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20 Things to Do in Waterford City

20 Things to Do in Waterford City

 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Waterford

Waterford has recently been voted the best city in Ireland to live in, and as a resident of this historic city, I can certainly agree. Waterford is located in the southeast of Ireland, we call it the Sunny South East, and is full of history. Over the years Waterford has become synonymous with quality Crystal Glass and Waterford Crystal is known around the world. Some of its other historic claims to fame include that it was once the capital of Ireland, Both the Normans and Vikings had influence in the city, the Vikings founded the city in 914, it is Ireland’s oldest city and Waterford is the only city in Ireland where the Catholic and Protestant Cathedrals are designed by the same architect. The city is within reach of many beaches and also mountains, all only about 30 minutes drive from the city center. This post will discuss some of the key / Top-Rated attractions and things to do in Waterford.

Some of the highlights include exploring the Waterford Treasures museums in the Viking Triangle, seeing how Waterford Crystal is made, exploring the city walls, taking a trip to the coastal towns, visiting and exploring the Waterford Greenway, and also perhaps exploring the local gardens of which there are many.

The House of Waterford Crystal

You can actually watch the famous Waterford Crystal start off as a red gooey blob of molten glass and then finish as a beautifully cut and sparkling piece of Waterford Crystal. The House of Waterford Crystal is located on the Mall and it shows you a behind-the-scenes view of the creation process. Waterford Crystal was located on the Cork road but after a troubled few years in the early 2000s, the brand has rebounded and found new success in its current location. Here, you will find the manufacturing facility which can include a guided tour and the visitor center which is now one of the key tourist attractions in Waterford. You can also purchase a finished piece of Waterford Crystal before you leave.

Address: House of Waterford Crystal, 28 The Mall, Waterford, Ireland

Official site: https://www.waterfordvisitorcentre.com

The John Robert’s Cathedrals

Waterford is the only city in Ireland where the protestant and catholic cathedrals are designed by the same architect. The catholic cathedral is called the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity Within and is located on Barronstrand Street near the clock tower. The protestant cathedral is located near the Viking Triangle and you can’t miss it as it has a very tall spire. Both cathedrals are normally free to enter (unless there are special events or concerts taking place) but both are worth seeing for different reasons. The catholic cathedral has a wonderful pipe organ and stained glass windows and the protestant cathedral also has a very impressive pipe organ and many historical features inside.

 

Mount Congreve Gardens

There are many great houses and gardens in Ireland’s Ancient East and one of these is the beautifully landscaped gardens at Mount Congreve, Waterford. These amazing gardens stretch across 75 acres of woodland and landscaped gardens including a beautiful four-acre walled garden. The house and gardens were owned by Mr. Ambrose Congreve, and after his death, the gardens were left to the state so that the public could enjoy the splendour of these amazing gardens. Mount Congreve backs onto the Waterford Greenway which is a walk/cycle way that stretches all the way to Dungarvan. Mr. Ambrose Congreve’s achievements were acknowledged by Queen Elizabeth, who awarded him a CBE, and by Trinity College Dublin, which granted him an honorary doctorate. These gardens are a real joy to explore and are a must-see on your visit to Waterford. In the past month (October 2022) a brand new area called The Stables Café has opened. The Stables Café is set in a beautiful setting for enjoying a coffee, breakfast, or light lunch. In these stunning surroundings, you can enjoy the local produce combined with the fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the Mount Congreve gardens. I know of many people who have stopped going to their usual city center coffee stop and are now coming here. Either way, Mount Congreve should be on your list when visiting Waterford.

Official site: https://mountcongreve.com/  

The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens

It may be strange to find Japanese Gardens in Waterford but there is a historical reason why these gardens are here. They are dedicated to Victorian writer and Japanese translator and journalist Patrick Lafcadio Hearn who grew up and stayed in Tramore in his early life.

These Japanese gardens pay homage to the fame he attained in Japan through his incomparable literary descriptions of the people, customs, and culture of that country. Here, you can follow Lafcadio Hearn’s life journey, first through the Victorian Garden, then to the American and Greek gardens, until you eventually arrive in the Japanese gardens. Lafcadio Hearn is still known today in modern Japan.

Official site: https://www.lafcadiohearngardens.com/

The Lismore Heritage Centre & Castle Gardens

Lismore Heritage Centre was opened in 1992 with the aim to document and exhibit the history of Lismore and its surroundings. Lismore is most famous for the magnificent Lismore Castle which was built in 1185 and the castle itself can be visited separately through the Lismore Castle Experience.

The castle has beautiful gardens both within the castle walls and comprise 7 acres and boast spectacular views of Lismore Castle, the River Blackwater, and the surrounding countryside.

Official site: https://www.discoverlismore.com/

Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum

The Waterford Treasures Medieval Museum is Ireland’s only purpose-built medieval museum and the only building on the island to incorporate two medieval chambers, the 13th-century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Waterford Treasures is located near Christ Church Cathedral (the previously mentioned protestant cathedral. Some of the stunning historical artifacts which are exhibited here at Waterford Treasures include a fantastic array of ancient vestments, period artworks, The oldest wine vault in Ireland, a Relic of the True Cross, Pilgrim badges, the earliest gold ring brooch in Europe, The Great Charter Roll of Waterford, the Sword of Edward IV, King Henry VIII’s Cap of Maintenance and much more.

Official site: www.waterfordtreasures.com/medieval-museum

Waterford Museum of Treasures

Waterford Museum of Treasures

Reginald’s Tower

Sitting on the corner of the mall and the quay is the formidable Reginald’s Tower. The tower has been used for many different purposes over the centuries, originally part of the medieval urban defense system, Reginald’s Tower is the oldest civic building in Ireland and it is the only urban monument in Ireland to retain a Norse or Viking name.

Construction began in 1253 on the site of the original Viking fort named after Ragnall who founded the City in 914, and the walls are about 3 meters thick. At one point someone fired a cannonball at the tower and it did no damage, but is still stuck in the wall to this day.

This building in the past was used as a prison, a mint, and a military store and is now a museum, namely the Viking Museum, and part of Waterford Treasures. 

Here you can take a journey through time and discover historical and archaeological artifacts showing Waterford’s Viking heritage, many reproductions of items from this time, Viking warrior’s weapons, the exquisite 12th-century Waterford Kite Brooch, even pieces from ‘hnefatafl’, a Viking board game similar to chess, a model of what Waterford looked like hundreds of years ago and a replica Viking longship which sits next to Reginald’s tower. 

Official site: www.waterfordtreasures.com/reginalds-tower

Reginalds Tower Waterford

Reginalds Tower Waterford

Experience the Suir Valley Railway

The Waterford Suir Valley Railway which is located close to the village of Kilmeaden is a very popular tourist attraction in Waterford and is an ideal activity if you are travelling with children (even though it is enjoyable at any age due to the scenery along the river). The Waterford Suir Valley Railway is a community heritage project which brought back to life locomotive activity along 10 kilometers of the abandoned Waterford Dungarvan line but now on narrow gauge lines.

The current train on this line in its past life worked in industrial capacities across the UK and at one time even moved excavated debris during the construction of the UK-France Channel Tunnel. 

The hopes for this line are that the railway will eventually extend all the way into Waterford City and will also end up operating with a steam engine. Works are already underway to extend the platform into Waterford for the Greenway.

Address: Train Station, Kilmeadan, Kilmeaden, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Official site: www.wsvrailway.ie

Waterford Suir Valley Railway

Waterford Suir Valley Railway

Dunmore East

Dunmore east is about 25 minute’s drive from Waterford and is the quintessential fishing village. Dunmore East is certainly one of Waterford’s hidden gems – certainly a lot less crowded than Tramore but still remains a very popular place for tourists, especially during the summer months. 

While there enjoy a stroll around the park, before walking down to the working harbor if you fancy a swim there are 2 bathing areas available. There are also many restaurants in the area including the Haven Hotel, the Strand, and also a variety of smaller shops and takeaways – you have to stop at East-Pier fish for freshly cooked fish and chips.  There is also an adventure center in Dunmore East if you like water sports and this is ideal for all ages.

Address: Dunmore East, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Dunmore East Waterford

Dunmore East Waterford

Tramore

Tramore is located 10km away from Waterford city and will take you about 20 minutes to drive. Tramore is a holiday location for many and one of the main places for the people of Waterford to head to during the summer. Tramore has everything you will need for an enjoyable holiday stay or visit. There are a variety of Hotels, Guest Houses, B&Bs, and self-catering options and there are leisure activities such as Splashworld, which is the largest indoor aqua adventure playground in the South East, as well as surfing, fishing, hiking, horse riding, golf, mini-golf and large Amusement Park which is ideal to amuse all ages. In relation to Surfing, Tramore has a number of surf and sup schools available and the surfing activity takes place all year. Along the section of the beach where the surfing takes place, there are many cafes and restaurants such as Moes, Mollys, and The Sandcastle Café. There is also a very good park area, unofficially called Lark Park, where birds like skylarks, egrets, and curlews can be observed from the park and the nearby bird hide.  The beach is very long and there is a looped walk (just watch the tides) down the beach, around the headland (The Sandhills), and back along the back strand. This walk should take you about 2 hours. Tramore also has Guillamene and Newtown Coves (well signposted in Tramore) and these are ideal for strong swimmers who want to do some sea swimming. Carparking is available but unfortunately, the toilets can end up being locked in the Winter months (which makes no sense to me). But Tramore is a wonderful place and I normally take the drive from Waterford to Tramore for a walk at least once a week.

Newtown Cove Waterford

Newtown Cove Waterford

10 More Things to Do in Waterford

  • The Irish Silver Museum
    This museum explores the story of Ireland told through the medium of silver.
    https://www.waterfordtreasures.com/irish-silver-museum
  • The Irish Museum of Time
    If you like timepieces or horology then you will love the Irish Museum of Time. The museum features the oldest Irish-made grandfather clocks, table clocks, and watches in the world.
    https://www.waterfordtreasures.com/irish-museum-of-time
  • The Bishops Palace
    A wonderful museum set in a beautiful building along the Mall.
    https://www.waterfordtreasures.com/bishops-palace
  • The Comeragh Mountains
    Located about 45 minutes away from Waterford. Take the N25 towards Dungarvan and follow directions to Comeragh Drive.
  • The Waterford Greenway
    A 45 km route ideal for walkers and cyclists with stunning views of the countryside. My only dislike of this attraction is the many ‘sports cyclists’ who are in the Tour-de-France lycra who decided to use this as a raceway. (I almost got flattened one day by a cyclist who must have been trying to do a personal best along the route). But early morning you can enjoy the views and the fresh air and it is certainly worth a visit. Carparking is available in many of the areas along the route.
  • The Spraoi Festival
    A city-wide event which takes place in the August Bank Holiday Weekend with music, street performers, and outdoor art installations. A must-see.
    https://www.spraoi.com
  • Waterford Nature Park
    The former location of the Waterford City Refuse landfill has been transformed into a wonderful area with looped walks, trees, and great views of the city.
  • The People’s Park
    The People’s Park is located not far from the Mall and is the largest public park in Waterford City. This 16-acre park was laid out around 1860 when the marshy land around the John River was drained. The park contains a Victorian-era bandstand, a skateboarding park, a children’s playground, and a separate baby playground. The old caretaker’s house has been converted into the Park Lodge café (well worth stopping off for a coffee)
  • The Viking Sword
    Located behind the Munster Bar just off the quays – you will be amazed by the size.
  • Jack Burtchaell Waterford Walking Tours
    If you want to get to know a city, then you have to walk it. The Jack Burtchaell Waterford Walking Tours are very good and Jack will bring you on a 1-hour walk that covers over 1,000 years of history, and includes four National Monuments, two Cathedrals, and historical figures who dominated the city’s history.
    https://www.jackswalkingtours.com

 I hope you enjoyed this article on the Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Waterford. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below.

Create a Custom Hoodie That Captures Your Travel Experiences

Create a Custom Hoodie That Captures Your Travel Experiences

The Perfect Combo: How to Create a Custom Hoodie That Captures Your Travel Experiences!

If you want to capture the essence of your travels with a wearable item, there is no better option than custom hoodies. Hoodies have been around for decades and are now used as casual wear items. They are always popular among men, women, and children alike. The good news is that they come in all different styles, and you can order them in a wide range of colors and prints. There are also many different types of hoodie styles that you could choose from to make your custom hoodie unique and memorable. Below, we’re going to look at some basic styles:

 

Pullover Hoodies Often Cost Less Than Zip Up Hoodies

A pullover hoodie is one of the most traditional types of hoodies that you can buy for yourself and others. They are warm, casual wear items, and they’re very easy to put on and don’t have a zipper. Pullover hoodies usually cost less than zip-up hoodies because they’re simpler and cheaper to make. They are also typically thicker and warmer, great for heavy workouts or cold weather.

 

Full-Zip Hoodies Offer Security And Comfort

One of the main advantages of full-zip hoodies is the comfort and security of having a zipper.  Zip-up hoodies also have the advantage of being more convenient, as you don’t have to pull them over your head every time you wear them. Full-zip hoodies are usually made from lighter materials than pullover hoodies, so they’re more suitable for warmer temperatures while they can still be worn in colder climates. Full-zip hoodies also offer you the option of wearing a high collar or low collar, which is convenient and ensures that your neck remains protected from chilly weather at all times.

 

Crewneck Hoodies Offer A Simple Yet Stylish Design

The crewneck design for hoodies is simple yet stylish, allowing you to exercise your creative freedom in a more restrained manner. They are comfortable to wear, and they’re usually made from lighter material as well, so they are suitable for warm days. You can combine them with a pair of shorts or pants of any color and style that you prefer, making them extremely versatile and convenient in all types of weather conditions. Crewneck hoodies don’t come with a zipper or any other fastening system, so you must pull them over your head.

 

Crop Top Hoodies Are Perfect For Warm Weather

If you love hoodies and don’t wear them only during cold seasons, there is no better costume than crop top hoodies. These hoodies are very popular among youth because they allow you to mix and match them with an undershirt. You can also wear them with a sports bra for workout sessions or to stroll along the beach.

 

Hoodies Are Great Costumes For Those Who Enjoy Cosplay

Cosplay is a performance art that involves wearing costumes, which are usually based on popular culture characters. Hoodies are very popular among cosplayers because they can be easily combined with other elements, such as masks, makeup, and props, to create a truly unique look. Cosplay’s popularity has increased considerably in recent years, and it is now an extremely popular pastime you can enjoy with your family, friends, and colleagues.

 

You can create a custom hoodie using the following methods:

 

Choose The Fabric Color And Size Of Your Hoodie

To start designing your hoodie, it’s time to choose a fabric and color. We offer everything from heavyweight cotton-blend hoodies that are perfect for colder weather to lightweight polyester options for layering in the spring. We also have several different colors of each type of fabric, so you can pick out just the right one to match your style. After you’ve chosen a fabric, pick out the size that’s right for you. We have everything from an extra-small to an XXL, so even our biggest customers can look their best!

 

Upload A Graphic Image

This is the most customizable option. You can upload a picture or take one using our app and place it in any part of the hoodie you want to make it truly unique.

 

Alternatively, You Can Choose A Design From Templates

If you’re not feeling creative but still want something special, print-on-demand services have a range of design templates you can use. Just pick a style, enter your text and choose from our wide selection of colors.

 

Order Your Custom Hoodie And Show Off Your Unique Style

Make ordering your custom hoodie easy. Click here for more. Pick the color and size, customize it to your liking, choose your destination, and pay. Then just sit back and wait while print-on-demand services create your hoodie. Check out print-on-demand services today to see all our customization options. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can create a one-of-a-kind hoodie.



My World Cup Predictions

My World Cup Predictions

The World Cup is here again and although I don’t agree with the regime and the fact that is it being held in Qatar, I’m sure millions around the world will watch the tournament regardless. I do this every now and again for World Cups, my World Cup Predictions where I try to forecast the winners and also the scores.

So here we go….

My World Cup Predictions

Monday November 21

Group B: England vs Iran – England to Win : Score Prediction 3-0  (Final Result : 6-2)  ✅ ❌
Group A: Senegal vs Netherlands – Netherlands to Win : Score Prediction 1-2  (Final Result 0-2)  ✅ ❌
Group B: USA vs Wales – USA to Win : Score Prediction 2-1  (Final Result 1-1)   ❌ ❌

Tuesday November 22

Group C: Argentina vs Saudi Arabia – Argentina to Win : Score Prediction 5-0 (Final Result: 1-2)   ❌ ❌ – Shock Result
Group D: Denmark vs Tunisia – Denmark to Win : Score Prediction 2-0 (Final Result 0-0)  ❌ ❌
Group C: Mexico vs Poland – Draw : Score Prediction 1-1 (Final Result 0-0)  ✅ ❌
Group D: France vs Australia – France to Win : Score Prediction 4-0 (Final Result 4-1)  ✅ ❌

Wednesday November 23

Group F: Morocco vs Croatia – Croatia to Win : Score Prediction 1-3 (Final Result 0-0) ❌ ❌
Group E: Germany vs Japan – Germany to Win : Score Prediction 4-0  (Final Result 1-2) ❌ ❌ – Shock Result
Group E: Spain vs Costa Rica – Spain to Win : Score Prediction 4-0 (Final Result 7-0) ✅ ❌
Group F: Belgium vs Canada – Belgium to Win : Score Prediction 4-0 (Final Result 1-0)  ✅ ❌

Thursday November 24

Group G: Switzerland vs Cameroon – Draw : Score Prediction 2-2   (Final Result 1-0)  ❌
Group H: Uruguay vs South Korea – Uruguay to Win : Score Prediction 2-0   (Final Result 0-0)  ❌
Group H: Portugal vs Ghana – Portugal to Win : Score Prediction 3-1   (Final Result 3-2) ✅ ❌
Group G: Brazil vs Serbia – Brazil to Win : Score Prediction 4-0   (Final Result 2-0) ✅ ❌

Friday November 25

Group B: Wales vs Iran – Draw : Score Prediction 1-1   (Final Result 0-2)  ❌
Group A: Qatar vs Senegal – Senegal to Win : Score Prediction 0-2   (Final Result 1-3) ✅ ❌
Group A: Netherlands vs Ecuador – Netherlands to Win : Score Prediction 2-1   (Final Result 1-1)  ❌
Group B: England vs USA – Draw : Score Prediction 2-2   (Final Result 0-0) ✅ ❌

Saturday November 26

Group D: Tunisia vs Australia – Tunisia to Win : Score Prediction 1-0
Group C: Poland vs Saudi Arabia – Poland to Win : Score Prediction 3-0
Group D: France vs Denmark – France to Win : Score Prediction 3-1
Group C: Argentina vs Mexico – Argentina to Win : Score Prediction 2-1

Sunday November 27

Group E: Japan vs Costa Rica – Costa Rica to Win : Score Prediction 0-2
Group F: Belgium vs Morocco – Belgium to Win : Score Prediction 3-1
Group F: Croatia vs Canada – Croatia to Win : Score Prediction 2-0
Group E: Spain vs Germany – Draw : Score Prediction 2-2

Monday November 28

Group G: Cameroon vs Serbia – Serbia to Win : Score Prediction 1-2
Group H: South Korea vs Ghana – Ghana to Win : Score Prediction 0-2
Group G: Brazil vs Switzerland – Brazil to Win : Score Prediction 3-1
Group H: Portugal vs Uruguay – Portugal to Win : Score Prediction 2-1

Tuesday November 29

Group A: Netherlands vs Qatar – Netherlands to Win : Score Prediction 4-0
Group A: Ecuador vs Senegal – Senegal to Win : Score Prediction 1-2
Group B: Wales vs England – England to Win : Score Prediction 1-3
Group B: Iran vs USA – USA to Win : Score Prediction 0-3

Wednesday November 30

Group D: Australia vs Denmark – Denmark to Win : Score Prediction 0-2
Group D: Tunisia vs France – France to Win : Score Prediction 1-3
Group C: Poland vs Argentina – Argentina to Win : Score Prediction 0-3
Group C: Saudi Arabia vs Mexico – Mexico to Win : Score Prediction 0-4

Thursday December 1

Group F: Croatia vs Belgium – Draw : Score Prediction 2-2
Group F: Canada vs Morocco – Morocco to Win : Score Prediction 0-2
Group E: Costa Rica vs Germany – Germany to Win : Score Prediction 0-3
Group E: Japan vs Spain – Spain to Win : Score Prediction 0-3

Friday, December 2

Group H: South Korea vs Portugal – Portugal to Win : Score Prediction 0-4
Group H: Ghana vs Uruguay – Uruguay to Win : Score Prediction 0-2
Group G: Serbia vs Switzerland – Switzerland to Win : Score Prediction 1-2
Group G: Cameroon vs Brazil – Brazil to Win : Score Prediction 1-3

After the Groups Stages – Evaluating my World Cup Predictions

I’m going to follow these closely and at the end, I will see what my success rate was both on win/lose and specific score predictions.

If you have any comments or different thoughts on the results, leave your comments below.

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Overall Correct Results

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Overall Correct Scores

4 Game Results in so far…

Piano Learning Tips For Beginners that Really Work

Piano Learning Tips For Beginners that Really Work

Many people dream of playing the piano but never take the plunge and start learning. Lots of students are simply unsure of where to start. There are several reasons why playing the piano can be an extremely rewarding experience. Playing the piano is not only a great way to relax and de-stress, but it can also boost your self-confidence. In addition, it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends. If you’ve been thinking about taking up the piano, there’s no time like the present. With just some practice, you’ll be playing your favorite songs in no time. Playing the piano can be both a fun and a rewarding experience, but it takes time and practice to master this complex instrument. Here are a few tips for beginners:

Choose a Good App

As a beginner, finding a good piano-playing app should be the first position on your to-do list. If you’re starting to learn piano from scratch or returning to the instrument after a long break, there are a few apps out there that could be helpful in jumpstarting your journey. Many apps have a guide on how to play the piano for beginners and offer clear and concise instructions that can help you get started quickly and easily. In addition, they often come with a built-in metronome, which is essential for keeping tempo while you practice. Finally, most of these apps are affordable, making them an excellent option for budget-conscious beginners. So if you’re looking to start playing the piano, be sure to download one of these helpful apps.

Start by learning the basic chords

Chord refers to the simplest musical device in existence. It’s just two or more notes that are played together, but it can make for some really beautiful music! TogetherChords can be created by overlapping two melody lines or by playing multiple notes at the same time. When multiple notes are played together, harmony is created. The notes in a chord can be related to each other in different ways, depending on the type of chord being played. Major and minor chords, for example, have a different relationship between the notes than a seventh chord does. Chords can also be described by their function, such as tonic, subdominant, or dominant. Chords are an essential part of music theory, and understanding how to create and play them is essential for any musician. Once you know how to form chords, you can start playing simple songs.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

It’s natural to be afraid of making mistakes when you’re learning something new, but don’t let that fear hold you back when it comes to playing the piano. Everyone makes mistakes when first starting out, which is perfectly okay. In fact, making mistakes is an essential part of the learning process. Every time you make a mistake, you’re giving yourself an opportunity to learn and improve. So do not be afraid of making mistakes, embrace them and use them as a chance to grow as a musician. You’ll be surprised at how noticeable your progress will be with time and practice. Just keep practicing, and you’ll eventually get it right.

Practice, practice, practice!

We all know that practice makes perfect, and that is especially true when it comes to learning to play the piano. But what does it really mean to practice? According to dictionary.com, to practice is to “repeatedly perform or execute an action or activity in order to acquire proficiency in it.” In other words, practice is about repetition and mastery. It’s about practicing something over and over again until you can do it without thinking until it becomes second nature. Thus, the more you practice, the better and better you will become at it. So, set aside some time each day to sit down at the piano and just play around. Try different chords, experiment with different rhythms, and just have fun. The more you play, the faster you will progress. Soon, you’ll be playing your favorite music not only for fun but also as a proficient piano player. So don’t be discouraged and demotivated if it takes a little time to get the hang of things. Just keep practicing and you’ll be a pro in no time.

Conclusion

Anyone can learn to play the piano, regardless of age or natural ability. However, becoming a proficient pianist takes time, dedication, and practice. If you’re serious about becoming a skilled pianist, there are a few things you can do to help improve your chances of success. A good app and a consistent practice schedule will help you make the most of your time. Finally, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes when learning something new, so don’t let them discourage you from pursuing your dream of becoming a pianist. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a proficient pianist in no time!

Piano Learning Tips For Beginners that Really Work - Learning Piano

Best Things to do in Prague

Best Things to do in Prague

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a wonderful city to visit.  If you are visiting, you will want to know what to do in Prague? This guide will bring you through the best the amazing city of Prague has to offer, where to eat and where to stay.

Prague’s has a long and interresting history going back over a millennia. Prague is up there with other cities like Paris and Vienna when it comes to culture, architecture and history. The Vlatava River runs through the city and with Prague’smany world-class museums and baroque style churches and bridges you will cross the river a few times on your trip.

The ideal amount of time to spend in Prague would be 3 to 4 full days. If you enjoy walking you can certainly get all these 20 sights visited in 2 days. Bring good walking shoes and if you are visiting from October to March, check the weather and dress accordingly. I visited in mid-February and it was 8C but feeling like 3C with a slight wind chill factor – scarf, hat and gloves very much required.

The Czech Republic does not use the Euro and has the Czech Koruna as the unit of currency. It is located about 2.5 hours from Ireland and about 2 hours from the UK. Most budget airlines fly directly to Pragues Václav Havel Airport about 12km west of Prague. Connections to the city are available by bus and taxi or private car transfer. 

Top Things to do in Prague

This is my list of the best things to do and see in Prague. Prague has a lot to offer and in my view gives Paris a run for its money as it has tons of history, and architecture and has great food and is wonderful value for money.

The Astronomical Clock

The Prague astronomical clock, or Prague orloj, is a medieval astronomical clock that is over 600 years old and it is located in the Old Town Square in Prague. you will often find tours of the area and you can get guided tours around Prague which explain the history and the mechanism of this 600-year-old piece of medieval engineering.

Old Town Square

Old Town Square, in Czech known as Staroměstské náměstí, is the main central square of the historic part of Prague. Old Town Square is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Prague, along with Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. It is almost impossible to miss it if you’re coming to Prague as a tourist.
Franz Kafka, a German-speaking Bohemian novelist, and short-story writer was born very near here.

Astronomical Clock Prague
Charles Bridge Prague

Charles Bridge

Known as Karlův Most in Czech, Charles Bridge, is a medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. Construction of the bridge began in 1357 under the order of King Charles IV, and construction finished in the early 15th century. Because King Charles ordered its construction, the bridge has his name.

This was the only means of crossing the river Vltava River until 1841 as it was an important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s Old Town. You can actually go into the Powder Tower and you get great views of the city, giving the best Sunset Views.

The Palace and Cathedral Grounds

The castle and palace grounds are visible from the river. Simply head up the hill from Charles Bridge you can enter the castle grounds and enjoy the area. You may also see the changing of the guard. At night, don’t forget to say hello to the ghost (I got a spooky and unexplainable picture here many years ago).

St. Vitus Cathedral Prague is situated entirely within the Prague Castle complex.

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square is the main square in the center of Prague. However, it is not actually square but more like a 700m long boulevard with many shops and restaurants along the length of it, Wenceslas Square reminds rather of a boulevard full of shops, focusing on various products from fashion to technologies. The square has been the place where many of the most famous demonstrations have taken place in Czech history. The focal point for Wenceslas Square is the National Museum which was founded in 1818 and was built in the neo-renaissance style. When I was here in 2002 the building was quite dull and ravaged by the elements but on my return in 2020 the building had been cleaned and sandblasted and looked amazing.

Some other of the Best places to visit Prague – in short

If you are in Stare Mesto take a look up as you are walking the street and you may just see the Golden Statue of Sigmund Freud. You can also get a great view of the city if you take the Petrin Hill Funicular. Finally, if you are interested in literature then you just have to visit the Franz Kafka Museum.

Food in Prague

The Food in Prague is amazing. If you want to try the local delicacies then you have to try Knedlíky, or Czech Dumplings and the best place to find these is Deminka at Škrétova 1, 120 00 Nové Město, Czechia – wonderful service and you have to pair the food with a Pilsner Urequel. If you are looking for a snack then try the Grand cafe orient for its strudel and coffee.

Prague is a wonderful city and I have traveled there about 4 times now, each time I found something new to enjoy. The food and the friendliness of the people are real selling points of the city.

A view of Prague from the Palace side of Prague taken at Dusk