Prague has to be one of my favourite European cities to date. I visited for 3 days with my boyfriend during our Interrail trip, and it proved to be the perfect place to relax and explore. The city is so picturesque, filled with beautiful architecture. Every street has something to offer, from restaurants and bars to fantastic viewpoints across the city.
Country: Prague, Czech Republic
Nights stayed: 3
Method of transportation: Train
Travel Break Down:
- Amsterdam Central (Netherlands)→ Hannover HBF (Germany) (04h, 18m)
- Hannover HBF (Germany) → Nuremberg HBF (Germany) (03h, 06 m)
- Nuremberg HBF (Germany) → Nuremberg Zob (Germany) (15 minute walk)
- Nuremberg Zob (Germany) → Praha DB Bus (Czech Republic) (03h, 3m)
Mode of transport to accommodation: Uber (Kc66.72 = £2.32)
Accommodation: Royal Court Hotel 4* – booked through AirBnb
Overall experience: 9/10
Trdelník is one of the most common pastries dotted around Prague. Trdelník is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with ice cream (or whipped cream). You can watch Trdelník being made over an open pit fire on the streets of Prague
I wasn’t too sure what to expect – the dough itself wasn’t very sweet but the ice cream inside was rich and creamy.
♥ Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square is one of the two main squares in Prague (the Old Town Square being the other). The Square is located at the heart of the New Town (Nové Město), although it was actually laid out in 1348. Although there is plenty of history and beautiful architecture, the Square is a vibrant area which turns into the nightlife centre in Prague. This is understandable as it is filled with restaurants, bars, clubs and shops.
♥ Grevin Wax Museum
We booked the museum at our hotel as they were offering discounted prices at only 11 euro per person. We visited in the morning at around 11am and nearly had the whole museum to ourselves. This was really good because we could take our time and read the plaques without having to fight our way to the front.
The only downside was that we hardly knew any of the wax figures, with the exception of the bottom floor where it is based on movie stars.
♥ Old Town Square
The Old Town Square dates back to the 12th century, where its main function was to host Prague’s central marketplace. It took us a few minutes to take in the hundreds of years of history as the Square – definitely one of the most beautiful historical sights of Europe.
To fully appreciate the history and culture of the Old Town Square, we relaxed at one of the market stalls leading to St. Nicholas Church and people watched.
When in the Old Town Square, we had a look inside St. Nicholas Church. The interior was beautiful and I would definitely recommend it.
♥Pařížská street (Paris Street)
Located in Old Town near the Jewish Quarter, Paris Street is home to the famous designer shops in the world. Like the Oxford Street of London, you will find all the best designer names including: Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Prada.
Being on a seriously tight budget (sadly not having £1,000 spare to spend on a bag), obviously no purchases were made. However, Paris Street is still a wonderful place to visit to window shop, and the street is lined with the places to eat, grab a coffee and people watch.
♥ Charles Bridge
If you are like me and love taking photos, you will probably spend way too long on this bridge. The famous bridge spans across the Vltava river, connecting Old Prague Centre to Mala Strata, and you will never get tired of the views from the Charles Bridge. Crossing the bridge by foot was fun, however it is best viewed from Letna Park.
♥ The Old Town Bridge Tower
Walking through the Charles Bridge can be hectic! With hundreds of people and lots of mini stalls, going up the Old Town Bridge Tower will allow you to get the beautiful view across the bridge towards the Lesser Town and Prague Castle. It is also a great spot for people watching across the bridge.
♥ John Lennon Wall
After crossing the Charles Bridge, you will find the John Lennon Wall located in the picturesque Little Quarter neighbourhood.
Drawing on the wall here is encouraged, however we had nothing to draw with (and neither Ryan and I are talented on the artistic side).
♥ Malá Strana
After visiting the John Lennon Wall, we visited the Malá Strana region. With no itinerary, we simply just walked through the narrow streets are got lost for a while. This side of the river was calmer with a less touristy atmosphere.
♥ Wallenstein Palace
Wallenstein Palace – currently the home of the Senate of the Czech Republic. We actually found this Palace by mistake! On our way to Letna Park we saw various people walking in so we just followed and so glad we did!
The gardens are really peaceful and beautiful, with lots of seats available.
At one point we were sat down admiring the views, totally unaware of the multiple peacocks strutting around the gardens. The peacocks are not scared of people and just mind their own business.
♥ Letna Park
Letna Park was definitely a brutal reminder that I need to start doing more cardio – already being far from the city centre, the (what seemed to be) thousands of steps up to the park in the 28° weather made us question whether it was worth it.
Was it worth it? 100% yes. The park provides some of the best views of the city. From here you can see along the Vltava River and many of the bridges including Charles Bridge. Although we didn’t try it, this park would be a potentially good place to view the sunrise / sunset.
♥ Prague Castle
Walking from Letna Park to Prague Castle, we entered through a quieter entrance and had a nice stroll through the Castle gardens with views of the walls around Prague Castle. It took around 5 – 10 minutes to arrive at the entrance of the Castle – not surprisingly as Prague Castle is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest castle in the world
Like Letna park, Prague Castle sits on a hill offering panoramic views over the whole city, however offering a slightly different perspective from the park. The burnt orange rooftops add a vibrant colour to the “City of a Hundred Spires”. The Changing of the Guard at Prague Castle takes place every hour on the hour from 7AM in the morning till 8PM in the summer season (and from 7AM to 6PM in the winter season).
After visiting Hamley’s in London and loving it, I wanted to visit the one in Prague just out of pure curiosity. The one in London is bigger – but the content in the store seemed to be similar. I would recommend this Hamleys Prague to anyone who has never visited the one in London as it is less crowded.
♥ Restaurant Mustek
This restaurant is in a very central location, just a few minutes away from Wenceslas Square. We were looking for somewhere that served traditional Czech food and this place did not disappoint.
This restaurant should not be overlooked. Friendly service, good view, and even better food.
♥ Choco Story – Museum of Chocolate
Having missed out the Museum of Chocolate in Paris, I really wanted to experience it at some point. Being brutally honest, the museum was not worth the money. Although we had purchased discounted tickets (student tickets) the cost was still around £8 per person. All the museum comprised off was a demonstration of how chocolate it made (which lasted around 5 minutes – not really showing anything), and walk around museum with frankly boring information. The only positive was the free chocolate we received – however it would have been cheaper to buy all that chocolate individually.
On the other hand, the Ice Cream in the museum shop was very good and cheap – we could try as many flavours as we wanted before we brought it. Costing only CZK40 which was £1.40)
Prague Top Tips:
- Don’t buy anything on Charles Bridge – go towards the market (Havel’s Market (Havelske trziste) and you will find everything cheaper there.
- To find the nearest market to you, follow this link.
- To find the nearest market to you, follow this link.
- Currency: It can be very confusing, so what I did was often using currency exchange on my phone to always see what the price actually was in pounds. For example: KFC
- Avoid tourist shops: Always buy water / essentials at super markets. There are Tescos! The water price in Tesco was around CZK30 = £1.05 The water prices in tourist shops started at around CZK100 = £3.50.
- Be prepared to see snakes! I was very surprised to see snakes wrapped around peoples neck’s whilst walking around Prague. Some of these snakes were huge! Be vary wary with the attention you pay these men, as they can be very persuasive / forceful about taking photos, and then try charge you a fortune for the photo’s!
Avoid Captain Candy – Whilst the endless barrels of pick and mix may lure you in, for those on a budget it is a nightmare! We were very careful about how much we put in the bag, which was hardly anything! We still ended up paying CZK107 = £3.70 – we would have been better off just going to Tesco’s and buying sweets.
- Be alert for pick pockets around Karlov Bridge. If going around that area I would recommend leaving valuables in your accommodation
- It is important to note that according to Czech Legislation, hotels are not responsible for guest’s valuables left in their hotel room.
- Booking taxis: Ask the hotel’s reception to order you’re a taxi. This is because the receptionists want to maintain the hotels reputation so will only choose reputable taxi services.
Things I’d do if I had more time:
- Petrin Tower
- Sea World
- River Cruise
- Thai Massage
- Vysehard Castle