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The Locals' Guide to Prague

Six Prague insiders, including two designers, an Olympic athlete and a tech entrepreneur, guide you to their favourite spots in the city.

Anna Kožíšková

The Athlete

Anna Kožíšková

When not travelling around the world to train and compete, professional canoeist Anna Kožíšková can be found paddling the Vltava River, Prague’s main waterway. “As you get close to the Císařská Louka island, you catch a beautiful view of the 10th-century Vyšehrad fort and Prague Castle,” she says. After a surprise win at last year’s ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships, the athlete has her eyes set on next month’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Astronomical Clock

“Time is a big part of my job when racing, which is why I like the charm and history of the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall. As a child I would go with my dad and brother to watch ‘the procession of the 12 Apostles,’ when the clock’s mechanical wooden statues start to move at the top of the hour, from 9 in the morning to 9 at night.”

Staroměstské Nám. 1

Vltava River and Žluté Lázně

Vltava River and Žluté Lázně

“Everyone can enjoy the Vltava – and not only from its banks or the 14 bridges that cross it. You can hop on a steamboat or a pedal boat in the summer. During the warmer months, I also head to Žluté Lázně, a beach on the east bank, where you can play volleyball, pétanque and other outdoor games, or sunbathe and swim.”

Podolské Nábřeží 3/1184, 420-777-409-009, zlutelazne.cz

U Buldoka

U Buldoka

“Sometimes during my training I can smell pivo – beer brewing – waft over from the Staropramen Brewery, located two blocks up from the river. When we have time off after the racing season, usually in September, everyone from the boathouse goes to U Buldoka, a pub and music space in Anděl, to toast our successes. I’ll order a pint of pilsner to celebrate.”

Preslova 353/1, 420-257-329-154, ubuldoka.cz

Petřín Lookout Tower

Petřín Lookout Tower

“The steel framework of this lookout, which was built in 1891, resembles that of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a half-hour walk up Petřín Hill on a series of paths that pass through wooded areas and lovely gardens. If you’re feeling lazy, you can take a funicular to the top. Don’t miss the mirror maze, a favourite with kids.”

Petřínské Sady

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