We arrived at the Train station in Prague and were automatically surprised by the size of it. It's funny we had a preconceived idea that it would be small and not very busy. It was the opposite. A busy train station filled with travellers. Even better - it had a Sephora. We had to steer clear. We used metro C to get to our apartments which was only one stop away from the main train station. We decided to get money out at the station as we had been warned about the currency exchange in the city. The currency is Czech.
We decided to avail of the all inclusive metro card which was €10 each. This gave us unlimited travel for 72 hours and also access to the cable cars. We really used the metro cards in Paris and Berlin but we didn't really get our use out of the cards in Prague. Everything is accessible by foot. We probably wouldn't recommend buying these as all of the key locations are within walking distance. Make sure to check the distance of your accommodation to the Old Town Square and judge it from there.
We stayed in the Alveo Suite apartments which was only one stop from the main station and a 10-15 minute walk from Prague Old Town Square. We found the apartments on booking.com and we loved how modern they were. We used google maps to locate them but we just couldn't see it. The apartment appear to be under renovations and therefore it is very easy to miss the sign. A smooth check in and a beautiful apartment. It had an entrance hall with a wardrobe area, large bathroom, kitchen with a smart Tv and sofa bed and a large bedroom. With high ceilings and beautiful windows, we were delighted with our selection. It was great to have a fridge for the first time on our trip and of course a much needed washing machine. The apartment complex can provide you with washing tablets and after a request from us some fans. The apartments are located beside the Palladium shopping centre which has a Sephora and H and M. It was next door to a Lidl store and we did pop in there to stock up on a few things for the apartment. We hope to return to Prague and I have no doubt we would use this accommodation again.
On our first night, we just ate in the first place we saw (literally) which was an Italian opposite our apartment. We have found that all the countries so far are saturated with Italians which is great because we do love pizza and pasta. We found a great spot for breakfast, it was called Baguette Boulevard. We had fresh baguettes and drinks at such an affordable price. We returned here every morning. On our second night we ate in a fantastic location on the river. We were first drawn to this outdoor restaurant because of the great live music we could hear. We enjoyed chargrilled burgers and steaks whilst the sun shone and music played. A lovely time of night and a great meal. On our second night we ate in K the two brothers Indian restaurant which was very close to our accommodation. This was our best meal of the trip. We had sagg, rice and nann. It was a traditional Indian restaurant and the food was exquisite. We are dreaming of it now. Lukas of course tried some of the delacies potatoes on a skewer and an ice cream doughnut. We also enjoyed a two mid day breaks out of the sun. The first one in a lovely little cafe at Prague Castle that looks over the city and the second one in the James Dean Restaurant. We had a lemonade and cocktail and it was so good. It's a very cool diner and a follower recommended it to us. If you do take a trip there, don't forget to go in and see the bathrooms. We also visited Black Angels which is a bar in Old Town Square. It's actually built into a cave, very cool. However be warned no pictures allowed!
Prague Castle was our first stop and one of the most memorable parts of our trip. We walked up the cobbled steps and were met by various sights those playing instruments, singing, placing large snakes on the shoulders of children. The heat was unbelievable and the steps are quite steep. It was worth every minute as the view from the top truly is sensational. The castle overlooks the whole city and the views really are breathtaking. We walked around through the castle grounds and admired the stunning architecture of the all the buildings. We walked down through the steps to the gardens and spent time appreciating everything. The castle and the view is straight out of a fairytale. We didn't pay entrance to the castle or the golden lane as we were amazed by all that was on offer for free outside. We did plan to return the next evening when we had more time but unfortunately didn't get the chance. The golden lane is free after 5pm for anyone planning a visit.
Again this is something straight out of a Disney film. Absolutely beautiful! This bridge connects to the castle. Here is a great picture opportunity and also beautiful at night. You can just imagine what it would have been like to view the sprawling castle from the bridge many years ago.
Old Town Square
This is the hub of Prague. It is probably the busiest area in Prague day and night. Lots of the key locations are just off this Square. The cobbled streets are filled with tourists. There's a lot of bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and promotional tours available here. The astronomical clock is situated in the square and when the clock strikes to welcome a new hour the crowds gather to watch the show and hear the bell. You can also go up a tower here which was recommended to us by a follower but it was closed when we went. We were so surprised at the number of people sitting on the streets in the centre of the square at night. Large groups sitting around talking on the cobbled streets. The atmosphere is magical.
Church of Our Lady of Victory - child of Prague
We sort of stumbled upon this church by accident. We did plan to visit but we weren't sure of the location. It's very close to Petrin Tower. We went in and said a prayer. The church was filled with people with the same intention as us. You can write a name down on paper to request the monks, nuns and priests to pray for someone for you which of course we did for our mum. You can buy small statues and religious items in the shops nearby.
Petrin View Tour
We decided to enjoy some more beautiful views by heading up to Petrin View Tour. Using google maps we started walking up the very steep streets. Soon we realised that it was too far and asked a local for advice. Thankfully there's a cable cart available that takes you to the top. Using our metro tickets we had bought at the train station, we boarded the cable car. The cable car was fun but very packed. When we reached the top we realised that Petrin View was more than just a tower, it had beautiful buildings and gardens. Petrin View Tower is a reduced copy of the Eiffel Tower and there are 299 steps to the top. We paid €8 each to go up the View tower and later the mirror maze. There are two options at the View tower you can climb the steps or for a small fee get the lift. Hoping to appreciate the views, we decided to take the steps. If you dislike heights, maybe take the lift. There are two observation decks and it's feels very high. When you get to the top you go feel the tower itself shake a little in the wind. We were all glad we did it but when we got down our legs were like jelly. We also did the mirror maze whilst there, which was ok. It was very short and we probably wouldn't recommend it.
We had such a fun time on the paddle boats in Amsterdam that we decided to rent a boat in Prague. We walked along the river and saw that there were lots of companies renting boats. We priced around and were glad we did as at the bottom of the river we found a company almost half the price of the first one we saw. The boat rental was around €10 in total for an hour. There are all different types of boats; swans, vintage cars and various colour and shapes of the normal paddle boats. You need to have your driving licence with you. The first time we did this it was evening time and we enjoyed paddling around the island. The second day the weather was scorching and we enjoyed dipping our feet in the after and floating in and out of the shade. We would highly recommend this activity.
This is a Wall full of graffiti which is also a tourist magnet. The John Lennon wall was a symbol of freedom and rebellion against the communist regime in the 1980's. On the death of John Lennon, youths of Prague decided to have a symbolic burial place for a man they admired for his fight for equality and peace and freedom for all. Definitely a very cool place to visit as there was live music - of course all Beatles music.
Letha Beer Garden
Lukas got his hair cut whilst I'm Prague and the barber recommended Letha Beer Garden. It was a little off our map but we decided to go and see this hidden gem. We climbed a steep hill to the Beer Garden which was packed with people (not exactly a hidden gem). The views were beautiful at night and the atmosphere was very relaxed. It's an outdoor bar with benches and a self service kiosk. There's not a wide variety of drink on offer but it's very cheap. A worthwhile experience and we would definitely recommend going at night.
On our first day we saw tourists in vintage style motor cars. They looked fantastic and we automatically assumed that they would cost a fortune. On our second day we decided to get a price for one. There are three options: short tour, middle length tour or long tour. They range from 20-60mins. For €55 we took the 30minute tour. It was a great experience as we enjoyed a guided tour in an open top car soaking up the sun and culture of Prague. It also ensured that we hadn't missed any of the key sights in Prague. If this is in your budget, we would recommend it.
Whilst in the vintage car, our tour guides showed us the most expensive street in Prague which is filled with designer stores such as Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Gucci. We did walk up this street and watched as ladies were escorted out of shops with multiple bags. This street is called, Pařížská Praha.
Some interesting sights
The Dancing House
We saw this unique building whilst on or paddle boats. It's certainly unique.
Prague was definitely a highlight of our trip. It was just so magical. Thats the only word we can all use to describe it. We had brilliant weather and it was just the perfect city break as it had something for everyone.
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