What do you recommend visiting for sure? We are a young couple traveling with a baby (8 mo) but love history and good food/drink. Thanks!
I took a suggestion from Rick and we hired a guide for 1/2 a day. Very affordable and worth it. If this is not an option, I would suggest doing a couple of the walking tours in his book.
The cobblestones of Prague's old town can be much rougher than in other cities, so I think you'll want your baby in a backpack, or in a stroller with pretty large, sturdy wheels. A day is too short to see all the highlights listed at http://www.ricksteves.com/europe/czech-republic/prague (under At a Glance). I would start with the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter before judging whether you have time for the Castle district.
If you show up in the Old Town Square in the morning (8 or 9?) there are a plethora of free walking tours you can take where you will hit a lot of the main sights. Again, they are free so you are expected to tip. Then you can have a drink in the square when you are done. If you are truly going for a just a day, this would be a good way to hit a lot of the sights.
My husband and I were in Prague a few weeks ago and had a FANTASTIC all-day tour with Radek. If you’re thinking of hiring a private tour guide (which we found to be really great – much better than a group tour!), definitely contact Radek. He is absolutely charming, well-informed about the entire history of Prague (and the Czech Republic as a nation – including art and social issues). You will have a fantastic time with him. He charges 600CZK per hour – we hired him for a full day and had a great day (well worth the price). But he can do half-days, a couple of hours – whatever you would like.
Radek’s website is: http://www.prague-guide-radek.com/
No one has mentioned walking over the Charles Bridge and I would recommend it. It can be very, very crowded in the summer, but the views of the town and the story of the bridge make it will worth the walk.
With a baby you might be up very early:)) So... I would take that early morning to walk over the Charles Bridge and see the city when it is at it's most beautiful. I watched a sunrise there about 10 years ago and it is one of those priceless memories. I have been there since and was on the bridge with the hordes of tourists at sunset... can't compare! Just take a nap with the baby when all the other tourists are out. It is a beautiful city, although it is busy... there is a reason for that:)
Hi Helen - Since you have a small baby I would skip the tours. My most enjoyable memories of Prague are walking in the old section and castle area. Definitely go to the Jewish cemetery....it's a walk through. The rest of it .....take a guide book, see the castle (changing of the guards, the church, the nice walk up to it with the nice old fashioned pubs along the way). Try an Absinthe drink...the US lifted its ban of the alcohol in 2007. Skip the puppet shows. Stroll as often as you can on Charles bridge.