A local’s guide to Prague
- By Lenka Kabrhelova
- Photos by Lenka Grabicova
It’s difficult not to fall in love with the beauty of Prague. One of the few European cities that has escaped major natural disasters and destruction of 20th-century wars, it can feel like the set of a historical movie when you wander the cobblestone streets of the Old Town on a rainy day or watch the sun lower behind the silhouette of the Prague Castle.
At times, it seems as if the city gets lost in its own charms — trapped, architecturally, somewhere among medieval walls, art nouveau, socialist Brutalism and experiments of post-Communist transformation. But don’t let these monuments, sometimes ancient, trick you into thinking that Prague is not a living organism. Even if the movement is slow, there is plenty of change, with new cafes, restaurants, galleries and art venues popping up across the city. Pack Bohumil Hrabal’s stories or Egon Bondy’s poetry, download some Plastic People of the Universe tracks, and find the magic.
Meet Lenka Kabrhelova
Lenka came to Prague in 2018 after a decade of living abroad. A Czech native, she has dedicated equal time to the East and the West, having worked in Moscow and Washington. In a pursuit of equilibrium, she finally returned home to Central Europe. She misses being asked: “Where are you from?”
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Explore more of Prague
- Tourist traps are real. Watch out for taxi services that will attempt to rip off foreigners and exchange offices offering bad rates.
- Read Vaclav Havel (a dissident playwright and former Czech president) and Milan Kundera (a contemporary writer). There is plenty to learn about Czech culture and history.
- Ice hockey is a national obsession. Jaromir Jagr is not a relative of Mick Jagger.