IN A WORD: Majestic
IDEAL FOR: Beer Lovers
On our Euro-trip there were several cities we found were one hit wonders and once you’ve been, there was no desire to return. Prague on the other hand, is a city we could explore again and again – in sunshine or in snow. Despite our time here being the rainiest of our entire trip we’ll never forget the way the gloomy grey skies only highlighted the enchanting architecture further and not to mention our memorable time at the Beer Spa which we haven’t shut up about since!
How much to budget for Prague
We were £10.90 each for Flixbus from Bratislava. We did Budget £40 per day (both of us for food/activities) although our actual spend was on average £50 per day due to the voice shouting “TREAT YO’SELF” and our zero self control at the thought of a Beer Spa.
Best accommodation in Prague
Our stay in Prague also boasted one of the best hostels we’ve stayed in so far – Hostel Florenc. We paid £27 per night for a private double room, shared bathroom, (although we never saw the other guests we shared with so it was basically private) and included a buffet breakfast. For a private room in a hostel our room was unbelievably huge. The communal kitchen – there’s one per floor – and table with chairs in our room made it so easy to prepare and enjoy our own food since the majority of our budget had been spent on beer. The location was ideal, basically within the bus station grounds but surprisingly quiet.Perfect when arriving by bus late at night or leaving early the next morning . Also perfect for accessing everywhere by foot as we didn’t have to spend a penny on local transport.
Recommended restaurants in Prague
We do not throw these sorta compliments around lightly but, in Tri Café we had THEE best cheesecake of our entire trip, accompanied by delicious coffee and cosey, eclectic decor.
No trip to Prague would be complete without the traditional Trdelník. For usually €3-€4 you can enjoy a donut-like substance carved into a cone served with Nutella and optional ice cream.
Local dishes also include goulash served in a bread bowl or schnitzel, although we saved our schnitzel sampling for Austria.
Recommended bars in Prague
Staropramen was a favoured beer by us before we even started our trip, so “when in Rome” as they say, we always like to try a local beer in its natural habitat.
Svařák (also known as svařené víno or “hot wine”) was also sold in nearly every Trdelník stall and is essentially a mulled wine, although we visited in November so unsure how easy it would be to hunt down in the Summer months.
Things to do in Prague
On the Beaten Track: Known as the city of spires it is evident why once wandering over Prague’s star attraction – Charles Bridge. The skyline of spires contribute to the city’s Gothic charm and whether walking across the 621 meter bridge or climbing the 138 steps up the Old Town Bridge Tower, you are guaranteed an unforgettable view.
Regardless of the city, our two favourite things to scope out as soon as we arrive are:
a) decent coffee b) decent street art.
So with coffee (and cheesecake) ticked off , our next stop was The John Lennon Wall. When communism ruled Prague, Lennon’s lyrics of freedom – amongst many other Western pop songs – were banned by authorities. Following his murder in 1980, a single image of Lennon was painted in a wall opposite the French embassy. This soon grew through continuous additions of Beatles lyrics & political graffiti. The wall, located at Velkoprevorske Namesti, Mala Strana – a short walk over Charles Bridge – is now owned by the Knights of the Maltese Cross, who allow the graffiti to continue.
No trip to Prague would be complete without a jaunt up its fairy-tale fortress – Pražský hrad (Prague Castle). Regardless of where you are in the city it is impossible not to see it’s spires. Likely because according to the Guinness World Records, it’s the largest ancient castle in the world. No wonder we needed a spa day to recover from our visit, the castle covers a total area bigger than seven football fields.
Off the Beaten Track: Due to the non-stop downpour we were back at our hostel to assemble some sort of P.O.A. that wouldn’t require raincoats and flicking through the Prague guide provided by the hostel we stumbled across an advert for Beerland Spa.
A little research later we discovered there was only 1 appointment left for the rest of the week, so inspired by the popularity (and ridiculously good Tripadvisor reviews), we booked. Conveniently, the last slot was the following day so we promptly visited Lidl to buy pasta as at £105 for two, our spa visit had used almost our entire budget. #Yolo and all that jazz.
From numerous online reviews we learnt to arrive for our appointment early, which is probably the first and last time we will be early for anything ever. There was a good reason however, as the staff allow you to enjoy the beer from the moment you arrive. Living up to Scots stereotype, we arrived an hour early to abuse this. Then we were escorted to a private room, complete with a hops filled hot tub (that left our skin ridiculously soft), a sauna, straw bed for relaxing and the cherry on top – unlimited beer on draught.
Without a doubt it was one of the highlights of our trip as the staff were so friendly (allowing all clients to stay even after your hour is up to enjoy the beers further) as well as it being one of the most unique spa experiences we could possibly imagine – a close contender being in Bucharest.
Best photo spots in Prague
Forever a fan of a rebellious cause, “The Dancing House” caught our attention due to the initial controversy which surrounded it. Designed by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Frank Gehry. Although the Nationale-Nederlanden’s exterior epitomizes Gehry’s signature curves it couldn’t be further from the typical Baroque, Gothic & Art Nouveau buildings which line Prague’s streets, thus initial disapproval by locals. Worth a visit if nearby Rašínovo Embankment, which also boasted striking views looking up to the castle and Old Town.
At 607 years old Prague’s Astronomical clock is one of the oldest in the world and according to Lonely Planet, one of Europe’s best known tourist attractions. Although during our visit (and until Summer 2018) the clock is out of order for repair, it is still a fascinating photo opportunity due to its history and symbolism.
For more photos of our adventure in Czech Republic, please take a peek at our gallery.
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