Let’s face it: even though we love to party, we have to mix it up with something else once in a while. And this week, OhMyPrague! will offer you a free tour of the remarkable National Library of Technology. So let’s kick off this week with some other cool tips about where to discover more culture in the city. Whether you want to spend a whole day exploring or just visit one of these places, they’re all worth your time. Here are 5 incredible places to visit, and this is just the beginning of what Prague has to offer:
Prague Market & Trafo Gallery
Station: Pražská tržnice & Tusarova
Now, when fall is upon us, what better way to enjoy the beautiful city by visiting some of the best galleries and museums? Alongside the gorgeous Vltava river in Prague 7 you will find the Prague Market (Pražská tržnice). Even though it’s not far from the city center, it is a bit quieter and calmer. With old industrial buildings, here you can find a big vegetable & fruit market, a café, a restaurant and a big market with everything from shoes and bags to clothes and much more. You can follow the map at the entrance and orient yourself with the numbers on the buildings.
At number 14, you’ll find the cool Trafo Gallery, an exhibition space where they focus on everything from Czech to international artists. It cost 30 CZK and it’s definitely money well spent.
DOX – Centre of Contemporary Art
Station: Ortenovo náměstí
Only a 10-minute walk from the market you will find DOX. This place is worth visiting
even if you just want to have a cozy place to study. The exhibition space is huge and you won’t want to miss the cool shop. It’s a bit expensive, but you can always just have a look. The café offers you a good panini for 60 CZK and a coffee for 40.
Entrance For students: 90 CZK (Art students: 30 CZK).
Trade Fair Palace
Station: Veletržní palác
Still up for some more art? Just a 5-minute tram ride from DOX, you will reach Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní palác). You can spend hours here!! So if you’re in a hurry, it might not be the best place to go. But most of the exhibitions are FREE! So if you don’t feel like doing it all at once, you can always go back. They have permanent exhibitions and they are free, but the you have to pay for the temporary ones. The permanent exhibitions contain older pieces alongside modern art. They also include pieces by Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Max Ernst, Juan Miro and a massive collection of Czech artists – basically, this place is the art-lover’s dream. They have a good café in the bottom in case you need to refuel.
(A little detour: When you are in the area you should visit Bistro 8 – it’s just around the corner from Trade Fair Palace. Good coffee and a nice atmosphere!)
Franz Kafka Museum
Still not tired yet? Take the tram 10 minutes towards Charles Bridge and you will find yourself in the middle of the touristy area. Here, you will find the Franz Kafka Museum, dedicated to Prague’s most iconic author. The museum is pretty expensive (180 CZK), but there is a lot of material on his life and his literature connecting to the city. Even if you don’t want to go inside, it’s a got a good view of the Charles Bridge and isn’t too crowded.
(A short walk from the museum, you will find the legendary John Lennon Wall, if you haven’t already seen it! )
Text: A. Pauli