against a narrow coin and from the top you have a beautiful view of the Karlsbrücke and the Old Town.
Sports Center YMCA
A special tip for the readers who have made it this far: paternosters drive in the Sports Center YMCA. There are still many active paternosters in Prague, but only a few of them are open to the public. Here you can use the historical elevator for free. Just enter the main entrance and immediately after you will find the rustic paternoster on the left. A must for everyone who has never ridden with it before.