This offbeat guide to the city (240 pages) was published in July of 2017 by Emons Publishers. The book takes you to Prague. Melissa read 111 Places in Prague That You Shouldn't Miss and loved it; it wouldn't be on our site if she didn't recommend it.
You can do plenty of research online to prepare for your travels — but as book lovers, we have a deep affection for dense little travel guides that feel good in our hands, are written by locals, and give us the inside scoop on cool stuff that’s not included in more traditional travel guides.
We live in Prague, and we use this book on the regular to find new places to visit. The off-the-beaten-path recommendations include cafés and bars that are usually locals-only, a creepy cemetery, unconventional museums, architectural gems, and plenty of quirky free stuff you can visit on your way to other famous landmarks.
Each page of this colorful guide is devoted to a location in Prague: well-written descriptions on the left, full-page color photos on the right. That makes it easy to just flip through the pages until you find something that catches your eye and imagination. The writing is concise and engaging; it’s an amusing way to learn more about the places that attract both Czechs and tourists.
Each description includes the address, as well as handy advice for using public transportation, and an added tidbit that might be a historical fun fact, another worthwhile sight to see in the same area, or the inside scoop on where to grab a snack and drink nearby.
We like to pull this book out on the weekend, open to a random page, and build our Saturday afternoon around what we find. The ‘111 Places’ series covers dozens of destinations, and each edition is written by a local author. We’ve read a lot of these books, and the Prague edition is among the best. (Do not use the ‘111 Places’ guide to Venice. It’s bad.)
You don’t always have to go out to the edge of Prague, or search for obscure spots in the city centre, to discover something new. Even the best-known places in the city can surprise you. All you have to do is look at things from a different angle. — Matej Cerny & Marie Perinova
Strong Sense of Place is a website and podcast dedicated to literary travel and books we love. Reading good books increases empathy. Empathy is good for all of us and the amazing world we inhabit.
Strong Sense of Place is a listener-supported podcast. If you like the work we do, you can help make it happen by joining our Patreon! That'll unlock bonus content for you, too — including Mel's secret book reviews and Dave's behind-the-scenes notes for the latest Two Truths and a Lie.
This is a weekly email. If you'd like a quick alert whenever we update our blog, subscribe here.
We'll share enough detail to help you decide if a book is for you, but we'll never ruin plot twists or give away the ending.
This 30-page Reading Atlas takes you around the world with dozens of excellent books and gorgeous travel photos. Get your free copy when you subscribe to our newsletter.
Content on this site is ©2023 by Smudge Publishing, unless otherwise noted. Peace be with you, person who reads the small type.