As requested here is my blog post on our visit to Prague. A lot of you are heading there in the coming months, you are in for a treat.
To start with Prague is FREEZING this time of the year! When we landed the whole city and surroundings was covered in a blanket of snow. However, they are obviously well used to this each year as all the roads and footpaths were cleared of all snow.
Temperatures ranged during the day from -3 to -1 (being the warmest), however there was lots of sunshine so this helped!
We flew with Ryanair to the Vaclav Havel airport. I’m sure most of you are aware of this by now but Ryanair charge you to bring your 10kg bag on board. As I needed warm clothes (and they are usually the hardest to pack), I decided instead to add a 20kg suitcase, it was a lot handier.
The currency in Prague is Czech crowns. You’ll immediately feel like you are minted walking around with 2,000 and 1,000 Czech. Unfortunately however they aren’t worth too much as approx 2,000 Czech crowns is €78!
La Ballerina Hotel
We had a booked a deal through Cassidy Travel before Christmas, because it was mid-week we got an amazing deals. Flights and three night’s bed and breakfast came to €380 for both of us! We stayed in a 5 star hotel known as La Ballerina. This hotel is fab but it’s not very central. It’s about a 30 minute walk to Prague Castle and about 20 minute walk from the Old Square. Bedrooms here however are huge and interior is really fab so this makes up for it being a little further out! Staff were pleasant and there is a restaurant below the hotel where you can get the most amazing pizzas for the equivalent of €10. They have lots of nice little extras in the room including a mini-bar robes and slippers! We ended up taking a taxi from the airport to the hotel when we arrived, this was about 600 czk (approx €20), for a 25 minute journey.
What to do?
Charles Bridge is a pedestrian bridge located in the centre of Prague. Each day it was full of tourists, again is a another beautiful spot to take in views of the city and Prague Castle. It is protected by three towers, all of which you can also climb. Under Charles Bridge are railings where you can get a lock and put you and your partner’s initials!
Old Town Bridge Tower
As mentioned Charles Bridge is protected by three towers, we decided to climb the Old Town Tower Bridge, though I am not the best with heights. This costs 100 czk per person to climb. However once up it is wort it, as you will see from the views in the pictures.
Prague Castle is a must – however be warned and be ready for lots of steps so bring comfy shoes! Here you will walk the grounds of the castle, the Basilica sv. Jiri this is SUCH a stunning building), and some of the old style houses (some with original furniture) occupied by castle shooters and gold smiths. Here there are lots of options for tours, I recommend the option B, you can wonder around yourself and costs 250 czk crowns. By making the trip up here it will also allow you to see stunning views of the city.
John Lennon Wall
This is a must see when in Prague, originally a ‘normal’ wall, it is been filled with John Lennon inspired writings and drawings. It is always very busy here and difficult to get pictures but here is an idea of some of the writings.
Old Town Square
On the opposite side of the city to Prague Castle is the old town square. Here if you like, is the buzz of the city. This square has numerous beautiful lane ways, shops and restaurants. Here you can sit and watch the world go by. This gives you a real taste of Czech food and culture. Buildings include the Town Hall with the world famous astronomical clock, the proud silhouette of the fairy-tale Týn Cathedral and the Church of St. Nicholas.
Dinner on a boat
While in Prague it’s worthwhile having dinner on a boat! We booked with ‘Crystal Dinner Cruise’. Most dinner cruises are buffet style, having researched them. This was a really nice experiencing and something a little different, however the food was a little disappointing. Personally I’m not a buffet eater – however it may appeal to some! This works out at approx €45 per person, and is a three course meal. Drinks are extra.
What to eat?
While in Prague you must try a ‘trdelnik’ with ice cream, apparently these actually are a Slovak tradition, however they taste AMAZING! These are donuts style cones topped with ice cream.
Along the square they numerous hot dog stands also, I also recommend trying these, they are delicious!
If you are a steak lover then I highly recommend checking this restaurant. Steaks are just DIVINE, nicest I have ever had. There is an array to choose from I recommend the rib eye steak with a glass of red wine , you won’t be disappointed!
Looking for a brunch or breakfast, again this is a little bit away from central Prague but worth a visit, it’s the Liberica Cafe. Here you can avail of Eggs Benedict, Mimosa, and a coffee for the equivalent of €12. I recommend trying the Eggs Benedict.
So that was a busy yet fabulous two days in Prague! Have you been? If not, happy travels!