Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic located in central Europe. The Czech Republic receives over 20 million tourists a year (with Prague the most popular destination).
Check out these great resources for experiencing Prague from home including virtual tours, recipes, movies, books, and more!
5 Great Virtual Tours in Prague
There are so many awesome things to see (and do) in Prague. Check out these 5 virtual tours you can take from the comfort of your laptop.
Best Overall: Prague Castle
Prague Castle is the most iconic landmark in the Czech Republic. It overlooks the city and is really a stunning place. No trip to Prague would be complete without a visit to the castle, including a trip at home!
Prague Castle is the most iconic building in Prague. But, it’s not just one building. It’s a compound that’s more like a small town.
Best for Architect Lovers: Old Town Hall 3D Virtual Tour
The Old Town Hall is located in the Old Town Square. It includes buildings, underground areas, a tower, and the astronomical clock. Check out this official 3D Virtual Tour of the Old Town Hall.
Best for Book Lovers: Strahov Monastery & Library
The Strahov Monastery is perched on a hill with incredible views of Prague. It has one of the most beautiful libraries in the world (and the largest in the Czech Republic). Watch this informative guide to the Strahov Monastery.
Best for History Buffs: The Old Jewish Cemetery
Founded in the 15th Century, The Old Jewish Cemetery is one of the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world. The last burial took place in 1787 and the cemetery contains over 12,000 tombstones.
This hour-long documentary by House of Life chronicles the history of the cemetery (including lore, mysticism, tradition, and philosophy).
Best for a View: Zizkov Television Tower
Get a great view of Prague from the (unique) Zizkov Television Tower. It contains an observatory with 360-degree views of Prague. It also has restaurants and a luxury hotel. It was voted one of the ugliest buildings in the world and is the tallest building in Prague.
5 Delicious Recipes from the Czech Republic
You can taste the Czech Republic at home with these 5 delicious (and not overly complex) recipes.
Beefsteak Tartare Recipe
If you’ve never heard of Tartare, it’s basically a fancy way of saying raw. Beefsteak tartare is a Czech classic. It’s commonly mixed with condiments or served with egg or garlic on a slice of toast. Try this recipe to make your own Steak Tartare.
These are not regular rolls but sweet, yeasty, delicious balls of dough. They’re a Czech staple and if you can’t visit Prague, at least you can eat this tasty bread at home.
Česnečka Recipe (Garlic Hangover Soup)
There’s nothing like a good garlicky soup to kick a hangover (or any other illness) to the curb.
Chimney Cake Recipe (Trdelník)
Chimney cakes are made of a yeast dough that’s wrapped around a stick and then roasted (over an actual flame) until they’re crispy & golden brown. It’s often coated in cinnamon-sugar and nuts and can be stuffed with chocolate, nutella, or other flavors.
Potato Pancake Recipe
Potato pancakes are a tasty, flavorful meal or snack. Don’t be stingy with the garlic or butter and fry until it’s nice and crispy!
5 Best Movies Filmed in Prague, Czech Republic
Get a glimpse of Prague by watching one of these five popular movies that were filmed (at least partially) there.
Best Television Choice
A look at the final days of the Knights Templar during the 14th century.
Knightfall is mostly filmed in Prague along with other locations in the Czech Rupublic and in Croatia.
Run Time: 2 seasons (no word on season 3 as of April 2020)
Best for Suspense Lovers
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
Mission: Impossible was filmed in London, Prague, Scotland, and Virginia.
Run Time: 1h 50m
Underworld: Blood Wars
Best for Horror Lovers
Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) fights to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her.
Underworld: Blood Wars was filmed mostly in Prague.
Run Time: 1h 31m
Best for Action Lovers
An extreme sports athlete, Xander Cage, is recruited by the government on a special mission.
Most of the movie is set in Prague.
Run Time: 2h 4m
Best for Drama Lovers
In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.
The Illusionist is set in Austria, but it was filmed mostly in the Czech Republic. The city of Vienna is represented by Prague and Tabor.
Run Time: 1h 49m
5 Best Books Set in Prague
I love to read! Check out these 5 books that are set in Prague.
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
Best for Romance Readers
It has been years since Helen Franklin left England. In Prague, working as a translator, she has found a home of sorts—or, at least, refuge. That changes when her friend Karel discovers a mysterious letter in the library, a strange confession and a curious warning that speaks of Melmoth the Witness, a dark legend found in obscure fairy tales and antique village lore. As such superstition has it, Melmoth travels through the ages, dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of timeless, itinerant solitude. To Helen it all seems the stuff of unenlightened fantasy.
But, unaware, as she wanders the cobblestone streets Helen is being watched. And then Karel disappears. . . .
Prague Spring by Simon Mawer
Best for Political Fiction Readers
In the summer of 1968–a year of love and hate, of Prague Spring and Cold War winter–Oxford students James Borthwick and Eleanor Pike set out to hitchhike across Europe, complicating a budding friendship that could be something more. Having reached southern Germany, they decide on a whim to visit Czechoslovakia, where Alexander Dubček’s “socialism with a human face” is smiling on the world.
Meanwhile, Sam Wareham, First Secretary at the British embassy in Prague, is observing developments in the country with both a diplomat’s cynicism and a young man’s passion. In the company of Czech student Lenka Konečková, he finds a way into the world of Czechoslovak youth, its hopes and its ideas. For the first time, nothing seems off limits behind the Iron Curtain. Yet the wheels of politics are grinding in the background. The Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev is making demands of Dubček, and the Red Army is amassed on the borders. How will the looming disaster affect those fragile lives caught up in the invasion?
Prague Fatale by Bernie Gunther
Best for Thriller Readers
Berlin, 1941. Bernie is back from the Eastern Front, once again working homicide in Berlin’s Kripo and answering to Reinhard Heydrich, a man he both detests and fears. Heydrich has been newly named Reichsprotector of Czechoslovakia. Tipped off that there is an assassin in his midst, he orders Bernie to join him at his country estate outside Prague, where he has invited some of the Third Reich’s most odious officials to celebrate his new appointment. One of them is the would-be assassin. Bernie can think of better ways to spend a beautiful autumn weekend, but, as he says, “You don’t say no to Heydrich and live.”
*This is part of an ongoing series (but you can read just this one).
Prague Winter by Madeleine Korbel Albright
Best for Memoir Readers
Before she turned twelve, Madeleine Albright’s life was shaken by some of the most cataclysmic events of the 20th century: the Nazi invasion of her native Prague, the Battle of Britain, the attempted genocide of European Jewry, the allied victory in World War II, the rise of communism, and the onset of the Cold War.
In Prague Winter, Albright reflects on her discovery of her family’s Jewish heritage many decades after the war, on her Czech homeland’s tangled history, and on the stark moral choices faced by her parents and their generation. Often relying on eyewitness descriptions, she tells the story of how millions of ordinary citizens were ripped from familiar surroundings and forced into new roles as exile leaders and freedom fighters, resistance organizers and collaborators, victims and killers. These events of enormous complexity are shaped by concepts familiar to any growing child: fear, trust, adaptation, the search for identity, the pressure to conform, the quest for independence, and the difference between right and wrong.
The Trial by Franz Kafka
Best for Literary Fiction Readers
The terrifying tale of Josef K., a respectable bank officer who is suddenly and inexplicably arrested and must defend himself against a charge about which he can get no information.
5+ Other Prague-Inspired Ideas
If the above virtual tours, recipes, movies, and books aren’t enough to make you feel like you’ve experienced COUNTRY, try one of these ideas.
Say Hello & Goodbye In Czech
The official language of Prague is Czech (which is supposed to be really hard to learn). You don’t have to learn the entire Czech language, but you can have some fun learning something simple. In this video by Coffee Break Languages, you’ll learn how to say hello and goodbye in Czech.
Prague Paint by Numbers
Paint by Numbers is a fun activity for those of us who want to be artistic but are terrible at it!
Create a Prague Painting with this paint by numbers set. Note: it’s VERY detailed and definitely not an easy one.
A Prague Bridges Puzzle
Spend an afternoon (or twelve) putting together this 1,000-piece puzzle featuring famous Prague bridges.
Prague Playing Cards
Play a few games of cards (dealers choice) with these Prague playing cards. They have a beautiful image of the Charles Bridge on the back.
Enjoy a Czech Snack
If you’re going to watch a movie set in Prague, you’re going to need snacks. Why not try these Czech triangle wafers?! They’re triangle wafers with a rich chocolate filling. Enjoy!
Even if you’re not going to watch a movie, these snacks are still a great choice.
Czech Republic Stickers
If you keep a scrapbook or (travel) journal, get a set of these Czech Republic stickers and make yourself a dream vacation page!
Visit Prague from Home Today!
What did you enjoy about Prague (in person or from the comfort of your home)? Let me know in the comments below!
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