Our girl on the inside, Giedre Brenciute, gives us the scoop on five of Prague's secret highlights.
Take a minute and look behind you. Now that you're sure you're not being tailed, it's safe to proceed with our highly classified information. Millions of tourists flock to Prague every year to gaze at its spires, visit its UNESCO protected old town and stroll along the stunning Charles Bridge. It's not hard to be awed by the main attractions in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but if you're after a truly authentic experience in the Bohemian Kingdom, then you'll need some insider help. Giedre Brenciute points us in the right direction with five top secret recommendations.
1. Grab Lunch at Kafka and Einstein's Old Haunt
Visit Cafe Louvre for an up-scale afternoon treat. Established over a hundred years ago, the cafe was frequented by Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein and boasts an impressive neoclassical interior. If you're on a strict budget, forgo lunch for a cup of coffee and see if the remarkable surroundings inspire your own moment of genius.
2. Snack like a local
With so many sights to see in Prague, at some stage you'll most likely need a sweet treat to keep your energy levels up. Walk past the convenience stores and their rows of American chocolate bars and instead make your way to a street kiosk for a Trdelnik. This traditional sweet pastry is made from rolled dough that's wrapped around a stick and then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix. You won't regret it.
3. Spend Sometime in a Traditional Tavern
A hotel, restaurant and brewery all in one building, the U Medvidku beer hall is a national treasure. Refuel with something from the mouthwatering menu of Czech dishes in the restaurant before sampling some seriously special brew from U Medvidku's very own microbrewery in its cellar.
4. Catch a movie
Going to the cinema might not be top of your list when exploring a new place, but if you're after a deeper experience then it can really make you feel closer to your chosen city. Visit Kino Svetozor for an English-subtitled movie or just grab a drink at their cosy lobby. The place is decorated with retro movie posters and memorabilia and it even has a Twin Peaks inspired cafe corner.
5. Wander further
If you're planning on staying a bit longer, hop on a train and head to Karlstejn. This small town is just 45 minutes away from the capital and has lots to offer including a beautiful 14th century, Gothic-style castle and great hiking trails through stunning woods.