A Weekend of Sky-Kissing Towers and 24″ Pizzas
Prague, Czech Republic
We couldn’t resist booking a little weekend away before the hardcore saving started for Nepal and India. So here’s why we chose Prague…
We spent 3 nights and 3 days in Prague and felt as though this was enough time for us to see everything we wanted to (there are only so many towers you can climb in one weekend). As soon as we got to our hostel we connected to the WiFi to do a bit of research, as we didn’t really do much before we left! When we first get to a new place we usually wander around the city for a while and get something to eat before we actually see/do anything, to get our bearings. Mark prefers to walk around and try to find things ourselves. Whereas I prefer to know the location of places and then wander when we get there, but we compromise!
The internet makes it ridiculously easy now to find everything so there’s no excuse! With loads of the sight seeing attractions having the tram or train station you would need to get off at listed next to the attraction on google. So convenient. Here is our check list…
We stayed at the Mojo Hostel which we would definitely recommend. It was so friendly and sociable, with a happy hour, no curfew, record player, piano and full kitchen for when your bank account is looking a little low. We aren’t bothered about having an en suite so we booked a shared bathroom which totaled the accommodation price at £30 a night (£15 each). It’s location was perfect; close to two metro stations, Wenceslas Square, and 10 minute walk from the Vltava River. The breakfast was slightly disappointing for the price. But we walked down the road and found the place which did our fave breakfast, eggs Benedict!
We would usually recommend walking whenever you can as you find sooo many more hidden gems and things you wouldn’t otherwise see, but sometimes it is cool to take the tram or train line. It’s also pretty hard to get lost by foot as it seems that most roads end up going to another main road or the river. The Ulmon App was so handy this weekend, with its offline city map with articles on all the sights we felt super organised (almost) the whole time! The trams are great, especially for those longer uphill journeys and me having to lug around Marks tripod! There literally seems as if every single road is accessible by bus, train, or tram here, the Czech have really outdone themselves. Also, if you buy a ticket to get on the bus, that same ticket is still valid if you want to get on the train & trams, it runs out after a period of time, not what transport you get on! Consequently, there’s an amazing hop-on, hop-off feel to the public transport in Prague, (London take note). BUT do not eat on the trams! We were minding our own business eating our 22nd ice cream of the weekend, when the driver stopped the whole tram, walked down to the end of the carriage and angrily told us to get off or he wont move any further…. Embarrassing.
How many towers are in Prague? A lot
If you like your buildings and architecture then book a flight here immediately! Although the weather wasn’t great on our first day, the beauty of the city was not tarnished in any way. There are a few must see’s, which include Charles Bridge, Prague Castle (walk to the top!) and the Astronomical Clock. There are so many towers which you are able to walk up of (one at each end of Charles Bridge) meaning there are loads of places to see Prague from a birds eye view. You can rent a peddleo to go on the Vltava River, seeing the sights from a different angle and also getting a bit of sunbathing in. The last few days of the weekend had beautiful weather, so we visited Shooters Island and Letna Park. One gives an amazing panoramic view of the whole river and city, the other gives an amazing view up under Charles Bridge and a wicked BBQ.
The John Lennon wall is a really cool place to see, with is being over 25 years old, there are hundreds of tributes to the icon himself, and beetles songs in general. When we visited the wall there was a busker singing beetles songs which was so lovely. People were actually still graffitiing on the wall, ignoring the tiny sign, but obviously the tradition needs to carry on!
It was almost as if Prague knew it was our last night. We went for a final walk over the Charles Bridge and were surprised by an amazing firework display. Watching the display made the River Vltava illuminate and glisten, looking even more beautiful than it was in the day.
The most important aspect of the weekend, food.
Eating out is probably one of our favourite things to do, away or at home, and Prague was one of the best places for it. With open BBQ’s dotted around the city or traditional Czech restaurants food markets and cafes, there is ample choice. Here is a snap from an amazing food market we stumbled upon after we got slightly lost on the way back from the John Lennon Wall. We came here for lunch over the next few days as there was so much choice and was traditional Czech food! A live barber shop quartet was also blasted through the market, filling the market with a cool atmosphere.
We are big lovers of ice cream, and stopped off at many different stalls, but our favourite ice cream from the whole weekend has to be from ‘Crème de la Crème’ (Husova, 231/12) There was a massive queue out the door which is always a good sign, and so many flavours! After ordering our ice creams, we realised it was a vegan café and quickly left after paying. We aren’t cool enough for that shit, (ice cream was top notch though).
There are also many pizza places which you can order and pick up from (big statement but maybe better than dominoes???). We decided to pick one up on our way to catch the sunset over the Prague Castle… did we mention it was 24 inches big, and we ate it all. lol.
If you don’t take photos did it even happen?
There are so many amazing photo opportunities in Prague, but the trick is to get as little annoying tourists featured in them as possible. Many people have already put up their expert tips and suggestions on where to get the best shot. We read one which said rather than taking a picture on Charles Bridge itself, walk a little further along and take a picture from underneath it. In the evening it looks particularly special.
This picture was taken by a Chinese couple who had randomly seen how nice we looked in silhouette in front of the sunset and then sent the picture to us!
Indulge In Some Culture.
Along with Vienna, Prague has a strong link to the Renaissance and classical/romantic period. If classical or romantic music is something that interests you, there are daily concertos or quartets showcasing some of Bizet and Mozart’s works for example. The nation’s great composers are celebrated with museums, concert halls, and other public monuments which are available to go and see. The city also houses 3 major opera houses, why not do something unusual and go and see an opera, they are amazing!