You won’t find any natural sandy stretches in landlocked Prague, but Vltava Beach makes up for it. It’s a manmade number, sat on the riverbank, and there are plenty of sunloungers to stretch out on. You’ll also find a huge swimming pool, as well as beach volleyball and badminton courts on offer.
A 40-minute drive out of the city gets you to Lhota Lake, a 25-hectare lake that lines up a sandy beach, a volleyball court, and a café. The water’s really clean here, so taking a refreshing dip’s the order of the day.
You’ll find Divoká Šárka pool nestled in a sprawling nature reserve, about 40 minutes’ drive from Prague city centre. To get to the water, you’ll need to walk through a narrow, rocky valley. There are two open-air swimming pools, a paddling spot for youngsters, and loads of sunbathing space.
Prague is a world-class destination for microbrewed beer, and there are countless breweries dotted around to visit – there’s even a beer spa. You’ll mostly find pale lagers on offer – they’ve got a light flavour and a warm golden colour.
A Czech and Slovakian delicacy, tlacenka’s not one for fussy eaters. It’s a cold cut of meat, which comes in a few different varieties. Usually, it’s the meat from a pig’s head, mixed with other meat off-cuts, and is seasoned with cloves, garlic and pepper.
A close cousin of its German and Austrian counterparts, Czech schnitzel is commonly made of pork, veal or chicken coated in breadcrumbs, and served with mashed potatoes and salad. Czechs wouldn’t go to a picnic without it.
Known as smazeny syr, this meal became popular during the communist period, when meat for making schnitzel was hard to come by. In this dish, a slice of cheese is coated in breadcrumbs, deep-fried, and served up with salad, potatoes, and a dash of mayonnaise.
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love this traditional dessert. Sweet rolls are filled with jam, and baked so they form one large cake. They’re then torn apart and topped with vanilla sauce.
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