Prague has been recommended to me for a few years by friends and family, so when I was looking for a last-minute getaway for the end of September last year, it was at the top of my list. We were able to find some great flights and all the stars aligned for us to book it!
Three Storks Hotel
We chose to stay at the Three Storks which I would definitely stay at again given the opportunity; the rooms were absolutely huge but still retained a cosy atmosphere. I loved the under-bed lighting and there was even free prosecco every morning as part of the breakfast buffet! What more could I ask for?
St Charles Bridge
Our hotel was a short walk away from the infamous St Charles Bridge. We walked over the bridge every morning to make our way into the Old Quarter, our favourite part of the city. To get the best photos of the bridge it’s worth getting up early for sunrise – the bridge is crowded pretty much all hours of the day from our experience.
I was amazed at how pretty the Old Town part of the city is. I always like to research the top things to see and do ahead of city breaks, but I try to avoid photos as much as I can. This is so I can build up my own image of the city as I explore it, and in Prague this approach really worked out well.
On our walk into the main square, we stopped to watch the astronomical clock chime midday. Every hour, on the hour, the clock comes to life and puts on a bit of a show. Crowds of tourists wait round the clock in the fifteen or so minutes before every new hour.
It’s an attraction you shouldn’t pin all your hopes on, believe me it’s not THAT exciting! You will probably feel underwhelmed once you’ve watched it but it’s one of those activities you have to say you did whilst you were in Prague.
The clock is on the side of the Old Town Hall which we decided to go to the top of for 250 kroner each. It gave us some gorgeous views of the city and the market streets below.
After our descent from the tower, we bought lunch from some stalls in the square and took in the surrounding buildings and people. Horses pulling carriages passed by regularly, and set against the gothic towers of the Church of our Lady, created a sort of fairytale scene.
The food in the Czech Republic is incredibly affordable and we had no trouble finding dozens of great restaurants. We were able to get two hot dogs and beers for the equivalent of £5 from a stall in the square and every restaurant we went to served tasty, hearty meals that cost a lot less than they would have done elsewhere in Europe.
In one of our afternoons we climbed the steps to Prague Castle which gave some lovely views over the city.
We accidentally ended up climbing an extra 280 steps to the top of the Great South Tower of the Cathedral. I wanted to go inside the cathedral to look at the interior and stained glass but once we had paid our admission and walked through the entrance, there was only a spiral staircase in front of us! It was a long way to the top.
On the way down the steps from the castle, we came across a lovely ‘trdelník’ stall. Otherly known as ‘trdlo’, trdelník is made from rolled dough moulded around a stick, grilled, and topped with sugar. Filling trdlo with ice cream, chocolate and fruit has become increasingly popular in Prague. We couldn’t get enough of it!
I really want to return to Prague. I loved the atmosphere, bars, food and all the beautiful buildings and architecture. If you’ve ever been please let me know your thoughts on this lovely city below!
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