A Prague city break was on my list of cities to see, therefore, I hopped online and booked a trip. What a truly lovely destination. Full of beautiful architecture, cobblestone streets, and fascinating history. Prague quickly climbed up my list of
A short flight – great for a Prague city break
One of the great things about a visit to Prague from the UK is the short flight time of approximately two hours. We made sure our flight arrived early morning so we could dump the baggage and head straight out sightseeing. In addition, organizing the return flight for later in the evening, as a result, we could cram in as much as possible. Flights to Prague fly from most airports in Europe. If your preference is slow, it is possible to drive or travel by train or bus. After a relatively short inexpensive taxi ride, we arrived at our apartment. Taxis are reasonable compared to other cities. Good to know! Quick shower, freshen up, healthy berry breakfast and off we went.
Mala Strana Prague
First on our itinerary was Mala Strana. Also known as Lesser Town. A pretty characterful hilly area sitting below the Castle. Full of restaurants, bars, and architecture. Churches and beautiful buildings in a neoclassical facade are dotted around. One of the most popular churches is St. Nicholas in a baroque style. Spend time discovering this area. For a bit of peace and quiet from the crowds, head for Kampa Park. When your tummy is grumbling from all the walking there are lovely eateries to sample. Close by is the John Lennon wall, where people started to scribble messages after his assassination.
The Franz Kafka Museum is thought
Old Town is the heart of Prague. Full of winding narrow cobblestone lanes. Eventually, these lead you to the Old Town Square, home of the famous Astronomical Clock, and the Gothic Church Our Lady before Tyn. Another of David Cerny’s unusual pieces of art is The Hanging Man dangling from a roof.
The New Town of Prague is bigger than Old Town. When you are ready for fast food, nightclubs, shops and all things modern, Nove Mesto has it all. The well known Wenceslas Square is situated in this area. To be honest we spent very little time in Nove Mesto. It is possible to see the same shops and restaurants in most cities. Some good pavement restaurants can be found around the square. Nice to enjoy a meal and watch the world go by.
Wandering the cobbled streets of Prague
Prague is bursting with bars, restaurants, and most of all, stunning buildings, history, and architecture. The Charles Bridge connects the Old Town to Mala Strana and is rumoured to be haunted. Particularly beautiful in the evening sitting over the Vltava River and sparkling with lights. Vltava River runs through Prague and is the longest in the Czech Republic.
Numerology and The Charles Bridge
The Charles Bridge built by Petr
Astrological Clock of Prague
After a delicious hefty breakfast, we set off for The Old Town Square. Determined to see the famous astronomical clock. Crowds gather around this clock (The Orloj) to wait for the hourly procession of four moving figurines; Vanity, Miser, Death, and Lust. In addition, 12 Apostles can be seen in the small windows of the clock. It is one of the oldest operating astrological clocks in the world. The clock works with something called an astrolabe linked to medieval astronomy. Rich with meaning, representing the sky and earth in the background, surrounded by four moving parts, known as a zodiacal ring with icons representing the moon and sun which rotate.
Hrad the famous Castle of Prague – a must see on a Prague city break
The famous Castle (Hrad) is spectacular. Good comfortable shoes are a must because the walk is steep and long. Dating back to the 9th century it has a huge castle complex, one of the biggest in the world. Consequently, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Free to walk around many of the areas in the complex
Approximately 2 million visitors from all over the world flock here every year. It also has a mention in the Guinness Book of Records. Make sure to take your camera because the views from the top are incredible. Pre-plan ahead because there is much to see at the Castle (much of it free) including the changing of the guard. Some sites require a ticket.
Golden Lane is truly lovely, with teeny streets, small brightly painted houses and quirky shops. Another fabulous place to see is St. Vitus Cathedral with it’s carving made of wood that took 10 years to create. Similarly, St. Wenceslas Chapel and Basilica of St. George are equally beautiful. Prague is rich in history. Even if history isn’t your thing, you will not be bored. Most of the day was spent exploring Hrad and everything in it. Later we headed down the hill and stopped for a bite to eat in one of the many fabulous restaurants.
Eventually, we popped out at Parizska, full of designer shops. Clearly the area of expensive shopping. After a while we decided to take the weight of our aching feet and take a horse and carriage, another lovely experience.
The Jewish Quarter of Prague
The Jewish Quarter ‘Josefov‘ and cemetery is peaceful, and quiet in comparison to other areas of Prague. Similarly, the Jewish Cemetry is one of the oldest with more than 12,000 graves. Over 100,000 people are buried here. Hitler wanted to keep it as a museum, therefore it was hardly touched in WWII. Graves are built on top of each other as Jewish people were only allowed to bury their loved ones within the ghetto.
A emotional experience on this Prague city break
Don’t forget to visit the synagogues and Jewish Museum however, be prepared to be emotionally moved. Approximately 77,297 people from the area did not survive life in the concentration camps.
Prague loves beer!
Beer is famous in Prague. Pilsner Urquell is one of the most popular. Stop by at one of the many beer gardens or the Prague Beer Museum. If beer rocks your boat, then visit the Prague Beer Spa with its big pool of beer to relax in.
Finding good places to eat on your Prague city break
Prague is full of places to eat. Czech cuisine is generally meat based. Traditional dishes consist of sauerkraut, dumplings and pork or sausages. Not so easy for vegetarians, however, you can find other options.
Shopping options on a Prague city break
One of the things I enjoyed most was the Markets and quirky shops. Bohemian crystal shops differ in quality therefore, shop carefully. Moser is one of the best with its lead-free glass. Above all don’t leave Prague without sampling their Becherovka. This potent drink is made of 35 different types of herbs. Czechs consider it to be medicinal. Cheers!
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