To fill the travel-shaped hole during lockdown, we've teamed up with Travel Curious to send you on virtual city tours, right from your WW app. So far we've been to Venice and Paris, and this week we're off to picture-perfect Prague.
Prague is one of those places you could spend endless days exploring.
There are cathedrals to marvel at, famous bridges to stroll across, parks for people watching, a beautiful town square where you can kick back with a Czech beer, and even a fifteenth-century Astronomical Clock where you can watch a procession of the Twelve Apostles on the hour.
Don’t forget to visit leafy Vyšehrad, where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some peace and quiet along the Vltava river.
Typical Czech cuisine
While history and architecture play a big role in Prague’s popularity – it’s the fifth most visited city in Europe - its hearty cuisine is also a big draw for tourists, especially during the winter.
The Czech Republic has a very traditional meat-and-potatoes cuisine. Think stews, dumplings and hearty soups. And carbs. So many carbs!
(If you’re thinking about going to Prague in the future but you’re worried your SmartPoints Budget, remember that everything’s on the menu on the WW programme. We love carbs - they fill us up and help fuel our bodies. In fact, we love them so much that oats, potatoes, brown rice and wholewheat pasta are actually ZeroPoint™ foods on the Purple plan).
Let’s take a deeper dive into Czech cuisine, including what to try while you’re in Prague, and how to recreate traditional dishes at home.
Most Czech breakfasts start with tea or coffee, and a typical breakfast will feature bread as the main staple. Usually, you’ll have a slice of bread - generally rye - or a roll served with spreads, meats or cheeses. Here's our spin on typical Czech breakfast recipes:
Locals like to serve Chlebíčky (open sandwiches) during celebrations and other social gatherings. They're available in delis across the city, with a whole range of different toppings to choose from.
There’s nothing quite like a big bowl of goulash, especially when it’s cold outside. This dish originates from Hungary but the Czechs have put their own spin on it - it’s thicker and served with dumplings (of course!). It’s the perfect antidote to Prague’s chilly winter climate.
More traditional dishes
Svíčková is a hugely popular dish and a real must-try. Expect thin slices of braised beef swimming in a sweet and creamy vegetable sauce, which is prepared with parsnips and carrots. It's usually served with boiled bread dumplings - yum!
One for the carnivores! Pork knuckle is probably the most famous dish in Czech cuisine. This large chunk of meat is usually boiled, marinated in herbs and dark beer, then roasted. It's then served with pickled vegetables, mustard, horseradish and bread.
These sweet dumplings are stuffed with fruit or jam, and are served as a main course, rather than a dessert. They're presented in a deeper dish with melted butter, sugar and other sweet condiments.
You can't go to Prague and not have a trdelník, or chimney cake - which is just as well because you can find this traditional rolled pastry on every corner. It's prepared by wrapping dough around a stick, heating it over a flame until the pastry becomes golden brown, rolling it in cinnamon sugar, brushing it with butter, and then adding your choice of filling. Trdelník actually originates from Transylvania in Romania, but is a favourite among Prague locals and tourists alike.
Baking gingerbread is also a popular pastime, and has been since the fourteenth century. Try these WW recipes full of gingerbread goodness:
Snacks & beer
If you're looking for something unique to eat in Prague, try pickled cheese! This classic bar snack is a soft Camembert-style cheese pickled in oil, spices & garlic and served with onion, peppers and bread.
Fancy a sweet snack with your coffee? Try buchty, traditional Czech yeasted buns, which are filled with preserves like homemade jam.
With 42 breweries dotted around the city, beer is a key component of the Prague experience! The Czech Republic has the world’s highest beer consumption per capita, so get in on the action and order yourself a pilsner (pale lager) while watching the world go by.