Steeped in history, brimming with charm lies the popular city of Prague. With beautiful cobbled streets, bridges, cathedrals and castles. And, I couldn’t have had better weather to enjoy it. We had lovely sunny Winter’s few days. I travelled with my partner for 2 nights travelling from Edinburgh with EasyJet. Flights were great and on time with an early morning start.
Transferring into the city centre from Prague airport is very easy and cheap with a great bus/rail link with a 90-minute ticket costing approximately £1.20. They have great transportation also around the city with a frequent tram service covering all tourist areas. You can also purchase 1 day to 3-day travel tickets. However, it is also very easy to walk around the city, which we did.
We stayed in a central location – 5* Jalta Boutique hotel, on Wenceslas Square. Our room was cosy and had everything we needed, especially a comfortable bed. Unfortunately, there was some building work behind the hotel, however, didn’t bother us. Plenty of choices at breakfast of hot and cold dishes. There is a Fallout shelter and cold war museum situated under the hotel from the 1950s with guided tours available. I couldn’t fault customer service throughout.
With so much to cramp in, we decided to head out for some sightseeing. We made our way toward the old town square. 1st stop some lunch, but just ate on the go as so much to see.
Astronomical Clock – Constructed in 1410. Very impressive. Every hour, on the hour you can watch to see the small wooden figures move.
Just a few steps away is St. Nicholas Church, the pretty green and white building has a gorgeous chandelier and marble interior.
There are also a few street entertainers in the square, fascinating to watch and couldn’t help but get a picture with #Brilliantbear – (Brilliant Travel’s bear that travels the globe with myself and Customers).
We decided to stop in at the famous ‘Black angels Bar’ just off the old town square for a few cocktails. This place is a hidden gem in the basement of the ‘U Price hotel’. Designed in the 1930’s style. Their cocktails are one of a kind. I couldn’t decide what one to have, so our mixologist – Frederik made one up for me. Was the best cocktail I’ve had. Would be rude to just have 1, so stayed for a few.
We found a lovely traditional basement restaurant in the Old town square for dinner and opted for some local cuisine, which was lovely – Beef Goulash. We also enjoyed some local live music.
Back to the hotel for some rest, ready for another day.
2nd DAY OF SIGHTSEEING
Up early our 1st stop was the Gallery of Steel Figures which my partner really fancied. It is prepared with almost 100 handmade exhibits, where you can find sculptures made of recycled metal in the Art Noveau Building just off Wenceslas Square, from cars to movie characters. It was just amazing and a great way to spend an hour.
We then headed off towards the castle, walking through some meandering cobbled streets. Decided to do some tourist shopping near the Charles Bridge. The bridge itself has an amazing history and one of the most visited bridges in all the world. With street entertainers and the most awesome views of Prague Castle.
The largest castle complex in the world, a must do for any tourist going to Prague. There are many steps to climb, but well worth it for the view alone. There are a few ticket options for different areas of the castle you can access. You can easily spend a few hours. I would recommend seeing St. Vitus Cathedral, the Golden Lane, St. Wenceslas Chapel and the Basilica of St. George. You can also have a guided tour for a few Krona more.
We couldn’t go all this way and not visit the John Lennon Wall and sign our names on the wall. People have filled the wall with art, names and Beatles song lyrics. In 1988, the wall was used by the Czechs to display their anger against communism. Today it is a symbol or love and peace.
A WELL-DESERVED TREAT
Well, after walking our socks off, it would have been rude for us not to have the famous Trdeinik. Dough that is wrapped around a stick then grilled on an open flame and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. They are cheap and delicious. I had ours filled with ice-cream, chocolate brownies and chocolate sauce. I daren’t count the calories!!
DINNER & DRINKS
As the sun was still shining, we enjoyed a well-earned rest at the White Horse by enjoying a little refreshment at its Al-Fresco dining area with lovely views of the square.
We enjoyed dinner later that evening at the U Prince Hotel for some more Al-Fresco dining just of the Old Town Square. Their menu had great choices and found it quite reasonable with a great atmosphere.
One last place on our list and that was Hard Rock Café. One of the largest in Europe, 3 floors high. Great atmosphere and great music.
Back to the hotel for an early rise back home after an amazing few days.
Prague – you stole my heart! Till next time…